venerdì 13 giugno 2008

The Swing Era Society

I'm not a You Tube addicted, but awhile ago after watching old movies for a whole weekend, I spent an evening searching for some tutorials on 40s/50s inspired hairdo and makeup. I didn't imagine there was such a hidden online universe for this kind of things, but I found hundreds of tips and I discovered that some of those You Tube users are really really popular in the community.
I saved all those videos on pc and I planned to post about them later, but I forgot to do it till yesterday, when I read the beautiful post about victory rolls hairstyle tutorials Selina wrote (check it!).

Victory rolls were probably the most popular hairstyle in the 40s, they became a fashion statement in US after World War II, a way to celebrate the victory and the beginning of a new era. Actually this hairstyle was an overnight process: the wet hair was rolled, twirled up and secured with bobby pins to give curls that were then brushed and set in place the next morning.
I'm not that great with any kind of hairdo, and victory rolls are surely not so easy to make (the term was originally used for a fight plane maneveur...!) but using a good tutorial and a bottle of two of strong hairspray I could definitely give them a try!


During the '50s, my beloved decade, the hairstyles became more romantic and maybe just a little less elaborated (except for the "beehive" - so popular in the '60s too - of course!). The curls were now styled into buns, the ponytail was a easy must and also short cuts became really popular (think Audrey Hepburn).


What I like the most from the '40s and '50s hairstyles is they were chic and meticulously created...all those curls, braided chignons, folded hair...it seems every woman was an experienced hairstylist!




Photo sources: 1, 2, 3; all courtesy Rhiannonmars

Searching for some make up ideas to complete the look, I found Ask Me Make Up. You have to check their website and their You Tube profile, definitely.
Watching their videos I can easily understand why they currently have more than 16000 subscribers; their tutorials are not only well done but really really well styled and they even set up contests and competitions.

My favorites are obviously the Pin Up tutorials...





...but I also like a lot the 1920s flapper inspired one



and they have a lot of ideas for Proms, Halloween and masquerade parties as well, like the Marie Antoinette hair and make up tutorial below

14 commenti:

Sharon Rose ha detto...

Wow what an excellent post!! I didn't realise either there are websites that can totally re-create these looks-what a good find, well done!!

Dotti ha detto...

Super duper great post. A real challenge – but I'm going to try out as soon as I can. Thanks dear, for sharing. I already see all of us running around like this for the next weeks or so... :)

selinaoolala ha detto...

fantastic pictures!! I've can't get the amount of hair just right yet but i'm trying!

Diana ha detto...

Thanks. Awesome blog. I've always wanted to do my hair like that. Thanks for the vids.

The Clothes Horse ha detto...

I desperately want to get my hair to look like that, but I fear I'm too lazy to put the effort in!

yiqin; ha detto...

I relaly like Audrey's! But it'll take me ALOT of guts to cut my hair that short!!

Sally Jane ha detto...

I always wondered how women got their hair to do that. It seems to be much more work than I'm willing to do but they look fantastic!

WendyB ha detto...

I will never have enough patiences/skill to do elaborate hair things despite all the good tutorials. If I were able to do those things, I'd definitely have long hair! As it is, my hairdresser was trying to get me to go for the Audrey supershort look, rather than my fashionable mullet.

Ida ha detto...

Such an interesting post! Those are some seriously intriguing do's.
Have you seen Swingtown? Reading the title, you totally made me think of the series. Kind of like it:)

Ida ha detto...

P.S. Totally adding you to my blogroll. (I think I asked for a link-up once, and then forgot to add you. Feeling terrible!)

Kira Fashion ha detto...

hi dear!

audrey is fantastic in that shot and is always so fuuny to see old stylist pictures, it´s nostalgic :)))

a kiss!!

terren ha detto...

Ooh, thanks for posting these videos! i always want to do my hair up like this, but can never figure out how.

Siljesfashion ha detto...

Great post, thanks for sharing! Love that 50s style look they did with Lindsay Lohan for Harpers Bazar, she had such an amazing hairstyle in the photos.

Lil' Puch ha detto...

Great post, love the 50's style!!!