Nothing like a vintage makeover

I’ve spent the last four days with my lovely friend Sarah who was visiting from the UK. We haven’t seen each other for about 4 years so it was amazing to be able to spend some time together. We stayed in The York hotel in Sydney – which I totally recommend – spent a day at Spa Q – I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing that was – and dinner at Gowings Bar and Grill

Our Saturday night was spent at the opening night of A Doll’s House by Sport for Jove at the Seymour Centre and we thought it was the perfect excuse for a vintage makeover! 

Using a tail comb I started by defining Sarah’s side part. I put Sarah’s hair in pin curls using pin curl clips and Lindy Charm School setting lotion. She has a slight fringe and her hair is layered so it was important to decide on the direction of the pin curls – I decided to have all the curls rolling forward towards her face. The layers meant the curls were slightly messy but as long as the ends are fully tucked in this is fine. We left it to set for about 5 hours wrapped in a head scarf before removing the clips and finger combing it. I used a Tangle Teaser brush to work the curls, being careful not to pull too hard. Sarah’s hair is quite thin so I was trying to create the volume you get with a 1940s look without the hair separating. To keep the hair off her face I took the smaller side of the side part back with bobby pins and I used Sarah’s fringe to create a small pin curl/victory roll.

Then I sprayed the hell out of it with Cedel hairspray. Given Sarah has naturally straight hair and it doesn’t hold curl well, she was amazed how long it lasted. It even looked great the next day!

Her makeup was classic pin-up. Black winged eyeliner, red lips, defined brows and a rosy glow.

Products used:

Foundation: Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse

Blusher: Bourjois 

Eyeliner: Max Factor Liquid Effect pencil

Lip liner: Max Factor 

Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo

Brows: The Body Shop Brow and Liner Kit

Mascara: Benefit They’re Real!

To achieve the wings on the eyeliner I use Swisspers Cosmetic Tips – the pointed tip makes if SO much easier to get that perfect shape.

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