The pin-up look – the slightly playful femininity ›

Feminine, elegant, perfect: the pin-up look of the 1940s and 1950s represents ultimate, slightly playful femininity. Until today. Because stars and starlets, for example Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera, copy the style with the red lips, the perfect, light complexion and the black eyeliner. Many even declare it as their trademark – whether permanently or for a limited time.

The great thing is that it’s easy to re-style. And will not only be an absolute eye-catcher at costume parties, but also in everyday life.

Pin-up girls

The term “pin up” is explained by the fact that the magazine or calendar pictures of the girl cut out and hung earlier – in the 1940s, when pin-up pictures were particularly popular, such a photo was found in almost every locker of a US soldier.

The young, pretty women on it were typically shown in everyday situations and hinted at as seductive and provocative, but never in obscene poses. Perfectly styled, they usually showed a radiant smile or looked at the camera with seemingly surprise. Bettie is one of the most famous pin-ups of the 1940s and 1950s page and Marylin Monroe, while Dita Von Teese shows that the look still works today.

Marylin Monroe was one of the most famous pin-ups of the 1940s and 1950s. (Image: © James Francis Gill, Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0)

porcelain complexion

The most important basis for the pin-up look: a flawless porcelain complexion – because back then, sun-tanned skin was anything but trendy. Bronzer and too dark, orange-tinged foundations are therefore a no-go! A BB Cream can be applied for the perfect complexion and small blemishes can be hidden under concealer, a light powder ensures the finish. If you can’t do without a foundation, you should make sure that it is bright enough.

A special highlight for the party is a beauty spot à la Cindy Crawford. If this is not by nature, it is simply painted with a dark brown eyeliner or eyebrow pencil, e.g. B. over the lip or on the cheek. Marylin Monroe was not the first to use the trick to look particularly seductive: Already in the 17th and 18th centuries it was a trend to stick a “Mouche”, a small, dark beauty patch, on the skin.

Red lips

For the perfect pin-up look, the lips shine in seductive red – the eye make-up is therefore subdued in color, the eyeshadow remains subtle and bright. In addition to strong, lashed eyelashes, which can also be artificial, one thing is particularly important : an accurate eyeliner, best drawn with liquid eyeliner! This begins thinly at the upper inner corner of the eye, then widens and runs out a little thinner after the outer corner of the eye, at best with a slight swing upwards.

For a perfect pin-up look, the lips glow in seductive red (Image: © One bird –

When it comes to eyebrows, it is practical that “Big Brows” is still a trend right now – because even then Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Liz Taylor were the brows & Co. strong, dark and shaped in a perfect arc. If the eyebrows are plucked in shape, an eyebrow pencil or powder helps, which is applied carefully and gently – otherwise there are anything but seductive "bar eyebrows".


Indispensable: a red pout! For this, the lips are edged with a red contour pencil and colored with a suitable lipstick. For extra long hold, powder is first applied to the lips and the lipstick is applied with a brush or the contour pencil itself. A swab of lip gloss then gives the whole thing the extra glam effect.

Great awesome!

Important accessories for the pin-up hairstyle: hairpins, curlers or stylus and a lot of hairspray. There are various ways of curling, topping up and then fixing it generously with spray. A short pony, e.g. B. can be blow-dried using a round brush or screwed in with a curling iron is another characteristic feature.

With decorative elements such as a flower, bow or a typical knotted bandana, the look is perfect!

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