Vintage and Old Makeup Ads

I love vintage and old makeup ads, they are so inspiring and it’s nice to  see how the art of makeup has developed. Even if you look at the makeup ads which were made 5 years ago you can see a huge difference!

I have so many of them so I’ve picked some to share with you.  If you have  any vintage or old makeup ads or just those that you like a lot – I’d be very happy if you could share with us!

This is an old Maybelline ad (1952?)

Revlon 1952


Carla Bruni for Givenchy
Isabella Fraiche for Lancome 1983


Guerlain perfumes 1920

Willow Bay for Estee Lauder

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 1993


Which one do you like the best? In the future I plan to make a post with my favourite makeup ads!

18 thoughts on “Vintage and Old Makeup Ads”

  1. Those old ads are so much fun! I think I like the YSL one, probably because I was a teenager at that time and that is appealing to me. Other than that, the very retro Maybelline is absolutely lovely.
    I’m glad Givenchy have changed their packagings LOL.

  2. I love those vintage makeup ads. The freaky thing is I can still remember seeing some of them in magazine. The Chanel ad has a definite 80’s feel to it. Thanks for posting them and keep them coming!

  3. Wow, what a huge hairdo in that last revlon one! πŸ˜€ My favourite is the Dior one, but they are all very dated. Is it just me who thinks the lady on the left looks way better than on the right in the Maybelline ad? πŸ˜€ Those eyebrows are terrible! πŸ˜€

  4. oooh, i heart the old ads! my fave is the first one because I like the transformation from plain jane to glam/beautiful πŸ™‚ I like them all really

  5. All-time fave is the Avedon Revlon series. Stunning even today…and all the stars who featured. Please please post. No archive is complete without these added.

  6. Hi, lovely ads, they’re truly art ! I hope you can help me—I’ve been trying to find an old ad from Sebastian cosmetics that I think was for their Trucco line of make-up. The ad came out in the 1980’s and had the word “chiaroscuro” on it and featured two faces and an owl’s wing in a very beautiful light and shadow montage. I’ve had no luck in locating it, do you have any suggestions ? Thanks !

  7. I love anything that is vintage YSL! So I love the YSL and Dior ads the most. Designer department store makeup was so pigmented and great back then it seems. In the suburban pharmacies/drugstores back then only Revlon carried a lot of strongly pigmented makeup and had a more universal range because Maybelline and Cover Girl in the 80s was terrible and had a limited color range.

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