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I am fortunate that I live in a town with wonderful vintage-inspired retail options.  When two came together – What Katie Did and Besame – for a vintage 1940s makeup workshop, I couldn’t resist. Vintage makeup techniques intrigue me.  There are many tutorials on how to achieve a vintage look using modern makeup.  I came for the knowledge on application and approach to makeup as it would have been done.
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The Workshop

Gabriela, the owner of Besame, thoroughly covered the topic of 1940s makeup.  Everything from establishing your base, to places for emphasis, as well as palette.  It was an authentic look, not pinup.  Pinup has its merits and place, but for people who like to reenact, a more subtle, period-appropriate look is preferred.  I learned everything I need to know.  Gabriela was so helpful and answered all of my questions.  I look forward to chatting with her more when I visit her store.

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After the workshop, we got to engage in some retail therapy. Inspired, I purchased her new book, Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup.  The book fascinates with the origins of makeup in antiquity all the way through the modern era.  She kindly signed it for me.  She has a couple of book signings coming up in the Los Angeles area in the next few months, so like Besame on Facebook for the details.

We also received a lovely little gift in the shape of Besame Sweetheart Balm and little pots of all of Gabriela’s lipstick shades to find just that perfect red.  As extra little goodie goodies, I purchased Besame 1930s mascara – it is scrumptious, beautiful  and smells like gingerbread.  And another lipstick, this shade in Cherry, which I plan to use for more 1920s looks.

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I hope to up my authenticity game.  Lots of fun experimenting in the coming weeks for me!

4 comments so far.


  1. Miss Matilda says:

    oooh smashing post! thanks 🙂

  2. Andrea says:

    Oh, I'm so jealous! I would love to meet Gabriela and not have to wait for the mailman to bring my Besame fix. I hope you like the cherry red, it's my daily lip.

  3. Isis says:

    Found you through The Fedora Lounge. 🙂

    I ordered those samples recently, and thought they were great value for money. Lot of lipstick in those samples! And though I knowthat everyone raves over the quality, it was quite anotehr thing to find that it was true. best lipstick I have ever found.

    I'm eagerly waiting for my copy of that book!

  4. admin says:

    Isis, thanks for finding me! Can't wait to try all of those samples out.

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