Pinup 101 Frequently Asked Questions

Pinup Frequently Asked Questions

I wanted to create a pinup FAQ’s sheet of questions I often get asked in my day-to-day life (and on social media) into one blog post that I could direct people who ask too for a full rundown on information.

How do you set your hair?

I religiously wet-set my hair once a week and then do various styles to last the 7 days before I wash it again. I will wash and condition my hair on a Sunday evening, then I’ll wet-set it into small sections of pin curls with a setting spray or curl cream. I change setting products all the time because I don’t like my hair getting used to particular products. At the moment I’m trialling a really nice curl cream which is clear in the two photos below! I also like the Suavecita grooming spray and Lottabody.

Then I wrap a thick headscarf around my pin-curls, not too tightly and go to sleep. In the morning I make sure my pin-curls are bone dry before I begin the brush-out.

What hair products do you use?

My favourite hairspray in the world is the extra, extra strong hold spray by Tresemme. It comes in the black and silver bottle, has a super fine mist and doesn’t smell too bad. Plus its dirt cheap, which means I can use heaps of it and not feel bad.

I like to use a leave-in conditioning treatment of some kind, so I have a few on hand. A Moroccan oil of some sort, and the Davines OI All in One Milk which is one of my absolute favourite products. I love it because it literally is like food for your hair, and instead of using a million different products that all do different things – the all in one milk is like a one-stop shop for hair.

I’ve dyed my own hair since I was about 15 years old and I rotate a couple of brands depending on which is on special. Schwarzkopf Brilliance in Blue-Black or Schwarzkopf Live in Blue-Black. Both are great and do the job! It wasn’t until I dyed my hair blue-black for the very first time that I realised what I had missed out on. I felt so vamp, and for once I felt really proud of my pale skin. The black hair really highlighted how pale I was and I loved that. After hanging around friends who tanned easily and had blonde hair I always felt a little out-of-place. I feel like dying my hair black the very first time opened up a whole world of confidence that I never had.

Pinup Frequently Asked Questions  - Miss Charlotte Cake

What is your makeup routine?

I keep my makeup pretty simple for my day-to-day look. I can be fully made up and ready to head out in 25 minutes or under. I do like to take my time if I can though and never rush myself in the mornings. When you do your makeup the same way basically every morning, it becomes quicker and quicker. Like everything, the more you do it the easier and quicker you become at the task.

I rarely use the same products over and over. There’s so much out there to try! So here is what I’m currently using and loving.

In order of use:

  • Benefit – Porefessional minimiser
  • Antipodes Mineral Foundation in Pale Pink
  • Antipodes Translucent Finishing Powder
  • Eyebrows – Besame Cake Mascara
  • MAC base eyeshadow – Naked Lunch
  • Chi Chi – Matte Eye Palette for darker earthy tones.
  • Eyeliner – The Balm, Schwing
  • Mascara – Maybelline Great Lash
  • Besame Crimson Rouge
  • MAC – Lip Pencil
  • Lipstick (see below for my favourites)

Where do you find all your clothes?

I find clothes all over the place! I have specific pin-up and retro style reproduction brands that I love like Vivien of Holloway and Collectif. I also love vintage clothing and shop in lots of local op shops for unique pieces. I wear a mix and match of new and old. I have a favourite local called Retro Addiction where I find lots of great dresses and accessories. Then there are places like Kmart and The Warehouse which do nice cheap cardigans. I like to shop all over the place!

What are your favourite red lipsticks?

I have SO MANY lipsticks… a whole drawer dedicated to housing them. My absolute go-to lipstick brands and colours are a few which I rotate depending on seasons, what I’m wearing, or how I’m feeling.

They include:

  • MAC – Lady Danger
  • Natio – Rush
  • Besame – American Beauty
  • Vixen Lipstick – Vixen by Micheline Pitt & Julie Hewitt

There’s a pretty good mixture there which covers all my bases, an orange-red, a blue-red, a pink-red, and a rich true deep red.

Pinup Frequently Asked Questions  - Miss Charlotte Cake

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

It totally depends on what I’m doing that day. If I’m heading to work, it usually takes me no longer than 25 minutes in the morning to do my hair and makeup. Because I reset my hair every night into pin-curls when I wake up in the morning the brush out and style is all I need to do. My makeup is pretty simple for my day-to-day look (see above for a full breakdown of what I do).

When I’m going out in the evening, or to an event. I like to use a makeup primer, concealer, some fake lashes and a darker cut crease eyeshadow look. Other than that, I don’t really do anything different.

How do you do your black eyeliner flicks?

First of all, I like to make sure that I’m using a liquid eyeliner pen with a really sharp-pointed tip. I like to draw my flick on first with my eyes open so I can see exactly how it’s going to look. Then I fill in the rest of the line getting nice and thin towards the inner eye. At the moment, I using (and enjoying)

  • Eyeliner – The Balm, Schwing

How did you get into this style?

This post will perfectly explain how I started dressing in a pin-up, retro style full-time.

Where do you get your day-to-day jewellery?

I find jewellery all over the place – sometimes it’s new, sometimes it’s old, sometime’s it’s broken and I like it so much that I fix it. I’m not one to shy away from some glue or a soldering iron either to fix my silver jewellery! I find earrings, brooches, bangles and necklaces in op shops and I like to go to places like Lovisa for costume jewellery if I need a special piece for a photo shoot or evening outfit. Clip-on earrings are my favourite which local op shops often have, I like them because I used to have a stretched ear on one side and clip-on help cover up the aftermath.

I’m quite picky when it comes to brooches because I don’t like pinning things through the fabric of my clothes. It has to be pretty special for me to wear it. I like a few Erstwilder brooches, as well as Vixen by Micheline Pitt.

I’ll be adding to this post, but these are definitely questions I get asked all the time. If there is anything else you would like to know feel free to comment below and I’ll answer as best I can.


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