A few months ago, my friend Vicky and I booked tickets for a makeup class in Manchester with the gorgeous rockabilly and vintage model Cherry Dollface; one of my personal idols. I absolutely adore this lady!
The event was hosted at The Vintage Beauty Parlour which may now be one of my favourite places! Set in a residential area of Chorlton, Manchester, the salon has some cute vintage touches, beautiful décor and lots of windows to give a great atmosphere and ambience.
As more and more ladies arrived, we all began to chat away like old friends, complimenting each other on our vintage style dresses, bags and makeup. It was such a lovely feeling being around other like-minded girls who share the same giddy excitement for a somewhat eclectic lifestyle.
The class consisted of around 15 ladies in total and lasted for 3 hours. I took my camera to document the evening and remind myself how to recreate some of the styles. It also happened to be Cherry’s birthday, so we all arrived pre-armed with cards and a few little gifts (being the hardcore fangirls we are!)
Cherry is absolutely gorgeous; there is no denying that. It was a little bit surreal to actually meet her in the flesh after watching her numerous online tutorials over the years. She began the class by showing us how to create a full vintage makeup look. This included the classic glamour of red lip and winged eyeliner. I’ve always found liquid eyeliner a difficult thing to master and judging by comments from the other girls, I’m certainly not alone in this.
I personally swear by Supercat liquid eyeliner by Soap and Glory; easy to use, cheap and lasts for AGES. Cherry also recommended using an eyelid primer before applying any eye makeup, to help the longevity of the products. Lips are a fairly simple process with lipliner being an essential tool of the trade; the trick is to use the liner to fill the lip completely, creating a lasting base and then use a brush to apply the corresponding shade of lipstick.
My personal favourite is the Lime Crime Velvetine in Reddest Red. This is a stain-like lipstick and I swear, it’s almost bulletproof! I wear this regularly on nights out and it survives gin, food and boyfriend kisses with no issues. I find myself having to scrub it off at bedtime! Magic.
Cherry then showed us how to perfect the elusive victory roll, which seems to be another challenge for us rockabilly ladies! The key is backcombing, bobby pins, hairspray and a lot of patience. You can see a full tutorial here.
After a little break, Cherry then showed us how to create another classic vintage hair style on her model for the evening, Rachel of Vintage Folly, using pin curls and a little pampering. Doesn’t she look lovely?
After the seminar, the stunning Ewa and Bethany surprised Cherry with a birthday cake and cava (Ewa is an incredibly talented makeup artist and hairdresser based in Manchester. She has created some fabulous looks on me in the past) Vicky and I stayed around for photos and a chat with Cherry and the other girls.
I discovered that Cherry and I even have a lot of the same tattoos, which was very cool. It sounds incredibly cheesy but it felt like’ home’ being around such like-minded ladies; I was truly in my element.
I have had a love affair with all things vintage and pin up related since a very young age. As I grew up, I realised that this wasn’t a particularly cool nor mainstream style to follow and as a teenager, I found it hard to find friends that I could truly relate to. I’d always yearned for more. During adulthood, I’m happy to report that I managed to meet some wonderful guys and girls with the same passions and lifestyle, through the world of burlesque, vintage meet ups and social media; I’ve finally found my people!
Cherry Dollface truly is the modern day queen of rockabilly style and an all round fabulous lady; I do hope I get the opportunity to meet her again one day <3