Hey, Sailor! Testing 1930s Pinup-Glam Style
Giving good face Ă la Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.
Photo by Scott M. Lacey
There is glue in my eye. Iâ€™m attempting to affix faux lashes to my lidsâ€”hunched over a mirror during one of the Boston Vintage Factoryâ€™s pinup makeup classesâ€”but my transformation from editor to starlet has hit a sticky snag.
Nineteen-thirties-era MGM-glam style has been trending lately. Everyone from Adele and Dita Von Teese to Kat Von D sports the look, and candy-apple-red lips are dominating the runway. The new Bettie Page boutique on Newbury, meanwhile, offers throwback frocks, pencil skirts, and sailor rompers to complete the effect. But what Iâ€™m learning right now is that the making of a silver-screen legendâ€”including that va-va-voom pucker and those come-hither cat eyesâ€”requires exceedingly precise cutting, pasting, and painting.
â€śEverybody looks good in it, everyone looks sexy and wonderful,â€ť says Veronica Nunes, our instructor and makeup artist. â€śItâ€™s all about finding the right red for your lips and good lashes.â€ť She shows us how to blend dramatic eye shadows and how to expertly draw on liquid liner with a thick, winged-out edge, then walks the class through the false-lash application. Finally, we line our lips and paint on a slash of red and pink tints, dusting powder over them (filtered throughÂ a tissue) for a killer matte finish.
After a full two hours, Iâ€™m a knockout, as evidenced by the many glances and whistles of approval I receive as I pick up my dry cleaning. The next weekend, however, I give myself only 20 minutes to re-create the look for a holiday party. Big mistakeâ€”beauty takes time, after all. After an awkwardly protracted battle with the liquid liner, I finally give up. Glue and falsies? Forget it. However, I do manage to execute a hot-pink pucker that, paired with a very Mad Men polka-dot dress, garners compliments. Iâ€™m not quite ready for my close-up, but at least I can see out of both eyes.
â€śA how-to in pin-up makeup basics,â€ť $115, Boston Vintage factory, 86 Joy St., Somerville, 860-508-1017, bostonvintagefactory.com.
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