Recreating the 1940’s …

Last thursday saw the fruits of our labour come together at our 1940s inspired vintage photo shoot at Avoncroft Museum, near Bromsgrove, Birmingham, West Midlands who let us use some their amazing buildings, we especially loved the 1940’s prefab.

Our photographer was the amazing Louise Holgate  who spent the day snapping away at our model, Helena. I created her 1940’s vintage look by creating Faux Betty Bangs and victory rolls in her hair and a simple 40s makeup. I will be doing tutorials on each of these looks in the near future so watch this space.

Louise quickly worked her magic and has produced some amazing pictures for us to have sneaky peek at while we wait for the collection to be put together.

I would just like to say a big thank you to Helena, my model, whose beautiful face graces our photos (you really can’t take a bad picture of this girl. Stunning!), to Louise for agreeing to be our photographer and taking these gorgeous photographs, to Simon from Avoncroft Museum, who stood patiently by as we set up shots in the prefab and lastly to Giulia Scrimieri, costume designer extraordinaire, who came to my rescue and raided her costume collection to provide me with an original 1940’s outfit.

We found out on our visit you can also get married at Avoncroft so if you’re planning a wedding, especially a vintage wedding, Avoncroft is well worth a look.

We’re popping up all over the place!

Solihull Vintage Fair 8th September 2012

We’ve got another event to add to our busy schedule! SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup will now be popping up at:

Solihull Vintage Fair 8th September 2012 10am – 4pm Meadows Function Suite, Hobs Moat Road, Solihull, West Midlands.


I will be running my vintage pop-up beauty salon at this local event from 1pm – 4pm, so why not book in for a bit a of a pamper. All you’ll then need is your party dress and your dancing shoes and you’ll be the belle of the ball when you hit the town.

Eye Liner or Lips application £5

Fake Lashes and Liner Application £10

Quick Vintage Hair Styling £15

Walk up appointments will be available but if you like to pre-book your time slot then email me at or tweet me @SGRussell

The next event …

With less than a month to go until The Knowle Wedding Festival we are keeping our fingers permanently crossed that the weather stays dry! Although SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup will be safely indoors there will be lots of roaming performers out and about to entertain the crowds as well as lots of outside exhibitors.

St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall


The Knowle Wedding Festival will be taking place on Sunday 23rd September 2012, from 12:30pm – 4:30pm. At St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0AN (off Fen End Road West)

Parking and admission are FREE and there will also be a FREE goody bag for those brides that pre-register.

The Festival is organised by ‘Fabulous by Felicity’ and this is what she has to say about the event …

“At Temple Balsall, Knowle which is an idyllic countryside setting with a pretty and historic church, popular for weddings!

Afternoon tea and refreshments will be served all afternoon 

* Live entertainment, displays and practical demonstrations.

*Competitions and free giveaways.

*Large number of unique, exciting and reputable wedding suppliers and service providers for you to talk to and liaise with to help create the wedding day you dream of.

*Selections of beautiful wedding music will be playing in church on the recently restored historic organ.
*The church will be decorated with a selection of stunning wedding 
flower displays from local florists.
*Tours of the church and opportunity to meet with the vicar for advice on ceremonies.

Bring your purses as you are bound to fall in love with some of the products and services available to book or buy on the day! “

And to top it all off SGR Vintage Hair & Makeup will be there running demonstrations throughout the day and also running special promotional prices on treatments too. So way not come and visit the stand to get pampered. Prices start from just £5.

Liner or Lips £5

Fake Lashes and Liner Application £10

Quick Vintage Hair Styling £10

I will also be giving out 10% off all bridal services vouchers to those that come and visit the stand.

Walk-ups will be available but to pre-book a time slot you can email me at , tweet @SGRussell

Faux Betty Bangs anyone?

Here’s just a quick little post to share two simple how-to guides that I found by Loreal for autumn/winter 2012 trends. Yet again vintage inspired hair-dos have been seen on the cat walk and Loreal have shown you how to recreate them …

The first up is what they are billing as ‘London Wave’ but it is basically a take on the wet-set glamour waves as seen in the 1940’s and 1950s. Go for the look on its own or combine it with some victory rolls or faux betty bangs.

The second video is for Loreal’s ‘Retro Revival’ hair do, which is a bit of a modern twist on your usual faux betty bangs. Usually faux bangs are created by rolling down onto the face to emulate an actual fringe but in this video they twist up and away from the face to create more of a quiff/roll.

You will notice in this video that they use padding to create the roll you can sometime pick these up in hair supply shops but is much easier to buy a donut shaped one (much more common) and cut it. Alternatively you get get a hair net and shove it full with your old hair from your hair brush but a) takes a while to get enough hair b)you can’t always get a smooth finish as creating a sausage shape with out any lumps and bumps with the padding is hard and c) is a little gross!

These are by no means the only way you can create each look but I thought they make great little tutorials and with a bit of practice they are easy enough for anyone to be able to recreate on themselves. You can even mix and match the two looks and instead of putting your hair up at the back you could create some waves (although you may want to section off slightly less hair for the faux bangs to leave more hair for the curls if you are doing this look).

Enjoy! Let me know how you all get on …