Just in case you didn’t think Loren could look demure, here’s a vintage postcard featuring the young star as a lovely bride. It’s the magic of the romantic veil — and a wedding dress with a modest cut. *wink*
A great glamour look of 50’s was called the Parisian ‘Doe Eye.’ This makeup look, which put the focus on the eyes, was as new & exciting in the 1950’s as lipstick was in the 1920’s. To a large extent the ‘winged’ look is still with us today, but the 50’s version was a bit more natural looking.
To give your eyes this ‘winged’ yet natural look, shown here on Sophia Loren, follow these steps.
Step One: Using a light shadow in a neutral brown or grey, shadow the lids lightly from lashes to brows
Step Two: Apply a slightly darker shade to the crease, and blend the shadow up & out toward temples.
Step Three: Next we apply black eye liner to the eyelid. Apply liner in one straight line, keeping the liner as close to the base of your lashes as possible, starting at the innermost corner, drawing it towards the outer corner, where you fan the liner upwards & out (toward the temple).
Step Four: Lightly line the lower lashes from the outer 1/4 to meet the line on the upper corner, still in one unbroken line, keeping the eye liner as close to the base of your lashes as possible.
Step Five: Very gently blend the liner — think ‘soft’, not a heavy smudged look! For better eye liner staying power, you can use the tip of an eyeshadow applicator lightly dipped into the darker shade of eyeshadow and softly trace over the eyeliner.
Last Step: Finish with several coats of mascara.
A variation on the doe-eye look is the cat eye, exhibited here by Audrey Hepburn.
This look, often worn with pale lipstick shades to further emphasize the eyes, is also called the ‘Bohemian’ look of the 50’s.
The application changes are few:
* Use the black liner all around the eye, still staying as close to the lash line as you can, and gently soften it so you do not have a harsh line. Think Holly Golightly! *wink*
* Concentrate the application of mascara on the outer edges of the eyes.
Some films really are only worthy of watching for the fashions.
One such film is The Millionairess (1960), where the scrumptious Sophia Loren, The Millionairess, spends the entire film trying to seduce the poor-but-dedicated Indian doctor, played by Peter Sellers. Difficult to image anyone not batting an eye at Loren batting her lashes, but that’s the role Sellers plays — even when Loren strips down to her lingerie in his office:
I’m not sure wearing black hose with a peach ensemble is recommended; but when the woman is Sophia Loren — and those black stockings are attached to the garters of a black corset — just who is going to complain?
The contrast of the sinful black corset and stockings paired with the lady-like white hat, pearl necklace and 6-button white kid gloves is what really drives the seduction by fashion — which is, you know, far more effective than simply being nude.
In this state of (un)dress Loren captures all that is feminine. Playing on the dramatic power of the black corset to demand attention, leaving things carefully covered to add the excitement of mystery, as well as demonstrating the demure “do not touch” attitude of a lady, she fully exploits the virgin-whore complex to unsteady poor lucky Sellers.
And you can too. Well, maybe you can’t knock Peter Sellers off his feet, but you can any other man if you follow Loren’s example.
Rather than dominating in the more typical or caricatured version of a “Domme”, such attire and accessories leaves the average man at a loss as for what to do next. You are in charge — and you can enjoy watching him squirm as he wonders just how — and if! — he should make his move…
Start with a stunning corset, preferably custom fit to your curves. (Real corsets are custom made to your measurements, and therefore require several weeks to create & be delivered; so now is the time to order your corset if you want to wear it for the holidays.) Then add the stockings and other accessories.
Opera gloves are my first choice — running over the elbow, leaving the focus on bare décolletage is enough to make anyone sigh. But there are many other lovely glove options.
Wrap the lusty luster of pearls about your throat, and, if you’re daring, top it all off with a lovely vintage hat. Don’t forget the dress! You have to peel yourself out of it; agonizingly slow, or with such perfunctory practicality that he’s completely puzzled. It’s your choice.
(Remember, you can leave your hat on! *wink* )