Beauty Clinic: Can you recommend some makeup for a vintage fashion-lover?

Besame Lipsticks

Think Hollywood stars of the 40s and 50s. Taking inspiration from postwar makeup is so much easier than it was to get your glam on at the time.

The mixture of hormone cream and powder foundation that gave Marilyn her on-screen glow reportedly made her face hairy.

Much respect to Grace Kelly, an early pioneer of the contoured cheekbone (according to Gina McKinnon’s What Would Grace Do?), as the buffing time was surely considerable.

With today’s many sophisticated formulas, even vintage-themed Bésame Cosmetics offers skin-conditioning, long-wearing products that hold their own against mainstream competition.

The brainchild of cosmetic historian Gabriela Hernandez, Bésame offers reproductions of luxury makeup from the 1920s through the 1950s. 

The brand enhances classic shades and textures with the latest cosmetic innovations and sets them in natty gold compacts with chrysanthemum motifs. 

Bestsellers include the Classic Colour Lipstick, €30, a pigment-rich lip colour packed with plumping antioxidant oils.

This product in shade ‘1946’ is frequently worn by Hayley Atwell on the FOX UK dramedy Marvel’s Agent Carter, according to the star’s Twitter account. 

The velvet-matte red creates the perfect power lip for her redoubtable character. Bésame Cosmetics is available via and at Brocade & Lime, 4 Cornmarket St, Cork.


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