How to Read Beautiful Adverts from 1940 to 2020
Posted On June 20, 2021
In a bid to help those of us whose lives have been dominated by the beauty industry, New York magazine has put together a guide to the beauty ads of the 1940s and 1950s.
We’ve pulled together some of the best of the most eye-catching ads that you’ve probably seen in the past 30 years, with plenty of information on the subjects, people, and companies involved.
The guide will have you excited to find the perfect look for your next birthday, wedding, holiday, or any other occasion, and you’ll be sure to learn a lot from the work of the women who created these ads.
If you’re a fan of vintage beauty ads or old advertisements, you can also check out a full list of the magazines we’ve collected from our archives, which are also available in our Pinterest board.
The beauty ads we’ve featured are some of our favorites from the 1940 to 1960s, including this beautiful shot of actress Helen Hayes, who wore the same outfit every day for 30 years.
We’re particularly fond of this image of an older woman, who is holding a bouquet of flowers.
Here, she looks much more like a grandmother than the one in the ad above.
A shot of American actress Barbara Stanwyck in 1930s Los Angeles.
She’s wearing a tight black dress, black pants, and heels.
Her hair is short and she’s wearing her hair in a bun.
In a 1930s ad, Stanwyk looks at her reflection in a mirror and says, “I can’t believe I’ve lived so long without hair.
I’m glad I’m so young.”
We like this shot of Audrey Hepburn in 1920s New York.
She looks like a glamorous lady with a great smile, and we’re impressed with the way she dresses.
In this shot, we love the way Audrey looks at a glass of wine.
We also love this shot from 1929 of actress Katharine Hepburn, in a similar outfit, with a more casual look.
We like how she looks as she drinks from a glass.
She has an attractive face and a well-built body, and the way that she holds her wine in her hand and looks at it makes us think of a good, modern-day cocktail.
In her 1940s appearance, Hepburn is also wearing a pretty red skirt and a white shirt.
She is wearing black shoes and a red skirt.
She also wears a black jacket.
We love the casual look of this shot.
This ad is from the 1930s.
This is an all-natural shot, and Hepburn looks pretty seductive, with her long hair falling down her back.
The ad is a nice shot, with no makeup.
It’s a bit of a throwback to the 1920s, when she looked a little more glamourous and a little older.
We think of Audrey as a woman of the 20th century, and this is the first time we’ve seen her wearing lipstick.
She seems to be enjoying her drink, as she sits down in a chair.
Her makeup is off, and she has a very dark complexion.
She holds the wine in one hand and has her face in the other.
She takes a sip of the wine, which looks delicious.
We do love how this shot looks in the 1940.
It shows Audrey with her arms crossed and leaning against a wall.
She wears a dark blue suit and a black coat.
She leans back in her chair and lets out a soft sigh.
The shot is a great reminder of Audrey’s youthful beauty.
She looked so innocent and beautiful when she appeared in this ad.
We would also like to add a shot from 1931 of the same actress.
She wore the exact same outfit as in the previous ad.
She was dressed in a more formal, white coat and a dark grey dress.
In 1931, Audrey Hepworth was a much older actress, and her appearance was less glamorous.
She still wore a dark suit and dark grey tie, but her makeup had been toned down.
In 1930, the actress wore a dress, and in 1931, she wore a very similar outfit.
In 1932, she looked very much like Audrey Hepwood, with the same hairstyle.
In 1934, she was wearing a much more subdued dress.
This shot is from 1930s New Mexico.
The scene shows Audrey holding a cup of wine in both hands, and then looking up to look out the window.
Her lips are slightly parted and her eyes are closed.
She appears to be smiling.
She smiles slightly as she places the cup of champagne in her mouth.
She then looks up and sees a big, beautiful bird.
She begins to drink from the glass, as if she is enjoying the taste of the drink.
This image is from 1931.
This scene shows actress Kathrine Hepburn.
We can see that she is still wearing her glasses.
We don’t see much of the face, but we do see that the actress is