It’s probably safe to say that nearly everyone has seen the classic female models and movie stars of the 1950’s, and regardless of interest (or disinterest) in makeup, have also seen the makeup these women wore. If you are any degree of a makeup enthusiast, however, chances are you wanted to try that look out on your own face.
The basic makeup look on pin-up girls of the 1950’s was one of simplicity. Whether you are a makeup newbie or an experienced makeup user, this look is very easy to do, and requires only basic products and colors that you most likely already have on hand.
What You’ll Need
Fortunately, with a simple look comes few products. If you have two neutral, flesh-toned eye shadows (one slightly darker than the other), a black eyeliner, and a tube of mascara, you’re set to do this look.
Though it is not an absolute must-have, an eye shadow base, or primer, is a good thing to use. An eye shadow base is, in basic form, a flesh-colored, creamy product that is used underneath eye shadow to give it something to stick to, a more vibrant appearance and to prevent creasing (when eye shadow breaks down on the eyelid, leaving it streaky). There are eye shadow bases ranging from cheap to expensive.
How to Do This Look
After doing any preparations you deem necessary for this look, the first thing to do is to take the lighter of the two flesh-toned eye shadows, and apply it from your eyebrow to your eye lashes. You don’t have to be incredibly precise with this, since the color is close to your skin tone.
Once you have the first color on, take the darker color, and apply a small amount of it to the crease of your eye. This will give the eye some subtle definition.
Using your black eyeliner, apply it to the upper lashline. You may choose to create a “wing” at this point, or not, but the key is to keep the line as even as possible. Try to keep the line at a medium thickness – too thick or too thin could make this look seem a bit awkward. Applying any eyeliner to the lower lash line should be in a very small amount.
Finally, apply your mascara and/or false eyelashes. Fill in your eyebrows if you do.
A Note About the Lipstick
If you are using a red, or other bright lip color, using a lip liner would be advisable. My favorite lip liner is Ozone by Urban Decay, because it is clear and can work well with any lip color. However, if you are using a colored lip liner, find one that matches the color of the actual lip color you are using. Fill in your lips with this lip liner, and your lip color will last longer, stay put, and not look splotchy.
Ways to Kick Up This Look
One way to add something to this look is to use a sparkly, flesh-toned color on the eyelid. This will call for a third shade, a light color to highlight just under the eyebrow with. For this, try using a color close to your skin tone, that doesn’t have glitter in it.
For the lips, add a gloss on top of the color to give it some shine.
You could also try using soft colors instead of neutral brown colors for the eye shadow.
Now that you know how to do the classic pin-up makeup look, go try it out! Remember that makeup is only temporary – you can always wash it off. Good luck!