In the 1950s, the U.S. was getting a little more conservative. The world was building itself back up after the lean years of WWII.
People were settling in with their families, buying cars and houses, and earning money. Women no longer had to skimp on fabrics and luxury items.
Makeup colors were strong with heavy eye brows and lots of black eye liner. Red was still the favorite lip color but some softer lighter colors were used, too.
Hair was generally shorter but still curled an under control.
Here are some beauties from the 1950s:
Left to right: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn
Top photo: Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield