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Welcome to Betty's Blog.

 

A place where you can take a sneak peak behind the scenes at the Betty Noir Studio.

 

Keep up to date with our latest photo shoots, wardrobe additions, promotions  and competitions, as well as beauty, fashion, all things vintage, and everything else in between!

 

 

 

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Join Betty Noir this October 

at Crowfeet, Cantilupe Rd, 

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

 

On Saturday 25th October, Betty Noir will be at the gorgeous little gift shop Crowsfeet. 

With our pop-up beauty parlour, we'll be offering customers vintage hair styling and makeovers, from as little as £5!!! 

Victory rolls, cat eyes and classic red lips, will be the order of the day!

You can view our menu of styling and prices below.


Crowsfeet will be offering customers a chance to start their Christmas shopping in style. Browse their gorgeous gifts, with a glass of bubbly in hand and 10% off at the till!

They have something for everyone!


You also won't want to miss out on the chance to purchase your ticket

for Betty Noir's Christmas Photoshoot Event! 

On November 16th and 17th, we will be offering ladies a chance to experience a mini makeover shoot. The photos from which will make a perfect Christmas gift for that someone special! 


What the event photoshoot includes:

 

  • A 1 1/2 hour session to include;
  • Hair & Makeup
  • One outfit change
  • 5 poses (choose either pinup or boudoir)
  • One framed 6"x 4" print
  • The option to purchase further images 

All for just £37!


There are just 10 spaces available, and tickets will be available exclusively at Crowsfeet on Sat 25th Oct 

(*any unsold on the day, will be available online shortly after)


What more could a girl ask for? 

Come along and see us for a day filled with vintage makeovers, bubbly and shopping! 



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First of all I just want to say thank you to everyone who has booked a spot on our vintage hair and makeup workshops.

I'm thrilled to see others sharing a passion for vintage styling, and can't wait to meet you all!


I've put together this blog post to tell you all a little more about what to expect from the day, and share with you some of my favourite products, which you may choose to purchase ready for the day, or you may already have your firm favourites :)

We will be providing you all with tool kits for you to use on the day should you need them. If you have your own tools that you prefer to use then of course bring them along.

What's included in our kits :

  • Makeup brushes, including base blending brush for a flawless finish.
  • Makeup sponge.
  • Cotton pads.
  • Cotton buds.
  • Rat tail comb.
  • Backcombing & smoothing brush.
  • Setting lotion.
  • Tissues.

We will also have curling tongs & makeup products that you are welcome to use if you don't have your own.

Your gift bags will also contain some good essentials, which I've listed below.

Face wipes, makeup remover, & mirrors are all provided too.

You will each recieve a gift bag of goodies which will include:


  • Tutorial cards.
  • A bandana/ headscarf.
  • Black eyeliner pen.
  • White eyeliner pencil.
  • Hairspray.
  • A dolly peg (random?? all will become clear on the day).
  • A pin up postcard.
  • A pack of bobby pins.
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The day will start with some quick fix hair demonstrations. Vintage styles that you can achieve in 5 minutes for when you're on the go, or just feeling a little lazy ;)

Followed by a quick demonstration on how to pin curl your hair ready for bed.

Then on to the serious business, with a basic dry curl set.

Whislt your hair is setting we will work through makeup application, to include contouring and highlighting, how to get the perfect eyeliner for your eye shape, and how to acheive the perfect pout, as well as everything inbetween.

Once the makeup application is done it's back to the bonce, and how to brush out those curls for an authentic vintage do, and how to style your gorgeous new curls.


I will be bringing along my camera and portable printer, for those of you who would like a free print of your gorgeous new look.

Betty Recommends!


So here are some of the products that I use and highly recommend. I like to make sure that the products I use are affordable, but also so a darn good job!


For curling hair I absolutely love BaByliss 3035BU Thermo Ceramic Rollers. The velvet coated barrels achieve a smooth bouncy curl. They're easy to use, and you can get on with your makeup while they cool and set.

I have noticed just recently these are disappearing from our shops, and Amazon have whacked there prices up from £30 to a whopping £70!!! You can however still get them for below £30 on eBay. Hooray for eBay!!!


For flawless doll like skin I love Maybeline Dream Matte Mousse. It gives great coverage, and feels silky smooth, and for those of you with a porcelain complexion they do a shade that's perfectly pale- I know how difficult it can be to find a foundation for pale skin, that doesn't leave me with an orange tint!

Another great product for your base is Hard Candy's, Glamoflauge, heavy duty concealer. I recomend the light shade, unless you have a much darker skin tone or a very deep tan after all this sunshine! This product I have to buy on eBay as it's not available in the shops over here. It costs about £13 for a tube, and lasts forever!

You don't need to use a lot of this product, a little goes a long way. This is great for not only covering blemishes, but for highlighting. It will leave you looking brighter and younger, and is great for disguising dark circles. I will of course have my tube with me on the day, which you are all welcome to sample. It is a thick, heavy duty product, for those of you who don't usually wear much makeup it may take some getting used to, but it will help you acheive that flawless complexion.


The white eyeliner pencil! I have included one of these in your gifbags. It is one of my favourite products. Bringing tired eyes to life and adding sparkle. Lifting brows, and creating perfect pouts. I can't live without this product.


Translucent powder. The vintage look is all about a matte complexion. You don't need to spend loads on a powder. MUA at Superdrug do a great one for just a couple of pounds.


Red lips are a pin up girls trademark. For anyone who has been to see me you will know my favourite lip colour that seems to work on every skin tone, is Lime Crime, Velvetines, in Red Velvet. It goes on like a gloss, and dries matte. It lasts for hours, so is well worth the £13.50 price tag.

You can get yours here http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk/prod/lime-crime-red-velvet-velvetine-lip-colour






Words cannot express how excited I am to be sharing my vintage tips and tricks with you all, and I simply cannot wait to see the finished products!!


If you haven't already, you can book your spot at one of our workshops by clicking HERE.



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The 1950's saw the end of clothing rations introduced during WWII, making fashion much more accessible.  

These were exciting and colourful times, focusing on  emphasising a woman's curves, with nipped in waists, and full hips, and lets not forget the iconic 50's  conical bust shape.

This glorious celebration  of  womanly  curves is something rarely seen nowadays, with women  opting to  cover up their figures with loose fitting garments.  

I'm making it my mission to encourage you  all to try the 50's look.. A sure fire way to make you feel like a million  dollars! and I'm going to show you how to get the look. 

Don't have natural curves? Don't worry! The beauty  of 50's   fashion is the clothes  emphasisse  and create curves!

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Lets start with the foundations! 

Not all of us are blessed with a classic hourglass shape, and tiny little waist, and guess what? they weren't in the 50's either! Shapewear is nothing new, it has been around for centuries!

The nipped in waist is  created with the aid of a corset, waspie, or waist cincher. For the more dedicated ladies a corset was used on a daily basis as a waist training aid, to change the shape of the body over time, and get that stunning Betty Brosmer figure.


Typically women wore a bullet bra, which created that classic sweater girl look that was hugely popular with film stars and the general public alike.

This conical shaped bust is not a look for the faint hearted! and if you're not quite ready to go for the full 50's look then stick with a more modern rounded bra.

What Katie Did do a fantastic range of retro and vintage inspired underwear, including bullet bras and waist cinchers, a great starting point to create your 50's wardrobe.


If going for a full skirted outfit then an underskirt is a must. 

This style is great for covering a multitude of sins, as well as helping to create hips and  the illusion of curves.

The petticoat picture above is one from Tiger Milly

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So we've now got  the  solid foundations for our 50's  look, but what goes on top?

We'll start with the classic sweater girl look we mentioned earlier. The key to this look is the bullet bra, which will help define the waist. Wear a tight fitting jumper  (short sleeve, cotton, fine knit for the summer), a round neck cardigan worn back to front, with buttons down the back also works beautifully, and the buttons add an interesting detail. Team with a full circle skirt  and  full petticoat underneath for a pretty summer look, capri pants/pedal pushers for a great day to day look, or some high waist shorts  on hot summer days. Wedge heels are a great addition to all three looks. Match the colour of your shoes with a thin belt worn at the smallest part of your waist if you want to draw the eyes attention.


Take the look into evening wear, with the full circle skirt. Add a beaded or sparkly detail to the jumper, or a sparkling brooch, with a classic court shoe and matching evening bag.


Alternatively a full circle dress in block colours for evening, or big bold prints for a summers day event. Lindy Bop offer a fantastic range of dresses, at a very reasonable price.



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Another 1950's wardrobe staple is the high waist pencil skirt and the wiggle dress. 

Figure hugging and oozing sex appeal. 

The pencil skirt is great for adding a rockabilly twist to the look. 

Team with a tight jumper, or a well fitted chiffon blouse for the office, and go for a halterneck top, or tight t-shirt for day. At risk of sounding like your mother -Make sure you tuck that top in!!! 

Add a fitted cardigan for warmth on colder days.

I absolutely love Collectif Clothing for their range of reproduction 50's clothes, definitely worth a look! You'll find all of the list above and more.


A wiggle dress will add instant glamour. Go for a Tiki or floral print during the day and block colours in the evening. I'm in love with the wiggle dresses at British Retro. Cut just below the knee for the most flattering shape.

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1950'S hair starts with a good curl set. You  can  do a wet set for a hold that will last for days. However, wet sets are time consuming, can be difficult to master, and a lot of us just don't have the time. 

A great alternative is to use heated rollers, or a curling tong. Curl hair and pin in place to allow the hair to cool.

Once cooled remove the pins, and using a soft bristle brush, begin to comb out the curls. A great tip is to make sure you brush hair against your hand, this will help prevent frizz. 

Keep brushing  through, molding and shaping the curls into the direction you wish them to fall. Finish the style with a flower pinned to one side. 


Check  out the video below for a 50's Dita Von Teese style tutorial.



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The 1950's  saw an explosion of  new  colours  in makeup, especially with lipsticks. Vibrant reds,  hot pinks, and fuchsias were all popular.

The base was very matte and flawless Pan stick foundations were popular, as they give great coverage, and a translucent powder should be used on top to mattify the skin.

Eyes were defined with black or dark brown eyeliner, and often a flick at the ends to create the cat eye look. Shimmery eyeshadows were introduced in the 50's. Stick with matte for the daytime, and experiment with shimmer in the evening. Eyeshadows were usually in neutral tones, using a darker shade to contour the eye socket.

Finish the eyes with lashings of mascara, or false lashes., and if you're feeling really fancy add a beauty mark with a waterproof eyeliner, to highlight your favourite feature.


Eyebrows should follow your natural shape, plucking underneath to tidy, and defining with a brow pencil or shadow to create a strong brow.


Below is a great tutorial from VividMakeup: Aja.

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Accessories are a really important part of the look, and will pull the whole thing together.

Pick a colour from your outfit, and work it into your accessories.

Belts, both thin and thicker to give that waist cinching look.

Coloured bead necklaces and big bold rings, with matching earrings.

Pearls in double rows.

Flowers, hair slides, hats and headscarves.

Gloves, both long and short styles, lace, crochet, leather, there were gloves for all occasions.

Brooches. A great way to add interest to a boring sweater, or draw the eye to your best assests.

Handbags. Wicker, Lucite bags, box bags, in all colours shapes and sizes!



Links:


Hair accessories : Alternate Normality

Reproduction bags, belts, jewellry and sunglasses : Collectif Clothing

50's style  and Kitsch  accessories andbags : Bow  and Crossbones






So now  you are primped and preened, suited and booted. It's time to go out into the world and rock your new look, with confidence, class and style.


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