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Vintage Hair and Make Up Tips and Tricks

Always loved the amazing Retro hair and make up style but have no idea where to start? Grab your copy of the Vintage Hair styling or Retro Make up books from us to help you each step of your vintage inspired hair journey!
These books are amazing, with full colour photos and diagrams and have helped many a pin up and Retro gal!
Each book contains hours of useful hints and tips with full colour, step by step photos for each look and era.

There are certain classic styles that withstand the test of time. The look of a beautiful hairstyle from years ago is just as eye catching today as it was then, maybe even more so today. They remind us of a time of elegance and femininity.
This book shows how to create so many of those hairstyles. Lauren Rennells has revised and revamped the book of worldwide popularity Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques to be even more informative and fun. This 2nd Edition takes hairstyles from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s and breaks them down into simple, easy-to-follow instructions.
It uses over 700 photographs for directions and explains each step in detail.
This 200-page full-color book has 6 main chapters. The book begins with the basics of styling and works its way back to advanced techniques. It also provides information on makeup, nails, and accessories for a finished look.


Makeup is so common today that many of us do not give a second thought to its beginnings. It is during the formative years of the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s that makeup developed most and it became what we are familiar with today. Each of these decades had its own style of makeup; its own signature lips, eye makeup, rouge techniques, etc. This book shows the changes in makeup styles over these decades and provides practical, easy-to-follow steps and guidance in recreating a vintage face.
Lauren Rennells has written Retro Makeup: Techniques for Applying the Vintage Look as a companion book to the internationally successful Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques. That does not mean this is the same book, only about makeup. With countless hours of research, a multitude of interesting facts about makeup style during the early and mid-20th century was unearthed and are provided in Retro Makeup in a fun, colorful layout.
This 104-page full-color book starts with a brief history of makeup during the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. Next it provides practical knowledge in applying makeup to help better use the information provided in the proceeding chapters. Then it jumps into full details about makeup styles during the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40, ‘50s and ‘60s with each decade having its own dedicated chapter. Each decade describes historical events and innovations in products that were a ecting makeup trends, popular shapes, and colors. Also in each decade are start-to- nish instructions on various makeup looks made popular by movie stars, models and beauty magazines of the time.
Both of these books are now available from our online store

Both of these books are now available from our online store

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