1960’s Makeup Inspired by Mad Men’s Joan Holloway

Hi Guys & Dolls!

Don’t you just love 1960’s style? The clothing, makeup, home decor etc… it all seems to be a delicate balance of SO GOOD and SO BAD!! It really epitomizes my blog’s name: Vintageortacky, a term I came up with when I worked at a secondhand store. I was am fully obsessed with retro/vintage fashions, but so aware of that delicate line between fabulous vintage, and outdated tacky-ness.

So just in case you don’t know, there’s this fantastic television series called MAD MEN about a Manhattan advertising agency in the sometimes placid, sometimes turbulent 1960’s. In the series (season 5) we’re currently in 1966 in the heat of the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, and things are getting interesting! Sadly, no one in my personal life watches the show and it’s the type of show that needs discussing!

Here’s a tutorial inspired by one of the sexiest ladies on Television, Joan Holloway/Harris played by Christina Hendricks. Joan is the Director of Agency Operations at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency. I don’t want to give away any plot points if you’ve never watched the show, so we’ll leave it at that.

Joan Harris

My Inspiration

Here’s a list of everything I used:

Skin Care

Illuminating Moisturizer-MAC Strobe Cream

Face Makeup

Primer-Revlon Photo Ready Perfecting Primer

Foundation-MUFE HD Foundation #115 & MAC Mineralize Concealer NW15

Under-Eye Concealer-MAC Select Cover-up NW15 & 20

Powder-Revlon Colorstay Aqua Translucent (this powder feels wet!)

Contour- MAC Strada

Blush- Elf Tickle Me Pink and MAC Fleur Power


Primer-Urban Decay Primer Potion

Slightly deeper than skin tone shadow-Inglot 116

Deep Crease Shadow-Urban Decay Tease

Lid Shadow- Urban Decay Foxy & Bootycall

Liquid Eyeliner-Milani Eye Tech Extreme

Lash-line Liner- Milani Liquif’eye Pencil Brown

Inner-Rim Liner- MUFE 23L

Mascara-Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara

False Lashes-Red Cherry 747m


Primer-MAC Prep & Prime Lip

Lip Liner- MAC Lasting Sensation

Shiny Lipstick- Revlon Cherry Tart Lip butter

Matte Lipstick- Wet ‘n’ Wild 905 Smokin’ Hot Pink

Thank you so much for stopping by, please let me know if you’d be interested in makeup tutorial for any of the other characters from Mad Men.

Follow on Bloglovin
Cora (vintageortacky)


  1. evilstepqueen
    April 18, 2012 / 7:13 pm

    What delightful little bit of eye candy is on your nails, darlin’?

  2. Hafsah Tarar
    April 18, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    can you let us know what you’re wearing on your lips? its SUCH a pretty colour!

  3. Kristi
    April 18, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    So pretty! I’m a sucker for vintage makeup looks. Keep em coming, Cora!

  4. Kathryn
    April 18, 2012 / 9:24 pm

    I actually love your look better than the one that inspired it! I definitely need to try this. In fact, I may do this for the wedding I’m attending on the 27th!

  5. April 18, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    You’re gorgeous! I love the makeup. Mad men is awesome!

  6. Fiona
    April 19, 2012 / 3:59 am

    I don’t know a thing about Mad Men, but this look is inspired! I hope I can replicate it sometime soon.

  7. Cindy
    April 19, 2012 / 9:49 am

    Love Mad Men, and So happy you picked this character first! She is hands down always the most beautiful on the show! I’d love to see a Betty tutorial too. Preferably from earlier seasons though, when she had that 50’s housewife glamor to her.

  8. Melody
    April 19, 2012 / 10:53 am

    Wow! Classy. I don’t watch this show but this makes me wanna start. I adore tease shadow.

  9. April 19, 2012 / 9:23 pm

    Another fabulous look! And red hair looks totally gorgeous with your fair skin!

  10. Phyrra
    April 20, 2012 / 2:59 am

    I love your hair and your look for this! So awesome! You look gorgeous!

  11. Marianne
    April 21, 2012 / 11:35 am

    It’s gorgeous Cora! I lovelovelove 1960’s make-up looks!

  12. Alanea Autenreath
    April 21, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    The makeup is stunning hunn i would like so see tutorials on smokey eyes pleas

  13. Brittany CrazyHat
    April 22, 2012 / 9:09 am

    Can you do a blog post on the revlon colorstay aqua powder, ive been wanting to try it

  14. April 23, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    So beautiful, Cora!

  15. Angela
    April 24, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    awwweeesome!!! how about Megan’s makeup? She also does a heavy eye. Jonnie is my fav though!!!!!!!

  16. Annabell
    April 27, 2012 / 11:23 am

    I’ve never seen this show but i tried this look the other day and i loved it! i even used this as a base for what i did for my dance performance. it looked so amazing. love the looks you produce.

Leave a Comment!