1950s: Gil Elvgren’s Pin-Up Girls: Before & after

1950s: Gil Elvgren’s Pin-Up Girls: Before & after
1950s: Gil Elvgren’s Pin-Up Girls: Before & after

Gil Elvgren was and continues to be one of the best pin-up artists of all time. Some of his paintings have become iconic images of the period. But not everyone knows that he painted his pin-ups from staged photographs. As you can see there is definitely a little ‘photoshop’ action going on!

Check out the blog from Retronaunt.com which details this technique and has loads more before and after pictures for you to have a look at. Who doesn’t love a pin-up girl?!



1950’s Makeup – How to get the look

If you have picked up the Oct/Nov issue of Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine you may have noticed that they had a new addition to their panal of beauty experts …. ME!

Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine Beauty Panal
Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine Beauty Panal

The question I was asked was how to create a glamourous 1950s makeup look at home, for a 1950’s inspired wedding.

Here’s the low down on ‘how to get the look’ …

  1. Chose a matt foundation a shade lighter than your natural skin tone and set with a powder.
  2. Blush was used very subtly to contour the face, choose either a peach or pink to compliment your skin tone. The aim was to achieve a peaches and cream complexion with a velvety smooth finish.
  3. Eye shadow was also very subtle. Chose a colour to match your eye colour or your outfit, pastels and browns were popular choices, but make sure it’s matt. Keep the shadow concentrated to just above the lashes and blend upwards and sidewards.
  4. Line the lash line with an eye pencil, keeping it very soft on the lower lashes. You can add an eye ‘accent’ by adding a small flick at the corner of each eye. However a more modern ‘50s inspired’ look can be achieved by using a black gel/liquid liner to create a more striking line and flick.
  5. Curl your lashes and then use mascara to enhance the upper outer corner lashes and you can also use fake half lashes to really emphasise this winged eye look.
  6. The eye brows of the 50s were shaped and penciled. Start by brushing your brows up into an arch, tweezing stray hairs if needed, then darken with a powder or pencil (a shade or two darker than your hair colour) and shape into an arch extending them at the outer corner if needed. Set in place with a brow gel.
  7. For the lips russian reds were still popular but pinks, purple-reds and orange-reds were also starting to appear by the early 50s. Chose a colour to match your outfit and then use a liner to define the shape of your lips, creating a soft rounded cupids bow and then fill in with your chosen lipstick colour, blot and add a touch of gloss if required.
  8. Add a touch of glamour to your look and draw on your own beauty mark or emphasis one you already have with a brown eye pencil.

All you need now are painted nails to match your chosen lipstick and a great pin-curl set coiffure and you’ll be the belle of the ball. Let me know how you all get on …