How to swing the sixties with Bésame Cosmetics

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Miss Deadly Red. Photo Scott Chalmers


Big hair, eyeliner and miniskirts, that’s how we think of the “Swinging Sixties”, with wannabe models strutting down London’s Carnaby Street, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the English waif, Twiggy, or aspire to be the next Jean Shrimpton, who was the very first ever supermodel hailing from this revolutionary era.

When Bésame Cosmetics launched Cake Mascara in Europe in 2014, despite originating in the 1930s, the product was reminiscent of the “must have” cake mascaras that were still very much in fashion in the 1960s, along with tube mascara which Bésame will be launching in 2015 (watch this space!) and we were straight into photoshoot mood with English alternative model Miss Deadly Red, to get some top tips on application and some great shots with the quintessential mode of transport of the 1960s, the scooter, thanks to scooter specialists, Zeno’s Scooters who are located close to our own HQ.


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Miss Deadly Red applies Cake mascara. Photo Scott Chalmers


Cake Mascara does it all – eyeliner, mascara and brows! Miss Deadly Red made use of the Brown Cake mascara for brows, and stuck with the Black for the cat-eye look  eyeliner and mascara, before we applied some extra false lashes.

During the shoot, we alternated between lipstick colours – above is Portrait Pink  (1963) on the base and Debutante Pink (1967) on the top, and for the more copper coloured lips we used Coral (1962). With a another costume change (see below) we went for Dusty Rose (1969).


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Miss Deadly Red. Photo by Scott Chalmers


That leaves one final Bésame 1960s lip colour that we didn’t use on this shoot, which is Champagne (1960). So we will take you back to 2011 when we had our first film outing with Vintage Hair Lounge and photographer, Scott Chalmers, and made Gang Girls, a short dialogue free twist on mods and rockers featuring former EastEnders actress Shana Swash wearing Champagne as she leads her girl gang (who wear Debutante Pink) through a short journey of Vespas and Lambrettas, vintage cars and burlesque girls, set in the docks of the Port of Southampton to the soundtrack of Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) especially recorded for us by Miss Annie.


Shana Swash in Gang Girls. Photo Scott Chalmers

Shana Swash in short film, Gang Girls. Photo Scott Chalmers


For 1960s looks, film, television and photoshoot productions, be sure to speak to us at Bésame Cosmetics for advice on colours. We also have a 1960s lipstick pro-palette available exclusively for pro make-up artists containing a selection of our 1960s colours. For enquiries about this product, and our Vintage Reds pro-palette email with the heading PRO-PALETTE.


All images with kind permission of Scott Chalmers.

Hair and makeup by Vintage Hair Lounge.

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