One night, I couldn't sleep. I opened up Facebook and found a Buzzfeed article all about shaving your legs and why it sucks. I decided it would be fun to write a partly satire and partly serious article about our Pinup Problems. I asked my Facebook friends, Instagram followers, and a couple of other bloggers for their input, this is what we came up with!
1. “I’m just winging it, my life, my eyeliner, everything”
I’ve tried the spoon, tape, I’ve tried all the tricks but nothing works better than free hand. Pencil is the easiest type of liner to master because most minor fixes are just a smudge away. But for the classic look, pencil probably isn’t the route you should go. Liquid liner creates a precise line for expert glam appeal, but calls for a steady hand.
The superfine and flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease, and Tattoo Liner is completely free of animal-derived ingredients and is not tested on animals.
2. When your hair looks so good right before you wash it!
Ah yes, we all know this feeling. it goes hand in hand with #3 you’re on your last day of hair. The curls are fluffy and bouncy, maybe your swoop is absolute perfection and there your are, trying to decide do I get one more day out of this or do I wash it?
I’ve found some middle ground. I take about 600 pictures of it, to document how great it looked before I hopped into the shower to wash out pounds of different hair spray, dry shampoo, and pomade. But let's be honest, even though it’s sad to wash out a good hair day, cleaning out all that product and back combing feels pretty good too.
3. “Some days your hair is mostly dry shampoo, hairspray, and hope”
I hate this feeling, I wake up and I’m staring at a tousle of black curls and part of me wants to cry and then the other part, that’s not yet paralyzed with the fear of a bad hair day picks up my back combing brush and my dry shampoo (that smells like cherries).
A few months back I was struggling with my curl sets, I asked my little Instagram friend Jessica for her advice, of course the answer was dirty hair so I invested in a shower cap and now my hair game is better than ever, so when I decided to write this blog I knew the person to ask for help on this topic would be Jessica! Here is what she had to say:
“As a girl with brightly colored hair and pin up dreams, I am no stranger to the wonders of a spritz of dry shampoo and a thick coating of hairspray. Each of the photos below was done on three day (or more) old hair that was revived and shaped into something acceptable to leave the house in. Although, most days I can have some kind of idea what I want to do with this mop of pink locks, every once in awhile I am lost.
In those moments I remember these few things. 1. Dry shampoo can give your bangs new life. 2. Braids are your friends and they hide that tease you put in a few days ago. And the most important of all. 3. If you are at the end of your good hair days and you just want to hide it all, scarves are your friends. Plus if worn properly they can totally make it look like you tried! Everyday my hair is 30% hairspray, 30% dry shampoo, and 40% hope."
4. Why are you so dressed up?
As pinups we look cute everyday, this topic for me goes hand in hand with #6 - I wish I had time to get ready everyday - well I love this look, even on my lazier days. People always ask this question and I never have an answer, usually I stare them for a moment like they’re crazy before saying, I look like this everyday. And they remark on how amazing I am because I look so nice which cracks me up. Honestly, skirts are to me as yoga pants are to everyone else. I am so comfortable, my hair routine is easy and I get flooded with compliments! Everyone wins!
I asked my friend Ruby (or if you follow her on instagram you know her as @rubysmusings) her thoughts on the subject. Here is what she had to say!
"I get about three different responses most often when I am out and about, one delights, and one annoys. The first is often from elderly ladies, 'You remind me of how my Mother once dressed' , that makes me smile, means I have achieved my style goals.
The third, and asked so often, 'Why are you so dressed up?' and I have to explain that I am not, that this is me, and 'yes', I nearly always dress this way if leaving the house, even in jeans I put my pin up spin on it because I feel better about myself when I do.
5. Is that a costume?
6. I wish I had the time to get ready everyday.
I hear this phrase at least once a day. Vintage hair styles definitely take practice, knowledge, and it doesn’t allow for cutting corners. But it’s also not hard, my job has demanding hours some mornings I have to get up at 3:45am so wet sets and foam rollers are my best friend.
It takes me less than an hour to do my hair and makeup, I throw on a cute vintage dress and before you know it you have a black haired vintage barbie doll running out the door with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee! And so when a woman in the elevator says to me, at 5am I wish I had time to get ready I want to scream you do, it’s so easy! My hair lasts for days! Subscribe to “A Vintage Vanity” on Youtube and you too can look like this!
7. Sleeping in Rollers
I asked my Facebook friends and Instagram followers what their tips and tricks were. One gal said not rolling them too tight, which is very true! They’ll be uncomfortable and when you take them out the next morning they’ll be full of frizz. Others dolls said it depends on what you wrap it with, I use a chiffon scarf, others use a nylon, both help with air flow to dry the curls and help with frizz. The scarves also reduce the chance of your curls falling out.
8. Wherever my bobby pins go, I hope they’re happy.
Here’s how it works: every time a bobby pin falls off your nightstand or into a crack in your bathroom counter, it travels through a portal into an alternate universe in which bobby pins are the dominant species. Bobby pins have their own system of government, their own little bobby pin transportation grids, jobs, family units, and, of course, teeny tiny subservient bobby pins to secure their updos. Sometimes I worry that the bobby pin universe is conspiring to overthrow our own or maybe, just maybe they’re in the bottom of my purse.
This is highly unlikely seeing as how I have checked the bottom of my purse for stray bobby pins SO MANY TIMES, and I usually find three or four, but not enough to account for the 30,000 bobby pins I have lost in my lifetime. Still, my purse would be an obvious place to lose them. I also think it’s possible that they’re still in my hair. You know, it’s been four days since the last time you conditioned, you get your brand new manicured nails in there and low in behold you find one! And then you drop it into the drain. - On a side note, my mom decorates Altoids tins and that’s where I store my bobby pins, it doesn’t keep me from losing all of them but it definitely helps!
9. Where did all your money go?
10. When women wear makeup they’re lying to us.
I have always been attracted to a full face of makeup. I remember in junior high how badly I wanted to wear eyeliner and my mom wouldn’t let me. (probably for the better) When I was pulled out of that school to be temporarily homeschooled I got so bored I started watching makeup and hair tutorials. I mastered a set of Victory Rolls, I never mastered pin curls, and I learned how to do a fierce cat eye.
Then looking for a new look to start out my high school career I came across Bettie Page and obviously my hair has been the same since.
I idolize women of glamour, like Dita Von Teese, and with her new book “Your Beauty Mark” coming out soon I’ve been religiously reading her interviews. Like Dita, I don’t go anywhere without makeup. My makeup routine differs for work, events, dates, different outfits, etc.
My face is a blank slate ready to made up everyday and the person I make myself into is like my alter ego or my mask, giving me life and confidence to do the things I do. In one interview Dita says "My beauty routine gives me courage when I need it. It makes me feel confident and projects an image of who I want to be. I can’t imagine my life without it; it’s the same as waking up and brushing my teeth every morning. When I am stripped of it for whatever reason by photographers who want to change up my look, I feel like I have my confidence taken away from me."
I couldn’t have said the words better myself, and to me that is the biggest pinup problem. I love my full face of makeup, I worked hair to learn how to blend and gently apply blush. I could put on my lip stain in my sleep. I once dated someone who was embarrassed I wrapped up my curls to sleep on them. No one was going to see me but him and he had never wished I was an “average” girl more than then.
I receive many different responses, some girls tell me how the envy my dedication to my routine that they “hate me because I look so pretty every day” other girls ask why I do it, because they think it’s weird. I recently had a girl tell me she doesn’t like my full curls and that she thinks I should do beach waves. I had never laughed so hard. I don’t want to look normal, I don’t like low rider jeans and buns with crop tops. Blonde hair and a lot of bronzer would never look good on me anyway. I love my jet black curls and ruby red lipstick. I love wearing big huge petticoats and circle skirts. I wouldn’t change that for the world.