The Bésame Cosmetics Series: A 1940s Makeover

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It’s been almost a YEAR since my first Bésame Cosmetics video where I made my little sister over in a classic 1950s style (head here to catch the video), so I figured, it’s about time to post the next one! If you follow me and have (somehow) escaped my love for the brand and don’t know anything about them, Bésame Cosmetics is a makeup company that specializes in recreating vintage formulas and colors from the 1920s-1970s. As a vintage lover, this is obviously something that appeals to me greatly. There’s nothing like applying cake mascara or cream rouge in front of your 1940s vanity to make a morning routine feel…right.

Since I wanted to use a variety of models for this series, I had my best friend sit for me for this one. For her heavy, stick straight hair, I opted for a new setting pattern from one of my 1940s hair styling books (which worked more or less successfully – more on this later), and then sat her down to do her up!

Here are some tips and tricks to help get the 1940s looks:

  1. Rule number one is there was no one way to do things. The tips mentioned below are simply 1940s-specific suggestions I’ve found through research (old commercials, magazines, etc.) that are a bit more unique.
  2. Choose a foundation a half a shade darker than what you would normally go with.
  3. Contouring WAS a thing! At least for the more glamorous. So take that darker shade and accentuate your jawline, cheeks, and nose all you want.
  4. Apply blush in three dots before blending out – under the pupil, by the cheekbone, and lower on the cheek. This results in the most universally flattering method, but there are also plenty of 1940s blush application diagrams showing different ways to apply based on face shape.
  5. Use plenty of powder (usually loose) to seal your makeup and give your face the right finish.
  6. Avoid strong cat-eye makeup. While a slight flick was often used – particularly for the film noir sort of look, it was nothing like the heavy dark line often seen in the 50s on.
  7. After applying mascara, while its still wet, press up lightly with a finger against your lashes to get them to curl without an eyelash curler.
  8. Match your eyeshadow to your eye color, and for night time, add a little gold or silver to amp up the look ’40s style.

Products Used in the Video:

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Bisque

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Medium Beige

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Storybook Palette: No longer being sold

Shadow Brush

Mascara Brush Set

1920 Brown Cake Mascara

1940 Cream Mascara

1938 Crimson Cream Rouge

Ever Translucent Pearl Powder

1941 Victory Red Lipstick

Travel Lip Brush

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

How to Brush Out a Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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Welcome to the second half of my tutorial on creating the quintessential late ’50s, early ’60s hair do that’s my personal go-to. You’ll see gals like Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner rocking a similar look.

 

Make sure you caught my tutorial on wet setting the hair and what pattern to use, as you’ll need to follow it pretty exactly (though a heat set will work just as well, depending on preference):

…if you did, then you’re ready to finally style your hair!

The products you’ll need are:

  1. Hair Pins and/or Duckbill Clips
  2. Hair Brush
  3. Teasing Comb
  4. Teasing Brush
  5. Hair Spray (or Pomade)

…and get ready to rumble!

I would love to see photos if anybody tried this wet set + brush out, so tag me on Instagram, Facebook, etc.! This is how mine looked out in the wild later that day:

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Stay tuned for a post showing the evolution of my wet set through the week!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

How to Wet Set (2.0), ft. a Baby Middy Haircut

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I’ve been promising a brand new hair styling/wet set tutorial for some time, so here it is! A few of you will have been following me long enough to have caught my original post and videos (head here for the original wet set tutorial and here for the original brush out tutorial), but I wanted to film it with more controlled light and, more importantly, I wanted to show you all how much faster and easier, and more controlled, the process is when one has the proper vintage haircut.

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Since the middy haircut is a crucial part of getting the proper 1950s look, I’ll save the truly in-depth discussion it warrants for another post. For now, I will simply say that I have the “Baby Middy,” and while the basic principles I use are applicable to all hair lengths and cuts, the process I’m going to demonstrate in the below youtube tutorial is very specific to that haircut. If you’d like an in-depth discussion of basic pincurling and wet setting, and are working with longer hair, or less of a “u” shape framing your head, I would suggest watching the “How I Wet Set My Hair” video previously filmed. The most important differences in the process are direction and size of the pin curls. But, if you have committed to the Baby Middy or something similar and are wondering how to achieve the hair do shown in my Instagram video here…

…then look no further!

Before you get started, you’ll need three or four basic things:

  1. Hair pins
  2. Setting lotion (I personally use Garnier Fructis Spray Gel as I find it holds best on this length of hair)
  3. Spray bottle full of water
  4. Comb (optional)

…and now, you’re ready to go! 

If you have any questions about wet setting, feel free to ask away, and stay tuned for part 2, how to brush out your wet set!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

The Bésame Cosmetics Series: A 1950s Makeover

Welcome to the next installment in my Bésame Cosmetics series!

Having recently gained access to a higher quality camera, I knew I wanted to film my next video in my series focusing on my favorite vintage-inspired makeup brand as soon as possible. For this video, I made over my little sister by tossing her hair up in its first poodle hairdo, throwing her in a close-fitting wiggle, and making her face over exclusively with Bésame Cosmetics products. With the authentic product range that Bésame offers, its easy to create looks from any era, but I wanted to start with the routine that most closely resembles my daily routine.

List of products used:

Cashmere Foundation Stick in Bisque

1920 Black Cake Mascara

Mascara Brush Set

1915 Rose Delicate Rouge

1930 Raspberry Delicate Rouge

Violet Brightening Powder

Rose Brightening Powder

Vanilla Brightening Powder

Short Hair Contour Brush

1946 Red Velvet Lipstick

Travel Lip Brush

With the new camera at my disposal, I can finally really work on videos, so expect many more installments in this series as well as new hair tutorials! And I’m always open to suggestions.

Best,

Miss Lark Bahar

Tuesday Tutorials: DIY Shaped Pin & Brooch Boards

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With my brooch and pin collection growing at a fast rate, I have been constantly on the lookout for a good way to keep them together in a way that I could see them all and make the best choice possible when choosing my accessories every day. For about a year now, I’ve used a temporary storage method I threw together composed of a hard three ring binder and pieces of felt. Lately, the felt has been ripping and the pages becoming harder and harder to quickly shuffle through as brooches are added to my collection, so I knew I finally had to take the plunge and try to make my own brooch board.

Several tutorials already exist on making simple, square brooch boards, and the general concept is the same as the more complicated version I have tried to execute. A slight disclaimer – I am not in the least bit crafty. Artsy? Sure. Crafty? Most definitely not. Unfortunately, I also don’t like to limit myself to the “easy” solution. While I did create a simple brooch board for my vintage and non-Disney pins at the same time as these by following tutorials like Junebugs and Georgia Peaches’, and Betties N Brimstone’s, I wanted a little something more to adorn my walls when it came to my Disney collection. As mentioned, I have absolutely no experience crafting, so was learning as I went along, but figured if I can do it, anyone can! I plan to make a set with Ariel and Eric when I have need of more space, and know that I can create more precise lines next time now that I know what I’m doing.

So without further ado, here’s how to make yourself a shaped brooch board!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  1. Some sort of material to cover the finished product (I opted for black felt to provide my pins with a softer surface, and to show them off with the greatest contrast.
  2. Thin, low-loft batting
  3. Cork board (I needed a sizable amount of cork board for the three separate brooch boards I was planning to make, so was quite restricted in my selection. Michael’s didn’t have anything large enough or affordable, so I went to Home Depot and purchased some “cork board” that I’m pretty confident is just particle board with a thin layer of cork on top. YOU LIE, HOME DEPOT, I know my cork board! I would definitely suggest finding a board that is 100% cork as it would make everything a LOT easier and it will be better for your pins in the long run.)
  4. Staple gun
  5. Hot glue + hot glue gun
  6. Scissors
  7. Silver sharpie (or something else that will show up on black felt to trace your images)
  8. Paper
  9. Pencil
  10. Jigsaw
  11. Picture hanger hooks – the kind that lays flat
  12. Hammer
  13. A helping hand (or two)!

When choosing a stencil, at least for your first attempts unless you’re an expert at operating a jigsaw, I would suggest selecting a simple design. While I would have loved to have full silhouettes, I knew this would be nearly impossible with all of the limbs sticking out everywhere (and not very conducive to maximum surface area), so I opted for the busts of my two favorite Disney characters: Belle and Prince Adam. I googled their silhouettes and quickly found one for Belle and realized that I would definitely need to create my own silhouette for Adam, so found an image of the scene where he’s holding Belle to draw inspiration from.

If you’re smart and think ahead enough (and have a pre-drawn version of what you want to use for your shape), go ahead and print it, cut it out, and boom! Stencil made. I naturally blanked on printing my images (despite the fact that I work in a copy shop), so had to free hand my silhouettes. I didn’t have large enough sketchbook paper, so drew my silhouettes on several sheets and just taped them together for use after cutting them out. All in all, while this took some unnecessary time, it was definitely the most fun (and most immediately successful) part of the process for me!

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After cutting out my stencils, I went on to trace the stencils on my so-called cork board as well as the batting.

This is where it gets complicated and a few helping hands are very handy! Using your jigsaw, follow the lines and cut out your shapes on the cork board. At this point, I was only a witness for a small part of the proceedings as we’d come to realize we needed a new staple gun so I had to make a hasty trip to Walmart. Watching my roommate and my sister struggle with this step made me glad I had other things to do – and extremely appreciative! Despite the occasional gasps and “oh nos,”Belle and Adam were finally cut out and ready to go. I had known going into it, that much of the detail and angling would be lost, so was more than pleased with the final results!

At this point, it was dark out, and we’d been driving around and working for a long time, so I figured it would be better to finish the project the following day (despite my stubborn unwillingness to leave something like this incomplete).

The next day, I pulled all of my supplies back out and continued my work. First, I traced along the edges of my two silhouettes with hot glue to glue down the batting I had traced and cut out the previous day. A quick note, if you get a board like mine that only has cork on one side, be sure the cork side is facing up! I definitely tried to attach the batting to the back at one point. Whoops!

The next step is probably one of the most complicated in the process: applying the black felt to the top. I cut the black felt in a large circle around each silhouette in order to provide plenty of extra felt to wrap around and staple on the back of my shapes. I knew this was going to be tricky, and I was right. The facial details were particularly difficult and I barely managed any definition at all – but I did! I realized as I sat struggling with Belle’s face that I could use a combination of methods: I decided to wrap the felt around everywhere but the faces where I would use the stencils to cut out the silhouette exactly and hot glue their features down. It was a bit too late to salvage Belle, but Adam definitely fared better with this method. When stapling the black felt around the rest of their busts, I consistently cut slits whenever an angle appeared in order to work around the formation with as smooth an effect as possible so the felt was pulled as tight as possible.

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Once that was done, I went in with my hot glue gun and glued down any areas where the felt was bulging or puckering out.

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I had originally started this project with the intention of lining the sides with a black ribbon once the layers were added, but quickly found out that this looked a bit strange and cheap, so opted out of it. Instead, I opted for a simpler solution (if not an infallible one) to cover any of the wood showing along the sides – black sharpie!

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Once this is all done the only step left is to attach your picture hanger hooks. (I did two on each, but this will change depending on the size of what you make.)

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And then you’re ready to hang them…

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…and add your brooches!

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Regretfully, I had to take down my Harvey poster to fit my new brooch boards, but definitely worth it! No more overflowing, clunky, awkward binder floating around my room. Instead, I have two of my favorite characters gracing my walls with a solid purpose! And I was amazed to find that I had more than enough space for the Disney pins and brooches I own (although I have five more on the way to me). Guess I need to acquire more 😉

Hope this learn-as-you-go step-by-step was helpful! This concept would work for a whole slew of shapes and designs as long as you take into account how much more difficult it is to work with small, curved details like lips and eyelashes.

Summary of Steps:

    1. Cut out stencil of desired shape
    2. Trace shape on cork board and batting, and cut them out
    3. Hot glue (or staple) batting to top of cork board
    4. Cut out large piece of felt with enough room to wrap around cork board figure everywhere except the face where there are small details and the felt should be cut to the exact shape of the stencil
    5. Carefully staple felt to cork board by cutting slits when needed to work around bends
    6. Hot glue the detail area down and hot glue anything along the sides that is sticking out
    7. Sharpie (or paint) any wood that’s showing along the sides
    8. Attach as many painting hooks as needed to the back
    9. Hang and attach pins
    10. Enjoy your work!

 

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Tuesday Tutorials: How I Brush Out My Wet Set

Hello everyone!

Last week’s tutorial was all about how I set my hair, so today’s is all about how I brush it out – both equally important steps. (Take a peak at yesterday’s post if you need a refresher.) Although the process changes a bit every week as my hair behaves differently depending on products used to set, how wet the hair was when I set it, etc., the overall concepts remain steady. Most importantly, just keep brushing! Don’t give up, and you’ll get there. I didn’t speed much up in this video since I felt watching the process in real time would be most beneficial, so this is about how long it takes to brush out and manipulate my hair the first day I take it out of its set each week, but the more time you spend perfecting your hair the first day, the less work you’ll need to do every other day of the week if your hair’s like mine and can go unwashed so long! Definitely worth it in my book – especially considering how scratchy and uncomfortable my natural curls always became after two days going unwashed.

I actually love brushing my set out as it’s something I never got to do with my natural hair. Brushing this heap of curls always resulted in a giant puff ball!

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Here’s a list of the types of products I personally use when brushing my hair out:

1) Some sort of paddle-esque brush – preferably with cushioning
2) Teasing brush
3) Rat-tail comb (or any comb with thin, tight teeth)
4) Hair spray
5) Moroccan Argan Oil (not necessary)
6) Pomade (not necessary)
7) Duck bill clips

Below are a few photos I (tried) to take of my hair after filming the tutorial so you can see the brushed out set a bit more clearly than in the video itself.

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Hope this is helpful in figuring out how to brush out your own wet set!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Tuesday Tutorials: How I Wet Set My Hair

Hello everyone!

I get questions about the way I style my hair all the time and the base for all of my dos is one specific wet set that I then work with as the curls fall out throughout the week. So I recorded a little (or a long!) video showing the process I go through for a set! I learned how to set my hair from perusing blogs and youtube tutorials just like mine and began by only setting every now and then to setting once a week and never going out with my hair natural. If you have thick, coarse, curly hair like mine, you should be able to make your set last several days – up to a week! And sometimes more, if you should be lucky. Although the set I do results in a 1950s look at the beginning of the week, by the end, the curls loosen just enough for my hair to emulate 1940s looks! Best of both worlds, if you have a longer midi cut like I do. I’ve done this same set on a gal with straight (but thick) hair, and a gal with extremely long and curly (but fine) hair, and I would say that this method of setting is really made for shorter hair down to mid-shoulder-blade at the longest or it won’t brush out with the same effect. I plan to experiment a bit more with longer hair to see if I can make it work – perhaps try heat setting.

This is my first filmed tutorial so bare with me. Had to get creative with lighting and camera placement since I don’t have any fancy equipment and can’t afford to acquire any. I plan on re-filming this this weekend now that I’ve gone through all of the steps and have learned a bit about editing/how much longer it takes to set when you’re talking through most of it, but I’m quite excited to take my first step into the video tutorial world and hope to film many more!

Meanwhile, here’s the video I did film – and I’m throwing in the diagrams I drew of my wet set pattern that I follow as a more concise aid + what the wet set I did in the video brushed out to look like.

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

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