Style Me Vintage: Make-up – April’s Book of the Month Giveaway

“Making yourself look good makes you feel good,” states beauty maven Katie Reynolds in her retro-inspired tutorial book, Style Me Vintage: Make-up. I’m going to take a guess and say that a lot of us agree. As we’re in the thick of our weeklong wedding guide here on the Blog, I just want to point out this book is a must-have for brides or guests who love vintage. If you’ll be attending a wedding in the near future or just want a little guidance on makeup, I recommend picking up this book.

This pretty book covers seven different makeup styles, one for each decade, spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s. Beyond its helpful beauty how-to’s, this coffee table-worthy book packs a lot of style. Not only are the models wearing impressive vintage and vintage-inspired ensembles, Reynolds uses style icons many of us know and love as inspiration for each look. Tutorials inspired by Rita Hayworth, Twiggy, and Audrey Hepburn include variations on eye flicks or cat-eyes, a current trend that never seemed to really go away. If you’re into more of a natural or boho look, turn to Farrah Fawcett’s page in the ’70s section. If you’re looking for darker, bolder beauty ideas, seek out Clara Bow’s vamp look from the ’20s, or Siouxie Sioux’s stunning ’80s style.

Speaking of picking up a copy, there’s a chance to win one of your own! Leave a comment below in regards to this month’s discussion topic and you could be randomly chosen to win Style Me Vintage: Make-up.

Tell us about a time when your makeup, hair, or wardrobe made you feel even better than you normally do.

  • You have until Thursday, April 26, 2012, to participate.
  • Though you may leave comments after the above date, any comments left after 11:59 p.m. PT on April 26 will not be counted into the giveaway.
  • Only comments left on this blog post will be counted into the giveaway.
  • We will contact you via e-mail if you are a winner.
  • For more information, please see our Contests & Comments page.

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  1. Rebecca Faye 04/19/2012 at 7:07 am #

    I’ve always thought we could use a good guide to vintage makeup, so that us vintage lovers could get the subtlties of each decade’s stylings. Thank you for this!!

  2. Lauren Guilbeau 04/19/2012 at 7:49 am #

    I have always loved vintage clothing. I love going to estate sales and thrift stores to find one of kind pieces that make me feel different from everyone else in the room. I really can’t think of one time that how I looked made me feel better, because I think wearing something one of kind or doing your makeup differently can make you feel better about yourself everyday. One of my favorites is this black silky 70’s jumper I have that I wear when I want to be super comfortable but still stand out.

  3. Lauren 04/19/2012 at 7:52 am #

    I have naturally curly hair which has always been a source of discontent. Then I met my husband and he adores my curly hair, and adores running his hands through the curls. Because of his acceptance and love of my curls, I have become more accepting of them myself, and actually might even go so far as saying I love them too….

  4. babyblanka 04/19/2012 at 7:55 am #

    For me it was my high school prom. I found a vintage black and white dress for $15, red costume jewelry for $5, and of course high, patent leather red heels for another $10! I spent the bulk of my budget on my hair and makeup. I had short, bleach blonde hair. I had it curled in the salon so I would have a very Marilyn Monroe style. My hair is so fine and limp to begin with, this was the first time that I, or any of my friends, had seen it full of curls and volume! I also had a woman working on my makeup (felt so cool to be catered to!) and she did a fantastic job! I was so terrified of it being “overdone” but she make a great black eyeliner kitten eye look, with pink/peach shadow and of course, full red lips! I had just lost some weight for the event, and the look on everyone’s faces proved that I had really transformed from ugly duckling to swan for the very first time!

    I am hoping to outdo myself when my best friend gets married next year, I am heavily relying on modcloth for the perfect shower/bachelorette party/luncheon dresses and makeup tips!

  5. Dean's Impala (@I_am_the_Impala) 04/19/2012 at 8:02 am #

    I’ve been some shade of red for over a decade now, & I can tell when I am overdue on dyeing it, because I start to get bummed & kind of cranky. As soon as I refresh the red it feels like a brighter day!

  6. Carlijn Bakker 04/19/2012 at 8:16 am #

    I live in a very grim country with not much sunshine. No I’m not British! People here tend to be a bit greyish. I love adding some colour to my face although I am not a full make-up face tip of girl. Now I have about 30 different coloured eye-liners to brighten me up! I am an eye-liner junkie! It’s is my daily pick me up, and most people always have nice things to day about it. Plus you can colour coordinate with every outfit!

    • Carlijn Bakker 04/19/2012 at 8:17 am #

      I meant type of girl… Not my first language, forgive me!

  7. BMM 04/19/2012 at 8:31 am #

    On my wedding day, of course! I don’t normally wear much make-up, just some eyeliner and eyeshadow occasionally. On my wedding day, my aunt brought her extensive case of makeup and gave me a mini-makeover that still looked very natural, but sooo lovely. I felt so wonderful and glamorous as I walked down the aisle to meet my hubby!

  8. Amanda 04/19/2012 at 8:38 am #

    Growing up I had issues with uneven skin tones and blemishes on my face. Because of that I always loaded up with makeup to try to cover everything. Up until recently, even though my skin had gotten better, I still caked my face with foundation, concealer, and powder… pretty much anything I could get my hands on. One day I decided to go very minimal (almost nothing) with my makeup and I had not felt so beautiful in a long time! I never realized until then how unnatural I looked with tons of makeup on. Since then, I have always tried to get away with as little as I could.

  9. Kerry 04/19/2012 at 8:45 am #

    My makeup at my cousins wedding was simple, yet beautiful.

  10. Dani 04/19/2012 at 8:50 am #

    This year on my birthday I had a Mad Men themed party and I looked up a 1960s makeup tutorial for the big day. I was wearing a fabulous silk dress with a crinoline (a la Betty Draper) and styled my hair with hot rollers into a ’60 flip!

    As a vintage fanatic gettin’ all dolled up in sixties glam made me feel really special on my birthday, that’s what I love about fashion it can make you feel as good on the inside as you do on the outside!

  11. Katie Putnam 04/19/2012 at 9:06 am #

    During the really stressful end of high school times, I never bothered to do my make-up and put no effort into what I was wearing. I was having a particularly overwhelming day and my mom took notice. She advised me to go have a bath and then put on my favorite outfit. I can’t explain how much better I felt! Now anytime I feel a little low, I go dress up a bit. Moms always know what to do 🙂

  12. Cherie 04/19/2012 at 9:20 am #

    I wear dresses regularly, but rarely spend the time to style my hair for a complete look. Last weekend, for a Hollywood themed wedding, I put my naturally straight hair in rollers and then followed a Joan Holloway-esque hair tutorial that I had found on I was not sure if I’d be able to pull it off, but I ended up being very happy with the results. To complete the transformation, I donned the Rose Hill Lane dress and some pearls, and voilà! I received compliments on my gorgeous vintage style all night!

  13. Anna H. 04/19/2012 at 9:38 am #

    This is going to sound cheesy, but I loved how I looked for prom. I had the most amazing Betsey Johnson dress with all of this floral embroidery, and my cousin did my hair and make-up. She gave me blue eyeshadow and swept my straight bangs to the side, neither of which I would have ever tried on my own, but it ended up looking amazing!

  14. Eliza 04/19/2012 at 9:44 am #

    I had the same hairstyle for over 5 years; long and straight. I finally decided to head out for a new ‘do. I showed the stylist a picture from a vintage ’60s ad, and she went to work. After about half an hour, I had the perfect, chic bob. It was layered, and looked so 1960s. I was so excited, I hugged her! For the first time in a while, I felt like my hair represented who I was inside; a funky, retro girl!

  15. Kimberly Michelle Adamski 04/19/2012 at 9:51 am #

    When I wear a pretty dress and cute shoes, I feel better, prettier, and more confident than I do when I just wear boring jeans and a t-shirt. It works every time for me! Last week, for example, I was feeling pretty blah, but I put on a pair of wedges and a seersucker skirt and I was suddenly in a great mood 🙂

  16. miss_sequins 04/19/2012 at 9:55 am #

    My step sister just recently had her wedding shower this past weekend and my (biological) sister and I had a ton of fun getting ready for the “Classic & Vintage” theme with winged eyeliner and bright red lipstick. Going to the make up counter and having a ton of fun as sisters playing dress up together was a really great memory. Especially since we live an hour away from each other these days!

  17. Sirona 04/19/2012 at 10:00 am #

    I think I felt the awesomest on crazy hair day in the fifth grade. My sister did a great, vintage updo on my hair and clipped in a bunch of sparkly bug clips. Then she hair sprayed my bangs straight up, with glitter! I finished the look with an iridescent top.

  18. Katrina 04/19/2012 at 11:14 am #

    Every day I try to look my best because I find when I try to make myself presentable I feel better anout myself.

  19. Nikki 04/19/2012 at 11:33 am #

    For me it was my high school prom. I found a vintage black and white dress for $15, red costume jewelry for $5, and of course high, patent leather red heels for another $10! I spent the bulk of my budget on my hair and makeup. I had short, bleach blonde hair. I had it curled in the salon so I would have a very Marilyn Monroe style. My hair is so fine and limp to begin with, this was the first time that I, or any of my friends, had seen it full of curls and volume! I also had a woman working on my makeup (felt so cool to be catered to!) and she did a fantastic job! I was so terrified of it being “overdone” but she make a great black eyeliner kitten eye look, with pink/peach shadow and of course, full red lips! I had just lost some weight for the event, and the look on everyone’s faces proved that I had really transformed from ugly duckling to swan for the very first time!

    I am hoping to outdo myself when my best friend gets married next year, I am heavily relying on modcloth for the perfect shower/bachelorette party/luncheon dresses and makeup tips!

  20. Jessica Caneal 04/19/2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I felt really amazing when I took my pictures for my website for my business. I got my hair and make-up done by a friend who actually knows how to apply make-up and make it look good (unlike myself – I could sure as heck use this book!), and I looked great. Plus, the empowerment I experienced as a result of knowing I was branching out on my own definitely added the perfect glow!

  21. greyhanded 04/19/2012 at 12:34 pm #

    On the day of my college entrance exams I’ve put together an outfit and beauty look that reflected my personality. Feeling awfully joyous, I came to the test relaxed and confident. I had fun taking it and I felt very comfortable the entire time. And eventually, I passed!

  22. Cindyseaton 04/19/2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Each day I try to dress funky/professional even though my current position is to homeschool our 2 children. You really never know who you will run into at any time of the day. I love fashion and mid-century styles as well as architecture. So daily having fun make-up and vintage clothes is a little pick-me-up.

  23. Lauren Mocny-Branum 04/19/2012 at 1:07 pm #

    As many would agree, you spend most of your middle school years trying to find what works for ‘you’.. Or who you’d like to think you are. For me this entailed straightening my very long, very thick, curly hair EVERY morning. It was not only awful for my hair and hands.. (cramps, ouch) but after being inspired by Mary Kate Olsen’s then beachy sixties hair I decided ‘to hell with this!’ and let my curls be curly. I just loved it! Not only was I the only girl with perfectly beachy curly waves (rather than gelled wet curls) I was also the only girl with a rudolph red nose… Something made me like wearing blush on the tip of my nose.. While the blushed nose may’ve not been too flattering, by golly I felt cute as ever! and ‘ME!’

  24. Kelly Jones 04/19/2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Would looove this book!!! Looks amazing! I love vintage inspired makeup looks, and as a freelance makeup artist I love finding unique makeup books to add to my collection! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Jennifer 04/19/2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Last September my boyfriend of two and a half years and I broke up because he went off to college in another state. I was seriously feeling down, but the day after he left I went out with my friends in the afternoon. When I got home from school and was getting ready to leave to meet them, my mom came into my room and gave me a new sundress. It was blue and white, my favorite color combination. Somehow, putting on the dress and feeling pretty made me feel so much better, and I felt like I could go be with my friends without crying over my ex-boyfriend.

  26. Emma Ramsey 04/19/2012 at 1:44 pm #

    I do believe the moment when I felt most glamorous was when my family band and I put together a photo shoot in an old, gutted house. I was in gorgeous brown peep-toe wedges, a yellow pullover from Anthropologie tucked into an iridescent green pencil skirt I made myself, one wide green bangle, thrifted, handcarved leaf earrings, and round, vintage style, Warby Parker glasses. My hair was in a loose ponytail, and I was in full make-up and lipstick, my first experience of being fully styled. It was amazing! The photos turned out very Mad Men -esque….. It was indeed unforgettable.

  27. Kristi 04/19/2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I feel like those abnormally amazing days (you know the ones! where your outfit hair and makeup are all in perfect harmony and it makes you feel like an unstoppable goddess) happen unexpectdly! its when you magically matched your cat eyes evenly (for once!) your hair has perfectly effortless waves left over from your curls yesterday and your outfit is JUST RIGHT (maybe due to that rockin’ deal on the beautiful blouse you just bought!). Everything just comes together and you feel amazing. you cant predict or plan them, they just happen!

  28. Anja 04/19/2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I felt so special the first time I wore something from my grandma’s closet. She had such amazing style and when I put on a black pencil skirt from her collection, I felt so special. Super cool is to see her wear those clothes on photos from the past and then you can wear them as well. It only takes a simple shirt and scarf to make it into an outfit. A typical 60s inspired cat eye makeup with eyeliner and some red lips lets me move right back in time!

  29. Hillery Sawyer 04/19/2012 at 2:18 pm #

    On the first day I could actually wear one of my pretty spring dresses! It was so fun pulling all my last years loves out of the closet and choosing something bright and colorful to match the sweet blooms poking up out of the black earth. The sweet spring air made me feel beautiful and fresh. All I wanted to do was lye in the grass and sun all day in pretty dresses!

  30. Madison 04/19/2012 at 3:27 pm #

    It was the night of my 8th grade dance. I had the perfect purple dress adorned with flowers and of course shoes to match. We took out all the stops on this special occasion. My mom had even checked me out of school a little early so I could get my hair done and all fussed over. My hair was parted to the side and curled so lovely into ringlets. My mom did my makeup. I never wore much makeup but she knew how to play up my natural assests. I saw myself in a different way that night. I remember standing on my date’s front porch waiting for him to come to the door. He answered it and was speechless. I twirled and asked him “What do you think?” I could barely hear the words “Woah” come out of mouth. I was a shy girl and dressing up made me see myself in a different light. It gave me all the confidence in the world and was part of a memorable evening.

  31. Vanessa 04/19/2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Just last week, while I was trying to rock my 6 week old son to sleep, I saw myself in the mirror and almost broke down. I’ve been having a bad week and feeling really low and well… ugly. My husband must have been watching me and somehow read my mind. And of course he knew just what to say. He said this is the best he’s ever seen me- just me holding our son. I instantly felt beautiful and realized what beauty is.

  32. Tammy Wik 04/19/2012 at 4:24 pm #

    This happens all the time for me. When I’m feeling down about myself, I’ll go ahead and primp, set up my tripod, and do a little photoshoot for myself. It’s a fun way for me to see myself and remember how beautiful I am. The best part is, once I’m all gussied up, I feel better and want to go out and do things that make me happy!

  33. mariaclare156 04/19/2012 at 5:36 pm #

    It was my first pair of heels. I spotted them in the centre of the shoe rack in the op-shop. There were a lavender nude pump with a mid heel and shiny, patent finish. I knew they had to be mine. So, I wore them for the first time out to dinner with a few friends. My dress to match had a gorgeous full skirt with netting underneath and my hair was in a slight bee-hive style; I felt like I was plucked straight out of Mad Men. Red lipstick, smoky eye and all. I’ve never felt more grown-up and excited! Those heels made all the difference. Even better? I bought them at the op-shop for $8. I guess fifteen-year-olds aren’t too hard to please…

  34. Molly 04/19/2012 at 7:16 pm #

    I’ve never been one of those people who fit in clothes easily, and clothing shopping has always been a struggle. I was browsing at the thrift store and, by some strange magic, I found a beautiful black sequined skirt that fit me perfectly! I paired it with some red leather boots and a white t-shirt and went to see a show. Maybe it was the shopping success that gave me a glow, but all of my friends commented on how nice I looked. That was a good day.

  35. deepal s patel 04/19/2012 at 8:27 pm #

    I am a relatively new mom (my babygirl <3 is 18 months), and I wear stretchy clothes with my hair in a mishap ponytail day after day…after day. So, every now and then, I just like to put on a pretty dress for no special reason (most of my new ones are from Modcloth, thanks Modcloth!), do my hair and yes, actually spend a few minutes to put on some makeup….and incredibly, I feel like a new person. I know technically it's all superficial, but it does wonders for my spirit as well!

  36. judy hall 04/19/2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Ever since I could remember, I had fought with my drab brown, coarse, thick, wavy, frizzy hair. I’d grow it long and HAVE to pull it back because it looked like a bush. I’d get it cut shorter and look like I had a bubble on my head. I longed for the long, straight hair of my sisters and think I was a black sheep. Finally, when I was 32 years old, I found a stylist who cut my hair short, short allowing the natural wave of my hair to work with the cut. She introduced me to styling products and I made great friends with gel and pomade. She dyed it a beautiful bright berry red shade and I’ve never looked back. I’m 54 years old now and have changed the color and style of the cut many times over the years, but it has always remained very short and I still love pomade and gel and I still love my hair.

  37. Lauren Elizabeth Anderson 04/19/2012 at 8:59 pm #

    A few years ago my sister went in to get her hair cut, and in a spur of the moment decision, I pointed to a pixie cut in a magazine and asked if the stylist could fit me into the schedule. I walked out of that place feeling like a brand new person and I loved it! I went to school the next day feeling like Audrey Hepburn’s character in Roman Holiday. Going for that dramatic change was one of the best style decisions I’ve ever made!

  38. Yani 04/19/2012 at 9:22 pm #

    I love to wear a candy-style makeup when I go to see the movie. I really don’t know why but It makes me delightful in the dark. I worry about how looking good I am when others see me at any times. Absolutely even though in the dark.

  39. Autumn Bateman 04/19/2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I can’t think of a time that I felt more beautiful than last year’s winter formal. I got together with a group of my best girls, and we passed the entire afternoon getting ready for the dance. I wore a classic black dress from Nordstrom with a statement collar, a defined waistline with a sash, 3/4 length sleeves, and a knee-length skirt with embroidered flowers. I curled my hair and spritzed it with glitter, so that it caught the light when I danced. My makeup looked straight out of a magazine, with layers of black, blue and silver on my lids and false lashes and shiny gloss. I felt like a celebrity! It was a magical night that I will never forget. 🙂

  40. angelahath 04/20/2012 at 4:31 am #

    My wardrobe and makeup made me feel extra-good yesterday, actually — I had to present an award at a relatively informal ceremony, so I gave myself a bright-pink manicure, wore kelly-green jeans, and actually paid attention to my makeup. Nothing too fancy, but my choices were perfect for the occasion.

  41. May 04/20/2012 at 6:25 am #

    Like most girls I know, I enjoy going out and looking great! This occasion was very different though, in High school I never really was the most academic out of the bunch. To be honest I am more of a hands on type of girl ( my main focus was doing cosmetology ). I am a creative and easily inspired person with the ability to create beautiful paintings and crafts, but I am not exactly a math wizard. With my struggles to finish my schooling I had heard a calling from the heavens! In Ontario at the age of 18 you are able to enroll in adult schooling which I did and succeeded. I was excited to move forward in life and begin exploring my skills in a more practical way was thrilling but like most girls, I wanted to have a prom.

    At this time, financially my boyfriend and I could not afford an evening out due to the fact that he was well on his way to leave for 4 months to go work in Alberta. The months felt long and heartbreaking after living together for so long and never being apart for more then a couple of days. As time does pass he was finally back home ready to take me out and give me the “prom” I never got to celebrate. We went out to dinner at the most fancy place we could think of ( well actually we google’d the most expensive place to eat in our town and decided it had to be pretty good!)

    He wore his nice suite, handsome as can be! For myself I wore a long off white dress, that came in around my chest and flowed out. My hair was long, brown and wavy with braids pinning my bangs toward the back of my hair. As for makeup I kept it very simple as my boyfriend always reminds me that I am the most beautiful with no makeup at all.

    I felt like the luckiest and most beautiful girl in the world! What truly made me feel the most beautiful and always will is my one and only, but being able to wear a beautiful dress and know both your makeup and hair looks wonderful is a fantastic feeling.

  42. Sarah Y. 04/20/2012 at 7:33 am #

    I loved how I looked at my freshman year homecoming dance. I decided to wear a 1950s retro look and found a perfect brown and white polka dotted dress. I wore a pearl necklace and bracelet and wore red lipstick. I even curled my fine, straight hair in 1950s style. Recently, I’ve started wearing retro red lips and makeup on a daily basis and still love how it looks.

  43. Marissa 04/20/2012 at 7:36 am #

    Last year, I went to my cousin’s hair salon with a photo of Pattie Boyd (circa 1965) and said “I want that!” I already had long blonde hair, but got rid of my bands in elementary school. I had no clue how I would feel about bangs again, but I have been loving my 1960’s look ever since!

  44. Aimee Boucher 04/20/2012 at 8:40 am #

    My dad had passed away last year and for the funeral, the boys (my 3 older brothers) were to wear black suits and my mother and I were going to wear somewhat matching dresses. I couldn’t do the dress, I couldn’t see myself in it and I was too uncomfortable. All I could think of was my dad who was always dressed in a black t-shirt and a black jacket…
    So I sneakily changed into a black suit, black heels a black t-shirt and my dad’s St. Christopher pendant. We were in such a rush that no one had any time to tell me to change back into that stupid dress.
    I know it’s kind of weird to think of a funeral when asked about an outfit that made me feel really good but that suit comforted me in some kind of strange way. And now whenever I feel like I need my dad or have something detrimentally important to dress for – I wear the suit.

  45. Emily S. 04/20/2012 at 10:48 am #

    My favourite vintage outfit memory is when I had was after a party after my grandmother’s funeral. During the funeral I was crying and I felt awful so I decided to go home and change before the wake. After I took a shower Idecided I needed to at least LOOK in control.I guickly painted my nails dark red,styled my hair in my favourite vintage do (the coif), and donned red lipstick, a cute little black dress and pumps. I took a deep breath, looked in the mirror and smiled.I looked perfect. When I went to the party, I was still mourning my grandmother, but I managed to keep my chin up and use the time to greet relatives I hadn’t seen in years. The compliments I recieved on my outfit didn’t hurt my feeling better either.

  46. Caitlin 04/20/2012 at 11:37 am #

    this book looks amazing! i love vintage-inspired clothing and makeup; i think it’s so figure flattering 🙂 thanks for the contest-the winners are going to be crazy lucky!

  47. Caitlin 04/20/2012 at 11:44 am #

    It’s been four or five years now, but I felt gorgeous at my senior prom. It was this gorgeous dress with a wonderful sort of weight to it. A soft, silky white top, with a black full skirt. I had my hair put up and black liquid eyeliner. All night people called me Audrey and I felt like a movie star.

  48. Gabby Hayes 04/20/2012 at 2:52 pm #

    My boyfriend bought me this beautiful ivory lace dress for my birthday… It’s so wonderful, and easy to style in multiple ways! I feel so beautiful whenever I wear it! ♥

  49. newfangledvintage 04/20/2012 at 2:58 pm #

    My junior prom last year when I wore a 50s green chiffon dress with a full circle skirt. Although I am one of the few in Harrisburg Il to wear vintage, I received many compliments that night:)

  50. Allison 04/20/2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Last Easter I wore a green, vintage dress with my hair done up with curls in a scarf and cat eye makeup. I’m really bad at doing eye makeup so it takes a while but it was so worth the effort! I felt like a movie star from the 60’s 🙂

  51. Grace McDonald 04/20/2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I love my local thrift shops and scouring town for garage sales and pick up most of my favorite vintage pieces that way. I love the idea of a vintage wedding and have already started picking up a few things from the local sales! I would love extra info on how to style myself vintage!

  52. Suzanne 04/20/2012 at 11:06 pm #

    I went to a 1960s themed roller skating party at a bar and decided to wear my hair in a French Twist, wear fake eyelashes (never had done that before!) wear liquid eyeliner (and not just at my lashline. In the creases too!) and a short blue, mod dress with a white tie neck. Its was very adorable and I was happy I went mod style instead of the hippy route. It was fun to dress for a theme and I would love to do my make-up this way everyday! So glamorous!

  53. Deanne 04/21/2012 at 12:50 am #

    My social last year was the first time I ever felt really beautiful. After stuggling quietly with self-esteem issues for a few years, losing a few kilos and suceeding acadmecially gave me a new sort of outlook in life. So I got my hair and make-up professionaly done, and chose this amazing dress that fit me like a glove. It had a white, sweetheart neckline, a fitted black body, with a sparkly brooch to complete the look. I danced the night away with my friends, and for the first time, actually thought I was beautiful.

  54. TK 04/21/2012 at 10:20 am #

    I usually don’t wear makeup but on a whim I tried on some red lipstick one day. Later that day, I threw on a pretty dress and enjoyed a at-home dinner party looking a bit more put-together than usual.

  55. Sarah 04/21/2012 at 11:28 am #

    I usually never wear an ounce of makeup. Just a few weeks ago, I decided to wear some gold eyeliner (in honor of the Hunger Games). My mom had some and so I borrowed it. I felt so special because of all the compliments. Every now and then, I put some on to stand out.

  56. Q 04/21/2012 at 1:48 pm #

    please count me in!!! i sincerely hope i win… i’m addicted these books!

  57. R 04/21/2012 at 7:54 pm #

    It called to me from the overcrowded racks of this large vintage and secondhand store with the bricks painted in pink. I had gone there looking for sparkly beads to fashion into an outfit for that night’s formal/galactic theme party (that is another story by itself). It called to me so I pulled it out: a cotton blue and white polka dot halter dress. It was my size, which was pretty incredible. Well, close enough – the dress was obviously designed for someone slightly bigger, but it was still beautiful. I got it and vowed to take it to the tailor later to tuck it in so it would look appropriately vavavoom!-like.
    Three weeks later the temperature kept going up and up, and I realized that it was time to get the dress out. I added another wonderful secondhand find: a tan leather belt. Suddenly, I felt gorgeous, like I was carrying an enormous sunshine with me, which is quite an achievement for a graduate student who gets by on four hours of sleep a night, copious amounts of coffee and who has really learned to appreciate concealer and bright lipstick.

  58. Berta 04/22/2012 at 6:54 am #

    I had been putting off getting pretty out of worry they might mess up. I finally went to a professional for this asymmetrical hair cut I had been obsessing over. It was fantastic, I didn’t know I could look that good! It made me feel beautiful and that changed my behavior and mood for the better. I started to upgrade the rest of my look to match my new hair do. That reminds me I am due for an appointment to get fabulous.

  59. Brittany Smith 04/22/2012 at 7:35 am #

    I’m a huge fan of vintage style, but makeup has always been a mystery to me. I would love to learn some styles and techniques for creating a vintage look for my face!

  60. Amanda Dee 04/22/2012 at 10:04 am #

    A few months ago on a whim I dyed my hair pink for the first time. I live in a pretty small and conservative town, and having such a bold hair color made me feel really brave and like I could do anything. I walked right into the coffee shop where my most recent ex works and ordered the most complicated drink order I could come up with! I just had the urge to show him what he was missing, and that I was doing fine without him. I’ve never felt so confident and empowered in my whole life!

  61. Juliana 04/22/2012 at 11:21 am #

    I normally don’t style my hair unless it’s for a special occasion. I like to let it air dry into it’s natural wave. But the other day when I went grocery shopping, my hair seemed to be getting everyone’s attention. A man handing out free samples at the store said my hair was radiant. A woman at the bus stop said I looked like the movie star. Even the bus driver on my way home commented on my shiny blonde waves. I felt so special, and it wasn’t even a special occasion!

  62. kwaleska 04/22/2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I recently was part of a retro pin-up photoshoot where I got the star treatment for makeup and hair. I never knew the confidence boost I could get from changing up my normal makeup routine (of very little makeup) and going out with bold red lips and liquid liner.

  63. nozomiwhitewolf 04/22/2012 at 6:38 pm #

    When I finally met my goal of dropping from size 8 to size 4 I was so happy. It was probably one of the happiest moments of my life, which sounds silly but I am so self-conscious about my body…it’s hard to explain. I ended up getting up to a 6 again and it left me in a slight depression but I feel physically healthier now, so maybe it’s a good thing, lol.

  64. rhoby101 04/22/2012 at 6:41 pm #

    The first time I put on red lipstick started a great new revolution to my make up style. It was like magic, everyone listened to what i said-or at least were looking at my mouth when i talked. It was my new secret weapon in a small golden tube. The world was a different place. My mouth was confident and so was I. When the days were grey I wore red lipstick to brighten them up. Bold lips made a bold me.Some people say I wear too much lipstick but, it makes me happy and more confident than i have ever been so the red lips stay and so does my big bright smile.

  65. Em S 04/22/2012 at 7:50 pm #

    The first time I actively remember feeling thrilled about an outfit was 1996. My mother had shown me a catalog picture of a pair of lime green, short overalls embroidered with a butterfly scene, and asked if I thought I would wear them. Lime green? Butterflies? Overalls? What self-respecting first-grader of the 90s would have said no? Unfortunately for me, it was March when they arrived, and I had to wait endless weeks before I could wear them. My mother made a rule, written on the fridge: no shorts until the temperature hit at least 60 degrees. Despite my whines that the other girls got to wear tights and shorts, she wouldn’t budge. One early April day the thermometer finally crept past 59, and I went flying out to the bus, despite parental concern that it was still chilly, in my beautiful overalls, a hot pink t-shirt, and flowered keds. I was so pleased with myself all day. Now that I’ve hit my twenties, I find myself deciding to rock a pair of too-big overalls from time to time (albeit in quieter colors). I’ve tried to make it a trend, but my friends have told me “only you can get away with that.” I’m not quite sure it’s a compliment, but I’m taking it as one :).

  66. Kristy 04/22/2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Last fall, a couple of my friends invited me out for a girls’ night at a trendy event, complete with dessert, drinks and live entertainment. I was super excited, but at the time, I had been pulling off continuous 50+ hour workweeks and was feeling kinda “blah” about my energy and appearance.

    I came home after work with only 20 minutes to get ready, and to my surprise, my Blogging Molly dress from ModCloth had arrived! I put it on, along with a crinoline and some black heels, quickly pinned my hair up into a Mad Men-esque ‘do, and applied some false lashes and red lipstick. I was ready in 15 minutes flat!

    Random people complimented my look all night long, including local fashion bloggers, who asked me about my retro-inspired style and where I found my outfit.

    That experience really did a lot for my confidence. It reminded me that my outward appearance isn’t about how much I weigh, how long I spend getting ready, who I’m trying to impress or what features I decide to show off or hide. It’s about knowing how to put myself together in a way that reflects my own style and personality. Real style isn’t about fitting yourself into a specific “look”, it’s about taking the things you like and making them your own.

  67. Jess 04/23/2012 at 12:43 am #

    I always thought I couldn’t wear 50s-style pinup eyeliner- you know, black and bold and extending past the lid. I thought it was such a pretty look. The first time I tried it, I felt like a million bucks. Maybe no one else noticed, but is that ever the point? Now, I rock pinup hair and makeup whenever I’m in need of a quick lift, even if it’s just to clean the floors. 🙂 xxx, j

  68. Sarah Schmidt 04/23/2012 at 2:55 am #

    For me I have never really felt “pretty” in my own skin. I have been a tomboy most of my life. Though all of a sudden I made a new friend(who style is very vintage) who started getting me to try new things and experiment with outfits and/or makeup. It hasn’t been till recently when I have found it okay to be myself and feel pretty because I am and with just even a little bit of confidence that came from a new jacket can go a long way. My new found love is makeup and figuring out what makes me pop =)

  69. afef 04/23/2012 at 1:32 pm #

    When i got a free makeup session done on me by a friend of mine who was learning to be a makeup artist :)! She knows me soo well, she made everything PERFECT! 😀 i felt glamorous even though we just had coffee after she done my makeup 🙂

  70. Angie 04/23/2012 at 8:56 pm #

    I was once told by a professor in college, that on a big test day, as silly as it might sound, that you should always dress up. At the time I thought this advice was…well,…kind of old fashioned. So unfortunately, I proceeded to completely miss the point of her wise words. Taking the time to select an outfit can make you feel polished, professional, and can even give you that extra boost of confidence when you need it most—be it for a test or anything. So that’s why last week, although alone in my house, I wore a lovely dress, with cute matching earring and adorable wedges—to my phone interview! (And got the job!!)

  71. heldinea 04/24/2012 at 12:11 am #

    I am not much of a “getting dolled up” person in terms of hair and make-up. When I feel like looking pretty, I just put on a nice outfit with cute accessories, shoes, and a bag. But I hardly ever do my hair and make-up. If I do want my hair and make-up done, I would always have someone else (in my family) do it for me because I never really knew how to – since I always had someone to do it when I needed it. The first time I went to Minnesota to visit my boyfriend’s family during winter break, I had to get dolled up for the New Year’s Eve party all by myself. It took the longest time (luckily, I made enough time to get ready), but I felt so accomplished for doing my hair and make-up all by myself for the first time.

    • heldinea 04/24/2012 at 12:12 am #

      I forgot to mention – this New Year’s Eve party was during my freshman year in college.

  72. Wendy Morgan 04/24/2012 at 11:24 am #

    Just this past Saturday I had one of those moments. I have been working out for the last three months and have seen about zilch for results, soo depressing. We had a wedding reception to attend Saturday evening so I started getting ready at noon! I did my hair in curls and got a very cute metal vintage look headband to wear. I put on makeup, which as a stay at home mom I rarely do. Then I squeezed into my shapewear (hee hee) and slipped on my Strawberry Ice Tea Dress. I added my lovely vintage-esque taupe heels and a knit shrug (made by my mother). I felt like a million bucks, I had a perma-smile on my face and felt beautiful. Thank you shapewear and ModCloth!

  73. Devan W 04/24/2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Well it was the winter formal and I had done like three different makeup looks and I just couldn’t get it right. So I looked at my dress and my shoes and my nails and thought ill figure it out after I do my hair. I did my hair in a perfect French twist. And after I did my hair.I knew exactly what to do. So I took my favorite sparkley pallets and chose the Colorado that matched my dress. It worked great and I had great confidence for the whole dance. I even asked my crush out and he said yes.

  74. Whitney Opfar 04/25/2012 at 9:06 am #

    Lately I had been feeling down on myself reguarding clothing and my style. After gaining a bit of weight I have been wearing bulky sweaters and my husband’s pants to work!!! He agreed to go shopping with me to buy some new clothes. I am not a fan of trying on clothes in the store dressing room… ESPECIALLY since the weight gain. My husband was super supportive and helped me pick out a few new outfits. My first day after this mini shopping spree was AMAZING. MY clothes felt wonderful, they were cute and girlie. I wore burnt red crop pants, a cute flouncy deep blue top and a cream 3/4 length sleeve tailored jacket to work the next day. It just felt great to actually create a style instead of wearing whatever in the closet fit.

  75. Kiara 04/25/2012 at 10:24 am #

    For me it was mi high school prom 3 years ago. I wore a dark purple dress, had a curly up do and beautiful make up…received a lot of compliments that day. I don’t really wear make up usually but when I do I feel like a million bucks. I still have my dress and cant wait to use it again…if it still fits hahaha!

  76. pattyla 04/26/2012 at 10:48 am #

    6 years ago I found some vintage hair tutorials and I try them, and since that moment I went in research and try to know about that decade. When I finally learned how to sew I knew I had to make some vintage clothes so now I feel nice wearing things I made

  77. Madeline 04/26/2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Well, it’s not actually about me. But you see, I helped one of my best friends get ready for the eighth grade dance, and she has the gorgeous, sleek Indian hair that’s literally impossible to curl, but somehow I did it. After several glops of different styling/ holding goop and several cans of hairspray, the curls stayed and she actually had boys lined up to dance with her the entire time. It made her feel really good and same with me.

  78. Ann 04/26/2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I wear dresses constantly, but to be honest, I’m usually at a loss when doing my hair and makeup. Last week, though, I had a job interview that I was super nervous about. I decided to wear my Hepcat Dress for the interview, and when I put it on I knew I had to go for a 50s look. I did my hair in a simple french twist and put on some red lipstick and felt like a whole new woman! My confidence soared – and I’m hoping I got the job!

  79. janelle remlinger 04/26/2012 at 9:45 pm #

    I love the look of retro hair and makeup styles. So classic and feminine. I just recently cut a large amount of my hair and would love to use some looks from this book as inspiration on how to style my new shorter length.

  80. SusieQ 04/30/2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Oh – I remember back in high school, I used to wear up to six colors on my eyes at once (it was the 80’s). People used to tell me I had the most gorgeous eyes.

  81. Nicky 05/11/2012 at 3:05 am #

    Great stuff! My wife is into her vintage make up collection. Her birthday is round the corner so I’m thinking of grabbing one copy for her. Where can I buy this book from?

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