Monday, January 28, 2019

Anne Frank Vintage Hairstyle Tutorial (1930's / 1940's)





This is a great tutorial for theatre productions and reenactment shows that feature the story of Anne Frank. May this tutorial help you learn the basics of vintage hair styling for accurate portrayal!


Anne Frank Vintage Inspired Hairstyle:


I created this vintage inspired hairstyle in dedication to remembering Anne Frank. There are countless performances including theatre productions, stage plays, reenactment shows that exhibits the life of Anne Frank.

Properly portraying a character is an important factor in the performance industry. Vintage hair styling can take a moment of practice for those who are unfamiliar with it. In the video below, I demonstrate how to do a vintage hairstyle closely resembling Anne Frank's style. This is perfect for those who are cast as her character. I mention what is needed to create this style in the video. 

Also be aware that the style can vary due to different hair textures, length and curl type.

Thanks for watching!


What You'll Need:

- Sponge rollers
- Bobby pins
- Bobby pin with charm or small bow
- Rat tail comb
- Curl holding spray
- Pomade




Who Was Anne Frank?


Annalies Marie Frank was born on June 12th 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. Among the highly discussed victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank was a writer and diarist in which she documented her and her family's hiding from German occupied Netherlands from 1942 to 1944.

Anne Frank was an outspoken, dedicated writer who wrote candidly about her personal life including her hiding with her family, sexuality, family members and dreams of becoming a writer as an adult. Her diary was published in 1947 in the Netherlands and in the early 1950's in the U.S. and Germany by her father, Otto Frank.

Anne Frank passed away around February-March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Countless memorials including museums, stage plays and reenactment shows honor her memory and legacy.

To learn more about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, please click here to visit the official Anne Frank website.



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Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to Prepare for a Pin Up Photo Shoot or Vintage Style Photo Shoot







A photo shoot is like capturing your best moment. You want to stand out and capture your best side as much as possible! Having the correct props and items can help immensely. Over the years of doing photo shoots, I developed a personal system to help my shoots run more smoothly. I would always forget to bring something or would later regret not bringing something. It's a dreadful feeling! Preparation is key to making sure the day runs flawlessly. Click here to learn more about my "Polka Dot Parade" photo shoot (pictured). 

Below are a few tips on how to prepare for a pin up or vintage style photo shoot:


1. Envision the style that you are going for and conduct research on other photos to get an idea. Brainstorm and research the location. Don’t forget to save photos for reference. 

2. If you can, scout the location of the shoot. This means to either tour the studio or visit the actual location if it’s outdoors or at a building, home, office, etc. If you are unable to it’s okay. If it’s possible to obtain photos of the facility that would be better. This will help give you a mental visionAt this point, you also want to research outfits and purchase them if needed.

3. Secure and schedule the shoot date with your photographer. If you’re taking photos alone be sure to get all your gear together and make sure it’s in working condition. Be sure you have enough storage on your phone or camera for lots of photos and videos.

4. I usually lay out my outfits and prepare my accessories the night before so I don’t forget. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

5. I always bring lots of props, hair accessories, brushes, combs, sprays – just everything! You may run thru different ideas while shooting. Below I have a list of accessories and items you may find helpful to bring with you to a photo shoot.

6. It’s best to wake up earlier and get ready. Getting ready at your normal time may cause you to rush and forget items. Plus you need a good night’s sleep!

7. I like to practice poses either the night before or after I get ready the day of the shoot – that way the poses are fresh in my mind. 

8. Have fun! Be sure to capture as many photos as you can! 


Accessories & Items to Bring:



It’s always best to bring as much as you can. Even if you feel you may not need it – bring it! I always find myself regretting or forgetting to bring something. As cliché as it sounds – it’s better safe than sorry. Below is a list of items to bring...


1. Makeup:
Lipstick, concealer, lip gloss, false eyelashes and glue, mascara, eyeliner, lip liner, eye shadow, blush, setting spray and eyebrow pencil.

2. Jewelry:
Earrings (and backs), bracelets, necklaces and rings.

3. Hair:
Curling iron, curl holding spray, brush, comb, bobby pins (of course!), gel or pomade. I bring a curling iron in place of sponge rollers in case a curl falls out.

4. Props & Personal Items:
I always be sure to bring extra personal items in regards to the weather. I pack props the night before. Jacket, umbrella, snacks, water, cell phone charger, extra storage chip / flash drive.

Good luck and have fun!


1950's Inspired Makeup Tutorial Featuring Revlon Creme Shadow Palette




1950's Revlon ad in Vogue
magazine
Hello dear readers! In this blog post I will be discussing my latest vintage makeup tutorial. Makeup in the 1950's was all about subtle glamour, style, coordinating colors and feminine touch. Unlike the previous time period of the 1940's when it was all about minimum use of makeup, the 1950's woman used makeup to her full advantage that resembled full femininity and accentuated her natural beauty.

A 1950's woman's makeup would match her clothes, gloves, handbag, shoes and even appliances! It was all about class and coordination. Makeup wasn't only used to attract a husband, but it was also used to maintain her feminine looks after marriage as well. Who says makeup is for men anyway?!









Quick Breakdown of 1950's Makeup:


Red and pink were the essential colors of the 1950's. Maintaining femininity was important in daily life. As pictured above, the face can be contoured. I added foundation for a seamless look. Eyebrows were highly arched and darkened. Eyeshadow colors consisted of pinks, blues, purples, greens, browns and gold. Eyeliner is applied to the top lash line with a "tick" or "wing" at the end. Extra coats of mascara was used for extra glamour and lash extension. False lashes were used if needed. Facial powder is used to blend in the overall tone of the face. Loose facial powder helps settles in the foundation and blush. Blush wasn't used for a rosy, girly look but instead used to contour the cheeks. Blush can be added on with light-to-medium strokes. As pictured, I blended two blushes together for a light, natural look. Red or dark red lipstick ties the look together. Don't forget to do your nails with pink, red or dark red polish!

In the video below, I demonstrate a step-by-step tutorial with more details on how to create a 1950's inspired makeup look using the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow palette. The shade I'm using is "Not Just Nudes".

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Palette - Not Just Nudes



I will be creating other vintage makeup tutorials including how to create the biggest makeup trend of the 1950's: the wing tip liner! Be sure to subscribe to stay informed. 




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Monday, January 07, 2019

Watermelon Fit & Flare 1950's Vintage Rockabilly Inspired Dress | R-Wish






Hello! Welcome back! In this blog post I bring you the Watermelon Fit & Flare Vintage Rockabilly Inspired Dress by R-Wish. This is the type of dress I would've loved to wear during my high school days. Being so afraid to express my vintage side, I tended to wear what was acceptable with a little twist of my own personality. I can attest this is not the way to go! If you feel dressing up vintage style, by all means do so! Never hold back based on other people's thoughts.


Anyway . . .


The look and feel of this dress is absolutely vintage and rockabilly inspired. It makes the perfect spring and summer dress and also appropriate for work, class or shopping. If styled correctly, it can even be worn on a date.




The dress features a light mesh petticoat-like underskirt beneath that gives it a flare look and feel. It isn't entirely a petticoat, but it sure works like one. The dress has no sleeves and features a see-thru patterned opening in the back. This is why it's perfect for the summer. It can be worn with a black or brown belt. The original belt is hiding, so I wear a black belt instead, as pictured. The belt helps with that fit and flare feel and look.


Now you're probably wondering why I call it "watermelon". In person, the color reminds me of watermelon - for some reason. (I won't go into details about my imagination). The dress is the perfect medium shade of pink. Not too bright, not too dark. I've always been hesitant of wearing pink dresses but with this dress I feel confident and I don't feel youthful.




Admirers become surprised when I tell them I brought this dress from Burlington department store. The brand, R-Wish, designs rockabilly and vintage inspired clothing. This dress and other styles can be found on sites such as Amazon, eBay or Poshmark. Just search the key words: R-Wish Rockabilly Dress. 



Dress this up with black or brown heels, a black or brown belt and a black or white cardigan. I love wearing it with my Steve Madden floral heels or black flats.





Dress: R-Wish
Heels: Steve Madden






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