The Infectious Bettie Page

Archive for March 2008

Bettie Page loved the camera and the camera loved her. With her perfect 36-24-35 figure, blue eyes and long hair, the “Queen of Curves” would both shock and delight her fans with her saucy poses. At the height of her fame, there was no getting away from Page – she appeared in countless magazines, her image splashed on everything from record albums to playing cards. In 1955, she was voted “Miss Pin-up Girl of the World” and won a coveted Playboy centrefold spot. But Page’s appeal wasn’t just about sex, for she brought an innocence to her steamy pictures. She was the ultimate fantasy: the girl next door who’d say yes. As Playboy magazine put it, Page had a look that “suggested forbidden fruit as well as apple pie”.
On the surface, Page seemed a simple proposition – a nice girl from the country who viewed posing naked as a fun adventure. But behind her sunny smile, she was a woman of contradictions – a bright, intelligent college graduate who went from one failed relationship to another and then, quite suddenly at the height of her fame, disappeared.
But despite Page’s withdrawal from the public eye, fame did not desert her. On the contrary, she became a cult figure, her image continuing to appear on everything from matchboxes to T-shirts, her legend growing stronger with the passing years.
“She’s the most attractive woman who ever lived, ” says Steve Brewster, president of the official Bettie Page fan club. “I’ve had hundreds of letters from men who say once you lay eyes on her, you’re magnetised. “

Here is how makeup artist Nicki Ledermann turned actress Gretchen Mol in iconic pin-up girl Bettie Page for the movie, The Notorious Bettie Page.

  • Skin Care: Shu Uemura rosewater toner, Epicuren Step 6 moisturizer, La Mer body lotion.
  • Foundation: Uslu Airlines airbrush foundation applied with an Uslu Airlines airbrush.
  • Shading: Bobbi Brown Taupe blush to enhance cheekbones, chin.
  • Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage under the foundation.
  • Powder: MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark.
  • Cheeks: Armani Sheer Blush #2 mixed with MAC Pinch’a’cheek.
  • Eye Shadow: Stila in Shell all over lid and Bobbi Brown’s Taupe in crease to lift lid.
  • Eye Liner: Bobbi Brown eyeliner gel in Black.
  • Brows: Bliss pencil in Brown.
  • Mascara: Kevyn Aucoin volumizing mascara in Black.
  • Lips: Shiseido lipstick in Red #10 with matching Shiseido lip pencil.
    Source: Makeup and Grace Magazine

Dave Stevens, co creator of the Rocketeer and the artist who helped bring Bettie Page back in the spotlight passed away at the age of 52 due to complications with his battle with leukemia. He was 52. If you haven’t read or seen it, I recommend checking out Rocketeer. Great stuff.

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