Happy Wednesday Dearies! I hope you all are having a splendid week so far. The other day, after watching the movie “Belles on Their Toes” (1952) (the sequel to “Cheaper by the Dozen” made in 1950) I was greatly inspired to put together an outfit inspired by the film, which resulted in the photos you see here.
If you all have read the books these two movies were based on, you will know that the events in Cheaper by The Dozen took place in the 1920’s. However the movies were made in the late 40’s, early 50’s, so the costumes have a bit of a late 40’s edge to them, which of course appeals to this 40’s fashion loving gal.
I wanted to get my look as close as possible to Ann and Ernestine’s in the movie, including the makeup. I didn’t pay that much attention to the latter while watching the film (too busy taking notes on the fashion ;P), but thankfully Charlotte had, so she gave me some tips on how to achieve the makeup look. Basically I did a cream colored base all over my lid and just below my brow. On top of the cream on my lid I applied a light brown and accentuated it along my crease line. I applied a bit of mascara to my lashes, a touch of blush to the apples of my cheeks, and finished off with a red lip, stained with my Mary Kay lipstick (I applied the lipstick thoroughly and then rubbed most of it off to achieve the “stained” effect).
As for my hair, I brushed down the main section to just about my ears and to within two inches of the ends of my hair, and then fluffed out the remainder of the curls at the bottom and the sides.
As far as my outfit went, I noticed that the daily uniform of the girls in the film was a loose blouse (sometimes jersey like mine) and a pleated skirt paired with some sensible shoes. So I took my 1940’s inspired knit blouse (you can read the post on that here), and paired it with my pleated wool skirt (for some reason the pleats didn’t show up that well in the photos. Sorry!) and my leather oxfords. The whole look, loose blouse, simple makeup, etc. was quite different for me, but I rather liked it! In fact I liked the makeup so much that I think it will be my staple look for quite a while.
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