Tuesday, July 1, 2008

70's Teen Beauty Diary Entry

In 1975 Teen Magazine advised us to "Go Curly", using our makeup pencils as curlers.

OK, I'll admit that we tried this, my friend Mary & I. We were too young & silly -- hopped up on soda pop, disco music and teenybopper posters from Tiger Beat -- not to know what would happen. Which, in case you didn't see it coming, was the following:
  • dots & streaks in shades of pink, red, blue & lavender on our faces, ears and necks from the pencils
  • pencils so coated in styling gunk they had to be tossed out (no amount of shaving/sharpening could save them because they crusty stuff would transfer to our hands and flake on our faces during use)
  • no curls to speak of because we had no clever way to hold the pencils in our hair (we were modern steam-curl girls)
It was an insane, unsanitary, hairy mess; the best thing of which is being able to share this bit from my teen beauty diary with you -- 33 years later.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look at the picture she pinned the pencils in.

July 22, 2008 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats what i thought at first but if you look really closely you can see they aren't really pins but just the point of the makeup pencil behind them... what looks like the head of a pin is really just light shining off the makeup in the next pencil back.

personally, im guessing they bobby-pinned the under side of the curl to keep them in place.

July 23, 2008 10:11 AM  
Blogger Pop Tart said...

We tried to use bobby pins (stolen from Mary's mom's old fuzzy rollers), but the weight of the pencils made them first slide to once side, then slide out of the rolled hair completely. Maybe if you had a lot more bobby pins... But still, I don't advise it; it was a messy dealio.

July 29, 2008 8:58 PM  

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