Stela demonstrates how to properly apply and blend eye shadow and how create picture perfect brows:
Stela explains and demonstrates the first steps in applying pin-up make-up, beginning with a base of various primers and foundations:
Watch the beautiful duo, along with us, and learn some new tips:
Many of you might have already heard the story of Elly Mayday -one of our favourite models here at Cherry Velvet. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Elly for the past year. Elly is not just stunningly beautiful on the outside, but equally one of the sweetest individuals anyone could ever hope to meet.
Recently (right on the cusp of an exploding modeling career, at 25 years old), Elly discovered she has serous carcinoma -a type of ovarian cancer. She decided to make her story public and is sharing her journey through ovarian cancer, as well as continuing to be a body-positive role model for women everywhere.
Did you know that teal green is the colour of ovarian cancer -a much less talked about, but very serious type of women’s cancer?
There is no one specific symptom for ovarian cancer and these symptoms are generally vague/non-specific (-often mistakenly attributed to other causes). It’s called ‘the disease that whispers’ for good reason: it’s often overlooked and under-diagnosed.
We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to ways to help spot Ovarian Cancer. Please also consider taking a moment to share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware too.
For more information about Ovarian Cancer and it’s prevention please visit:
To follow Elly -her story and dynamic career- you can ‘like’ her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/EllyMaydayOfficialFanpage
If you would like to help support Elly’s quest to face and overcome cancer, a fundraiser has been set up here:
At a recent photo shoot, we took a break and started chatting about doing a “How-To” video on Pin-up make-up. Who would pass on that–seeing Elly Mayday and her bestie Stela Licina, two of our favourite models, in a Cherry Velvet video together! And it was so great to hear from Elly, just recently out of surgery yet sounding happy and enthusiastic to get back to work!
(Flowers for Elly and a little glimpse of her bedroom)
Fast forward to today, with me writing this post from Elly’s bedroom. Logan, our videographer, is doing his thing. (I just show up to ‘style’ and take instagram pics).
It’s so great to see the natural chemistry between these two friends. I know Stela has done Elly’s make-up many times. In fact, that’s how they first met–Elly had won a contest, with the prize being a photoshoot with Pin-up Perfection Photography, and Stela was the make-up artist.
I’m sitting here, writing away and trying to keep quiet. Which is difficult, believe me. These girls are cracking me up! At the same time there’s a transformation going on, from bare face ‘farm girl’ through all the phases of Elly’s full pin-up look.
You’re going to love love love the video. They’re going to show you how to do foundation, eyebrows, shade, lashes, liner, lipstick…well, everything you need to know. And you can have some laughs along the way.
Oh. And here’s Elly, fully ‘done’ and wearing one of our soon-to-be-released dresses, the ‘Trudy Black/Violet Dot” and Stela, also in “Trudy”, Chatroom.
Have you ever had a really bad day? Well, of course you have. You suddenly found yourself unemployed, single—whatever. And someone said ‘Come on. Let’s get dressed up and go somewhere. You’ll feel better”
And you got dressed up and went somewhere. And you felt better.
We didn’t need yet another study to tell us that what’s against our skin has an effect on our mood. Few of us have any experience with sackcloth, but we know that slipping on a new silk blouse, or a pair of warm PJs will give us a guaranteed lift. And if we put the extra time and effort into properly pressing something, then paying real attention to make-up and jewellery…it just changes our outlook completely.
Of course, some academic would have to come up with a term for this. It is ‘Enclothed Cognition’, and it is what our clothes are saying to us. And our clothes start to speak to us when their symbolic meaning combines with the physical experience of wearing them.
I know, lol. But it’s true.
Last year, psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner’s published a book called You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You. In the course of her research, Dr. Baumgartner found that“When you dress in a certain way, it helps shift your internal self. We see that when we do makeovers, and actors say that putting on costumes facilitates expression of character. That’s just as true for everyday life.”
Enclothed cognition gives scientific proof to the idea that you should dress not how you feel, but how you want to feel. Which clothes make you feel powerful? Sexy? What shoes make you feel in control? Do rhinestones sparkle up your attitude? Does a hair flower make you feel glamorous? Of course. The clothes you choose are sending a message to those around you, but also to you, yourself.
Clothes invade the body and brain, putting the wearer into a different psychological state. Studies reveal that if you dress, for example, like a soldier or a policeman, you’ll feel more officious and powerful. People who dress up like pimps, it is said, glide into rooms. No word on what happens when you dress up as a priest. (That would be a whole different study.)
I guess you can see where I’m going with this…you want to feel pretty, put on a pretty dress. You want to feel cool and comfortable, put on a high-quality cotton dress that is designed to let air circulate, and give you freedom of movement. And if you want to feel cool, comfortable and pretty, put on a Cherry Velvet Dress.
I’m looking at the pics from last week’s shoot of Cherry Velvet’s new dresses, and I’m struck by how engaging Elly Mayday looks with her back to the camera—rather, her bum. Many women would rather stay glued to the wall than have their back ends recorded for posterity. But some of our culture’s most famous pin-up girls became famous by flaunting their fannies.
And I’m not talking about Jennifer Lopez. Women have been exploiting their assets since, well, forever—in 2009, a dig in Germany turned up the Venus of Hohle Fels, a 35,000 year-old sexually-explicit statue with a very significant seat. You think men today are obsessed with big bottoms? Try the original Cavemen, who included the primitive posterior in just about all of their works of art.
Fast forward, past the Greek statues, the famous nude paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries and the first forays into nude photography (1910), and we get to the most iconic bum shot of all.
Betty Grable was already a popular actress and dancer when she posed for this bathing suit photo. That was 1943, Americans were just off to war and many many soldiers took the poster with them to barracks all over the world. The image made her the #1 pin-up girl of the era, Life Magazine included it in its collection of 100 Photos That Changed the World, and her fan mail rose to 12,000 letters a week. By the end of the war, her nicknames were ‘The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs”, and ‘The Pin-Up Girl’. In 1946, Grable was the highest-paid woman in America, earning $300,000.00. And what inspired Hugh Hefner to found Playboy magazine? The Betty Grable poster. Would he have been so inspired if she’d been facing front? I doubt it.
So the moral of this story is definitely: Dress It, Adorn It, Move it, Shake It. Put your future behind you. Go out and inspire somebody.
xox Cherry Velvet
You’re in a rush. You throw on your make-up, run out the door and plop yourself down into the driver’s seat of your car. Before taking off, you glance at your face in the rearview mirror, with the natural sunlight shining in…gasp! Are those my eyebrows? How did I miss 7 million hairs? My look is ruined!
I think most ladies have experienced this hair-fuelled fiasco at some point or another. Because we tend to forget about our eyebrows. We forget that we’re supposed to keep them tidy—that they need maintenance. Yet our eyebrows are an integral part of our face shape and overall look. If we neglect or under-utilize them, it seems like such a waste!
Take these photos of Vancouver model Stela Licina, for example. Here is someone who is Mistress of the Eyebrow Pencil. We see Stela with no make-up, then in full make-up, eyebrows decidedly on. Quelle difference!
But what about all the hard work some of us go to for the perfect brow? The waxing, the threading, the plucking. Should we bother? Well, that’s up to you. You know your style, you know what to do to get your look. But it’s worth remembering: short eyebrows make the nose look wider. Skinny eyebrows make the face look larger. And the thinner your brows, the older you look.
Check out these gasp ‘n laugh images of Anne Hathaway. OMG! So that’s something else to remember: Your brows are the frame for your eyes. You need them!
So keep those brows fabulous and the eyes shining through!
xox Cherry Velvet
We are always listening to customer feedback. Whether its through Facebook, Twitter, or email…our ears are always open! It’s the best way for us to learn what YOU want, like and dislike. There have been a few times we’ve gotten flack for showing “regular” size models on our website. After all we’re supposed to be a plus size company right? Well, not true anymore. We now make our dresses in 9 sizes from XS-3X. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and as plus size girls we should know this better than anyone.
With that said, we are always looking for more truly plus size models (size XL or greater). You might be surprised to learn that there are actually very few professional plus size models in Vancouver. In Toronto and L.A. the selection is far greater. If you or someone you know is plus size and interested in modeling…message us!
We thought we would show you the size and measurements of all our models. Whether your regular or plus size, fit is essential to the making of a great outfit. Sometimes when you’re purchasing online is can feel a bit like a guessing game. Hopefully this post will help you in determining your Cherry Velvet size. It would be impossible for us to have 9 different sized models in each dress but we do our best to give a variety.
If you have any questions about what size would be best for you don’t hesitate to get into contact with us. You can email us at email@example.com or message us through Facebook! We’re here to help.
P.S. We’ve also now started to include the length of each dress in our online store. So, whether you’re tall or short you can pick the perfect length of dress for you. (This change brought to you by customer request!)
xox Cherry Velvet
We are so excited to debut our first ever video! Take a behind the scenes look of Cherry Velvet’s latest Spring 2013 photo shoot. Shot in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia at Pin-up Perfection Photography’s new studio location. Featuring our fun, flirty dresses worn by the gorgeous plus size model Elly Mayday.
Click on the image below to be directed to our YouTube channel! Enjoy!
Let us know what you think!
xox Cherry Velvet