****Well Hello Peaches! I first wrote this back in October 2015 BUT as of June 2016 – this is the updated version! I have found that there are new ways, better tutorials and easier ideas so read on and get glamorous pin up curls in no time!!! ****

Nothing says glamour like retro pin curls. Back in the day – without being able to afford a trip to the hairdressers, ladies still wanted to look glamorous so the “pin curl” was invented. Described as “An easy and hassle free way to get gorgeous curls without spending money!” Well – I think washing, pinning and setting your hair every morning – all before you have to get on a busy train to go to work is quite a lot of effort nowadays!

For true Hollywood glamour, there really is nothing like a good pin curl and set. Upon first glance, it looks really difficult but with a bit of practice, you will soon be the belle of every ball with gorgeous goldilocks.

You will need:

Kirby Grips


Small metal crocodile clips


Headscarf (just in case you need to nip to the shops!)

Lots of my friends do this on a regular basis and find that it works best with clean hair – probably a day old. If your hair is a few days old from it’s last wash – try a bit of dry shampoo to give it a bit of life. The older the hair is, the looser the curls will hang.

Start at the top of your hair and get a small section in your fingers, spritz with a bit of hairspray and start to create a roll by wrapping the hair around the fingers. Then pin in place and repeat. I normally do this early in the morning before a shoot or before I start my day and leave in for as long as possible (3-5 hours if I can.) The longer that I leave in, the better the set. I have super thick hair and my curls often drop but when I pin curl I find they last all day and even leave my hair with a lovely natural wave for the day after too.

Of course – it is always easier to understand when you can watch someone fabulous actually doing it. Well here is my favourite vintage beauty – Natalie Vintagious demonstrating just how easy it actually can be to get perfect and super glam curls every single time. Vintagious is my absolute “go to” YouTube tutorial channel when I need some hair inspiration. She has some amazing tips and tricks for getting your hair “just right” so definitely check her out!

You could brush it out like in the above video or leave in for a tighter curly look. Add a lily after parting your hair to one side and you have that classic retro look in an instant.

If you have a curling iron or a curling wand and like a different kind of curl – why not try this 1940s tutorial below as an alternative!

credit to: John Frieda: https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnFriedaUK

Don’t worry about getting it “just right” the very first time that you try because let’s face it, twirling your hair around your fingers can be a tangling mess at the best of times! With a bit of practice and patience, it does get a lot easier to do.

The hairstyles below have all had a pin curl and set technique to achieve the end result. Hair is different for everyone and some more manageable than others. The best thing you can do is to simply have a play around one day and practice until you get the perfect style for you!


So you have been sat waiting for your girl to meet you in this trendy wine bar in your home town and you just do not understand why she is over an hour late. Incoming text…. : Eyeliner Problems – be there soon xo and you totally relate so breathe a sigh of relief. For all you vintage and retro lovers out there, you totally know what this means and face this daily frustration also.

You see achieving the perfectly symmetrical eyeliner flick on both of one’s eyes is virtually impossible and almost guaranteed to involve more than one try. Perhaps you are a trained eyeliner perfectionist and can accomplish the perfect flick in a matter of moments, but if so, we reckon you belong to 2% of the population who find it easy!

We constantly fail at life with this simple but somehow intricate detail of our daily makeup routine and thought it might be useful to share some tips and advice that we have found on our travels.

Something we found useful for the novice eyeliner-flicker is a felt tipped eyeliner. It is kinda like drawing on your face and quite easy to do. We also found this super easy tutorial on YouTube where the technique is to start with little dots at certain parts of the eyelid and join up. What can be easier than that then?

credit to https://www.youtube.com/user/xDEimearByrne/videos

We couldn’t help but notice these cheeky little mishaps (whilst completely identifying with each one!) and thought we would share so that you feel a little better about not getting it right first time!

The “eyeliner flick” has become a staple part of a vintage / retro look and although not completely mandatory makeup, generally is used to accentuate your peepers. After all, they say that the eyes are the windows to your soul!

Our top tip would be to practice practice practice! Wearing eyeliner around the house is totally acceptable and not just for when going out! As many makeup artists would advise – do your eyes first. Follow these simple steps and achive perfect pin up peepers in no time!

  • 1.Prep your base.
  • Use a simple primer on your eyelid so that anything that you use on your eyes will stick and stay.
  • 2.Stick to neutral shades.

Use neutral shades as a base while you are getting used to being an eyeliner flick master. This way if you do need to wipe off and start again, it is less fuss and easier to blend in. Of course, the more confident you become – the more adventurous with colour you can be. Once you feel like you have the flick done and dusted then you experiment with bolder colours, smokier looks and have fun!

  • 3.Try out different types of eyeliner.

There are felt tip liners, liquid eyeliners and gel liners as well as pencils. Trial out a few, we personally found the gel liner easier to use as we could apply with a small pointed brush and felt more in control of it when applying. Felt tips are easy to use and are just like drawing – but can lack in colour. We love the liquid for a bold and defined look but found this hard to use when doing thinner or smaller flicks. Everyone is different and each of you will find one that you love!

  • 4.Eyes first, everything else last.

Applying your eye make-up first means that if there is any dust from the eyeshadow, it can be wiped off the cheek easily. As all make up artist will advise, always do your eyes first and everything after so you can build your look. This is one of the best pieces of advice we have ever been given. We know that if your eye makeup does go wrong then there is no way that your day can be ruined. Simply wipe off and start again (trust us, it’s a lot harder if you have a full face to wipe off and re-do)

Most of all, have fun. Makeup is there to help hide those bits you hate and bring out those bits you love. It is an extension of your personality and is not something to be shied away from. If you feel like a beginner and really do feel like there is nowhere to turn, remember that:

Marilyn Monroe learnt how to do her own makeup by watching someone else do hers for her over and over again.

We are all beginners in the beginning.

Simple but true. So go have fun, try, try and try again and if let us know how you are getting on! We love to hear from our customers, you can get in touch via