Tutorial: Pin-up makeup

UPDATE: I edited the video so that I could fit it all in one video, so there is only one video now.

I made a video tutorial about how i do my Pin-up makeup,this is my everyday look for the most part. Please excuse the length, it is my first video and I couldn’t figure out the editor 🙂 (I finally figured it out)

I hope this is easy to understand, if a bit wordy.  Thanks for watching, and you can subscribe to my youtube chanel where I will be posting more videos.  Also I have a package arriving from Pinup Girl Clothing today (yay!!!) so later today or tomorrow I will be putting up pictures and a review of all the fun stuff I ordered for Christmas.  Something to look forward to, I know I am!

how to get perfect pinup nails:step by step

Sometimes we want to embrace the glamour that is the 1950s from head to toe, or fingertip.  The iconic manicure of the 40s and 50s is the “half moon” nails, it is like the opposite of a french manicure.  It can be a little intimidating to do the first time, or when contemplating “how do I get make the little half moon to look nice, especially on the non-dominant hand!”  Well, I have the answer for you!  You know those little hole reinforcers that are found next to the notebooks, they make the perfect little guide for both the half moon and the french tip (if that’s your thing)

First do your filing and shaping to get the nail whatever shape you like, I shape mine into ovals so that the shape of the tip of my nail is the same as the shape of the half moon.  Put on a base coat, let dry.


Start with whatever you want your base color to be, I prefer to use a neutral color for this because its more traditional.  Often, women didn’t paint the part of the nail closest to the cuticle to obtain this look prior to the production of skin colored nail polish.  I used Sally Henson “hard as nails” in number 03 Bamboo Shoot.  It is really close to my skin color, but different enough that you can tell I have polish on.


After the base color is COMPLETELY dry, take your hole reinforcers and cut them in half.  Then stick them onto your nail, the sticker will cover the part that you don’t want to paint.  I didn’t want to have too much of the beige color showing, so  I placed the stickers to cover a tiny bit less than 1/3 of my nail.


Pick out whatever top color you want, this week I used a pink.  It is Rimmel “60 seconds vinyl shine” in number 808 Shocker.  Put on two coats of nail polish, allowing to dry in between.  You can overlap the paint on top of the sticker, I wish I had taken a picture of that.  The sticker will prevent the color from running together.  After you nails are completely dry, remove the sticker carefully to avoid peeling of the base coat.  Then finish with the top coat of choice.

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As you can see, it didn’t come out quite perfect, I have a little bit of rough edges on a couple fingers but you can hardly tell and nobody is going to scrutinizing your fingernails too carefully 🙂  I really like this style, it is super glamourous and makes my fingers look crazy long! Plus, if you use a base color that is similar to your skin color, nobody can see the new fingernail growth that always seems to be visible the day after painting your nails.

I am not very good at doing nail art, it always ends up like I let my three year old paint my nails!  So I am all too happy to embrace this simple, yet lovely look.  It looks like its hard but it really isn’t, so I look like I’m more capable and artistic than I really am 🙂 It also adds that extra touch of authenticity to my vintage wardrobe.  Have fun painting your nails!

Dressember day 10: Lime Me!

Today was unseasonably warm so I took advantage by giving my cardigans a rest 🙂


I wore a lime green top from Forever 21 (I think).  I love lime green! Its in my top five favorite colors, I love how bright and cheery it is, with a bit of punk rock.  I also love how it looks with my hair 🙂

I paired the bright top with a gray pencil skirt, gray and lime green are one of my favorite combinations.  The pencil skirt adds a bit more classy-ness to the outfit, I don’t know if you can tell but my shirt is kind of mesh.

I added some hot pink heels that match my lipstick, a green bracelet, and a turban.



This is a close up.  Turbans (hats in general) are kind of hard to wear.  Hats aren’t a big part of modern style so it can be a bit intimidating to start wearing them, it definitely attracts attention.  I got this because I love how it looks in old pictures but then it took me a good month before I summed up enough courage to wear it out of the house!

I like to have REALLY big, curly hair with the turban.  I feel like I need the volume at the sides to offset the flattening a the top.  I usually like a lot of volume in my hair, so its really hard to have a flat head! I curled it using my smallest size of hot rollers, then teased the bottom layers it until it was standing up on its own.  Then put the turban on and teased it some more to build it up the way I wanted.  My hair is due for a washing so it didn’t hold the curl as well as usual, but it worked out ok, and its not as big as I would have liked.  It fell a bit by the time I took the pictures.

I want to try to wear hats more often, I have a bunch of them.  I but them with every intention of wearing them, but I make excuses not to like “I have nothing to wear with (insert whatever hat here)” but it is really about a lack of confidence that I can pull it off.  This is a horrible cycle because what makes you able to pull off the hat is being confident! Lacking confidence makes it hard to pull off, which makes you more self conscious, which makes you less likely to wear it, and on and on.  I think that will be one of my style resolutions for the new year: wear all of the hats I own at least once.

Do you have any pieces of clothing, accessories, etc. that you loved when you bought it but now it sits untouched in your closet?  What drew you to it in the first place, what scares you away now?  I love to hear your thoughts and comments!

Rainy days and wednesdays wont get me down!

Today was a very rainy, school day.  I don’t like to wear heels to school since I have to walk around campus all day.  Usually I go to the gym in between classes, I have an hour or so break everyday so I use that time to workout, so on gym days I wear gym clothes all day.  Lame.  So I am using Dressember as an excuse to motivate myself to dress nicer every day of the week.


This was my outfit for the day.

Green pleated skirt: I got it at a thrift store, it has a matching cardigan

White long sleeved t-shirt: from Target, I stocked up on a couple of these in different colors for those days when an outfit needs a neutral.  I have a bright color addiction and rarely buy anything in neutral colors.

Black flats from Payless

Black belt that came with another dress.

I think the whole outfit cost me less than $20, which is important for me since we are on a pretty tight budget.  I am a huge fan of thrift stores.  If you spend some time combing through the racks, you can often find some great pieces of vintage clothing.  My mom always comments on my “old lady” clothes, but I don’t think I look like an old lady!  If dressing classy and ladylike, makes me look like an old lady, I’ll proudly take it.  I attend my local university and I see girls running around all the time in barely there shorts with parts of their behind or their middrift hanging out, I would choose looking like an old lady any day over that!


I decided to do simple makeup, a basic cat eye and bright pink lip.  This is my favorite lipstick, it is Milani “Rose Hip”.  It is also one of my least expensive lipsticks, I think it is 3.99 at Walgreens/any drug store.  I collect Mac cosmetics so I was a little skeptical about cheap drug store products but I have been so happy with this one.  It is the perfect bright pink lipstick, it is so creamy and has great staying power.

I like to use makeup as a way to modernize my vintage look.  I like to play with colors, again my color addiction :), I have so many eyeshadows and lipsticks and I try to use them whenever I can.  My camera doesn’t capture it very well but I think we will be getting a new camera soon then I will do some tutorials and more makeup and hair style posts.  Maybe for Christmas or my birthday in february I can get a decent webcam for tutorials.

I just want to remind everybody about the orphans that are counting on us!  The link to donate is in the sidebar on the left.  Lets spread some Christmas cheer!