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Or anytime, I suppose.

I chose to do a Bettie Page version once I realized they made wigs. ;)

This is pretty involved costume, and I'm hoping you'll be able to avoid a lot of the mistakes I made!
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Step 1: Pieces of the costume.

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You'll need the following things for the costume. Personally, I had none of them. ;)

High heels
A dress or other outfit
Pantyhose (probably not fishnets. I tried, they looked trashy.)

The rest is really hair and makeup. You can do either a wig or curl your hair. I failed miserably with my hair, so I ended up going the wig route!

Step 2: Color schemes!

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I decided to buy a book for research, and I settled on a Taschen collection of Gil Elvgren's pin-up art. He's one of my favorites.

I decided to do black and animal prints with red.

Pink, light blue, and yellow are also featured prominently, or you could mix and match. All of those colors go well with black or animal prints.

In my case, I chose to use black and animal print for the main outfit, and I painted my fingernails red and wore red heels. I also wore a pinkish-red lipstick.
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cherie.diazdtp made it!17 days ago
Love the pinup look
HollyMann1 year ago
you look gorgeous - love your eyes and eyebrows! ..and the dress too!
You look great! Although I will say, you should have gotten a wide belt for the dress. Would have completed the look.
SRubicz4 years ago
Very cute, wish I had the bod.
Was glad you included those inspiration photos of the pin-ups, good thought.
SRubicz4 years ago
HAD to see what a pin-up costume would entail. Good God, girl, you are hot to begin with. You looked fabulous.
Loved those tightly curled bangs, "made" the look, well the dress too.
Saw something of a take-off on this, being a Jersey girl, teasing the crown of your hair into a "bump", wearing something lacey, a big cross necklace.
Happy Halloween !
kingmii4 years ago
Do you think a guy could do this?
jessyratfink (author)  kingmii4 years ago
Yes, and I fully endorse it! :D
Good because i want to look good for my towns gender guessing competition.
you need to find a big giant bra first
lol yea. It was a while ago and it went really well. I Won.
What size did you buy?
Im only a short 17 year old so i went with a C-cup

I was expecting a 45DDD.....
jello6664 years ago
I think you did a wonderful job and look quite striking. You have the features of a 40''s movie star. Well done
Kryptonite5 years ago
Ha ha, looks like you had a bit of fun! I'm a guy so I don't do make up, I just clicked to see one of your Instructables I haven't noticed before :P

I've got to dress up for Cosplaying in August, but luckily no make up, and I'm using a wig.
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Duh. Did you sign up just to post that? When you make an Instructable that is better structured and worded, come back and link to it instead of ragging on other people. Also, people who "live that glamurous style everyday" need something better to do, like work. And then use the money to feed starving kids in Africa. And build perpetual machines that will save us from the energy crisis. Also I think this is a perfect Halloween costume, now that I've met you. (Do you dress up as "normal people" for Halloween??)
I think that girl may need  lessons in spelling and grammar to be "perfect." 
wow... 1) she did a pretty good job 2) there are no rules that say that you're not allowed to go as a pin-up for halloween (except, i guess, from weirdos that feel they have some sort of elite position in the fashion world) 3) if you really do yourself up "perfectly" everyday, since this is your lifestyle, then you're wasting half your life on your image. last of all, i'm happy that my cousin and many of her friends are pin ups... otherwise you might have given me a terrible first impression of the people involved in that scene.
jessyratfink (author)  CherryPoison5 years ago
It's hard to achieve "perfection" when you've never done the makeup thing before. I honestly think I did pretty well having no experience whatsoever and not quite having the facial features for it. I'm sorry you feel so strongly otherwise - but I promise you I'm never doing this again because it's too much work and far too uncomfortable. It's not for me. Especially if everyone else living the "lifestyle" is so catty. ;)
 Here's a good Instructable on using eye makeup for a smoky cateye look:
arnivore5 years ago
I'm totally going as a pin-up girl for halloween this year! :) Thanks!
jessyratfink (author)  arnivore5 years ago
Do it, do it! It's a lot of work, but very fun. And you'll look better than everyone else. ;)
arnivore5 years ago
I love gil elvgren! :)
Kaiven6 years ago
lol, recently learned about this in S.S. class
gmjhowe6 years ago
Good work! *waits for flood of 'your so hot' comments from non avatar/ible owning users*
*joins gmjhowe and RS*
yeah, the time has been, and gone.
crud, I missed the show!
frollard6 years ago
Great instructable - but even with your learnings I don't think I would make a very good pinup girl.
Is that your desk?? what do you do that requires so many small monitors...
I'm a 911 operator. :D I actually need more desktop space as we get busier.
haha! crazy.
I just realised you called them 'small' :D theres (left to right) 2x 21" (would prefer 24, oh well), 1x 19", and 1x 17 on a swing arm
hmm, not too bad, the two 21" looked like 4:3 ratio 17 ones.

is that all connected to one computer? or do you use several?
3 leftmost screens are 1 computer controlling them, and 3rd monitor is a remote desktop to another pc. That way we can use one mouse, but log into a separate workstation and run applications that could jeopardize the Computer Aided Dispatch program - the left 2 screens (CAD) are ALL that runs on that machine

the radio has its own tower as well.

I like how this threaded comment form doesnt derail much - or I'd feel bad having this conversation here :P
well, if we continue soon it will end up really narrow and long, so i suggest we move to my orange board! so, my next question, what res are the 21" and 19"?? (you can get to my orangeboard by clicking my name)
jessyratfink (author)  frollard6 years ago
I don't know, I think you could vamp it up if you got yourself a proper wig. :D
I'll hold off for now ;) thanks! it would really weird out my fiance'!!
I'm sorry, I have to ask-why do you have to pee before you put on your hose, again? Pantyhose are easy to pull down if you have to...
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