Thursday, 16 August 2012

How to: 1950's Pin Up Look

Debs season kicked off this week for me. I had the pleasure of doing gorgeous Jessica's hair and makeup. Jess is my boyfriends sister, so basically like a little sister to me :) 

We opted to do a 50's inspired look as we thought we needed something classy and elegant to go with her dress. She suited the look down to a tee. This look can be used for bridal looks too. (It's a personal favourite of mine!) 

How to get Jessica's 1950's look: 
  • For a debs makeup, we need the makeup to be long lasting. Jess has oily skin, so I began with a silicone primer, Smashbox Photo Finish 
  • For foundation, I used MAC Matchmaster foundation in shadde 3.0. I blended this down the neck to make sure it was all blended in properly. 
  • For contour, I used MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC45. I think using a darker foundation can look better as it looks more natural.
  • For concealer, I used Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer in Medium. I popped this under the eyes in a V shape, รก la Kim Kardashian!
  • For brows I used Mystery eyeshadow from MAC. Jess has strong brows anyway, so we just needed to fill in any gaps. (Major brow envy!) 
  • On the eyes, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion, then I packed Brule eyeshadow onto the lid for a matte base. 
  • Through the crease I used 3 shadows. I began lightly buffing Copperplate eyeshadow from  to create a natural shadow. Then I put Espresso over the top, and finally to darken it even more, I put a teeny tiny bit of Handwritten on top. I used Nylon eyeshadow as an inner tear duct highlight and as a brow bone highlight.
  • For liner I used Inglot Gel Liner in 77. I did a medium flick with it. ( I used a MAC 210 brush!)
  • On the lips I used Dubbonet Lipstick from MAC as a base, blotted, then applied Russian Red from MAC over the top. We applied around 6(!!) layers of lipstick (blotting in between each later.) I used Lipcote Lipstain over the top to make sure it stayed all night. 
  • For blush I used Suede Blush from Sleek, mixed with a bit of Dainty from MAC
  • I powdered the skin with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.  

Top tips for Debs Makeup:
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE EVER!: Please for the love of god make sure your foundation doesn't contain a high SPF. It will flash back light and make you look like a ghost! 
  • Use long wearing products!
  • If you're wearing tan, match it to your chest, you'll be one uniform colour then! 

Hope everyone who's going to a debs has a great time! :) 

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  1. Fab look....want something like this for my wedding. The black and white photo is stunning!!

  2. Love this tutorial LauraLou - Jessica looks stunning. And who doesn't love the 1950s look?! xo