Budget Friendly Pin-up Makeup Favourites

30 Aug 2016

Pin-up Girl Makeup

Today I am handing over the reigns to a lovely blogger, Kariss over at Shy Strange Manic, who is sharing a fab post all about her favourite pin-up makeup picks.

If you are like me and have a fondness for the 50's you will always be looking to emulate that style. It's a mix of sass and class that is very unique. However when your wage is low and your dreams are high you need some tips to make that money stretch. That's where I come in. Whether you want to go full on pin-up or just show a hint of that vintage style, I've got some budget friendly basics that can help you get a taste of that old-school glamour.

Now every face should start with a good base but it needn’t cost the earth. The Bourjois Cream Blush in Shade 02 is perfect for a fresh look and only costs £7.99. It's light, build-able appearance means it doesn’t compete with the strong eye and lip look pin-up often requires, but adds the perfect amount of youthful flush. Add it to just the apples for a real vintage look.

You might be wondering why on earth I have included the Manic Panic Goth White Foundation, but this is actually a perfect highlight for just £7.99! The current trend for perfect brows actually comes right out of the 50's, and using this as a highlight can be the key ingredient.  A bit of this on your brow bone really helps yours stand out, just make sure you blend. To bring it all together, this Natural Collection Translucent Powder, a steal at £1.99, will add the perfect airbrushed finish; just make sure you add it before any liquid highlighters.

After the base there are two simple things that really define pin-up style.  Lipstick and eyeliner.  Let's start with the quintessential pin-up trademark, the red lip! There are so many red lipsticks on the market and everyone has a favourite, but you need something that's really going to last. Make Up Revolutions Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in Keep Trying For You costs just £3 and takes some careful application, but with a steady hand the pay off is totally worth it. This is a great shade that will last well past cocktail hour. If you don't have the steady hands needed Revlon Really Red Matte Lipstick£7.99, is a great dupe for MAC's famous Russian Red and is the perfect pin up shade.

Next up lets talk eyeliner. Few things say 1950's more than the cat eyeliner. Now we've all had our fair share of disasters, but this Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner could reduce your shaky-hand woes for just £2.99!  The consistency is perfect and the long, thin handle ensures maximum control for that all important application. The only down side is that the brush sometimes fails before the liquid has ran out, but a quick trim will usually help it last a little longer.

Now for the lower lid Soap & Glory's Smoulder Kohl is perfect, the texture is super light and applies well with no pressure at all, blending beautifully - not bad for £5! Another trick that's been going on since the before the 1950s is the white eyeliner trick. I use the Barry M Kohl White Eye Pencil which is a budget-friendly £2.99. A little in the right place can make your eyes appear bigger for that wide eyed look. Of course if you still struggle, then the guys at Eylure have found the perfect way to help you cheat. The Miss Flicklash, £6.50, is a set of false lashes with the eye flick already attached - no more stressing about getting them even!

So there you have it, you can look a million dollars on a budget! Just adding a few of these into your make up routine can give you a lift and make you feel that bit more glam.

Huge thanks to Kariss for sharing her top makeup picks for a glamorous pin-up girl look on a budget! You can keep up with Kariss over on her blog, Shy Strange Manic, as well as Twitter @Kariss_Leigh and Instagram @Kariss182.