Tried and tested: vintage beauty and fascinator workshop How would you fancy spending a whole day learning about vintage make-up and hairstyles and have someone show you how to make a fascinator? QueensOfVintage.com editor Lena Weber has tried and tested a vintage beauty and a fascinator making workshop. As a huge vintage enthusiast I felt more than excited to spend a whole day devoted to not one but two of my favourite vintage topics: beauty and fascinators. It wasn’t quite so hard then to skip my usual Saturday lie-in and head to a studio in London’s Elephant and Castle area for 10am. A group of girls of all ages and different backgrounds, some real vintage enthusiasts, some rockabilly fans, some burlesque performers and some just curious, were already sitting around a huge table with cups of coffee and biscuits. Make-up artist and beauty queen Ruby Rose, looking gorgeous with Rita Hayworth-esque hair and perfect Forties make-up, started the class with some basic vintage hair styles. In simple, easy steps she explained how to do victory rolls and barrel curls, both hair styles I had wanted to be able to do for some time. As we all got trying to get the techniques right, Ruby helped out and suggested slightly different variations for short or curly hair. Next, Ruby deomstrated how adding a scarf to your hair or tying a turban, again something I had been wondering about, could easily transform a hair style in a couple of minutes, transforming your look from so-so into vintage glam without much effort. I also loved that she had brought along her heated curlers and let us have a play around with them, demonstrating how to use them to get a Fifties Marilyn do or Forties Veronica Lake waves. As Ruby explained: “Unfortunately heated curlers never come with instructions on how to use them correctly and how to not end up with random curls. It’s all about rolling up your hair in the direction you would like it to fall.” Suddenly it at made sense, and needless to say I’m currently bidding on a great set of curlers on Ebay. 14 Responses deborah April 29th, 2009 Sounds great, how can I find out when the next workshop is on? Reply Lena April 29th, 2009 Hi Deborah, All the info is on Trishia’s site: http://www.triciacox.com/ Reply Frankie - Swell Vintage April 29th, 2009 That sounds like a brilliant way to spend a day! Your fascinator is gorgeous too – good work! x Reply Brigitte April 29th, 2009 Oh, I’m so bummed I’m not near. I would love this! I’m in California. Reply Penny April 29th, 2009 this sounds like a lot of fun!! Reply Hannah April 3rd, 2010 Sounds fab, but link doesn’t work 🙁 Reply dana April 3rd, 2010 Oh how I wish I were in the UK right now so I could take this course! Reply Ali April 3rd, 2010 Unfortunately, neither of the links work. 🙁 Reply Melony April 3rd, 2010 How much fun is that??? Thank you for sharing. Reply Kiri April 4th, 2010 That sounds like so much fun! Pity I’m in Canada. Reply Lena April 4th, 2010 Link is working now!x Reply Julie Bannister-Green April 4th, 2010 DYING to book onto this but can’t get any of the links to work. Found something on Facebook about Tricia Cox, but it looks quite old as the last course showing was June 2009. Have tried both the links on here but can only get Ruby Rose’s classes. Where can I find the combined vintage make up and fascinator course details please? Thanks! Reply Lena April 4th, 2010 Hey Julie, the link to the Ruby Emporium is working, click on it to book! x Reply Sheridan - Heirs&GracesJewellery May 4th, 2010 Really fabulous information… tried to click through on the link and it doesn’t seem to be working but we’ll find another way of getting through. The course looks great fun and the make-up and styling is extraordinarily authentic! Really glad we found Queens of VIntage x Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.