How To Nail 1940s Hair And Makeup (Victory Rolls Included)

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1940s hair and makeup is all about the glamour, but sometimes our lazy 2016 selves find it a little tough to get our heads around all that primping and preening. When we do? Well, safe to say we get a little obsessed with looking like a 1940s pin up (if we do say so ourselves).

Demystifying the elusive victory roll, showing you how to nail the perfect vintage cat eye and revealing the ideal shape for the ultimate retro red lip, Georgetown is here to guide you through all things 1940s hair and makeup. And don’t worry, it’s way easier than you think.

How to rock…victory rolls

1. Section off the front of your hair and tie the rest back so it’s out of the way.

2. Using a comb, back brush the front section, piece by piece to build volume (and a good solid texture).

3. Take the section and start to roll it in on itself to form a tight swirl.

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4. Pin at the bottom using a kirby grip.

5. Take the rest of your hair down and separate the front section on each side.

6. Buckbrush like before.

7. Pull back and smooth over before pinning in place at the back of your head.

8. Spritz with hairspray to keep everything in place (even through the lindyhop).

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How to rock…a vintage cat eye

1. Use black liquid eyeliner and draw along your upper lash line.

2. Take the end up into a flick, keeping it curved and not too big to get that retro look.

TOP TIP: Place a dot of eyeliner on the outer corner of your eye where you want your flick to finish and draw inwards to join up the line.

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How to rock… retro red lipstick

1. Use a red lipliner to outline your lips and colour them in.

TOP TIP: Keep your cupids bow wide and shallow and don’t be afraid to go over your natural lip line for a more 40s look.

2. Go over the top with a satin finish red lipstick – too glossy or too matte and it’ll look noughties, not forties.

And there you have it! The ultimate easy peasy 1940s hair and makeup look that everyone (even fancy dress phobes) can manage.  Just swell!

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