Pinup Girl lipstick for Rockabilly Girls

Classic Rockabilly Cherry Pinup Girl Red Lipstick
Classic Rockabilly Cherry Pinup Girl Red Lipstick

“You can’t go wrong with a dramatic red pout” -Vogue, India. Do you agree?

We’re looking at the perfect pinup girl lipstick for rockabilly girls.

There are a couple of things a pinup girl needs in her arsenal: a sexy pinup dress, perfect pin curls, and that insatiable cherry pinup girl lipstick. Red lips are one of the hallmarks of a pinup girl, but that hasn’t always been the case! Have you ever wondered “Where did red lipstick come from?”

Women have been trying for centuries to perfect that red pout. In fact, did you know that the phrase “Kiss of Death” allegedly comes from a several substances Egyptian women were mixing together in order to create lipstick? Turns out the concoction was highly poisonous and often lead in death. Talk about a pinup girl lipstick fail!
Cleopatra and her Vintage Red Lips
That isn’t the only time our beyond vintage vixens tried to make those classic red lips. Want to learn a pinup girl lipstick blast from the past? Back in the days of Mesopotamia, women used to crush semi-precious red stone and wear them on their lips. Cleopatra later made those berry lips easier, if not a little more disgusting to wear by crushing up a mixture of insects to get that perfect shade of red.

Queen Elizabeth, a Makeup Trendsetter

It’s no secret that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth 1, was said to be one of the best ruler’s that ever lived. She was a fashion trendsetter, too! Back in the sixteenth century Queen Elizabeth made popular the practice of painting one’s face white and adorning a wicked scarlet lip. Instead of using poisonous ingredients, however, Elizabeth opted for beeswax and botanicals to get the shade she so desired.

Unlike the English, the French believed the more pinup girl red lipstick you wore - the better!
Unlike the English, the French believed the more red you wore – the better!

In the 1700’s life as a makeup lover got extremely tricky in England. Back then, women were not to wear cosmetics before their wedding, as wearing makeup was wholly associated with prostitution. How a fabulous red lip went from being adorned by England’s most prosperous ruler to being something only worn by tarts is beyond mind-boggling!

The Roaring 20’s and the birth of Pinup lipstick

Before long the roaring 20’s were here and makeup was in full swing. The early days of pinup were upon the world. Flapper girls were in full bloom with their dark eye-shadows, elongated brows, fabulous dresses, and that signature vampy pinup girl lipstick.

In the 1950s, lipstick was everywhere. Gorgeous 1950’s pinup girls such as Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe (who practically made this her signature look) down to a tee. Looking to amp up your rockabilly style with that perfect red pout? Here’s 4 pinup girl lipsticks you need today:


Marilyn's classic red pinup girl lipstick
Marilyn’s classic red pinup girl lipstick

* For that perfect, nautical orangey red, try Heatwave by NARS and pair it with our gorgeous Punkabilly Bikini!

* To achieve the most classic, even toned pinup girl lipstick, try Russian Red by MAC and pair it with our Pinup Flower Dress.

* For a perfect color in-between, try the budget friendly (but absolutely gorgeous) Rich Red Matte Lipstick by Elf Cosmetics (to pair with our Nautical Inspired Sailor top!)

Pinup Makeup and Rockabilly styles

Beside the unique clothing style, rockabilly culture has its own pinup makeup rules which make it complete and recognizable. Prominent lipstick, emphasized eyes and adorable dolish look give this style a special note.

Pinup girls usually look like their makeup is done by the professionals, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. When you know the basic rules, you can easily switch your previous makeup style to the glamorous rockabilly/pinup makeup. We have some practical tips for you to help you build up your vintage fashion getup.

1. First of all, you need to keep your skin healthy and implement the adequate care. Healthy skin is beautiful skin. Pinup makeup make you look like a living doll, so the pure skin is desirable. When you have good skin, it’s easy to choose the base makeup. Usually, retro looks imply the pale tan, but it’s not a norm. Choose whatever you think goes best with your natural tan.

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healthy skin – beautiful skin

2. When your base is ready, you can put some blush. But be careful, because sometimes blush can look as exaggeration, especially when your eyes and lips have strong and prominent makeup. After all, as it’s mentioned, pin up mostly implies a pale tan.

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3. Eyebrows are extremely important, since they really visually affect the shape of the face. Rockabilly girls prefer stronger and thicker eyebrows with natural line. You can always boost them with an eyebrow pencil. It’s important to use the color similar to your eyebrows color. Also, if you dye your hair, keep your eyebrow color matched with the hair color. Speaking of hair, you can always decorate it with a hair accessory, and we’re at your service with a splendid retro collection.

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4. When it comes to eyes, pinup makeup comes to the fore. Vintage ladies use a couple of tricks to make eyes specially highlighted. First of all, you can put some light eye-shadow similar to the skin color. Apply it all over the eyelids, up to the eyebrows. You can make it darker right above the eyelashes. Then you can apply the eyeliner. Pencil eyeliner is probably the easiest and the fastest way. Put it along the eyelid and then lift it up aside and you’ll get something like cat eyes. Optionally, you can also use a black shadow and eye pencil. Black mascara can also give you a special effect.

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Pin up eyes

5. Fiery-colored lips are the trademark of pin up makeup. No matter will you choose the flaming red, bright orange, maroon or other color, your lips will draw the most of attention. So, try to choose a high quality lipstick and choose it by your own aspirations. Also, avoid the glossy and take the matte lipsticks.

And your vintage pinup makeup is done!

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Complete makeup

Step by step, you will develop your own variations of this classic pinup makeup model. This practical set of rules is convenient for everyday occasions and for evening happenings, so we’re sure you’ll be happy to try it. But pinup makeup is just the crown of style. To complete the rest of the pin up puzzle, visit us and explore our collection of rockabilly women clothing.