When we think 1920’s makeup styles, we think of the ‘roaring 20’s’ look that so many of us are used to seeing portrayed in movies and on television series. For those of us who have seen pictures from our grandparent’s past, and flipped through photo books at the local library, we would have seen there were a wide variety of styles to choose from back in those days. Some were glamorous, others were more casual and low-key. Today, Lionesse would like to educate you on how you can wear some of the 1920’s makeup looks in your everyday routine, or on special occasions, to get the look from the era and look completely 2015 all at the same time.
For those with thin eyebrows, this is absolutely fantastic news for you. For those of you who have thick, natural eyebrows, you will need to do a bit of work to get a true 1920’s look and feel – but not to worry, it can be done! During the 20’s, many women opted for shaving off their eyebrows and creating a lined look, as it was glamorous for the era. They also used to extend out past the eye itself, whereas in today’s world, we know the eyebrows should only go to about the outer corner of the eye and then tail off. There were also high arches incorporated into the look.
To get an eyebrow look reminiscent of the 20’s if you have very thin or no eyebrows, use a brow pencil to mark out where you want your brow to go, and fill in the lines with your brow pencil. Be sure to incorporate an arch towards the middle of the brow, and use a brow powder to set the brow in place. Use a setting spray to hold your look all day. If you have thick natural brows, you can choose one of two options: waxing or plucking, although that would be shameful for all of you who have worked so hard to get that natural, thick look, or you can go in with a concealer to conceal parts of the brow you want to hide, followed up with an eyebrow pencil and brow powder to set in place.
For the lips, dark berry hues, reds, and pinks were all the rage in the 20’s. The lips were usually well defined, and lined to give the top lip extra definition and a plump look. To get this look, use a lip liner that matches the lip color you plan on using, and define your cupids bow area well. Go in with your color of choice, bearing in mind the colors that pertained to the era, and set with setting powder for a matte look. Glossy lips were not popular during the 20’s, so keep that in mind when choosing your lip shades.
Smokey eyes were all the rage in the 20’s – what’s changed? To get the look, use a brown eye pencil on the top lash line as well as the bottom lash line, and blend out. Use mascara on the bottom lashes to give emphasis on the eyes. Use neutral toned eyeshadows, such as dark brown and cream, to give the eye definition.
The use of rouge was exceptionally important to set off a 20’s makeup look. You can go in with your favorite highly pigmented pink blush and apply it to the cheeks, not only focusing on the apples, but bringing it up around the eyes, and down near the mouth to achieve an authentic look. Or, to keep it modern, dust it on the apples of the cheeks only.
Powder was used a lot in the 20’s. Every woman had her compact with her to even out her skin tone and ward off shine. You can get the look today by using a matte foundation that will keep your shine under control, and work magic to have your face looking flawless all day.