Meet this week’s va-va voom vintage vixen, Veronica Lake, the sexy screen siren of the 1940s whose iconic roles include movies such as Blue Dahlia, Sullivan’s Travels and I Married A Witch.
Famous for her cascade of golden tresses, her peekaboo side-swept bang and her voluptuous figure, this little lady was just that: She stood a mere 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighed just 90 pounds. Ms. Lake made the most of what she had with a unique signature look, which endures and enchants to this day.
"I never did cheesecake like Ann Sheridan or Betty Grable. I just used my hair." –Veronica Lake
To get fab finger waves like Veronica's, the first thing you need to do is part your hair heavily on one side. Long bangs help, but this look can also be achieved with straight drapes framing your face. (Sorry… short bangs are a no-go… so try the Betty Page look instead.)
Having done that, assemble your arsenal.
Did you know Lake once sacrificed her sultry ‘do in honor of the Women's Army Corps?
Vintage video: Veronica drops her hang-down hairdo!
"You could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision." –Veronica Lake
Ms. Lake projected more sex appeal through one eye than most women wearing half as much and trying twice as hard.
To get those sultry, love-lidded bedroom eyes, you will need what women once called "war paint." Here’s a great selection, most of which can be found in your local drugstore.
Apply foundation first, then work on your eyebrows, then your eyes. Be sure to start your liner before you do mascara, and begin from your iris moving outward toward the corner. Be careful not to wing up and out… that’s more of a 1960s look. Do not line the lower lashes. Put mascara on upper and lower lashes. Use false eyelashes on top if you like. Do them after mascara and liner, then re-line over glue. Lips are done last. One of the best, most affordable vintage vixen reds is Cover Girl’s Hot Passion (that’s the one Taylor Swift wears). Finish with blush and setting powder.
With a little practice and a lot of attitude, you’ll be very Veronica in no time!
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