Mad Men Makeup – Your Simple Step-by-Step Guide

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Makeup is taking its lead from an era when red lipstick, liquid liner and a great set of curlers were a girl’s best friends. The look is straight from the set of Mad Men – iconic ’60s glam.

If, like me, you’re a newbie to the show then you can check it out on Lightbox – New Zealand’s new online television viewing platform. I’ve been propping myself up in bed at night and tuning in – bliss. The show’s great and watching ad-free TV when I like and how I like is a dream come true.

Mad Men-inspired makeup is not only stunning but bang-on-trend right now so it’s time to channel our favourite Mad Men vixen and get a little ’60s glam. mad1

 Above: Mad Men cast.

1. Foundation The key to bombshell beauty is flawless foundation. You’ll need to arm yourself with a good finishing powder to set your look and create a perfect matte finish.


Above: A couple of our favourite powders.

2. Eyes Perfectly primped peepers are a must when it comes to pulling off this look. Stick with neutral shadows and add drama by applying a gel liner along your top lash line. If you’re a little shaky when it comes to liquid liner then take a look at Lauren Conrad’s super-simple cat eye tutorial below.

3. Lashes Faux lashes will seal the deal on this look. Each character on the show has perfect lashes – even housewife Betty Draper. Strip lashes are the easiest to apply and if you need a little crash course then take a look at our guide to applying faux lashes like a pro.

4. Brows While brows don’t steal the show when it comes to Mad Men makeup they do need to be well groomed and perfectly defined with a pencil or brow powder.


Above: A few of our favourite brow products.

5. Lips It’s time to replace your glosses and sheer or shimmer lipsticks with matte reds, bright pinks and corals to create a retro look.  


Above: Our favourite show-stopping reds (from left) Nars Shanghai Express, MAC Morange, YSL Le Rouge, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Lady Danger.

Lightbox gives you the freedom to choose from thousands of hours of fantastic entertainment, to discover shows that’ll have you hooked, and to watch at your own pace, with no ads to burst your TV bubble. All you need is a broadband connection, a compatible device, such as a laptop, desktop computer, or iPad and you’re away.


Main image Estee Lauder Mad Men makeup collection