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Since 2006 Bettina May has been helping women around the world speak the universal language of good hair, showing them how to skillfully apply makeup, and giving them the confidence to pull it all off and feel great. She teaches women how simple it is to re-create vintage style using techniques culled from stylists and the original experts in all things vintage, grandmothers!

In her full-day class, you’ll learn how to curl and style your hair, apply perfect pin-up makeup, and pose for photos with confidence. You’ll get your very own classic pin-up photoshoot, hi-res images, and a group of new friends who share your love of vintage culture. Her women-only class takes place in a safe, supportive environment, and she guarantees you will leave feeling more confident and glamorous than when you came in.

A true believer in the unique beauty of every woman, Bettina May is an established pin-up model, burlesque performer, and photographer with years of experience in posing, styling, and photography. It’s her job to help you unleash your inner bombshell, and it’s your job to relax and have fun!

Pin-Up Class

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The original body-positive class that got it all started. In this 5- to 6-hour class you will learn how to do simple 1940s- and 1950s-inspired makeup and hairstyles. Bettina May or one of her talented assistants will do your hair and guide you through makeup application. Once makeovers are complete, she will show you how to strike a pose with confidence, followed by individual pin-up photoshoots shot by Bettina May herself. This class is open to women (or those who dress as a woman, i.e., drag queens, trans people, etc) only, and always takes place in a location that is closed to the public for the duration of the class, so attendees feel safe and comfortable. Unless notified otherwise, you are responsible for bringing your own makeup and outfits for the photoshoot. Some classes do have a vintage-store sponsor lending outfits, depending on the size and location of class.

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Bombshell Hair Class

Offered exclusively through Jo “Boobs” Weldon’s New York School Of Burlesque in Manhattan, this is a 2-hour intensive on vintage hairstyling. Discover how to curl any type of hair, create long-lasting Victory rolls, glamorous waves and sturdy up-dos, and how to create hairstyles to withstand hot studio and stage lights or vigorous dancing. Also learn how to incorporate accessories for quick vintage looks and how to troubleshoot mishaps. Bring your accessories, hair flowers, vintage hats, and all of your hair questions. This is primarily a demo class with question and answer. Perfect for performers looking to step up their game or the start to a glam night out.

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Private Sessions
This is a great option if you are too shy to participate in a group class, or want to shoot with a variety of looks in one day. Bettina May is also available to do your hair and/or makeup for a big event, or can give you private lessons in achieving the best pin-up look for you. Her studio is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and she can also travel to your location.

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Bachelorette Parties and Birthdays
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate with the girls? Bettina will work with you to create the perfect party, whether it's a private version of her full class in one of her regular class locations, or one modified for your party plans. She can even come to your location!

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