Retro Glam: How to Look Like a Pin­up Girl

CalendarMonday, November 30th, 2015
UserJeff Chiarelli
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Retro Glam: How to Look Like a Pin­up Girl


The unique look of the 1940s pin­up girl is one that has been adoringly emulated by women of all ages for decades. From victory curls to red lipstick, it’s a style that is simultaneously retro and timeless. Take a look at these iconic pin­up girl images, and read on to find out how to easily look just like them.


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Bouffant Updo With Victory Curls:

Section off the crown area of your hair from temple to temple.
Separate the section into layers, rolling and securely pinning each one into a heat roller.
Allow curls to set and remove rollers, loosely brushing the curls out with your fingers.
Starting from the area closest to your face, section off the remaining layers of hair and use bobby pins to fasten them to top of your head, directly beneath the bundle of curls.
Set with hairspray.

Lips: This look calls for a dark shade of red lipstick. Aim for something like Bodyography’s Red China.

Face­-Framing Curls:

Deep ­part your hair to one side.
Starting from the top of the part framing your face, use a large barrel iron to curl your hair in 2” sections at a time.
Gently loosen curls by brushing them out with your fingers.
Set curls with a finishing product, like American Crew’s Grooming Spray.

Lips: A bright red lip color is essential for this look. Try Bloom Cosmetics’ Bella lipstick to really make your lips pop.
Eyebrows: Use an eyebrow pencil to closely outline the natural shape of your eyebrows. Then, use the pencil to fill them in so they appear darker and more defined.
Eyeshadow: Lightly brush your eyelids with blue eyeshadow. Don’t go overboard, though. A subtle hint of blue is more than enough to make a statement.

Loose, Voluminous Curls:

Before styling, be sure to coat your hair with volumizing spray.
Deep­ part your hair and curl 2” sections all the way around your head with a large curling iron.
Brush out the curls for a flowy, voluminous effect.

Lips: Apply a deep shade of red lipstick to your lips. Then, apply a thin layer of sheer gloss for a sleek finish.
Eyelashes: If you aren’t naturally blessed with long, full lashes like this beach beauty, don’t fret. You can achieve the sultry, long-­lashed look by acquiring false lashes on the cheap. Check out the Sephora Collection for a wide variety of quality falsies to choose from.
Cheeks: Apply a small amount of light bronzer to your cheeks above your cheekbones and blend evenly. You can also substitute a rosy blush if bronzer isn’t your thing.

Flower Accessory:

An adorable hibiscus flower accessory adds a sweet Hawaiian touch to this shorter hairstyle. Check out for a cute and affordable selection.

Ponytail Bouffant:

Gather up the top section of your crown and pull it back into a small ponytail, securing it with a small elastic.
Gently push the ponytail towards the front of your scalp until the roots begin to puff out.
Hairspray the style into place.
Use a curling iron to curl the ends of the bottom half of your hair.

Bumper Bangs:

Using a fine­-toothed comb, section off your hair from the middle of your head down to the front.
Curl this section of hair with a medium-­sized curling iron, towards you.
Take a donut hair ring that has been cut in half and roll it from the tip of the curled section to the top of your forehead.
Securely fasten the edges of the rolled bangs with bobby pins.
Secure, even more thoroughly, with hairspray.

And there you have it! After following these simple steps, you’ll be looking like a classic pin­up beauty in no time.


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Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.