Hair and Beauty Adverts from the 1940s

Hair and beauty adverts from the 1940s, showing the fashionable colours of the decade, as well as hairstyles, clothing and accessories. Max Factor was the big name of the 1940s, with its hugely successful products Pan-Cake and Pan-Stik (released to the public in 1948). Film stars often lent their face and name to advertisements, where Read More …

Women’s 1950s Makeup: An Overview

Following from the 1940s wartime austerity , the 1950s was a time of growth and prosperity. Many economies around the world blossomed and grew. Consumers had more spending money available and the end of rationing opened up the way for new products. New colours and makeup products appeared, and the luxury cosmetics market took off.  Read More …

Hair and Beauty Adverts from the 1950s

The advertising industry now had more power than ever before. More people were buying a television for the home and TV advertising had a meteoric rise as, one by one, the commercial channels launched throughout the decade. Print advertising didn’t suffer either, with magazines galore aimed at different consumer groups, all targeted accordingly by the Read More …

Women’s 1950s Hairstyles: An Overview

Following on from the hardship of World War II and rationing, the fifties was a time of relative prosperity. Disposable income combined with an increase in mass media encouraged the consumption of fashion.  New hair care products, including one-step colours, were designed to allow women to do their own hair easily at home – and women Read More …

Things to Think About When Creating Period Hair and Makeup

When creating an authentic period hairstyle or makeup for film or television, there are several things to consider to ensure that you get the designs right. These things will also help you when doing dailies or a last-minute job. If creating a period-inspired look for a fashion shoot or for a bit of vintage fun, Read More …

Men’s 1970s Hairstyles: An Overview

Men’s hair in the seventies was a joy to behold. There was a little bit of variation throughout the decade, from long to short, blow-dried and bouffant to spiked and bleached, with “overgrown” being the look that most people associate with the decade. Hairstyling and grooming was no longer simply for women – hair products were Read More …