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February 13, 2013

Getting That Vintage Look! Some Retro Styling Sources

By Andrea

Sorry, Gents! My post this week is definitely for the ladies! I love a retro hair and makeup look, but I tend to be pretty inept at doing my own hair and makeup. However there’s a lot of great resources out there, that can help just about anyone get a retro look.

First off, Vintage Hairstyling and Retro Makeup by Lauren Rennells:



These books are fantastic, and are a must have for anyone who likes to do a retro look. Lauren covers looks from the 20s to the 60s, with very clear, step by step photos and instructions. I have found these books invaluable! Lauren also has a blog, Bobby Pin Blog, where she’s got even more retro beauty info.

Next Up, Lisa Freemont Street on You Tube:

There are literally hundreds of videos that Lisa Freemont Street has uploaded to You Tube, but don’t be overwhelmed. Her vintage hair and makeup tutorials are FANTASTIC! Watching her videos definitely took me from inept to someone who can turn out a vintage ‘do that she’s pretty pleased with. If you’ve ever had problems with getting a good pin curl, be sure to check out her pin curl tutorial, it’s excellent.

Finally, vintage hairstyling classes!

With the ever growing popularity of vintage looks, vintage hairstyling classes are being offered in more and more places. You may have to do a bit of research on google for classes in your area, but it’s definitely well worth it. My daughter Kat took an introductory class this past weekend where they taught pin curls and victory rolls – here’s some pictures of the finished result:



I hope these links will inspire you ladies to try out a retro look if you haven’t! If you’ve got any other retro beauty resources, I’d love to hear about them as well.

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6 Responses to Getting That Vintage Look! Some Retro Styling Sources

  1. Cindy Reply

    February 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

    one word ~ Pincurls!

    • Andrea Reply

      February 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Yes, pin curls are definitely key for a retro look!

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    February 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Oh my gosh! Kat looks gorgeous! Are you planning on taking the class, too?

    Thanks for the recommendation on Lisa Freemont Street! I will be subscribing to her! I currently watch The Cherry Dollface, and I really like her: http://www.youtube.com/user/thecherrydollface

    • Andrea Reply

      February 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Ruth! My hair is really short at the moment, too short to take the class unfortunately. The only retro look I can manage right now is fingerwaves! Good call on Cherry Dollface as well – I think she and Lisa Freemont Street are actually planning a collaboration that will be coming up soon

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    February 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Kat really does look great! You should both take the class Andrea – then give us all a tute!

  4. Andrea Reply

    February 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks,Sara! My hair’s too short. However, Kat said she was the best in the class, maybe I can convince her to do a tute!

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