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.
The event was hosted at The Vintage Beauty Parlour. 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 passion for what sometimes feels like an eclectic lifestyle.
The class consisted of around 15 ladies in total and lasted for three hours. It also happened to be Cherry’s birthday, so we all arrived pre-armed with cards and a few little gifts.
It was a little bit surreal to actually meet Cherry 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.
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.
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. After a little break, Cherry then showed us how to create another classic vintage hairstyle on her model for the evening, Rachel of Vintage Folly, using pin curls and a little pampering.
After the seminar, salon-owner Bethany surprised Cherry with a birthday cake and cava. 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.
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.