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How to be a Pinup Model, with Bettina May and Go-Go Amy: Complete instruction in the makeup, hair styling and accessories required for the retro '40s/'50s pinup girl look!

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Editorial Reviews

How to be a Pinup Model: Release your Inner Bombshell is a unique instructional program celebrating female curves, positive self-image and playful spirit with two outstanding stars of vintage/alternative modeling and burlesque artists Go-Go Amy and Bettina May.

Alluring vintage pinup girl looks are now at the fingertips of any woman fortunate enough to lay her hands on this treasure chest of hair and makeup tutorials, modeling tricks, styling ideas, and inspirational guidance. To quote our instructors, Pinup modeling is a body-positive experience. Glamour has no age, height, or size requirements. All you need is a good attitude and a little glitter.

So, go ahead, add sensual vintage flair to your everyday look or try an amazing pinup makeover for special occasions!

Creating your own pinup look is addictive!.... it is an experience of emotional discovery, bringing you closer to your truly feminine, always hopeful, ageless, resourceful, and down-to-earth core.

You will be amazed at the volume of detail in this program: The vintage-look lore, grandma's secrets, and the spot-on helpful modern advice generously offered by Bettina May and Go-Go Amy, as well as the authenticity of their material, the depth their historical awareness and their inventiveness in blending retro and modern techniques. This video guide covers vintage hair styles, glamour makeup, posing for photography, sexy body language, and maintaining an optimistic spirit.

Bettina May instructs in the techniques of setting curls (different angles and configurations of rollers result in different looks!) and curl styling to echo the image of your favorite pinup icon or retro movie star, and in creating your own unique modern style with a retro twist. Go-go Amy delves into the elusive techiques of vintage makeup: She brings new hope to all of us who attempted a '40s diva cat eye or a retro lip shape but were defeated by crooked lines and hideous smudges generated by uncooperative pencils and eye-liner from hell. Rediscover simplicity: This is how grandma did it, and grandma was always right.

Short hair? Short bangs? Learn how to seamlessly incorporate features of your personal hair style into an authentic retro look.

Body shape concerns? First of all, get over it. (It's all about CURVES, remember?) But, to be on the safe side, learn to trick the camera! Bettina May and Go-Go Amy take you on a journey through a dynamic inventory of modeling tricks and flattering body angles used by movie stars and models in front of the camera since silent movie days.

The girls will also teach you totally doable tricks to achieve those innocent and always surprised wide-eyed ingenue pinup girl facial expressions.

This beautiful-in-spirit, supportive and highly entertaining program is a perfect gift for yourself or a friend, and can also be the centerpiece for a girls night in party.

To learn more about Go-Go Amy and Bettina May, visit Pretty Things Productions.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Bettina May, Go-Go Amy
  • Directors: Bettina May, Go-Go Amy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00095MBP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I wish I could say I loved this more because it has everything you would need to start being a vintage pinup.
I bought this hoping that I could have a fun thing to share with my girlfriends during a sleepover or even save for a bachelorette party, etc.
I've had my nose buried in books, video tutorials, and movies about vintage pinups for a long long time, and when I finally saw this dvd, I was a little disappointed.
While it is kitschy and cute, it also looks a little sloppy. Personally, I think it needs to be edited better because I found myself bored and fastforwarding through a lot of it.

The makeup section had some nice tips for long-lasting wear (like powdering your lipstick after blotting, and then reapplying) but you could see where the makeup was just badly done. The lipstick got smudged here and there, and the eyeliner was a little messy. To be honest, I've seen better makeup videos on youtube.

As far as the hair goes, it was okay. I highly recommend anyone looking for good vintage hairstyles to either check out some books on here or go to youtube and check out [...] who does fabulous hairdo's.

The part about the way to pose was refreshing, as I didnt know about the way you can hide or accentuate the body by just turning slightly at an angle.

Like I said, I wish with all my heart that I could have liked this more, but was sadly disappointed.
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Keeping in mind this is pure-retro, I loved how meandering the pace was. It's not mtv-flash editing. It's, honestly, very fifties. Makeup, hair, and cheesecake-posing; exactly what the video promises. I loved the hairstyle secion the most. They do an entire hair set, and then when she is combing the set out, it's real-time and I got the sense of the fifties, no cellphones, no rush, pretty night-table, sweet smiles. I felt like I was at a sleep-over and we were doing our hair in Grease. I adored the big hair-rolls they demo'd. These two women fully embrace the fifties lifestyle. And they portray a sexy-lady without apology. The make-up section was a bit long in the tooth, but great for beginners. The posing section was really nice and encouraging too. It's very girls-night-out-with-class and the production value, tho simple, was just right; great, authentic 50s set-dressing, good audio, and most of all inspirational. If you like the fifties and want to try your hand (gams?) at cheesecake photos, or even just want to investigate the fifties look - and outlook - this is a comforting, stylish & feminine place to get started.
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Bettina May and Go-Go Amy are a simply delightful duo. They are perfect vintage models with an updated twist. Both absolutely gorgeous and with flaming red hair, Go-Go Amy also has jet black highlights in her hair (stunning when hanging down in ringlets) and sports some nifty tattoos.

They give you excellent tips, and modern techniques to achieve the vintage "pin-up" look. The makeup is really quite simple, and one you'll need to learn if you want to be an actress or dancer (retro is so "In"!) or just have fun at your next party. The bright red of course is the way to go, on lips and fingernails. Most important of all, are the cat eyes! May demonstrates on Bettina the easiest way to get the "cat eye" line beyond your eye lids, and how to apply those stunning false eyelashes.

The posing section is humorous and instructive, and the duo shows us how to make the most of our assets. I love the "vowel" smiles and expressions, and now I know the trick of why the pin-up girls looked so good kneeling back on their heels. It's quite a little secret! (you have to have strong thigh muscles...and sit up a couple of inches from your heels, so the flab on the back of your thighs doesn't spill over, and your thigh muscles look long and lean!).

This is a very cute and instructive DVD from these 2 delightful glamour gals. You'll enjoy every second of its 80 minute length.
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You don't have to have aspirations to be a pin up model to reap the benefits from this very cute and girly program. Bettina May and Go Go Amy are two beautiful vintage models that share pointers to help achieve a completely stunning and retro look.

The program "how-to" sections inform the viewwer on:

Hair- a complete hair set with combout, types of curlers, setting lotions, pinning the hair back and creating rolls, creating bangs without cutting bangs

Makeup- applying foundation, blush, lining the eyebrow, using cake eyeliner for the mysterious " cat eyes" and the finishing touch, false eyelashes!

Pointers for photo shoots- Standing and sitting poses to accentuate curves, using vowels to change facial expression.

This program was so delightful,I felt amongst friends and a bit nostalgic about those Friday night sleepovers with crazy girl friends.
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This is so fun and girly. The techniques are pretty basic, stuff most people have probably seen before, but they add tips on how to use modern styling tools to create vintage looks. They use foam rollers for a wet set, which is good thinking.

Another reviewer mentioned the editing, and it's definitely at a slower pace than most tutorials I've seen. Each look is made up of one long shot, and that's appropriate for a vintage piece, convention-wise. I don't meant make it sound like the production value is low, because it's fine, but there are some little quirks about this video: ladies look sort of nervous on camera, the camera is handheld, and there's a lot of big band going on. I found it endearing.
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