Friday, 2 August 2013

Vintage Pin-Up Girl Makeup Tutorial

There's something undeniably glamourous, flirtatious and fun about vintage pin-up girls. Think big doe-eyes framed with dramatic winged liner and sultry red lips; um, H-O-T! 

Some glam-as inspo...
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While it's a makeup look that was first made popular in the 1940s, it's a totally wearable look that doesn't date (and still looks as sexy as ever).

As a huge fan of the cat eye flick and a bold lip, this is a makeup look that I wear pretty often, and now I'm going to show you step-by-step how to recreate this look yourself! And hint... it's easy as pie!

Taken By Surprise Tutorial - Vintage Pin-Up Girl Makeup

1. Start off with a fresh-faced base by applying a light liquid foundation using your fingers to blend it in. If you have an illuminating formula, even better; it'll give you that dewy and glowing skin that all pin-up girls seem to have! Then cover up any redness or blemishes with a creamy concealer.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in "200 Soft Beige"
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in "20 Sand"
2. Don't apply your setting powder just yet. If you apply powder too soon after your base, you can end up looking cakey (not cute!). Let it settle in for a few minutes; in the meantime, let's get those iconic high vintage brows! 

Starting about a finger's width from the beginning of your brows (start too close and they'll look unnatural), begin filling them in with an eyebrow pencil the same shade as your brows. Normally you'd use a pencil a few shades lighter, but we want darkish ones for this look. Create a high arch and with a spoolie brush, soften the pencil lines for a natural finish. Them set those babies with brow gel!

Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in "001 Dark Brown"
Benefit Speed Brow Brow Gel
3. Now you can apply your setting powder!

Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in "04 Perfect Beige"
4. For a pretty flush, apply a cheek stain to the apples of your cheek and pat the colour in using your fingertips, blending outwards towards your temples. Try a pink stain over a red stain for a sweeter look.

Benefit Posie Tint
5. Eye time! Start by applying an eyeshadow primer all over the lid, inner corners and up to the brow bone. Then for our colour base, apply a white cream shadow all over your lids using your ring finger.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in "Original"
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in "05 Too Cool"
6. On top of the cream shadow, apply a matte pale yellow/cream/white powder eyeshadow using a flat shadow brush. Pat the pigment on for an even finish.

Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette in "Foxy"
7. To get the traditional pin-up girl defined cut crease, take a matte taupe/grey cream eyeshadow and apply using a short crease brush directly into the crease, then work the colour in a windscreen wiper motion to blend it out. Be careful not to use too much!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in "35 Tough As Taupe"
8. For your inner corner highlight, I love how gold looks when work with black and red, so with a highly pigmented gold eyeshadow, apply to your inner corners. Talk about golden girl!

Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette in "Half Baked"

9. Time to get your liners out! With a nude pencil liner, line your waterline, which will make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Then with a black pencil liner, line your tightline (your upper lash line); this will make your lashes look fuller. To highlight your brows, with a white pencil liner, draw a line directly under the arch of your eyebrows, then blend using your fingers.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Pencil Eyeliner in "005 Nude" and "001 Black"
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in "071 Pure White"
10. For wonderful winged eyeliner, I suggest using liquid liner. My tip on the perfect cat eye flick is to draw a line that extends from your outer corner, towards your eyebrow, following the natural curve of your lower lashline. Then connect the end of that line to your top lashline, fill in the triangle you've created, then just line your top lashline. Easy! If you'd like a more detailed tutorial, check out my post on how to use liquid liner.

Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner
11. Now for big, doe-eyed lashes! First step is always, CURL those lashes! Then from here you can apply your favourite volumising mascara and a pair of falsies, but because I'm hopeless with falsies, I've used a duo-fibre mascara. This mascara's wand has two ends, one with mascara and the other with lash fibres and basically you apply a coat of mascara, then a coat of fibres, then another coat of mascara, and your lashes look super long afterwards! Don't forget to apply mascara to your bottom lashes too!

Model Co Fibre Lash Brush On False Lashes Traveller Mascara
12. And of course, finish off with a statement matte red lip! You can go for a matte lipstick or a matte lip lacquer, whichever you prefer.

Lime Crime Cosmetics Velvetine in "Red Velvet"

And that's it! Go forth and be gorgeous!

But I already think you're gorgeous, you know that ;)

Which era do you think had the best makeup looks? My favourites are the 50s and 60s, but let me know yours in the comments below!


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