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Best pin-up hair and makeup tutorials

Vintage pin-up style isn't as hard as it looks. Check out our guide to pin-up beauty and our favourite vintage beauty tutorials.

If you've ever sat in front of the mirror praying that you'll be able to match one side of winged eyeliner to the other, you're probably in need of a tutorial on pin-up makeup to help you nail it.

Got your signature red lipstick ready? This guide has the top hair and makeup tutorials to help you achieve your ideal pin-up look! And don't forget to check out our companion guide to pin-up fashion.


Pin-up hair

Pin-up hair is a tricky thing to master, but once you've got the hang of it you'll wonder why you haven't been doing it for years! From victory rolls to Bettie Page bangs, there are plenty of options for you to rock all through the day. The best part? They can look professional enough to wear to work, so you can transition from workplace to glam night out with just a swipe of red lipstick.


1. Pin-Up Glam, by PinUpDollAshleyMarie

Are you ready to take your hair to new heights? Literally? You're going to want to reach maximum volume for this tutorial.

Use blow dryers, rollers and paddle brushes to achieve a look that will have everyone thinking you just stepped out from a 50s advert.


2. My Go To Quick Pinup Hair Style, by PinUpDollAshleyMarie

For those mornings when you can hardly be bothered to get up, let alone get all fancy for work or just to make yourself feel good.

This tutorial will teach you how to turn your bed hair into a stylish updo with just hairspray, a scarf and a curling iron.


3. Hair Tutorial: Bettie Page Pinup hair and bangs, by Kandee Johnson

Bettie Page bangs are nothing short of iconic. It's a challenging look to pull off, but if you're committed you'll definitely be able to rock it.

And with Kandee's help, you'll have the technique down sooner than you might expect.


4. How To: Victory Rolls, by Loepsie

Victory rolls are a must for anyone wishing to embrace a vintage pin-up look. Inspired by the victory roll aeroplane manoeuvre, these curls are here to stay.

Remember, the bigger the better when it comes to victory rolls. Is it even a victory if it's not sky-high?


5. Classic Pin-Up Hair Tutorial, by PinUpDollAshleyMarie

If you conjure up an image of a stereotypical pin-up girl (cardigan, Mary Janes and all), we're betting this is the hair style she'd be rocking.

And now you have the opportunity to rock it too, with this simple tutorial that will teach you how to get your curls to sit just right.


Pin-up makeup

Pin-up makeup is incredibly sleek and classic – you may even wear a variation of it without realising it. There are two key components of pin-up makeup: the winged liner and the red lipstick. You're going to want wings sharp enough that they could cut someone, and the lipstick should be cherry red for traditional looks (though we never shy from a deep blood red for extra vamp).


1. Authentic Pin-Up Makeup, by WildLife Style

Simple, classic, elegant. What more could you ask for in a makeup look?

This tutorial will teach you how to master the classic pin-up style makeup, as inspired by paintings and artwork.


2. Pinup on a Budget Tutorial, by PinUpDollAshleyMarie

Not a lot in the bank, but a lot of inspiration? This is the tutorial for you.

You'll still achieve all the pin-up style visions you dreamt of, but you'll be able to do it at a price point that won't have your bank account mutinying against you.


3. Pin Up Old Hollywood full face makeup tutorial, by Ina Pandora

If you're not careful, it's easy to get confused between pin-up style and Old Hollywood style – because really, they're very similar!

This tutorial contains elements of both styles to create one classic look that will have you feeling like you just won an Oscar.


4. Simple pin-up inspired makeup tutorial, by Laura Leth

Tutorials can seem challenging at the best of times, let alone when it's a style you may not have tried before.

This tutorial by Laura Leth will take it slowly, teaching you how to get the best out of your look with simple instructions.


5. Modern 1950s inspired makeup tutorial, by TianaCosmetics

First of all, who wouldn't want to be near a car with red lips all over the bonnet? We know we want to.

This tutorial is a modernised take on the pin-up style, blending elements of contemporary colours with classic aesthetics to create a look that will see you become the belle of the ball.



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