I posted this picture a couple of days ago on Facebook & I love how my make-up turned out:
I decided to try to pursue not a career, but a hobby as a pin-up girl… And to try to take it seriously this time. I was too self conscious when I first started. My belly pooch and cellulite have haunted me since I was 16 years old. The thought of having it show in a picture I didn’t have control of scared me. I know Photoshop exists but what one sees as imperfections, isn’t always seen as such but other people. In this case, a photographer.
Other than insecurities, I hadn’t yet mastered the art of vintage hair styling. I didn’t even have a curling iron and the only flat iron I had was a cheap one I got at Walgreens. It didn’t do much to my thick hair. I asked for a good (expensive) one for my birthday. Now, my Corioliss flat iron is one of my best friends. It’s not a big brand in the US, but believe me, it’s magical. As for my curling iron, I trusted a friend. She got one for $10 at T.J. Maxx (I don’t remember the brand) and it works perfectly.
I wasn’t that good at make-up either. The only thing I knew how to do perfectly was the cat eyeliner. I’ve been doing it for almost 5 years. As for applying eye shadow, I was a mess.
A few weeks ago, I was looking for cherry print clothing to go along with Maraschino. I found this cute romper on Sourpuss Clothing. I was a bit disappointed when I got it, because the cherries are actually printed on (if you know what I mean). I’ve had dresses like this and the print eventually fades. I guess I’ll just have to take extra good care of it.
I did some exploring on the Sourpuss website and found these books:
They were on the pricey side but I splurged. I figured I would save some time by not watching so many YouTube tutorials with cheesy intros. I love these books because they actually teach you step-by-step how to do each look. The make-up one is my favorite because it has “did you know” sections. I love learning strange facts!
As for clothing, I think I’m ok. I’ve had this book for a couple of years now. It was expensive, but totally worth it. It has history, old fashion trends, and how-to’s! It’s now a lot cheaper.
If you’re a pinup hopeful, you’ll find these very helpful!
Keep in mind that clothing and how-to books can be purchased, but confidence comes from within. I don’t care how many self-help books are out there or how many men wolf-whistle at you. If you don’t find what you see in the mirror beautiful, it’ll show through pictures. Believe me, I know. Learn to love yourself before spending money on wardrobe, accessories and photographers. It may be difficult and it can take a long time but it’s free.
Find something you like about your body, face or hair and compliment yourself. It may sound silly, but it works. Do this every morning when you get up. It can be anything: lashes, beauty marks, eyebrows, feet. Before you know it, you’ll end up loving yourself and accepting what you consider “flaws.”
Being a Pin Up isn’t easy and it can be expensive, but the point is to showcase your body as art. Because, frankly, my dear, it is.