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September 7, 2018

Vintage Styled Shoot

This collaboration was a dream come true as I got to work with two incredible local Lancaster County vendors! The photographer, Alyssa Christine Photography is a favorite of mine and I get excited when we have the chance to work together on an event! The florist, Sarah of Hemlock and Hellebore is a new favorite and she did an outstanding job with the floral arrangements for this shoot!

Sarah is the one who had the original vision for this vintage inspired collaboration. Beautifully, Sarah collected this true vintage silk dress from her mother who had initially found it. Almost like a secret from time past, this gorgeous dress revives and dates back to those roaring 1920s, which was a decade like no other.

Glamorous living contrasted against the rest of society, but gave way to an entirely unique era of style and beautiful things. Splurging and spending money on the frivolous things in life was at an all-time high for those who could afford to “have fun” and “drop money” whenever and wherever they pleased.

Inspired by the era of this dress, Sarah dreamed up a vision of recreating a modernized vintage moment. For a few hours, the four of us (model, photographer, florist, and stylist) traveled back and enjoyed a glimpse of those “big money” days, where the glitz and glam lifestyle was sophisticated in appearance, but flamboyant in action.

We put our creative minds together, and this is the vintage beauty that emerged. I hope you enjoy this travel back to older times as much as we did in creating it for you!

Before I share the gallery of pictures from Alyssa, I want to share the vendor details as well as the details of the modern vintage look I created:

Florist:  Hemlock and Hellebore 

Photographer:  Alyssa Christine Photography 

Location:  Conestoga House & Gardens

Hair & Makeup Artist:  139 Beauty Co.

Model:  Payton Becker

A classic vintage-inspired makeup & hair look must include the following to be a truly vintage-styled look:

  • Eyes: Totally matte eye, that is lighter in color, aka matches your skin-tone or a bit lighter (not too much deepening of the crease color). For the crease color you want a matte medium shade brown or gray. It also includes what resembles a cut-crease on the inner lid. You want definition between the lighter lid coloring and the soft crease coloring. Finally, it includes smooth thinly-winged liner on top of both lids.
  • Face: Vintage face makeup also should be mostly, if not entirely matte. You want even full coverage with very faint contour. Your concealer under your eyes should be extremely clear of any fallout and the concealer should be set to give a pristine and flawless complexion. Set the whole face to soften and meld everything together. Finally, you want a soft and rusty blush color, that should again be added with a light hand.
  • Lips: Everything about a vintage look is soft with the exception of the lips! This is the time to go bold. You can use any number of bold lips, but the idea is to be bright and bold (not dark and scary). Reds, raspberries, etc. In our shoot, I selected a raspberry shade that matched some of the florals to help tie the whole look together.
  • Brows: Vintage inspired looks are all about have a pristine and crisp look. Brows are no exception. For vintage-inspired brows you want to fill them in so they are full and the edges are crisp (except for the inner 1/3 of the brow nearest the bridge of the nose). You especially, want the outer 1/3 (nearest the temples) to have clean edges.


  • Hair: There are a lot of different directions you can go with vintage hair. Most vintage styles are either shorter hair that is set in curls or longer hair that is finger-waved. Our model and medium-to-long hair so I chose a style that combined classic vintage styling with the modern updo. For Payton’s style I first curled and set all of her hair so that is would have volume. Then I carefully undid the clips to let down the curls. Once released, I used a fingerwave technique to separate the curls to create horizontal waves. After the waves, I pinned a sleek and simple chignon at the nape with fingerwaves cascading back into the chignon bun. At the hairline, I set the curls so they would create significant volume and vintage-style wave at that part of the scalp. As I styled, I used product to ensure a sleek and fully-connected style.


If you can “check yes” to all of the above, then you are guaranteed to have a perfectly vintage makeup & hair style!

Now for the big reveal and your moment to travel back in time!


I hope you enjoyed your “travels”!


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