Makeup Inspiration from Disney Princesses Part I: The Classic Era

Classic makeup looks from some classy ladies.

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Disney princesses have been around for ages now, and it’s amazing how they’re still as popular as ever! These iconic characters don’t just appeal to kids anymore: they’re extremely loved among young adults and twenty-somethings, too. 

Disney Princesses, to me, were never mere damsels in distress. These powerful ladies taught me so many important life lessons about being strong for myself, fighting for what matters, and caring for others. They’ve inspired many people since their creation, and I know they’ll continue to inspire more in the future. 

Speaking of inspiration, these fantastic characters have inspired me to undertake a three-part series focusing on the makeup looks behind each era of Disney princesses! According to the Disney website, Disney princesses are officially separated into three distinct eras: 

  • The Classic Era (1937-1959)
  • The Renaissance Era (1989-1998)
  • The Modern Era (2009-Today)

Part I will feature the Classic Princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora!

Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora form the group of “The Classic Princesses”. 

These three were the core princesses that defined what it meant to be a Disney princess. These iconic princesses had to create the heart and soul of an entire franchise. They had a huge responsibility in setting the initial foundation that would inspire the future princesses that we know and love today. 

Needless to say, there was definitely pressure on illustrators to make sure the princesses were absolutely right for their time periods and that they could still be relevant to future generations. 

L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara – Ulta | Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation – Sephora | Besame Lipstick in Red Velvet 1945 – Sephora | Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino – CVS | Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder – Amazon | Colourpop Gel Liner in Call Me – Colourpop | Photo – Disney

The makeup looks of these classic princesses were heavily influenced by their respective decades. The 30s, 40s, and 50s were known for promoting the “Old Hollywood Glam” look, with perfect skin, rosy cheeks, and bright red lips as the main features. 

Color entered the makeup scene later in the 50s, with women matching pastel eyeshadow colors to their outfits. 

Makeup in these decades was tastefully done and largely emphasized natural beauty, but it was most commonly used in a way that emphasized a more youthful appearance. 

L’oreal Infalible Pro Glow Foundation – Target | Maybelline Better Skin Concealer – Walgreens | Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lipstick in Beach Babe – Sephora | Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Mascara – Walgreens | Tarte Blush in Peaceful – Tarte Cosmetics | Photo – Disney

Snow White is probably the best example of the makeup from this time period, but Cinderella and Aurora manage to give off the same look in their own way. 

The Classic Princesses embody this nostalgic style of makeup extremely well. They display rounder, non-contoured (eep) faces with a natural flush on the cheeks, they have wide doe-like eyes, and they have full, soft lips. 

Here’s a list of the vital components that make up the “Classic Princess Makeup Look”:

  • youthful complexion
  • matte, flawless skin
  • naturally rosy cheeks
  • defined eyebrows
  • round doe eyes
  • long lashes
  • soft full lips (likely covered in red lipstick)
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – Sephora | Benefit Dandelion Blush – Ulta | Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara – Target | Revlon Colorstay Concealer – Target | Rimmel Nude Eyeliner – Target | Covergirl Lipstick in Caramel Kiss – Walgreens | Photo – Disney

My Inspired Look:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation – Tarte | Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Sephora | Milani Blush in Red Vino – CVS | Colourpop Gel Liner in Call Me – Colourpop | L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara – Ulta | Besame Lipstick in Red Velvet 1945 – Sephora

Keeping these princesses in mind, I tried to create a makeup look for a princess in this time period. The hair ribbon was just the right touch to add some extra bit of childlike innocence to this look. I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Part II Coming Next Week

That wraps up everything makeup-wise for the classic princesses! 

Keep your eyes peeled next week for part II, where we’ll explore what is quite possibly my favorite era of Disney princesses: the Renaissance Princesses! See you then.

4 thoughts on “Makeup Inspiration from Disney Princesses Part I: The Classic Era”

  1. Naturally Snow White is the only princess with short hair because she’s from the 1930s.

    How’s the Besame lipstick? Comfortable, non-feathering formula?

    • Besame lipstick is hands down my favorite of all time, especially for statement colors, they will last all day and all night. Amazing!! Plus, they’ve each got a fun history, which is always great <3

    • Amazing! It’s one of my favorite lipstick formulas overall. The formula is super creamy and pigmented, and it wears off beautifully with no feathering. The unique slanted top of the bullet also makes it surprisingly easy to outline your lips. Definitely a great option if you’re looking for a standard red lip!

  2. Your princess look is great! I agree that Disney is absolutely iconic. I don’t know of many makeup brands, whether it’s a drugstore or pricier brand, that HAVEN’T done a Disney collaboration. I love the first three princesses the best because of the era they’re from. They exuded the glamour and femininity of that era, red lips and all. When you think about it, the 30’s to the 50’s produced the greatest (and most emulated) sex symbols of all time, ie; Mae West, Jean Harlow, Ava Gardner, Jane Russell, Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Bettie Page and Brigitte Bardot. That era is used as inspiration for not only many makeup brands, including Besame, Benefit, The Balm, and Soap and Glory, but also clothing brands, like Bettie Page clothing, AND people, like Dita Von Teese. People simply aren’t emulating the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s like that, at least not to that extent.


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