Vintage Red Lip Makeup Tutorial With Esther of The Sisters Florist

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty, Tutorials


vintage red lips wedding makeup

Meet the gorgeous Esther, you may know her from her regular job as one of The Sisters At Engadine Florist. She’s playing model for us for the next few weeks as we roll out a brand new series on Polka Dot Bride, one that has been in my head for SO long and finally put into play this year!

I rounded up a dream team – photographer Amy Nelson Blain, makeup artist Megan Vaughan of Makeup By Megan, hair stylist Melissa Cauchi of Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing along with gorgeous gowns from Savvy Brides and jewels from Samantha Wills & APM Monaco.

Why red lips? Well, this is just the start. Red lips are a favourite of mine and I think they look gorgeous on a wedding day. The absolutely amazing team pulled together three different bridal makeup looks that I’ll be showing you over the next few weeks with a complete tutorial on each.  I’m a huge fan of hiring professionals for hair and makeup (because, you know, I’d rather not drop lipstick on my chin on my wedding day) but if perhaps you aren’t, or want to explore this look for your own next special occasion, we have everything, including the full list of products (both hair and makeup!) used on Esther, right here for you!

Megan shares her expertise below – stay tuned, we have two more looks to go (and they’re all packed full of helpful hints and tricks from the experts).

red lip vintage makeup tutorial

vintage prep01

Begin with a clean, fresh canvas. I cleanse all my clients skin with Bioderma Crealine on a cotton pad. Make sure that all makeup is removed from the face including any mascara and eyeliner caught in the lash line.

esthers thoughts vintage look

vintage step05

This is where most girls reach for their eye creams and moisturisers. Too much product sitting on the skin under the makeup decreases the longevity and increases the chance of shine and creasing later on. Unless my client has extremely dry skin I will never moisturise AND prime. If this is a concern, purchase a primer with moisturising properties. My favourite is Make Up Store Skin Serum. It is enriched with ginko, bilboa and rosemary to give you an even and silky base.


Beauty Blender, M.A.C 130 Brush, Chanel Mat Lumiere Foundation, M.A.C Moisturecover Concealer, M.A.C Blotting Powder, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen, Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette in  Sin + Buck, Harlotte Divine Line Liquid Liner in Jet Black, The Balm What’s Your Type? Mascara in Black Noir, Eylure Naturalites False Lashes: Natural Texture, Laura Mercier Brow Definer in Soft, Makeup For Ever Aqua Brow, Benefit Benetint,  Napoleon Perdis Lip Liner in Roccco Red, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in #400

vintage prep04

Using a Beauty Blender, sponge a light coat of foundation on to the face starting from the nose and blending outwards across the cheeks and onto the ear lobes, down over the lips, under the chin, and onto the beginning of the neck, and then up over the eyebrows and forehead into the hairline. The general rule when applying foundation is to begin where you need the most product (which is the middle of the face) and blend outwards so the coverage becomes sheerer and blends into nothing when it reaches the outer parameter of your face. This will ensure you don’t get those attractive foundation lines around the ears, jaw and neck, and that cakey makeup look in your hair line. Once this is done, load your foundation brush (my favourite is MAC 130 ) with the same foundation and go back over any areas that require a little more coverage.

esther vintage makeup feeling


vintage prep02

Using your concealer brush (or fingers if that is your preference) lightly dab foundation on the dark areas on and around your eyes, in the creases of your nose around the nostrils, and on any impurities/discolourations including blemishes, veins, pigmentation, rosacea etc. Remember less is more. Slowly build your coverage until you reach the desired level and blend the edges to ensure you can’t distinguish where you have concealed.

vintage prep03

The secret to eye makeup longevity is to stop the natural oil secretion on your eyelids from breaking down and moving the makeup. The best way to achieve this is by applying an eye base or primer. My favourite is Laura Mercier Eye Basics. Pat this onto the lid before applying your eye shadow and eyeliner and your eye makeup will not move.

vintage step01 (1)

Apply a matte finish foundation to create that authentic 1940’s look and conceal.

vintage step02 (1)

Base the eye and lightly dust the lid with blotting powder to ease blending. Apply a light pearlescent, off-white shadow to the lid only.

vintage step03 (1)

Blend a soft brown shadow into the crease.

vintage step04 (1)

Blend the same soft brown shadow into the lower lash line.

vintage step05 (1)

Draw a black liquid line from the inner corner of the lid to the outer, ensuring the line is as thin as possible from the inner corner to the middle of the lid, then gradually reaches your desired maximum thickness at the outer corner. Extend the line a little way beyond the corner, flicking it upward in a gentle curve.  your desired maximum thickness at the outer corner. Extend the line a little way beyond the corner, flicking it upward in a gentle curve.


If you are using a pen, hold it an angle, pointing downward and use a light hand as pressing gives an overly thick line. If you are using a brush, choose one that is fine and dense, rest your elbow on the table to steady your hand and hold your eyelid taunt to eliminate creases.

If you have deep-set eyes or heavy lids you will need to keep your eyes closed until the liner dries to avoid smudging and transfer.


vintage step06

Curl your top lashes and apply a coat of waterproof mascara top & bottom.

vintage wedding makeup with red lips

vintage step07

Measure your strip lashes against the width of your lash line and trim accordingly. The correct size should start where your lashes naturally begin at the inner corner of your eye, and stop just a few millimetres short of where your natural lashes finish at the outer corner.


Having the lashes extend too far into and/or past the outer corner of your natural lash line will drag your eyes down instead of lifting them up.


vintage step08

Apply a drop of lash glue onto the back of your hand and gently run the rim of the strip lash through it, paying special attention to the beginning and end.

esther thoughts vintage


vintage step09

Wait for the glue to become tacky when touched, then gently position the lashes a couple of millimetres down from the lash roots, inner corner to outer corner.

vintage step10

Once the lashes are positioned correctly, slide them up and into place at the lash root, in the natural gap between your lash line and eyelid.


Applying strip lashes takes practice! Allow enough time to ensure you are not stressed and running late as you attempt to apply them, and do not be discouraged if it takes a few attempts to get it right. I recommend buying a few practice pairs to play with in the lead up to your special event. Like everything in life, practice makes perfect!


vintage glamour wedding look tutorial

vintage step11

Apply a second coat of waterproof mascara pressing the faux lashes into your natural lashes.

vintage step12

Brush brows upward and emphasize the shape using a brow pencil, gel, powder, or an eyeshadow one or two shades darker than your natural colour. Elongate them slightly towards the outer corner. Brows were quite dramatic in this era so ensure they are squared and sharpened, bold and pencilled in.

vintage step13

Lightly dust the face with translucent powder.

vintage step14

Apply a soft peach-beige or rose pink powder blush to the apples of your cheeks.


vintage step15

Take your time drawing a perfect symmetrical lip line with a sharp red lip pencil. Apply a single coat of red lip tint inside the pencil line, and colour over it with the pencil. Use the side of a firm bristled lip brush to apply a matte red lipstick. Begin by tracing the lip liner outline at the cupids bow. Then, while smiling to elongate the lips and create firm lines, start on the inside of the mouth at the outer corners and trace the lip liner until you meet it. Do the same to the bottom lip and fill them in. Gently blot your lips on a tissue and re-apply.


Place your lip liner in the freezer to firm it up before sharpening it. Experiment with different shades of red lipstick on the tip of your finger to find one that suits your colouring.


vintage step16

Apply a sealing agent to keep the look in place.

vintage red lip wedding makeup

I love the simply. soft vintage glamour waves that Melissa Cauchi of Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing gave Esther for this look, so now it’s over to Melissa’s tips and tricks! vintage-glamour-wedding-hair-tools

Babybliss Ceramic Hot Rollers (available at Ry Online), Joico Protect + Shine Serum,  Joico Powerspray Finishing Spray,  Sectioning Clips, Paddle Brush (Available at Ry Online)

This is a great style for medium to thick hair or hair that holds curl well. This look is best achieved with ‘day old’ hair.

vintage step01 (1)

Apply setting lotion and comb through. Set a deep part in the hair.

vintage step02 (1)

Set hair rollers (or tong) in small sections towards the face. At the back, set the hair directing downwards.

vintage step03 (1)

Allow to cool. then using a paddle brush, gently direct the hair in sections and secure with clips. (see photo)

vintage step04 (1)

A light mist with hairspray, allow to dry, then gently remove the clips. Another spray of hairspray and your curls have been transformed into vintage waves. The second spray is essential to maintain this look all day.

For a quick achievable variation on this style for everyday, spray hair with setting lotion. Use a tong or straightener to curl the front and side sections around your face. Spray with hairspray, then use a paddle brush to create one wave, leaving the crown back and rest of the sides smooth.

vintage red lip wedding makeup

A big thank you to our team of Esther of The Sisters At Engadine Florist, Amy Nelson Blain, Megan Vaughan of Makeup By Megan, Melissa Cauchi of Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing, Mandy from  Savvy Brides and  Samantha Wills & APM Monaco for bringing this shoot to life! Stay tuned, we have more for you next week!

Psst… Want to be involved in our next shoot? Drop us an email!


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  • [email protected] Over Function says:
    July 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Absolutely love this! The concept. The blog. The makeup. The tips. The … well everything! Off to share now…right now! x

  • Eloise says:
    July 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

    What a stunner! I love this classic glamour look its just beautiful

  • msstripey says:
    July 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    To all the vendors, what a gorgeous shoot – and all the information about achieving the look is great! Esther – you look stunning! And to Ms Polka Dot a big congratulations on putting together the concept and the story in this post – gobsmacked!

  • Ms Paisley says:
    July 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Fantastic! Love the new tutorials!! She looks amazing. Go TEAM!

  • Ms Gingham says:
    July 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Fantastic post with so much work being put in by all these very generous vendors! So talented! Love it!

  • Katherine says:
    July 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Fabulous blog, thank you!
    Can you get the Makeup Store skin serum and Aqua brow in Australia?

  • Bonnie says:
    July 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    WOW! What a spectacularly beautiful ‘real model’ and a fabulous concept. Can’t wait to see more beauty posts like this- always looking for great new products and inspiration.

  • HenorStag says:
    July 24, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Brilliant makeup tips! Thank you!

  • myglammproducts says:
    October 9, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    hey i like your lipstick, and its suits you well



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