How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look


Hey everyone!

Today I’m going to show you how to create the Classic Pin Up Girl Makeup look. Pin up girl makeup is a Retro trend that is classic and timeless and suits everyone when done correctly! The whole idea behind this look is not to emulate the exact look of a celebrity pin up girl but to create a look that makes YOU feel like a siren!


How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look

How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look


How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look

How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look




The Pin up Girl makeup is characterized by amazing skin that has a healthy glow, lined eyes with fluttery dense lashes and a bold red lip! Lets start this tutorial with a guideline on how to create the perfect skin :

You will need :

  1. A Brightening primer : Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is hands down the best product to create a bright, toned base! You can also use an illuminating base like MAC Strobe Cream or Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector. Apply on clean moisturized face and let it sink into the skin for a good 10 minutes before applying anything else.
  2. Concealer : A stick concealer like the L’oreal Paris Infallible concealer comes in handy to cover up spots, blemishes and pigmentation. However, you can use a cream/liquid concealer as well. Conceal the under eye area, the areas around the nose and mouth and any other pigmentation/spots you might have.
  3. Foundation : Use a foundation with medium coverage but a semi-dewy finish that gives a natural luminous quality to your skin. My favorite foundation for this kind of finish is MAC Matchmaster Foundation. I also love Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation. Using a brush or a sponge, apply in small strokes and spend time in blending it well especially around smaller areas like around the nose and eyes. Do not forget to apply it on your neck as well.
  4. Highlighter : A subtle cream/liquid highlighter works great as it blends easily with the foundation without taking away the dewy finish. However, if you have really oily skin, it is best to stick to powder highlighter. Opt for a highlighter that gives a subtle shine like the MAC Strobe Cream. We do not want to look like a glitter ball here, what we want to create is the illusion of luminous healthy skin! Apply the highlighter to the high points of the face where light hits naturally – the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and the chin. Add a smidgen of it to the cupid’s bow as well.
  5. Powder : Use a very light weight powder and dust it only on the T-zone, chin and around the mouth. Leave the dewy cheeks as it is. If you have oily skin though, you should apply the powder all over the face to keep the oil at bay. Do not apply too much as it’ll end up looking cakey!
  6. Blush : If you’re pale/cool toned, use a soft pink blush and if you’re neutral/warm toned, opt for a dusty peachy pink or warm apricot shade. The trick is to use a blush that is subtle but still gives a healthy flush to the cheeks. My favorite blush to pair with a red lip is The Body Shop Cheek color no. 5. Other great blushes for red lips are MAC Melba and MAC Sunbasque. However, don’t stick to just these recommendations, choose a blush that looks great on your skintone! Using a fluffy brush, apply very lightly to the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the temples. Keep the color intensity low.
How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look

How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look


Once the base makeup is in place,we now proceed to the Eye Makeup :

You will need :

  1. A Brightening champagne/beige eye shadow : Choose a low-medium shimmer shade that brightens up your eyes. If you’re really pale, it might be something like MAC Vanilla, if you’re medium-dusky toned MAC Naked Pigment is a great option. Another good option is Inglot DS463 which is a beige with low shimmer.  Apply this all over the lid right up till the browbone using very little product and then build up the intensity on the lid alone(leaving the browbone as it is)
  2. Black Liner (gel or liquid) : Line only your upper lash line with jet black liner and wing it out slightly for a subtle cat eye. Do not make the wing too extended or dramatic.
  3. Flesh toned pencil liner : Apply this on the waterline to give a wide-eyes, open look to the eyes. If you’re really pale, you can use a white liner but medium-dusky toned women should stick to a flesh toned liner as it looks more natural. I love the MAC Chromagraphic pencils for this step.
  4. Dramatic Mascara : Go for length+volume with a mascara like L’oreal Paris Volume Million lashes.
  5. False Lashes (optional) : If you’re comfortable with its application, use a pair of dense lashes (made of natural hair) preferably ones with the flared ends to add the finishing touch to the eyes.
  6. Eye brow fill A clean defined brow makes a lot of difference to the face! Make sure your eyebrows are in shape and without any stray hairs growing out. Use an eyebrow pencil/eye brow powder to full your brows. Groom them with an eyebrow brush and set them in place with some eyebrow gel or clear mascara.
How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look

How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look


The star of this look is the gorgeous red pout! A plump, healthy red lip is what we are trying to achieve so make sure your lips are exfoliated and well hydrated. Lets see how to create the perfect red lip…

You will need :

  1. Concealer : Neutralize any pigmentation you might have around the mouth with a concealer. This will make the lip line appear sharper and more defined.
  2. Lip liner : You can use any red lip liner for this step. Line your lips carefully and then fill in the entire lip with the liner. It will not only define your lips but act as a base for the lipstick and keep it from fading away too quickly. My favorite red lip liner is Bourjois Rouge Soyeux.
  3. Lipstick : Using a lip brush, apply your favorite red lipstick all over the lip to get an even, intense coverage. Blot on a tissue and reapply to get an intense stain that will last you a long time. I prefer deep reds with blue undertones. If you’re confused as to which red lipstick to pick, Revlon Colorburst Crimson is a great option. Other beautiful reds that I like – Avon Simply Pretty lipstick Cherry Red and Inglot lipstick 124. MAC has some gorgeous reds like Ruby Woo, Russian Red and Runway Red.
How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look

How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look


The finished look!


How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look

How to do : The Classic Pin up Girl Makeup look


[note color=”#FFE4C4″] Hope you found this guide useful! What do you think of the Classic Pin up Girl look? Have you tried it before? What products did you use? For any queries, you can drop me a comment below![/note]


  1. Shivangi
    June 19, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    Very useful post Ankita! I want Chromatographic pencil but its not available now, do u know of any other option available in India?

    • Corallista
      June 21, 2012 / 11:55 pm

      Thanks Shivangi, I think Maxfactor has a flesh toned pencil. I do remember seeing it long time back, don’t know if its still available!

  2. dipti
    June 19, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    u make things so easy
    beautiful make up
    can u also do a tutorial on how to use MAC
    Matchmaster Foundation

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 12:43 am

      I will do it soon Dipti 🙂

  3. smitha
    June 19, 2012 / 3:25 pm


    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 12:56 am

      Thanks Smitha!

  4. June 19, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    Wonderful tutorial Ankita…definitely getting the Clarins flash balm now

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 12:57 am

      Thanks Dolon 🙂

  5. Prachi
    June 19, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    Waaaooooooooow!! U luk amazing…watta luminous makeup is this!! is it because of the products taht u’ve used here or becoz of Kiehl’s clearly corrective dark spot solution?? But u luk so beautiful!!!!

    Neways…m always up wid queries..hehe. Last time u solved a great problem by asking me to use lip brush to lighten the intensity of my lipstick “Sparkling Amethyst frm L’oreal”,,dat was really helpful,,as today I tried and I was quite happy with it!!! Yaayyyy!!!!

    Jus one more: Here the concealer that u’ve used for lips,does that hide pigmentation? (and hope that doesn’t dry out the lips!!) I mean,can I use it with lighter shade lipsticks??? And ya,which one shall I buy,I mean honey,golden beige or vanilla?? I have a complexion which is close to urs(apart from the luminous glow!! 😉 hehee)

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:00 am

      It is because of the products Prachi 🙂

      I have used the concealer not on the lips but just around the lips. most of us have some pigmentation around the nose and mouth so using the concealer around this area will make the lip line appear sharper and more defined! I don’t know about the shades Prachi, I only have one which was sent by the PR team, its lighter than my under eye area so appears a little bit ashy.

      • Prachi
        June 22, 2012 / 12:19 pm

        Ohh!! I thot it works sumwhat like MAC’s lip erase!! But it doesnt!! :'(

        Plzzz lemme knw if any products come into the market,which would hide the pigmentation cmpletely!!

  6. June 19, 2012 / 5:56 pm

    Stunning Ankita ..totally loved all your tips and loved the eye makeup a lot!

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:25 am

      Thanks Parita!

  7. Devarati Mukherjee
    June 19, 2012 / 7:16 pm

    you look so beautiful 😀

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:26 am

      Thanks Devarati 🙂

  8. Manu
    June 19, 2012 / 7:39 pm

    You do look like a siren! Really beautiful makeup. Red lipstick suits you like nothing else 🙂

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:27 am

      Thank u so much Manu!

  9. reena
    June 19, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    pretty! ur eyebrows r amazing !

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:28 am

      Thanks Reena 🙂

  10. Ishita
    June 19, 2012 / 7:41 pm

    you are definitely looking like a siren here! Whistle! 😀
    But alas! I can never sport such bold makeup!

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:29 am

      You should definitely try, this look will suit everyone!

  11. Rajni
    June 20, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    i just picked the chromagraphic pencil today , its awesome!!!thanks for recommending it and you look beautiful as always in this look 🙂

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:30 am

      Thank u Rajni 🙂 Glad to know to you like it!

  12. Sophia
    June 20, 2012 / 6:52 pm

    wow i was searchin 4 the red lippie in the matchmaster post…guess i should hav read this first….u look absolutely stunning….n another red lippie that would look great on fair/medium skin is MUFE rouge natural in 506 (matte finish)

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:31 am

      I am yet to pick a matte red lipstick! There were rumours of the MUFE store closing, is it true?

  13. June 21, 2012 / 10:25 am

    I love classic pin up makeup. It’s my go-to for days when I need to feel glam.

    • Corallista
      June 22, 2012 / 1:34 am

      Which is your favorite red lipstick for this look EA?

  14. dipti
    June 22, 2012 / 5:20 pm

    Ankita pl reply to my queries as i sent u in the mail.
    also my skin is very dull i have tried all products but no change .my fiance is cum this weekend to meet me .can u pl suggest some look with light make up
    thank u

  15. apeksha
    January 29, 2015 / 9:57 am

    You look lovely.

  16. apeksha
    January 29, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Red lips and winged liner- classic combo.

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