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  • SNAG YOUR AUDREY HEPBURN PIN UP LOOK!

    This week I have chosen the ever so classic and demure Audrey Hepburn as my inspirational pinup style female icon. She was known throughout the world for her timeless style and feminine beauty. I hope you enjoy my following tips and techniques to help you create your Audrey-inspired pinup look!

    Audrey’s favorite colors were various shades of pink. She was a minimalist, yet very feminine, and she loved to dress up! Her makeup was always very natural and clean looking. The only thing that was ever truly accentuated on her were her eyebrows, which along with her innocent doe eyes, were her trademark. You can see this in some of the photos I’ve posted below:

    AUDREY’S MAKEUP

    1. Moisturize: Use a lightweight moisturizer about 5 minutes before you start applying your base, allowing it to absorb into the skin better. Then use a makeup base primer to smooth out flaws and to keep makeup looking fresh. Recommended: Murad Perfecting Serum

    2. Apply a makeup base: My favorite film quality foundation is Makeup Forever HD High Definition Foundation. Apply a small dime sized amount all over your face with foundation brush or sponge.

    3. Translucent powder is a must to set your foundation! Using a Powder puff, be sure to press the loose translucent powder firmly into your skin. (simply dusting it over your face with a powder brush, will not set the makeup) you must actually press it into the skin, and then you may sweep off any excess with a powder brush. Recommended: Makeup Forever HD Translucent Powder

    4. Eyebrows: Audrey's look is one of the few makeup looks where there’s an emphasis on thick, polished eyebrows. This will take practice. Remember, you want a thick and almost straight brow, with hardly any arch. Using a stiff angled lining brush, apply a very small amount of the Makeup Forever waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in shades no.0 or no.2 (they are very pigmented so don’t go too dark). With the angle brush, gently widen your existing brows. Be careful not to accentuate your natural arch too much.  Recommended: Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in no.0 or no.2

    5. Eyeshadow: Audrey’s eyeshadow was minimal and clean. Apply a nude shadow over the entire lid, and the same nude color under the brow bone. Then apply some light brown, or taupe shadow to the crease of your eyelid, and blend to the outer area below brow. You may also want to softly blend the nude shadow over the darker shade of shadow in the crease for an all over softer look.  Recommended: Mac Jest or Schroom (lid), Mac Schroom (under brow), and Mac Soft Brown (in the crease blending outward)

    6. Eyeliner: To achieve Audrey Hepburn’s doe eyes, use a cream/gel liner with an ultra fine angled brush. Draw a very narrow line extending from the top inner corner of your lid at lash line and gently go outward to the end of the lid. Then with your eyes open, gently flick the liquid lining brush in an up and outward direction. Creating a little cat eye effect. The Bobbi Brown gel liners are my favorite because they are completely smudge proof and long lasting. The Mac liquid eyeliner works well also. After applying the liquid liner to the top, use a white kohl eye pencil to line the inside under your eyes…just a little bit. The complete eye-lining look will give you those innocent and flirty doe eyes. Recommended: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Black, Mac Black liquid eyeliner, and Mac Fascinating Eye Kohl Pencil

    7. Mascara: Apply a coat or two of black mascara to the lashes (both real and false). Make sure to apply mascara to both top and bottom lashes. Recommended: Dior Show Black Mascara

    8. False Eyelashes: Always black. My favorites are Ardel’s Demi Wispies, and 747 Mediums. They both have a natural outward flair.  Perfect for adding the finishing touches on your doe eyes!

    9. Blush: Audrey Hepburn had such a soft youthful glow to her that she really didn’t use that much blush. Definitely use light pinks, natural blush tones for this look. Use a large angled blush brush and gently sweep a little blush on the cheekbones in an upward motion. Then, sweep the same color blush across the apples of your cheeks.  Recommended: Mac Pinch Me, and Nars Orgasm

    10. Lips: Audrey wore shades of natural pink during the daytime, and deeper berry colors in the evenings. When you apply your lip liner, draw it a little on the outside of your natural lip line to make your lips appear fuller. The upper lip should be lined to exceed the lower lip in width, and make sure to draw a very defined “Cupid’s Bow” on your top lip. Choosing the color liner “Subculture” for daytime, or “Brick” for an evening look. Apply the lip liner, completely lining your lip top and bottom. (The lip liner shade should be only 1 shade darker than your lip color at most.) Then with the lip liner, gently brush the liner pencil over the entire lip (top and bottom), coloring in as much as you can. After that, gently brush translucent powder over your lips. Setting the color. Then proceed with your lipstick color. Using a lip brush, brush the outer edges of your lips toward the center of your mouth with the berry red color, or daytime natural pink lip color. No gloss is needed, as Audrey’s lips were always matte. Recommended: (Daytime) Mac Lip pencil Subculture, Mac Lipstick Hue.  (Evening) Mac Brick Lip pencil, and Mac Lipstick Viva Glam 1

    AUDREY’S HAIR

    For playful Audrey Hepburn hair, make sure and wash your hair a day before doing this style. You will achieve more hold and better volume if your hair has some natural oils in it. Audrey typically wore her hair in a ponytail with a chic scarf or ribbon, or in her famous French Pleat hairstyle from Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

    Start by using a thermal protection styling spray that you can use with medium hot rollers. Section off your hair (small sections), create a side part, and then spray each section of hair.

    Roll the hair on the top of your head in an upward motion with the rollers. The sections of hair on each side of your head should be curled and secured in a downward motion. Securing everything for half an hour.

    Using a volumizing hairspray spray your entire head. Then gently remove the rollers, and brush out your curls using a boar bristle brush. Using a small teasing brush or comb, take small sections of hair on the crown of your head and gently tease the root (aprox. 1 inch at the root) of each section. Backcomb your roots with a fine tooth comb to add volume and texture so your updo stays in place.

    Gently brush out in a backward motion away from your face, and spray again with your volumizing hairspray. Part your bangs on the side, creating a side swept appearance.

    Then, pull the right side of your hair (from your crown to the nape of your neck) back and bobby pin it back along the middle of your head. The length of your hair should be hanging. Now pull the left side of your hair back to meet the right side in the middle.

    Twist the two sections of hanging hair together and up toward the crown of your head, to cover the line of pins. Secure the twist to the back of your head with bobby pins. Swirl the ends of the twist into a loose, messy bun at the crown of your head and secure it with bobby pins. Finish with your volumizing hairspray. Recommended: Kenra Thermal Protection Spray, CHI Magnified Volume hairspray, bobby pins, medium rollers, large boar bristle brush, and small teasing brush

    Here are some of today’s leading ladies channeling Audrey Hepburn’s youthful doe-eyed makeup and classic hairstyles:

    Remember, confidence and femininity are the keys to achieving any modern pinup look. So put on those oversized glamorous sunglasses, slip on your ballerina flats and flash that beautiful smile! Now you’ve got that fun youthfulness and class just like Audrey Hepburn!

    xoxo

    ~Shanna

    Unique Vintage

    Makeup Artist/Hairstylist

    shanna@unique-vintage.com

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  • Channel Your Inner Grace Kelly Pin Up!

    Grace Kelly was a woman with style, grace, and class. She always appeared dignified and elegant in whatever she wore. To emulate this bombshell's style, think simple, monochromatic and elegant. Below you will see some of my favorite “Grace Kelly style finds” as well as helpful tips to achieve her refined feminine look.  Enjoy!

    Grace Kelly’s skin tone was smooth and fair, and her makeup color palette consisted of warm peaches and coral tones. To emulate Grace Kelly’s refined and feminine makeup, follow these steps I have listed below:

    1. Moisturize Use a lightweight moisturizer about 5 minutes before you apply your base, allowing it to absorb into the skin better. Then use a makeup base primer to smooth out flaws and to keep makeup looking fresh. Recommended: Murad Perfecting Serum

    2. Apply a makeup base in the warmest tone suitable for your skin. My favorite film quality foundations are Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundations, and Makeup Forever HD High Definition Foundations. Mixing with an Evian spray, apply a small dime sized amount all over your face with foundation brush or sponge. (The Evian spray will thin out the silicone based foundations making them very easy to spread and very natural looking.)

    3. Translucent powder is a must to set your foundation! Using a powder puff, press the loose translucent powder firmly into your skin. (Just dusting it over your face with a powder brush, will not set the makeup. You must actually press it into the skin, and then you can sweep off any excess with a powder brush.) Recommended: Makeup Forever HD Translucent Powder

    4. Eyebrows Use a light brown or taupe eyebrow pencil, making small-feathered strokes. Blend in with eyebrow brush. Continue line past arch to elongate brow. 
Recommended: Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil

    5. Eyeshadow Grace Kelly’s eyeshadow was very simple and clean. Apply some light brown, taupe, or auburn shadow to the crease of your eyelid, and blend to the outer area below brow. Then add a peachy nude shadow over the entire lid, and a lighter nude under the brow bone. You may also want to softly blend the peachy nude shadow over the darker shade of shadow in the crease for an all over softer look. Recommended: Mac Jest (lid), Mac Dazzlelight (under brow), and Mac Soft Brown (in the crease blending outward)

    6. Eyeliner You will want to use a cream/gel liner with an ultra fine angled brush. Draw a very narrow line going from the top inner corner of your lid at lash line and gently go outward to the end of the lid.  The Bobbi Brown gel liners are my favorite because they are completely smudge proof and long lasting! Recommended: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Chocolate Shimmer

    7. Mascara Apply a coat or two of black mascara to the lashes (both real and false). Make sure to apply mascara to both top and bottom lashes! Recommended: Dior Show Black Mascara

    8. False Eyelashes Always black. My favorites are Ardel’s Demi Wispies, and 747 Mediums. They both have a natural outward flair.  Perfect for any 1950’s look, and natural looking!

    19. Blush Grace Kelly loved coral and peach tones. Using a large angled blush brush gently sweep the blush on the cheekbones in an upward motion. Then using a lighter peach tone, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks!  Recommended: Mac Peach Twist, and Mac Sunbasque (a warmer bronzy tone)

    10. Lips. First, apply a warmer peach or darker coral colored lip liner, lining your entire lip top and bottom. (The lip liner shade should be only 1 shade darker than your lip color.) Then with the lip liner, gently brush the liner pencil over the entire lip (top and bottom), coloring in as much as you can. After that, gently brush translucent powder over your lips, setting the color. You will then proceed with your lipstick color. Remember, Grace Kelly preferred peach tones and corals. These shades however are not favorable for all skin tones, so you may want to choose softer, subtle peach or coral tone. (I will recommend specific natural colors below.) Using a lip brush, brush the outer edges of your lips toward the center of your mouth with a warm peach lip color. For a modern finishing touch adding a bit of shine, lightly apply a natural colored gloss.  Recommended: Mac Lip liner Subculture, Makeup Forever Lipstick Guava (very natural sheer coral shade), Mac Lipstick Costa Chic (light coral frost), Chanel Glossimer Coral Love, and...if you can find it...Estee Lauder Limited Edition Princess Grace Coral (inspired by her favorite shade of lipstick worn on her wedding day!)

    For elegant Grace Kelly hair, make sure and wash your hair a day before doing this style. You will achieve more hold and better volume if your hair has some natural oils in it. You will also have the best results with this hairstyle if your hair is around shoulder length.

    Start by using a thermal protection styling spray that you can use with your hot rollers. Section off your hair (small sections), create a side part, and then spray each section of hair. Then, roll the hair on the top of your head in an upward motion with the rollers. The sections of hair on each side of your head should be curled and secured in a downward motion. Secure everything for half an hour (tedious, yes, but worth the results). Using a volumizing hairspray, spritz your entire head. Then gently brush out your curls using a boar bristle brush. Make sure your hair is parted on the side. Brush out each section, following the natural direction of the curl. Finally, using a small teasing brush or comb, take small sections of hair on the crown of your head and gently tease the root (aprox. 1 inch at the root) of each section. Gently brush out in a backward motion away from your face, and spray again with your volumizing hairspray. You can also put the side of hair that the part is on curled behind your ear, held with a few bobby pins. For a finishing touch, to get rid of any unwanted frizz and add glamorous shine, spray a small amount of Moroccan oil to only the ends of your curls. Recommended: Kenra Thermal Protection Spray, CHI Magnified Volume hairspray, Moroccan Oil glimmer shine spray, bobby pins, medium rollers, large boar bristle brush, and small teasing brush

    Here are some of today’s leading ladies channeling Grace Kelly’s elegant hair and makeup style!

    Remember, confidence and femininity is the key to achieving any modern pinup look. So, go ahead and grab those vintage style gloves, chic little purse, and that classic set of pearls. You are now the epitome of 1950’s elegance and class just like Grace Kelly!

    xoxo

    ~Shanna

    Unique Vintage

    Makeup Artist/Hairstylist

    shanna@unique-vintage.com

  • Vintage Goes Mainstream!

    This past Sunday's Los Angeles Times' Image Section was all about VINTAGE-inspired looks and guess who was featured? Unique Vintage Clothing Boutique, of course!

    According to Times writer Melissa Magsaysay, "The retro aesthetic is still a desirable one...[and] several local designers and retailers are creating and selling new clothing crafted to look steeped in the past. Their wares include cocktail dresses and bathing suits reminiscent of a Vargas girl, and they sell to customers who seem to be taking cues from modern-day vintage vixens, such as burlesque star Dita Von Teese and singer Katy Perry. [Unique Vintage] owner Katie Echeverry carries a wide array of vintage-inspired clothing for men and women in a variety of prices."

    To celebrate the niche trend of Vintage going mainstream, we just got in a bunch of fantastic summer frocks. Check out our favorites below! We hope you love them as much as we do!

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