So you have your dress, your shoes, accessories and foundation garments. Now it's time to add the cherry on top: hair and make-up. There are a lot of styles you can do depending on what era you are working with. I have a set of high resolutions scans from vintage hair magazine of several types of sets. Check them out here. Feel free to print them for your own use.
The key with any vintage hair style is using a setting lotion. This is what will keep all those curls set and keep them from falling out. I use Lotta Body, which is a liquid concentrate that you can get from Sally Beauty Supply. You will need to practice your pincurls, as this is what is the foundation for most vintage hairstyles. A great place for step-by-step hair styles is Nocturne. If you can't get the hang of pincurls or are too lazy, have no fear, there are other techniques. You can recreate vintage waves with hot curlers or my personal favorite, a triple barrel curling iron.
Each era has it's own idea of beauty in make-up. You can view color, eyebrow and even nailpolish preferences from the 20s, 30s and 40s at Return to Style. The one common theme always tends to be a wonderfully red lipstick, of which I highly suggests MAC's Russian Red. A great place for all your vintage make-up is Besame Cosmetics. The Vermont Country Store also comes in handy for vintage toiletries.
Great resource for head-to-toe vintage: joeri.net.
Next week, the little vintage extras.