Darlings, just a quick post today on this lovely vintage vamp makeup tutorial. This look from the silent film era began emerging in the mid-1910′s and continued to play strongly into the post-WWI emphasis for heavier makeup and more sexualized beauty. The dark eyes, evoking the sinister sexuality of the female vampire (or “vamp”), are also a nod to the vogue for Orientalism and all things exotic at the time, deliciously embodied by the striking Theda Bara in the banner pic above. Hope this gets your creative juices flowing for Halloween, my dears…we have just 68 days to go!
UPDATE: Ah well, what can I say but that I’m a sucker for this look? Here’s a whole gallery of lovely vamps of the silent film era, notably Nita Naldi, Pola Negri, Louise Glaum, Musidora (aka Irma Vep) and, of course, more Theda Bara. If you let these dark ladies inspire your Halloween look, think draping fabrics, exotic jewelry and headresses, and flowing dresses or scarves to complete your attire.