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Bettie Bang Tutorials!
What lovely pin-up queen had the most AMAZING bangs ever? Well, yeah, Rosie the Riveter, but I was referring to Bettie Page! Don't tell me you didn't want her wowtastic bangs and curls. Here's how you get them!
Bettie’s Hair Color
If you truly want to get the Bettie look then you’ll need raven black hair. You can do this yourself with a semi-permanent or permanent blue/black or jet black dye or go to your local salon if you’re not feeling too brave. If you have a pale complexion and/or blonde hair then think carefully before you dye it black. Black hair dye doesn't fade out, you have to grow it out so you’ll have to be fully committed if you decide to change the color.
Bettie’s look was all about the bangs (or fringe). Legend has it that she was told she had a high forehead and was advised to cut herself a fringe to disguise it – her short fringe then became her trademark and something she is remembered for to this day!
To get Bettie bangs you should take a photo of her into your local hair salon and ask for a fringe cut about 1/2 inch above your eyebrows and curved up in a U shape – it’s better to find a good reputable vintage salon as they really know how to create this look. Once you have your Bettie fringe you’ll need to keep it regularly trimmed to maintain the shape.
The best way to style this type of fringe is to curl it under with a hot iron so it has a slightly bevelled edge. Another way of doing this is by curling it under whilst drying it with a hairdryer, using a medium rounded hairbrush. Finish with a spritz of hairspray.
To get Bettie’s soft waves you’ll need hair pins and hair mousse or setting lotion. Add the mousse or lotion to damp hair and divide your hair into 1 inch square sections. Wrap each piece of hair around your finger creating a curl that lies flat against your head – secure with two pins making an X shape. When you have finished all of your hair, wrap a silk scarf across your head to protect the curls. You can either sleep on them overnight or wait until it dries naturally. Once dry, remove the pins and brush the curls out so they are soft and natural looking. Et voila! You now have Bettie curls.
Don’t forget to add lots of hairspray to your hair to keep the curls and bangs in position.
Here's a bonus: Her makeup!
To get the Bettie look you’ll need an eyebrow pencil, eyeliner (preferably liquid), mascara, foundation and red lipstick.
First make sure you put on a good matt foundation – the paler the better as Bettie was renowned for her alabaster skin. Next your eyebrows will need defining, take a look at Bettie on the internet to see her eyebrow shape – they were slightly on the heavy side. Use your pencil to thicken your brows and create more shape. You don’t want it to look too fake though so keep the shape similar to your real brows and just use the pencil to fill in any gaps and create more shape.
Next you’ll want to draw a line with your liquid eyeliner along your upper eyelid and flick this out towards the outer edge to create a cats eye shape add lashings of mascara to finish this look.