Style Me Vintage

Lookit, lookit, lookit, Style Me Vintage – Make Up by Katie Reynolds is a beautiful book and if you settle down I’ll tell you what I like about it.
I’ve been experimenting more and more with make up because I’ve been invited to, get this, nine fancy dress parties this summer including a ‘Roaring 20s’ wedding on a boat, exciting non? Recently I’ve found YouTube tutorials really helpful for fancy dress make up ideas. However I’m the type of person who, despite evidence to the contrary, likes to step away from the computer once in a while and garner useful information from a book.

style me vintage make up

The book breaks down into decades taking one icon and look as inspiration. Whilst each step-by-step tutorial isn’t incredibly detailed technique wise, it does give a great overview of what makes up each look. I find it so useful to have as a guide and I love how Reynolds shows a modern approach to a look for instance Christina Aguilera taking on the 1930s look and Natalie Portman trying her hand at Audrey Hepburn’s iconic style.

The book itself is quite small with only 109 pages of content but it is very pretty including iconic and beautiful prints through the ages, great photography and some beautiful and lesser used photographs of icons like Marylin Monroe and Clara Bow. Personally I found the last few pages most helpful, they contained very detail instructions for applying lashes, perfecting manicures, eyebrow shaping and creating the perfect eyeliner flick. The instructions for these parts are very detailed and so, so useful – I’d have liked to have seen more of that type of thing throughout the whole book because these guides are hugely useful.

When Mr Thrifty spotted the book on his desk he said ‘I’d buy that for nearly every girl I know’ and I think he is right, I think this would suit a lot of women as a gift because it is a lovely book to flick through from time to time for the pretty pictures but it also has a useful side to it too.

I found the book on Amazon priced at £6.99 (rrp £9.99) and eBay for £7.75 but don’t forget to check your local library, if you still have one.



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  1. It looks really good :) xxx

  2. It’s so pretty!

    Also, we are often at theme parties, I TOTALLY NEED SOMETHING LIKE THIS!

  3. Wow, this book looks just up my street. And, you are right, a great idea for presents too. I was bought ‘Fifty dresses that changed the world’ for christmas, which is an ace book filled with pictures and info about iconic dresses, I’d recommend! x

  4. I bought this about a week ago in urban outfitters on sale and I’m loving it.

  5. I want it. that’s all. xx

  6. This looks like such an amazing book! I love things like this – where you get to see EXACTLY where the source of inspiration is. It really teaches you to keep your eyes open when looking to be inspired.

    I literally just found something so similar when walking in Paris – a store called “A la Bonne Renomme”, that takes old artwork and photography and recreates the clothing seen in the vintage pieces of art. They have a book too, I think.

    Such amazing stuff. Thanks for showing us this – really really cool.


  7. This sounds amazing! I am going to have to try and track this down!

    Maria xxx

  8. i have the style me vintage hairstyles version of the book and it is great, i love it’s steps are so easy to follow and the pictures are gorgeous!!

  9. I was actually thinking of getting this along with other books as it looks good (from the cover), I may get it like you said just to flip through from time to time.

  10. I’ve been thinking of getting this book and after reading this I think will get it. I want to try the other books I’ve seen such as Coccoella mentioned vintage hairstyles and the clothes. Have you tried the others?

  11. This is not the kind of book I would normally look at but you made it sound so useful – will check it out!
    Another great book I’ve read recently that I think y’all would love is ‘Chic on a Shoestring’ by Mary Jane Baxter. Mary Jane is a milliner by trade, and in the book she shows you how to update and upcycle your clothes in lots of different ways. Totally fab and inspiring!
    I borrowed my copy from the library, but the cheapest I’ve seen it for sale is £5.99 inc P&P on Ebay.

  12. Does it have any hair tutorials??

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