Mad Men-inspired Halloween looks are for the glamorous, darling. You can find vintage dresses or suits that are lovely enough to wear again to events. This is appropriate for those who love to dress up, but don’t necessarily want to have a one-time costume or any messy special effects makeup. This is another option for the dress to impress–for individuals or groups. Feel free to accessorize with an Old Fashioned and a cigarette holder.
Makeup in the ‘50s and ‘60s always had great eye liner on the top lash line. Everything from a doe eye to a cat eye is fair game. And of course, you need some great false eyelashes. Create a nice foundation and blush, but skip any contouring or shimmer for a proper vintage makeup. Structure the eyebrows, eyeliner, and lashes. Finish the look with a bold red or coral lip color. The hair should be big and sculpted for the women. The men can have a 5 o’clock shadow (a la our leading man, Mr. Don Draper) and dapper slicked back hair.
Photography: Wijadi Jodi
Models: Sweetpea, Jax, Vivienne Le Détruire
Costumes: Bettie Page Clothing (Mall of America) – www.bettiepageclothing.com
Makeup/Hair: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios
What to Get:
Costumes: Women’s clothing from the Mad Men era is available for both glamour and workday looks at Bettie Page Clothing (Mall of America), men’s suits can be found at thrift stores, in closets, or purchased at fine purveyors like JCPenney. Cake eye liner (the authentic method): Ben Nye in Black at Norcostco, $7.00. User-friendly liquid eye liner (the modern method): Stila ‘Stay All Day’ liquid liner in Jet Black at Sephora, $20.00. Lashes: Various styles available at Norcostco, $5.00. Slicked hair: Murray’s Hair Pomade at the drugstore, $3.00.
Step 1: Vintage Makeup Tips
Makeup in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s always had great eye liner on the top lash line. Everything from a doe eye to a cat eye is fair game. And of course, you need some great false eyelashes.
Create a nice foundation and blush, but skip any contouring or shimmer for a proper vintage makeup. Structure the eyebrows, eyeliner, and lashes. Finish the look with a bold red or coral lip color.
Step 2: Vintage Hair Tips
Put the hair into a curl set. It’s like hot rollers, but you use a 1” curling iron and pins. Section the hair into 2” sections, backcomb with spray and a backcombing comb, curl, and pin to cool. Do this over the whole head in the direction of back and down away from the face.
After the hair is cool, take out the pins section by section, starting in the back half. Backcomb those sections throughout the length of the hair.
Wrap the section back into itself like a giant pin curl and/or a small French roll. Start to fill in the gaps between sections so it’s one big silhouette.
Continue this over the whole head.
Create more detail in the front with an s-curve in the bangs area or large pin curls.
Halloween How-To Credits:
Inspired by Mad Men
Photography: Wijadi Jodi is a photographer for the North Star Roller Girls. He also photographs burlesque shows in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area.
Models: Tawnya “Sweetpea” Konobeck, Jax, and Vivienne Le Détruire. Tawnya “Sweetpea” Konobeck is a nationally renowned burlesque entertainer and event producer. Singer/songwriter Jax and dancer Vivienne Le Détruire are talented up-and-comers to watch out for, and can be seen at “EXPOSE” -a Sweetpea Soirée.
Costumes: Bettie Page Clothing (Mall of America)
Makeup/Hair by Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios – Brett Dorrian, Sabrina Rogers, and Meghan Wick. Promotion: Gift Certificates for Personal and Group Makeup Lessons/Makeover Sessions will be on sale and gift wrapped for the holidays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our online mailing list for an exclusive announcement for our annual Black Friday gift certificate sale.