Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Would you like to dress like Lucy?

I know it sounds crazy, and everyone knows Lucy was beautiful. Call me crazy but I just love Lucy's housewife look. When she is puttering around the arpartment dusting with her feather duster or putting things away, I think she looks so pretty. I realize it's a television show and not reality but her hair and make-up is always just so and the house dresses that ladies wore then in the 1950's were so feminine and pretty. I seemed that whenever anyone stopped by to deliver anything or visited unexpectedly you always looked great. Here are a couple of steps you could take to get the Lucy Ricardo look for yourself

Start from the top. The most distinct thing about Lucille Ball was her hair. She was a bright redhead, a colore called "apricot" when it was originally died that color at the movie studio years before. The hairstyle she was known for was called the poodle cut. There are wigs that come in this style, but you don't need red hair to get the look, or a pood cut, just sweep your own hair into an updo of some sort, making sure it's neat. Use a little spray if you need to.

Pay close attention to your makeup. Lucy was fairly pale, but she didn't try to hide that behind make-up. She actually emphasized her fair skin with powder foundation. She also was known for her signature red lips and thin shaped eyebrows. Don't alter your natural arch but shape your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil.

Use false eyelashes. Lucy had beautiful big blue eyes and was known for these. You can get her look by applying false eyelashes and a coat of mascara. If you want to use your own lashes, be sure to curl them with an eyelash curler and use a really good thickening and lengthening mascara. Allow the lashes to dry for 20 to 30 seconds between each coat.

Wear a shirtdress. A shirtdress is a dress that buttons like a shirt and is usually belted at the waist. They are as close to those housedress we talked about earlier as we can get today. Below the waistline, it flares outward into what looks similar to a poodle skirt. In the 1950s, the narrow waist and camouflaged hip was considered very flattering.

The most popular shoe that the women of the 1950s wore was the simple pump. The pump is a high-heeled dress shoe, with a heel around 2 or 3 inches high. The toe of the shoe usually formed a point.