Va-Va-Vivacious: Retro Beauty Tips Made Simple

ModStylist Chelsey all dolled up for our most recent Shop Our Outfits shoot.

Pin-up-pretty looks don’t have to be saved for special occasions. In fact, prep time can be kept to a minimum when you take tips from Pittsburgh-based makeup artist Adrienne Pace and hairstylist Lauren Tomarello, the gals responsible for the classic looks of our current Shop Our Outfits collection, Va-Va-Vivacious, featuring the ModStylists.

Here, we’ll show you some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot while Adrienne and Lauren teach you how to bring classic beauty techniques into your everyday, diminishing your odds of looking overdone during daylight hours. Simply pocket these helpful pointers, then style away your A-line frocks or rockabilly polka dots, and you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to flaunt a retro look with perfection anywhere from the office to your first Holiday party of the season.

ModStylist Mandy in a full-of-moxie mood. Shop ModCloth Beauty here.

Adrienne’s Makeup Tips:

  • You don’t necessarily need to wear red lipstick! Pinks, corals, and plums work just as well if you’re not as comfortable with bold reds.
  • Make sure your eyeliner wings upward instead of remaining straight across. This will create a lifted effect for the eye.
  • Keep your eyeshadow light. Your eyeliner can be as bold or black as you like, but avoid dark color on your entire lid.
  • Pin-up makeup also involves a well-contoured face, so add a bit of blush and/or highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones for extra definition.
  • Lastly, define your brows with a pencil or some brow powder for an authentic retro look.

ModStylist Nicole nails pinup style with the help of our experts.

Lauren’s Hairstyling Tips:

  • Pin curls, a high ponytail, or a loose side bun are all super easy ways to create a daytime-appropriate look.
  • If you’re feeling fancy, try pinning a pretty flower behind your ear, or top your crown with a fascinator!
  • Bold, rolled bangs are another easy one. Use a thick curling iron, and spray into place.

Presents, puppies, and purses. Our Va-Va-Vivacious Shop Our Outfits collection couldn’t get any more awesome.

Bold eyeliner + bright lips + polished curls & a sleek headband = an instant ’50s look you’ll love!

Need additional styling suggestions, trend tips, or dress details? Drop the ModStylists a note at, or make a date with one today, and you’ll be well on your way to beauty bliss!


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    RBuccicone 11/01/2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I love your tips on makeup and hair. More please! I’m always watching old movies and trying to figure out how to recreate the hair styles. I finally figured out that combs are used a lot, which has helped me in some of my styling.

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    Lori Lynn 11/01/2011 at 12:22 pm #

    This post is beyond brilliant! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XoXo Lori

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    thevintagepost 11/01/2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I love the retro beauty look because it’s so classic and chic. This post is very cool!

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    Justine 11/01/2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I love this look but I’m not a fan of the lip liner going outside the natural lip line. It’s very visible and kind of distracting.

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    Rachel C 11/02/2011 at 7:28 am #

    I was just getting ready to comment and say that I love everything about this but the visible lip liner, when I realized Justine beat me to it! But it’s still very cute. 🙂

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    sari 11/02/2011 at 8:54 am #

    Wow! These are great tips! The hair and makeup look flawless. I can’t wait to see more looks from you guys.

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    kalen 11/02/2011 at 1:30 pm #

    wrooops, got distracted by the cuteness of the blue heeler puppy!

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    wishcandy 11/03/2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner! Always the darkest black and liquid. <3

    Love your tips. Thanks!

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    Annie 11/03/2011 at 6:14 pm #

    I love the curls on Nicole! Any how-to’s for the up-do?

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    Dondi 11/03/2011 at 6:52 pm #

    i have done my makeup like this for years. I love a style that is classic and never goes out of style. true beauty never fades.

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    Shannonhearts 11/03/2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I love it! So classic and sexy at the same time.

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    Vicky 11/03/2011 at 7:43 pm #

    These tips are great! I have a Mad Man party to attend next week, this is so helpful!! Thanks:)

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    Cherie 11/07/2011 at 1:49 pm #

    This is one of my FAVORITE Shop Our Outfits shoots!! Thank you for sharing makeup tips! 🙂

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