Snippets Issue 7 : The Halloween Special

Beauty Tips

Suicide Girl Bettina May shares her fabulous beauty and fashion tips.

Beauty Tips


I am a big fan of vintage glamour, so I usually do my hair and makeup in a classic 1940s style, and my outfits usually reflect a mix of 1940s and 50s pin-up fashion with some modern punk rock elements. I like this period so much that I run a company called Coquette Faux Furriers that creates vintage style glamour accessories out of cruelty-free fabrics. For an everyday look, I usually wear fairly minimal makeup, unless I have a photoshoot or performance, but I almost always sleep in curlers to have some manner of vintage hairstyle.


I use a mixture of foam curlers and wire and bristle rollers for my overnight set. I part my hair either on the side or middle, depending on how I want to style it, and then, starting at the crown of my head with a rat-tail comb, I section out my hair into 1x2 inch sections, and comb it smooth. Then I spray my dry hair with a heat-setting spray and roll up hair, with the hair going over the top of the curler. After all my hair is rolled up this way, I wrap it in a large silk head scarf and tie it in a knot at the top of my head, and sleep overnight with that. In the morning it should be dry, and I just unroll the curlers, run my fingers through my hair to separate it into ringlets, and it's done! If I feel like putting the front up in rolls, I'll section a triangle in the front for bangs, back-comb the underside, and roll it around two fingers to get the shape I want, and then pin into place from either side with bobby pins, and then finish it off with hairspray to keep any loose ends in place.


For makeup, I just use a little concealer under the eyes, blush on the apples of my cheeks and a little mascara. I'll finish it off with red lipstick or just lipgloss.My burlesque troupe GLAM-O-RAMA and I have written a book called the Pin-Up Bible that we hope to publish soon with all our tips for vintage glamour!

You can see more of Bettina May on the Suicide Girls and at Coquette Faux Furriers. (Photography courtsey of )


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