SUMMER BEAUTY INSPIRATION: The Retro, "Palm Springs Trophy Wife" Look

Slightly gaudy, vintage California style is influencing me for Spring and Summer.
Publish date:
May 14, 2012
hair, Urban Decay, Dior, Stila, nails, summer beauty, make-up, nars, tutorial, Elizabeth Arden, LCN, How-To

Some original inspiration.


Throughout the year, my style inspirations and influences constantly change, depending on the weather, my mood, and whatever movies, music and books I may be absorbing at the time. Perhaps because of "Mad Men" or my recent trip to L.A., I've been heavily influenced by the 60s (as usual), particularly the mid-60s and particularly with a California, somewhat Barbie-esque look.

The make-up look I put together for today is inspired by the colours I associate with that: Barbie pink and swimming pool blue. It's a look I like to call "Palm Springs Trophy Wife," and I think it's a whole lot of fun. If you're appalled by anything slightly gaudy or kitschy, you may want to X-out of this tutorial now. Otherwise, enjoy!

My take on the retro California look.


A close-up step-by-step of the eyes.

I applied a wash of iridescent ice-blue eyeshadow (like I said, gaudy!) like Stila's Eye Shadow in Poppy ($18,, from the lashline up to just touching the browbone.

Next a smoky metallic gray, like Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Mushroom ($18, was used smudged along the lashline, fading into the blue, and into the crease and outer corners for definition.

Finally, smudging a black pencil along the lashline (with a flat edged lash brush or a q-tip, either/or) thickens up the look of the lashes. A bit of liquid liner can be added in a cat-flick to the outer corners but it's not totally necessary. Same goes for a set of false lashes, but otherwise 2 coats of your favourite mascara will do.


I wanted to look all healthy and glowy, like I'd been sitting by the pool lazily for a few afternoons in a row, so I used a matte bronzing powder on the bridge of my nose, temples, cheekbones and chin. I like matte bronzers because they can be used for definition and too much shimmer on the face can end up settling into pores or fine lines and look scary. Dior's new Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Glow Sun Powder (longest product name ever?) in Honey ($52, is gorgeous for accomplishing the above task.

P.S., if you're pale like me use a very light touch, and the lighest shade of powder bronzer possible. This will keep you looking like yourself and not an Oompa Loompa.


For the lips, I went fancy and layered my lipstick. I started with one coat of Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Watermelon ($22.50,, a semi-sheer, punchy pink. After blotting that once with a tissue, I went over it with NARS's Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday ($24, to create my ideal pinky shade. The NARS pencil on its own is a great baby pink but I wanted to soften it up with the darker shade so I didn't look too OTT.


I used a round brush and my hair dryer to create a bit of volume at the crown and in the shorter layers near the top of my head and used got2b's POWDER'ful Volumizing Powder (around $6, drugstores) to amp it up even more. Then I used my flat iron to create flipped out curls at the ends and set with a decent misting of hairspray.


Despite the fact that I previously proclaimed my disdain for longer nails, the fabulously polished talons on this season of Mad Men have swayed me back to the dark side of longer nails. After a few weeks of growing (and taking hair and nail supplements), I filed the sides and rounded the tips for that pointy oval shape. LCN Nail Polish in Maldivian Sea ($7.50, is the perfect summer-y blue.

Now I want you guys to tell me who or what is inspiring your look for the summertime!

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