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 I was am fully obsessed with retro/vintage fashions, but so aware of that delicate line between fabulous vintage, and outdated tacky-ness.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.

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  1. evilstepqueen · April 18, 2012 evilstepqueen

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

  2. Hafsah Tarar · April 18, 2012 Hafsah

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

  3. Kristi · April 18, 2012 Kristi

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

  4. Kathryn · April 18, 2012 Kathryn

    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. budziak · April 18, 2012 budziak

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

  6. Fiona · April 19, 2012 Fiona

    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 Cindy

    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 Melody

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

  9. keepingupwiththekelly · April 19, 2012 keepingupwiththekelly

    This look looks lovely on you! Love the hair! It completes the look.

  10. EmmyJean · April 19, 2012 EmmyJean

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

  11. Phyrra · April 20, 2012 Phyrra

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

  12. Marianne · April 21, 2012 Marianne

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

  13. Alanea Autenreath · April 21, 2012 Alanea

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

  14. Brittany CrazyHat · April 22, 2012 Brittany

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

  15. Nichole · April 23, 2012 Nichole

    So beautiful, Cora!

  16. Angela · April 24, 2012 Angela

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

  17. Annabell · April 27, 2012 Annabell

    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.

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