Do you love a good vampy lip? Is your closet full of designer vintage duds instead of the latest runway trends? Are your beauty idols old Hollywood icons like Lauren Bacall and Louise Brooks? If so, we’ve got just the makeup look for you. The Vintage Vamp, a seriously seductive look from the mind of celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, evokes everything we love about retro glamour: think smoldering bedroom eyes, killer cheekbones, and a deep, wine-stained pout. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to make this sultry siren’s intoxicating beauty all your own.
Smouldering eyes and a dark pout may be her calling card, but the Vintage Vamp never goes anywhere without polished, blemish-free skin. Start by massaging Charlotte’s Magic Cream over clean skin to create a smooth, plumped-up base for makeup. Smooth a dab of light-diffusing Wonderglow over the skin with your fingers and blend well for what Charlotte calls “an instant spotlight effect.”
To minimize unevenness and blur imperfections, tap a few dabs of Light Wonder Foundation onto the center of the face and blend outwards with the Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Brush. Conceal any remaining discoloration with a small amount of The Retoucher, concentrating on the area around the eyes, base of the nose, and corners of the mouth. Pat lightly with your ring finger to blend.
Using a fluffy powder brush, dust Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder over the T-zone and under the eyes to lock in a flawless, cashmere-soft finish all day.
Blend the Enhance shade, a rich plum, into the crease with a fluffy, tapered eyeshadow brush. We used Wayne Goss Brush 03 for this step.
Using the Enhance shade again, blend into the upper and lower lashline with a small blending brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 04. This adds depth and definition to the eye.
Sweep the Smoke shade, a deep burgundy, across the crease and into the outer corner with a small blending brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 04.
Using your finger, pat the Pop shade, a gorgeous rose gold, in the center of the eyelid and blend out below the crease.
Softly suck in your cheeks and sweep Filmstar Bronze & Glow’s Sculpt shade along the hollows with the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush. For a more subtle contoured look, dab the brush on the back of your hand to remove any excess powder before applying.
Using a clean brush, apply Filmstar’s Highlight shade to areas of the face where light hits: the cheekbones, tip and bridge of the nose, brow bone, and cupid’s bow. Don’t forget the inner corners of the eyes!
Tap a blush brush in your favorite shade of Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush (we used the shade Love is the Drug) and blend onto the apples of the cheeks. Lightly sweep the color towards your temples.
That’s all it takes to capture the Vintage Vamp’s sexy, sensual allure. Pair this look with sleek, polished hair and antique jewels to go from boudoir to late-night soirée without missing a beat.