I have always thought that one of the most timeless, classical and glamourous looks are derived from the pin up girl style of makeup of the 40's and 50's. Obviously the three main components that generally fuse together to create these looks are the set waves in the hair, the slightly stronger brows and the black flicked eyeliner. You can go all out and wear a vivid red lip or go modern by wearing a nude lip. There are so many variations on this look and the Megan Fox pics I used for my last Makeup Crush post were a great example of a contemporary take on the genre. It's something that still looks fresh, sultry and super feminine.
This week's makeup crush is still pin up and it's the american actress from Marley & Me, Haley Bennett. This look is so striking but amazingly simple...champagne beige lids, black liquid eyeliner and pillarbox red lips. I love the contrast between her pale skin and the red lips! I was just thinking that I would LOVE to dress up as a pin up girl for a fancy dress party so I will have to keep that in mind for the next party I get invited to. Although I would definitely go for a tamer version as I don't think my husband would let me out of the front door wearing some of the get ups you see in the retro illustrations!
The products used in the above look are as follows:
Chanel Base Lumiere Illuminating Makeup Base
Chanel Pro Lumiere Correcteur Professional Finish Concealer
Chanel Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Soft Makeup
Chanel Ultra Fine Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Pink
YSL Eyebrow Enhancer Duo in Chestnut Brown
YSL Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
YSL Water Resistant Eyeshadow in Pink Sand
YSL Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Wood Brown
YSL Faux Cils Volume Effect Mascara in High Density Black
Palladio Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Shu Uemura Individual False Eyelashes (Flare/Black)
Chanel Lip Definer in Rouge
Estee Lauder Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Simply Red
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect Lip Gloss in Red Stockings
YSL Golden Gloss in Simply Gold
In my opinion, there's nothing more glamourous than the pin up hairstyles, whether it's the Veronica Lake style set waves, the classic pin up pomp 'fringe' or the bandana look. There are tons of tutorials on You Tube to show you how to create looks like these. Obviously you don't have to make the look too structured and that will ensure that you still look contemporary.
This is a really popular look for celebs like Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese, Christina Aguilera, Megan Fox and Scarlett Johansson. Katy Perry has really pushed this look into popular culture and often finds new and fun ways to play with it. The likes of Dita and Christina tend to stay true to the original look. I like the idea of creating makeup ideas INSPIRED by this look rather than all out copying it to a T. I think by adding glowy skin and playing around with the colours, you can bring this retro look right into 2010 and easily pair it with current fashion.
I need to do some practice on the hairstyle side of things but I'm currently trying to find the best colour of lipstick to suit my skintone. I never ever wear a bright lip because to be perfectly honest, I always found it a bit scary. But now that I have learnt a shedload more about makeup, I feel confident enough to try these things out now. So over the next few weeks I am going to try some hot pink and bright red lipsticks to find out if I am brave enough to rock a statement lip!
What about you guys, do you lust after this look from yesteryear? Who do you think embodies the pin up girl look the best?