Spring asks for makeup of softness!

Rain is ticking on the windows with big drops, and it's even storming outside! There's no sign of spring to be found, whatsoever, even though it officially arrived and DST set in. Did you remember to adjust the clock forward one hour? 

It's been raining for days now, and yesterday I had a high tea and shopping spree to attend with 7 gorgeous, vintage loving women in our capital city Amsterdam; I was all dolled up with curls, but to no avail: my locks went all scarecrow-chic. We promised eachother to plan another date when better weather arrived.

But even though the weather resembles autumn more than it does spring, I was looking for some spring make up tips to apply in my daily make-up routine, and I found a helpful article, dating back to 1935, that I wanted to share with you! Here we go!

Spring asks for makeup of softness

Soft make-up seems to be such an integral part of spring and summer beauty that we dislike seeing anyone wearing harsh or bold rouge or powder effects. This is particularly true of the blonde. In the winter, and especially for formal functions a little more pronounced make-up gets by the sensors. But not in the spring. With the lovely pastels and prints, soft make-up tones are really alluring.

Remember this: Nature blends her colors more deftly and cleverly than a schooled interior decorator or couturier. With golden blonde hair she usually combines a fair, fine skin, light eyes. The pigment combinations are mostly pinks and yellows, and these blend together so subtly that there is never a definite dividing line. The lips are just a little redder than the cheeks, the cheeks a bit pinker than the nose, chin and forehead.

Follow nature's lead.
Those who know their make-up follow nature's lead. To preserve the natural color harmony soft tints of rouge and powder should be used, and these blended so carefully that they merge together. Rouge should be a bit deeper where nature's color is usually deepest, usually near the cheekbone and under the center of each eye. That's what we call the key area. Then it should gradually fade away until the edges are absolutely imperceptible.

Creamy or peach shades of powder are usually best for the blonde. And soft, clear, pinkish or reddish shades of rouge and lipstich with yellowish overtones, not the purple or blue tones that are usually becoming to brunettes or older women.

Eye Make-Up
Blondes should be particularly careful in their choice of eye make-up. Eye shadow should harmonize with the color of the eyes. Mascara or eyebrow pencil should be dark brown in preference to black. Because black has a way of making a blonde look haggard and adds the same harsh, artificial effect as too much rouge or a too deep rouge or powder. The men have a way of judging a woman by her make-up. And sometimes on the first impression they will conclude "fine type, lovely, and charming" merely because of subdued and skillfully blended rouge, powder, lipstick and eye coloring. On the other hand they have a way of applying the word "cheap" to blondes who use too much make-up and thus achieve a hard, bold appearance.

© Elsie Pierce for The Spokesman Review, 1935


  1. such a pretty post. i'm sorry that spring has not been treating you kind thus far, but brighter days will come. it's been practically impossible to keep a set here, not because of rain, but of the terrible, tireless wind! i was just looking for some new makeup hints, so perfect timing!

    1. Thank you so much! It was really storming the past three days, and I kind of love it but am craving a bit of sun aswell! Glas you liked the post!

  2. Lovely post, sweet gal. I completely agree and enjoy switching from darker tones to gentle pinks and corals (selectively - coral make-up and my colouring can be tricky) interspersed with my usual reds as soon as the first bloom of spring appear.

    Have a beautiful Easter week!
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you lots, Jessica! I wish you the same, I hope you have a beautiful easter week aswell!


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