Probably the coolest thing about makeup is seeing how products have evolved throughout the years — where they came from and what they used to look like. Even cooler are current day makeup products that pay homage to these retro times, and if you’re a vintage beauty fiend like myself, you want just about every old-school designed product you can get your hands on.
Ahead, find the five coolest retro-inspired makeup products you can add to your modern-day stash.
A super oldie but goodie, the Smith’s Rosebud Salve is the perfect lip and face balm for the rosy-loving makeup junkie. This stuff is super moisturizing, nicely thick and gives your lips the sweetest glow. Bonus: it still has its vintage packaging (the brand was founded in 1892!)
Cue every film noir vanity you’ve ever spotted on the silver screen. Seriously though, this super luxe petal blush (with legit an entire faux flower sitting in it) is a gorgeous addition to every vanity, Instagram and bare face. The catch? It’s sold out — but we happen to know there are corners of the Internet where you can hunt one down.
The 1920s called, and they want their mascara back. Back in the day, women coated their lashes with a wand after dipping it into a mascara cake. This vintage Besame mascara cake will truly transport you back, and is versatile enough to be used as liner, as well.
Another super luxe pick, the YSL Rouge Pur Couture has that classic gold square lipstick tube — gorgeous enough to add to any retro vanity or flatlay. The payoff on this lipstick is also super classic and will photograph just as beautifully in color and in black and white.
If a modern approach to retro is more your style, Club BFF is the coolest balm to add to your ever-growing makeup anthology. Straight from 80s and 90s style, this adorable tube will keep your lips moisturized and will have your vintage-loving beauty friends turn green with envy.
About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.