It’s fun, it’s flirty, it’s the Pin Up look. Pin up girls came from different eras. Tracing back to the beginning of the 20th century these girls knew how to have fun and how to look good while doing it! They were gorgeous, alluring, confident women. It was the 1940”s which really saw the pin up art rise into the phenomenon we know today.  Their posters were seen anywhere from high school boy lockers to World War 2 soldiers bunk rooms and even graced the outside of cock pits. Betty Garble, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Mariyln Monroe, Bettie Page. These are just of few of the most popular pin ups through out the decades. Stunning and curvaceous, these women were not afraid to strut their stuff even in considerably more conservative times.

These days women keep the spirit of the pin up alive. Dita Von Teese embodies this classic look & so can you! Wear it with confidence and enjoy.

WARNING: This look may cause boys to stare and possibly drool uncontrollably.

Let’s get started: PIN UP MAKEUP


For this looks skin should look matte and flawless, almost doll like. Make sure as always to prep the skin by washing, toning, and moisturizing.

1. Use concealer where ever needed (spots, under eye, etc.)

2.Use a matte foundation lightly all over face to even out skin tone.

Favorites: MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Makeup Forever Mat Velvet

3. Finish with a light layer of loose or pressed powder.

Tip: If your skin is primarily blemish free you could skip liquid foundation and use a moisturizer and conceal where necessary and finish off with a matte foundation powder.

Favorites: MAC STudio Fix Powder, Makeup Forever Duo Mat

4. Highlight and contour.

5. Finish off with a peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks.



For the pin up look the lips are usually the main focus so the eyes are usually kept pretty and natural with dramatic liner to create a nice balance.

1. Apply an eyeshadow base/primer followed by a nude, champagne or vanilla, eye shadow on your lids.

2.Contour your eyes at the crease with a wind shield wiper motion using a light color such as pink, taupe, or grey. Blend well for a natural progression of color.

3. Use liquid or gel liner starting from inner corners of the eyes toward the outer corners going from thin to thicker at the ends and finish off with small tails. This will give you that cat-eye look pin up girls do so well. The bottom lash line may be lined but keep the water line bare or add white liner to achieve that wide eyed look.

4. Curl lashes. Apply mascara. Add false eye lashes and apply some more mascara.

5. Fill brows in with a thin slanted brush and matte shadow to define them.


For the perfect red lip check out this great video from MAC Cosmetics Pro artist Fatima.

Some of my favorite red lipsticks from MAC are: Ruby Woo, Russian Red (also comes in a gloss), MAC red, Brave Red, & Viva Glam I.

One of my best friends came to me to get her makeup done for her birthday celebration. She wanted it done pin up style, a look she wears very well.

When I was working at MAC, I also had several customers coming in wanting to try this classic look. One girl came in with her sister asking for the pin up look for a photo shoot. They had the pin up hair going and all!

It is definitely one of my favorite looks when I am in a time crunch because it’s classic, fun. and quick to achieve. It is bold and  demands attention.

What are some looks of the past you love to wear?

Peace, love, and vanity,


  1. AGirl says:

    You are gorge & great tips

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