The Usual Suspect; My Daily Pinup Hair

In the last post I showed you how I go about my daily makeup routine. While I was documenting it I decided to let you in on my almost daily hair routine as well! To keep things interesting and to challenge myself, I try about 2-3 times per week to mix it up with different swirls, twirls and curls. For the rest of the days when I have say an early meeting , or I’m just not wanting to put in all that effort I do this. What fascinates me is that I am continually happy with it, time and time again! I really haven’t had a bad hair day in quite a while since I figured out this set!

Now this may not work for everyone but I highly suggest you give it a try!

Step 1) Grab your teasing brush or comb, (I got this one for $2.99 at Sally’s), and give yourself a deep side part. I stay around the highest point of my brow. I feel like Morticia Addams with my au’Natural’ hair!

Step 2) Take a 1 inch barrel curling iron, (mine is a here), and turn it up fairly high. I go about 3/4 of the max setting. The higher the setting, the less time you have to have it in your hair. Remember hotter = shorter time. Also make sure not burn yourself!

Step 3) Grab the front section of your hair around 1″ deep and curl it going forward in your iron. I let mine sit for about 10-15 seconds. One the hair on your iron is hot to the touch, slowly release it keeping the curl in that single roll with your other hand.

Step 4) Grab a little double pronged clip, (I use these), and pin your curl into place right where your curling iron used to be. Next grab a section of hair 1″ deep right behind where you just placed your first curl.

Step 5) Curl that second section of hair just like you did the first one, curling towards the front and pin in place with one of your metal clips. No we move onto the sides. Just as before, take a 1″ deep section of hair over your ear and curl this towards the front. Pin in place.

Step 6) Again grab a 1″ deep section of hair right behind the area you just pinned above your ear. Curl it forward and pin it in place. Now move on to your other side. Curl the 1st & 2nd row by your ear forward and pin them in place.

Step 7) Now we start down the back! Grab a 1″ section at the top of your head and curl it down. Pin in place. Continue curling the rest of the remaining hair downward and pin it all in place. Once everything is curled and tidy, take some hairspray and give it a quick once over. I use Tresemme Two Freeze Hold Hairspray. This will help it set while it cools and if you have stick straight hair like me, anything helps!

Step 8) Once all your curls have cooled, (about 10-15 min), gently take out all your clips. This will leave you with ringlets. Grab the 1/2″ section of hair that is right next to your part on the top of your head. With your teasing comb, begin to back comb it down toward the roots on the underneath side of the hair. This is the side that will be laying down if you let go ; )

Step 9) Once that little section is teased enough to stand up a smidge on it’s own, give it a tiny spritz on the underneath side, by the teased area. Next, grab another 1/2″ section of hair directly next to that teased side and tease it at the roots. Make sure to hold the section that has already been teased so they begin to come together. Each time you add another little 1/2″ to the growing tease mound give it a little spritz.

Step 10) Stop teasing once you have reached approximately the equal distance from your ear, as your part is on the other side. You should be looking pretty foxy by this point!

Step 11) Ok so what now? Well, let’s start ramping up the flat sides a bit. Add a little teasing on the underside of the flat section, making sure to spray it each time and continue holding the previously teased sections, creating your dangerous looking mounds. Now we sculpt. Take your same teasing comb and gently brush the top of your mounds to start to smooth is all out.

Step 12) Make sure that while you are smoothing, not to lose that nice wave volume you just worked so hard to get! You can puff it back up with the tail end of your teasing brush if you find it getting flat. Smooth the other side and make sure to brush the back of your hair and the ends of your hair as well. Consistency people.

Step 13) Pick you hair accessory. This time we are going with a scarf. Even the scarf out towards the side you eventually want the bow to sit. You don’t want to have to adjust it once in place. Let’s be real, it will just fuck up your hair.

Step 14) Adjust what you need to. Grab some bobby pins and to hold you scarf in place and secure it right above your ears. Once you pull your hair forward on the sides a bit you won’t even see them.

Step 15) Give it a good one over with your hairspray, put on your lips and go take a selfie! That’s it!

Hope this was helpful! Until Next time!

-Pennywise

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Makeover Monday!

It’s Monday and I am not at work. Wahoooooo! I decided to use today to get some stuff done around the house and to share with you my daily makeover. Get excited because you are about to see some CrAZy faces! Normally I get ready in about 40 min, including hair, makeup, and clothes and being in the apparel world, it’s the clothes that end up taking the most time!

Let’s get started!

Here is me right out of bed, (I showered last night). I have eaten breakfast and brushed my teeth but that is it. A good thing to point out is that my hair is naturally stick straight. I have a lot of hair but it is fine and silky and definitely not the what I am going for! Haha.

First thing I do is put my hair up & take some gentle eye makeup remover and with a few q-tips, get rid of the excess mascara that has migrated under my eyes as I have slept. This stuff is Almay Oil Free gentle eye makeup remover.

Next I take some Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On. This helps with bags and doesn’t contain any harsh perfumes or dyes. It also feels really good if you keep it in your fridge! I roll it on the top lid as well as the under eye area.

Step 3 is foundation. My current favorite is Mary Kay TimeWise Matte Wear Liquid Foundation. I use color Ivory 3. When putting on foundation always make sure to blend it down on to your neck and into your hair-line. Nobody wants to look like they are wearing a mask!

Step 4 is cover up. I always go one shade lighter than my skin, as it can double as a highlighter as well. This stuff is Covergirl Fresh Complexion Concealer in color Classic Ivory. I dot it under my eyes, on any blemishes and red looking areas. Thankfully my skin has been pretty nice to me lately so there aren’t too many. When applying anything to your face, make sure you are being gentle. Constant rubbing and pulling causes wrinkles. Be nice.

On to the powders! I try to stay as matte as possible throughout the day and this really helps! This stuff is Covergirl Professional Loose Powder in Translucent Fair. I use this to set my foundation and concealer. I am also not brand specific when it comes to translucent powders. I’ll buy which ever brand is on sale. “Pennywise” remember ; )

Seeing as it is summer and I buy my makeup in bulk during sale times, my current foundation is a bit too light for my summer sun-kissed skin. In order to balance it back out with the rest of my body I take a little bronzer and lightly brush some around my jawline, neck and temples. This is ModelCo Bronzer.

The final powder in my foundation trio is blush! I splurged and bought myself the Urban Decay Afterglow in color Score. It’s $26 and totally worth it! I sweep it from the apples of my cheeks up to my temples.

Step 8 is eye shadow. I am constantly running out of my pale pink colors in my eyeshadow palates, but I picked up this little individual one from Sally Beauty Supply a few months back and it has really come in handy! My normal palate is theBalm NUDE’tude. I dust the pale pink all over my lid and up to my brow.

Next I take the “Seductive” color from the NUDE’tude palate (which is a medium gold/brown color) and dust it in my crease and a centimeter above, blending it into the pale pink.

Highlighting! I take Sephora Aspen Summit No. 23, which is just a bright white shimmery eye shadow, and brush some right under my brows, next to my tear ducts and on the highest part of my cheekbones.

Step 11 means it is time to blend. I take my little blending brush without anything on it and lightly brush it over my lid blending the highlighted area with the darker shadow that I have placed in my lid’s crease.

One statement piece of a pinup’s wardrobe is her brows!! I recently switched to Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in color Ebony and my life has changed. With this stuff you never run the risk of sweating your brows off and with an angled brush it goes on so smooth and even, it is very easy to control. You also have to use so little of it at a time it lasts forever! $18 at Ulta. If you do happen to mess up, just grab a couple q-tips and wipe the area clean.

Step 13 is the other pinup staple; cateye winged liner! I have been using NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner for about 1 year now and I love it. If you want to know more about this stuff, checkout my review HERE!

14…So close!! My future Mother-in-law actually introduced me to this one! I have been really loving the Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express. $7 and works great! I put it on top and bottom lashes.

Step 15 is key to keeping it looking fresh all day! I recently started using NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray and I can really see a difference! What is setting spray? Well I would describe it as a kind of hairspray for your face. When I use this stuff I don’t have to blot away oils until around 3pm each day after applying the finish at 8am that morning. That is pretty good if you ask me!

Step 16! All that is missing is the BIG, BOLD Lip!! Since this is my favorite and to keep my clothing stain free I always save my lipstick as the finishing touch! My go-to as of late has been Maybelline Color Sensational in color 635 Very Cherry. I first line my lips in a clear wax liner. This is handy because it goes with any shade of lipstick and keeps color from bleeding during the day. I use Rimmel Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Liner.

Thanks for reading! Check back later this week for a picture tutorial on how I do my basic hair set as seen here!

Happy Monday!

-Pennywise