January 02, 2017

The Hourglass Figure

Hourglass or not?

First of all i wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!
It’s time to create new things, thoughts and take actions, don’t you think?
So why not talk about the hourglass figure which is so famous cause of it’s sex appeal.

How can you define you have the hourglass figure? Well continue reading and find out.
I never thought i would say this, but as a photographer i think the hourglass figure is really important for women. It shapes your body in a sexy way that no-one can resist. Hello men! "Watch, but do not touch". Unless you want them to :D

In Pinup it’s all about the shape, curves and tease. Moving in a way that men start to become in a trance dreaming about their wives looking like that :-)
And it’s not all about the sizes, it’s about knowing your body and how you move.

Well with some tricks you can become that “men's” dream!
First define which measurements you have and compare to the charts below.

REMEMBER >> “The perfect curve also impacts on other females creating mixed responses of both respect and jealousy.”

The research also shows that 72 percent of men are attracted to curvier women while 63 percent of women would prefer to look like curvier celebreties such as Kate Winslet than slimmer stars.

Below is the formula for calculating your curves:

Hip-waist ratio
Divide the circumference of your waist by that of your hips. Look up the value nearest to yours on the list below and use the corresponding score in the final formula.
0.7 – 5
0.65 or 0.75 – 4
0.6 or 0.8 – 3
0.55 or 0.95 – 2
Less than 0.5 or more than 1.00 – 1

Thigh-height ratio
Measure your thigh at its largest point and divide this by your height. Look up the value nearest to yours on the list below and use the corresponding score in the final formula.
0.28 to 0.3 – 5
0.27 or 0.31 – 4
0.32 to 0.35 – 3
0.36 to 0.38 – 2
More than 0.38 or less than 0.27 – 1

Bust band difference
Measure the circumference directly below your bust then subtract this from the loosely measured girth at the widest point of the bust. Look up the value nearest to yours on the list below and use the corresponding score in the final formula.
5 or 6 (DD-E) – 5
4 or 7 (D or F) – 4
3 or 9 (C or G) – 3
2 or 11 (B or H) – 2
Less than 1 or more than 12 – 1

Prototypical Symmetry
Estimate the nearest description to your prototypical symmetry below and use the corresponding score in the final formula.
No face or body asymmetries or distinctions – 5
Minor facial distinctions – 4
Minor body and face distinctions – 3
Notable body and face distinctions – 2
Very individual character and appearance – 1

Individual curve
Estimate the nearest description to the line of your own body curve below and use the corresponding score in the final formula.
You have smooth unbroken curves rounded at every point on your body without a straight line in sight – 5
Your trunk bust and thighs curve into each other smoothly – 4
Your waist/hips or bust/waist lack concave curves – 3
Your waist/hips and bust/waist lack any concave curves – 2
You are mostly straight lines and bulges – 1

To calculate your perfect curve score
Add the scores for your bust size and thigh-height ratio to those for your hip-waist ratio, then multiply the sum by the score for body curve line and finally add the score for body symmetry. (BBD+THR+HWR) xBCL)+BS

Your perfect curve score
You are perfectly curved: 70-80
You share your scores with many attractive celebrities: 50-69
You will be noticed at events for your appearance: 40-49
You have a balance of shape and individuality: 30-39
You may wish to alter your appearance with modern clothing: 20-29
Try using enhancing clothing and reflect on your lifestyle if you want to change your appearance: 10-19
You are a true individual: 4-9
The research was conducted for the launch of Asda’s new ‘Tummy Tamer’ dress and skirt, designed to hide and sculpt excess flab and help women cheat their way to an hourglass shape.

Read more:  http://www.sarahness.net/perfect-hourglass-figure-formula/581/#ixzz4UcFRgXbI





1. Know your body! Know how to move to get that curved shape >> even though when you do not have the hourglass. Nothing is impossible!

2. Wear a corset. it will define your shape, also under a dress.

3. Go to the gym or do some special exercises for your stomach muscles or go swimming.

4. Horse riding is the perfect Hourglass shaper!

5. Beware what you eat, some food really get’s your belly tumble.

6. Balance your bust : Tops and dresses should nip in at the waist without adding bulk to your bust. Extra bulk on your bust will throw your proportions out of sync.

7. Look for snugged tailored pieces with nipping in slightly at the waist.

8. Look for belted jackets, Trench style coats or other fits that draw attention to the waist.

9. Short jackets that stop just above your hips accentuate your curves in a flattering way.

10. Go for soft fabrics like knits and silk blends. These materials gently drape over your natural curves. Avoid stiff fabrics, they making you look boxy.

11. Avoid volume enhancing details. Stay way from ruffles, bows and other dimensional details that add volume. If placed at the bust, these details may make you look top heavy. If placed at the waist, they detract from your waist’s natural narrowness.

12. Stick with solid colors. They flatter your figure best. You can color block by having contrasting shades above your waist and below your waist.

13. Opt for classic skirt cuts. A-Line and pencil skirts are universally flattering. They work well for hourglass figures because they hug your curves and keep things streamlined.

14. Wear push up and padded bras. A perfectly sized bra will work wonders for your confidence. and that’s before you include any push up or padding features. Don’t wear the wrong size, you may not have 4 boobs, but only 2!
Go to the lingerie department and get that perfect bra.

15. Wear high heels. Nothing can compete with high heels. They make the legs appear longer and more tones while also lifting the butt. They improve posture and allow women to stand up tall and be confident, while also providing a sexy wiggle while you walk. For ultimate bombshell factor, aim to wear heels of at least three inches!

Well i hope you learned something today and if you have any more questions, 
please feel free to ask them below.

August 15, 2015

13 Old hollywood beauty secrets you really want to know

Old Hollywood has a lot of secrets and definitely some beauty secrets.
We do have our beauty secrets too, but we can still learn something as we live in such a modern world with thousands of products where we just don’t know where to start.
But hey, who needs pharmaceutical products? 

It seems that these ladies went the natural way.
learn how these vintage Stars kept themselves beautiful.
Therefore i place them on a line here for you.

Audrey Hepburn's doe-eyed look was her trademark. Along with a strong brow, and efforts to keep the rest of her makeup neutral, Hepburn focused on her lashes to draw attention to her eyes. To ensure separation of each lash, her makeup artist used to apply mascara -- and then painstakingly separate each lash using a safety pin. Risky business!

Marlene Dietrich's perfectly arched, thin eyebrows weren't a gift from nature. In the early 1930s, it was reportedly stylish to pencil in your lashes. Dietrich is said to have completely shaved off her natural brows so that she could draw artificial ones on to perfection. 

The original Italian Goddess Sophia Loren, who often wore revealing outfits, kept her skin soft and hydrated by occasionally taking baths with olive oil, according to the BBC. Our environment and water can be drying on the skin, so olive oil does help seal in much-needed moisture. Incidentally, Loren still looks glamorous today -- even at 80.

You've probably heard of the recent coconut oil fad, with people swearing to its virtues for beauty, health and cooking. But Mae West was in on this little secret decades ago. The sex symbol relied on coconut oil to give her skin its dewy youthful glow. 
It’s said that she was never without a jar.

We like to think of Rita Hayworth as one of Hollywood's original redheads, paving the way for other flame-haired stars like Emma Stone and Julianne Moore. Surprisingly, her natural color was not red. To advance her career, Hayworth had her hair dyed and was even convinced to have her hairline moved back, to create a bigger forehead, through electrolysis.  She also reportedly kept her star feature in tip-top shape by doing hot oil treatments after every wash, and then rinsing them out after 15 minutes with water and a bit of lemon juice.

There's no eye makeup more iconic than Liz Taylor's dramatic winged liner and heavy eyeshadow in "Cleopatra." Taylor said in an interview that she liked to be in charge of her own beauty routine, cutting her own hair and even learning to do her "Cleopatra" makeup -- on her own.

But even with that striking eye makeup, there's one thing that's most important when trying to look wide-eyed and awake: beauty sleep. "Honey, you'll look like hell if you don't get a good night's sleep," Taylor said.
Elizabeth reportedly shaved her face with a razor to remove baby hairs and to exfoliate. She believed it helped her make up go on smoother.

Marilyn Monroe was famous for her enviable hourglass figure -- and especially for having curves in all the right places. Apparently, it was mostly due to a regimen that included weight training and a high protein diet. In a 1952 interview with Pageant Magazine, Monroe detailed her morning fitness routine and told of her bizarre breakfast. "Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it's hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I'm dressing," Monroe said. 

Celebrity hair and makeup artist Peter Lamas told Style.com that when working with actress Grace Kelly, he noticed her repeatedly applying lotion to her hands. Kelly reportedly said it was because hands are where people show their age first -- 
She also used 2 shades of blush to define her cheekbones. With one shade for underneath her cheekbones and a slightly darker shade dusted on the apples.

The platinum blonde actress Jean Harlow felt contouring was important in giving her face all the right angles. She purposely avoided a center part and liked voluminous hairstyles to make her face appear less full. And it appears contouring wasn't invented in the modern day. The actress used to apply blush high on her cheeks to give the illusion of a slimmer face and even plucked out her eyebrows so she could draw them on perfectly herself. Ouch.

Hedy Lamarr thinks cream bases give a madeup appearance, she avoids them as much as possible and uses a hand lotion as a foundation. After working at the studio, she removes makeup with mineral oil, washes her face thoroughly, pats on the hand lotion -- and leaves off powder for the ride home. She think screen work puts enough strain on the skin and at least one day a week goes without makeup of any kind.

Her cosmetic tip is to be careful in choosing the right powder for your coloring; she observes that women are apt to be too casual in this respect, and that the wrong shade throws the coloring of the eyes off. You might remember that the next time you replenish your supply of powder.

Gloria Grahame felt her upper lip wasn’t full enough and so she used cotton swabs or 
tissue placed under it to make her upper lip appear more full.

Greta Garbo felt her eyes didn’t stand out enough, so she used Vaseline under dark shadows to create a theatrical glossy look.

To create this look, she would apply a super thin layer of petroleum jelly over the eyelids, cover with neutral skin toned powder all the way up to the brow line and blend a dark shade into the crease to get that dramatical look. It’s a deep set appearance. She would also line the upper lid with eyeliner made from a blend of petroleum and charcoal pigment and finish with mascara.

Carole Lombard says with a demure smile ; “Nothing on earth can give a woman confidence and that grand inner happiness like a little exterior decoration!”. Nothing except love of course. She adds with a laughter :)

Carole had after a car accident a slightly crooked nose. She would draw a thin white line on it to make the nose appear straighter.

August 04, 2015

Some Pin Up Classes

Guidelines for Pin Up shootings
"The 13 Golden tips by Damona Art"

Well hello there,

I’m writing this post as a guideline to be a Pin Up model. As a Pin Up Photographer i think it’s important to guide your models through the shoot and it also makes the shoot going more fluidly and not a struggle the whole time to get the pictures we want. That’s why i write this post. To help you to be on your best.

Of course i do have my own ideas, but working with models who already know how they look good and give me that power and self-confidence i need in the photos, makes the shoot simply amazing! The photos will only get better by doing the following tips.

1. Its very important to work with expressions which will make the look versatile and exciting for the whole set. That’s why it’s very important to know your vowels.

A , E , I,  O , U (OEH pronounced). 

Go in front of the mirror and practice those vowels. Don’t be shy and practice them every day. open your mouth and let your face change into natural expressions, do not over exagurate. No-one forgets a face. Your face is what makes you’YOU’, a unique combination of 21 muscles of facial expression that display your joy, sorrow, happiness, surprise and unfortunately age.
Like any muscle group in the human body ; facial muscles need to be exercised. But unlike the rest of your body, where muscles are attached to the bone, facial muscles are attached to overlaying skin ; so when they start to deteriorate and wast they are no longer be able to support the skin - causing your face to sag and lose volume.
By stimulating these delicate muscles you can rebuild the youthful shape of your face - preventing sag, wrinkles and lines that inevitable come with wasting muscle tone.
So, you see.....it’s also good to look younger again :D
Feel what these expressions do to you and you will see your face and body change into something Pinup fun like. you can just say A, or you can say Aaaaaaa and be surprised. Or you can say Aaaa and be interested. Say E and look scared or E and be surprised as well. So you see, you can even have several expressions with 1 vowel. Practice on that and discover some new looks for you which you can use in your next shooting then.

Cherry Bee Pin Up Brussels

Rina Bambina

2. The same with the body. Practice in front of the mirror. Not every girl suits good with the same pose. Find out what makes you elegant. Really, it’s the best way to learn. Cause you will see it in Photographers view and finally you will see it yourself, cause when you post in front of a camera, you simply don’t see yourself (you can always search for a mirror to place with the photographer, so you see yourself posing). The reflection in the mirror is always different when you pose with your back to it. Think about that too.


Perfect practice in front of the mirror

3. Put on some MUSIC baby! Use your surrounding. When there is music playing, use it! Get that vibe and swing around. it will only make your look better. Ask the photographer to play some music in the studio, when there is not. Say it’s important for you. You will transform, be relaxed and be in your own world. He or she will say that you are Brilliant ;)


4. Preparation is the most important thing (i always say). Prepare your things beforehand, not the day itself. Write it all down what to bring, so you don’t forget anything. 
Small detail, but so important! Just to re-enforce. Pin Up = Glamour....all the time!
Well manicured fingernails create a more professional and polished look. traditionally 1940’s nails featured deep red shades with crescent moons the the cuticle (kind of the opposite of a french manicure). I like the plain deep red nails myself from the 50’s. Much easier to do also. Don’t forget to pedicure your feet and paint your toenails to match.

Photo by Cherry Bee Pin Up Brussels

Dita Von Teese nails

5. Have a good night sleep. Don’t go out or drink alcohol the day before the shooting. It will only make you look tired on the pictures and the shoot will be too tiring for you too. Not only that.....You will not have any inspiration to pose, cause your mind will be sleepy and maybe you will feel dehydrated with having a headache and then having the result that you won’t get any good photos.

6. Eat lightly the day of the shooting. Drink plenty of water some days before the shooting. it will not only give you that glowing flawless skin, it will make your body slim too by flatten the belly and your face will glow. Drinking a smoothie is also a good idea for breakfast :)

7. Prepare yourself for outdoor shooting in any season. it means that you take care of yourself that you will not get sunburned, freezing in winter or get wet etc.....You will not only lower down your mood, but the shooting can be a complete fail when you don’t feel good or excited anymore.
No-one can do anything about the weather. You can only make the best of it, together with the Photographer in question.


8. General tip not only for pinups. Meet your photographer before the shoot when you can. Then you can already talk and get to know each other. Talk about the upcoming shooting, so you can be prepared for what is about to come. Drink a coffee and chat away.
When you have any questions, ask them. Ask phone numbers, details of the shooting, address of location etc.......

Feel the connection to collaborate :)

9. Want to get the real Pin Up look? Dress like a pinup as often as possible. True Pinup models do not just stop being sexy after a photoshoot. It’s important to always convey beauty and glamour. You can purchase Vintage clothing online, second hand and shops are great + some famous Vintage brands as Stop Staring, Collective Clothing, Hellbunny, Miss candyfloss for the curvy woman,  Bettie Page, Pinup girl Clothing in the us, Voodoo Vixen, What katie Did lingerie, Miss L Fire shoes and many more. Find stores who sell these brands. Try it on for the first time or take a good look at the sizes they provide. Once you know your size, it’s easier to order online. But be careful ; A size 10 is not with everyone a size 10. Check always the size chart.
Invest in some quality costuming for your photos (but don’t go to the Carneval shop, that’s just so fake!). You can search through artists such as Alberto Vargas or Gil Elvgren for some ideas. Some of the most popular images where found around WWII and featured women dressed as Sailors, nurses and in army uniforms. Make your own or purchase them online. Check out some of the clothes of the famous Pin Ups have used for their photoshoots. Maybe you can steal some of their ideas or know where to buy them too. But never steal another girls shoot. Stay yourself and be prepared to make something different with that look.

Pinupgirl Clothing

10. Use the right make up or the photographer will take care of a good Make Up artist.....In case you need to do the make up yourself. There are so many brands to use from, but not many who have the real vintage look, or just that right shade of lipstick to be that Bombshell. 
*Julie Hewett, Make up department head for “Hitchcock”, can take 50 years off any face. And that’s precisely what she did when she created 1959-to-'61- era looks for Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, Helen Mirren and more than 200 extras in the film, released by Fox Searchlight, that explores the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, during the “Psycho” shoot.
Other brands who i think are fantastic for make up are ;  MAC Cosmetics, Besame Cosmetics, Benefit, Too Faced, The Balm, ARTDECO and Lime Crime.
Get a pair of good Make Up Brushes too like ; SigmaMAC or Real Techniques (who are very affordable and you can buy them easily in store at DI in Belgium and the netherlands).
There are more good brands, but i can not name them all. It’s al about which brushes work for you.
And yes, it’s an investment to collect the whole set. Search on amazon, where i bought mine too last christmas for a good price. and it’s the real thing.
Take a look at this Vintage Make up Guide : http://vintagemakeupguide.com/1950s-look/

11. CONFIDENCE and SEX APPEAL! Having an attitude that suits the theme. if that isn’t the most important thing, i don’t know what else.
No Pin Up is complete without it. Confidence and perhaps a good pair of high heels will help you posture. Nothing is sexier than a confident woman!

Frollein Sue model and Muse

12. Find other people near you who are also into Pinup. Watch and learn. See how they move, eat, handle, the attitude, the vibe ; and start learning how to act elegant. I must say, that there are some naturals out there who do not have to make an effort to be this way. They are just like this. If you are one of the Naturals, well congrats. You are born to be Pin Up :-)

Lolly Wish

Acid Doll with jewelry of Glitter Paradise + Hairflower by Niccoco Creations

13. Final ; Get involved. Don’t let the photographer arrange the whole shoot alone. Make sure there is a theme, it’s so much easier to work in themes. Search on google how to look and handle for that theme, the poses, the attitude etc. It’s like playing in a movie, be that person or become that person.....Be excited! Give the best you have, but don’t forget to stay yourself and say no if you don’t want to do nude or implied. It’s your choice, you have to deal with the photos afterwards. Especially when you have to find a new job, think carefully what you want to show off. Pin Up is not always nude ladies......it’s all about the Tease, to discover more and make people excited, to let the imagination have it’s own life. At the end you will represent the pictures, therefore it’s important to find a good photographer who can show you on your best and is not only taking photos, but really guides you that you can look better with the hand different or telling to put the chin up or even can give you compliments if you do good and then of course makes the picture at the right time :).
Be a Team for that day, it can only make things better.

Marilyn Monroe Playboy 1953 versus Lolly Wish 2013

EXTRA TIP : It’s all about professionalism. Show respect for the photographer. Eventually you are the one who wants some beautiful pictures and the fact that you go to that particular photographer, you know his or her style and likes it. It means you have to accept the photographer’s Rates and not question them. Photography is not only taking the shot, it’s much more than that.
It’s certainly not pro to talk about other shootings the photographer did with other models and question how much they payed. That is private ladies! We are all adults here, act like it.

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