Glam Flower Child: A Retro Spring Look Inspired By Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra’s not only a source for my favorite karaoke songs; she provides killer beauty ideas, too.
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Nancy Sinatra’s not only a source for my favorite karaoke songs; she provides killer beauty ideas, too.

Do y’all have a karaoke go-to song? Without fail, I will typically go with Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” or any Nancy Sinatra ditty available. If the bar doesn’t have either of these options, I would leave that bar because it clearly blows. The exception is if I’m really drunk and I’m with a dude friend who can rap, in which case we will obviously team up for “Dilemma” by Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland.

Still, I usually return to Nancy and for good reasons. Her songs are catchy, sweet, sassy, and easy enough to sing even after a few cocktails.

Nancy Sinatra’s not only a source for my favorite karaoke songs, but she also provides us with some killer beauty inspiration. She’s all big, blonde hair, frosty nude lips, thick lashes, and sweet, sugary '60s sex appeal. It’s a perfect look for spring, I say.

Well, lo and behold: our friends at Huffington Post Beauty seem to agree as they posted this photo on Twitter last week, providing me with some pleasant inspiration and a final push to go ahead and attempt a Nancy-inspired look.

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I started this look with a clean face and big hair. For max volume, blow-dry your hair and set it in Velcro rollers while you prep your face or pet your cat. I spritzed everything with some Elnett after removing the rollers for extra oomph.

I mixed some Garnier Fructis Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream with moisturizer for light coverage and filled in my brows with a lighter brown than I usually would, which I ended up not loving but whatev. Lesson learned.

Side note: my skin is finally back to normal after a several week long freakout and I’m much more excited about it than this photo would have you believe.

My skin is finally back to normal after a several-week-long freakout, and I’m much more excited about it than this photo would have you believe.

I used the Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow palette in Goddess for some color on my lids. After lightly dusting the lavender-gray color across my lids, I added a small touch of the silvery-white shadow in the inner corners.

You can use any light or pastel shade for this look.

You can use any light or pastel shade for this look.

Then I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Black to draw a thin line across my upper lashes. I extended the line slightly downward from the inner corner of my eye towards my nose as well as outwards from the outer corner in a cat eye flick.

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Then, very carefully, I used that same liner to outline my crease. I started the line at the inside of my eye, just slightly above where the lash line begins, and extended it all the way out into a cat eye parallel to the lash line. 

For a bit of added emphasis, I used a very small angled brush and Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black to beef up the line in the crease just a bit.

I used several coats of L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (my new best friend) on both my top and bottom lashes. False lashes would have made for a more dramatic look, but I threw all mine out a few weeks ago and I’m currently in the midst of a spending fast. This mascara is legit, though.

I used MAKE Matte Lipstick in Putty, a soft, peachy nude layered underneath a sheer coat of Dior Addict Gloss in Dolly Pink for a more modern take on Nancy’s frosty pink lips.

A quick swipe of CoverGirl Classic Color Blush in Soft Mink across my cheeks finishes the look, as far as my face is concerned.

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I then used a curling iron to gently curl the ends of my hair before plucking some flowers from my garden to stick in my hair.

I’m ready for “Sugartown.” Or maybe, San Francisco with all these flowers in my hair.

I’m ready for “Sugartown.” Or maybe, San Francisco, with all these flowers in my hair.

Oh, and don’t you think for even a second that I would attempt a Nancy Sinatra look wearing anything but my favorite pair of boots. Please.

These boots were made for… perchin up on the railing where your bedding is drying! Also, my dad bought these boots for my mom in Nashville when they got married and I love them.

These boots were made for… perchin' up on the railing where your bedding is drying! Also, my dad bought these boots for my mom in Nashville when they got married, and I love them.

Are you guys into this look? What’s your go-to karaoke song?