Makeup Artistry by Ashley

Hello Sailor! Tips for classic pin-up hair and makeup

Pin-up is probably one of my favourite hair, makeup, and clothing styles to work on. It’s so fun and cheeky!

I worked with YF Photography and model Abbey (Insta: @abbey_macd) on this nautical-themed shoot. What makes a pin-up look?

-Big, sexy, voluminous curls! For this shoot I curled Abbey’s hair with a 1  1/4 inch iron, and pinned each curl with flat metal alligator hair clips. While the hair cooled and set I completed the makeup look.

-Black winged liner. I love using Essence black gel liner with a small angled brush. Why? It’s inexpensive, widely available in drug stores, has great staying power, is easy to work with, and is more hygienic to use when scooped out of the pot onto a stainless steel palette (there’s no double dipping).

-Clean, smooth skin. I use minimal foundation and concealer. Just enough to correct any discoloration. We don’t it to be cakey, or heavy-looking. With a bold eye, and lip, we don’t want any heavy contour or hard edges. To give it a more modern look, you can add a couple drops of a liquid highlighter (L’Oreal LUMI Amour Glow Boosing Drops) into liquid foundation, or even just a BB/CC cream.

-Soft, natural flush on the cheeks (colour depends on skin tone. You might want a baby pink or peach for fair skin, more of a berry or even apricot on medium skin, and plums/raisin colours for darker skin tones). Again, no heavy contour or sculpting. We want the skin to look as soft, and natural as possible. So apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks, while blending and sheering it out gently toward the temples.

-Flirty, bold, red lips. Make sure you line and fill the lips with a red lip pencil first. This improves the staying power of your colour, and makes it more opaque. What you use for lip colour depends on the look you’re going for. The classic look is more matte, so you may want to use a liquid-matte lipstick. If you want something a bit more moisturizing and less severe a satin finish bullet lipstick does the trick. And for a more glamorous, modern take you can put a bit of gloss over the centre of the lips, or even do a two-toned lip with a lighter red toward the middle, blended into a darker red on the outsides or corners of the lips. Remember to blend if you’re doing a two tone, or you’ll end up with a severe lined look (a la the 1990s).

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