Applying Make-Up…Lupe Vélez Style!

The first part of this scene from The Gaucho shows Lupe Vélez using whatever she can find to pretty-herself-up for the impending arrival of Doug Fairbanks aka The Gaucho! This makeup application process is exactly what Lupe would do as a young child. She was a great improviser. She would often crush ripened strawberries to color her lips before climbing onto the roof of her home to put on an impromptu performance for the locals. In this clip she uses crushed rose petals. From a very young age, Lupe Vélez was an actress…she couldn’t have been anything else.

Watch below.

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