Possibly the most famous of all pin up girls, Bettie Page knew what she was doing when it came to style, from her sexy, slinky wardrobe to her slick black hair. Bettie's bright red lips and dark black eyes are now essential parts of the 1950's pin up style. If you'd like to look like Bettie, or any of her sexy Pin-Up companions, here are a few makeup tips can get you started.
I have included the best video I have ever seen on pin up style makeup (from askmemakeup) so you can get a nice visual of how to do it as well as follow the written instructions.
Things You'll Need:
- Eyebrow pencil
- Large blush brush
- Highlighting powder
- Light, shimmery eyeshadow
- Dark purple or light blue eyeshadow
- Liquid eyeliner
- False lashes
- Rosy blush
- Red or Pink lipstick
1: Make sure that your eyebrows are perfectly plucked and groomed, as
sharp high-lifting brows are characteristic of these sexy ladies. The
inner corners of your brows should be the thickest point, thinning out
towards the tips. Before you are finished with your makeup, you can
color your brows in thoroughly with an eyebrow pencil to add drama to
- Step 2: Start with a foundation that
matches your skin tone, selecting a slightly lighter color if you can't
find the perfect match. Pin ups generally have that perfect, milky
skin tone, so make sure that you blend well and cover any flaws.
- Step 3: Use a large blush brush to
apply highlighting powder anywhere that light naturally falls, such as
the forehead, nose, just above the cheekbones and even your chest.
- Step 4: Apply a very light shimmery
eyeshadow to your entire eyelid from lashes to brow ridge, working it
into the skin as much as possible to create highlight and depth. Using
dark purple or blue eyeshadow, create an oval shape from the lash line
to the eye crease. The dark shadow should be applied heavily with a
solid curved line at the eye crease.
- Step 5: Begin the eyeliner above and
beyond the outer corner of the eye for that Egyptian cat eye look, using
a black liquid eyeliner. The line should be thick, beginning directly
on the lashes themselves and working up. Apply the liner to the lower
lid as well, making the line thicker on the outer corner and gradually
thinning to the inner corner. Finish your eyes with a pair of long, full
- Step 6: Pucker up to find the apples
of your cheeks, applying a nice rosy color just to the apples and then
blending slightly up the cheekbones. If necessary, reapply highlighting
powder above the cheekbones to help create depth.
- Step 7: Finish your look with fire engine red or a light pink lipstick, just like the gorgeous pin ups of the 1950s. If desired, you can use your eyebrow pencil to create a fake mole, just above and beside the lip.