Wednesday, September 15, 2010

1920's Nails

Colored nail polishes were invented in the 1920s and the first nail polish was launched by Revlon.
1920s Nails

Taken from

If you really want to be accurate, a 1920s manicured nail look is a subtle way of showing dedication. In the ‘20s nails were only painted in the centre, leaving the half moon and the tip bare. This generally helped the nail varnish last longer and, since it is incredibly difficult to do yourself, showed you had the money to pay for a manicure. They were also filed into a round edge, which is more delicate by nature, and therefore showed the individual didn’t do manual work. Colours used were more often roses, reds and oranges, but there has been some evidence of use of a peacock green colour.

In this day and age, it would be best to have this done by a professional manicurist. Prices are relatively cheap and it’s almost guaranteed a better finish. However if you do want to attempt to do this without a manicurist, don’t do it freehand.

How to Paint 1920s Style Nails

Before painting the nails make sure the cuticles are removed and pushed back, and coat the whole of the nail in a clear base coat. French manicure sticker guides can be used to cover the half moon and tip. However sometimes these simply aren’t sticky enough, so punch hole repair stickers tend to be better.

After the base coat is dry, place these over the half moon and tip and ensure they are completely stuck on leaving no gaps. If using punch hole repair stickers you will have to cut them in half so that it fits the tip of your nail. Take the nail varnish and wipe the brush on the edge of the bottle so that the brush has as little nail varnish on it as possible. If the brush is too wet, the nail varnish still somehow manages to creep under the sticky guides.

Paint the nails and apply as many coats as desired. Wait until the nail varnish is completely dry before removing the sticky guides and coat the whole of the nail in a top coat.

I also found this from The New York Times "Pulse"
“It is a very complex aesthetic technique that is practically impossible to create on one’s own,” she said, noting, too, that it requires a specific length, width and shape of the nail, which only a few people have (Dita Von Teese, among them). So what’s one to do? Well, use fake ones. “We applied them on every model at the show,” Ms. Deslande said.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Period Make Up - 1920s

1920 - 'Breaking the Taboos'

Famous Stars: Clara Bow, Pola Negri, Mary Pickford, Josephine Baker.
  • Foundation: Powdered and Pale look.
  • Cheeks: Rosy glow on apples of cheeks.
  • Eyebrow: Thin, black and downward sloping.
  • Eyes: Black, Turquoise, Poison Green.
  • Lips: Outlined the shape of the Cupid's Bow, exaggerated upper and lower lips. Orange tone, deep red, deep brownish red, plum, rose, raspberry.
Clara Bow:

Josephine Baker:

(A) Flapper Look - Thin brow, Red Bee-stung lips, Rosy cheek
  • Foundation: Peaches & cream
  • Rouge: Bright raspberry and red
  • Eyebrow: Thin & penciled, droopy
  • Lips: Red & Raspberry
(B) Vamp Look - Pale face, Dramatic eyes and eyebrow, Crimson lips
  • Foundation: Ivory & matte
  • Rouge: None
  • Eyebrow: Thin & black, very droopy till temple
  • Eyes: Dark blue, black
  • Lips: Crimson, wine or plum. 'Bee Stung Lips'
During the early twenties cream or ivory colored face powder was used by most women. Later in the middle of the twenties a powder corresponding to the nature hue of skin - perhaps a nuance brighter - came in fashion. For rouge the colors rose, raspberry, and around 1925 also orange were popular.

From the middle of the twenties on lips were colored in deep red, deep brownish reds, plum and orange. The shades changed later at the end of the twenties. Colors like rose, raspberry and medium red were new trend.

Lipstick was applied as a "Cupid's-Bow" (Armor's Bow) to the upper lip. Also the lower lip was exaggerated a bit and the width of the lips de-emphasized a little.

Usually eyes were held quite dark. To get this effect the whole eye was edged with a black eyeliner and then the margins blured easily. The eyelid shadow was often painted in dark gray. Besides gray, colors like turquoise and green were also in fashion. To further emphasis of eyes eyelashes were also painted black.

Very popular were thin, black and downward sloping eyebrows which were inked with a black or brown eyeliner.

The fingernails were painted only in the nail center. The half-moon and nail tip were left bare and white.

... some color examples:
Deep Red
Red Brown
Orange Red
Medium Red
Dark Grey


How to Do 1920s Style Makeup

Louise Brooks was a popular silent actress during the 1920's who demonstrates the makeup and beauty trends of the time.
Louise Brooks was a popular silent actress during the 1920's who demonstrates the makeup and beauty trends of the time.

The 1920s were marked by economical growth and new waves of fashion

and entertainment. The 1920s bred a new wave of women called flappers.

Characterized by their short bobs, dark makeup and party antics, these

women had a large impact on the makeup and fashion trends that evolved

during the 1920s. Jazz music was very popular during this time and

influenced the wardrobe and makeup of the flappers. In order to create

a 1920s look, you must have the proper makeup.

Difficulty: Moderate


Things You'll Need:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Powder
  • Eye shadow
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Lip gloss
  1. 1. Apply face makeup. Using a damp sponge, foundation brush or your fingers, apply your foundation. Face makeup during the 1920’s was very fair, making the individual’s complexion look very light. If you have fair skin, do not darken it with a bronzer.
  2. 2. Set your face makeup with a translucent powder. Apply it with a powder brush. If necessary, apply more than one layer. The end result should be very matte with no visible sheen. If you want to add a little color to your cheeks, apply a light pink blush with a blush brush.
  3. 3. Apply a nude or champagne colored eye shadow to your lids with an eye shadow applicator or eye shadow brush. Since the makeup of the time was fairly nude, you want to keep the eye shadow very simple. It isn’t necessary to use a darker color to contour your eye.
  4. 4. Apply a thin layer of black eye liner to your eyelid. Liquid eyeliner will give you the thinnest line. Make sure you only line your upper lash line. Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler. Follow up with a coat of black mascara. Apply an extra coat of mascara if you desire thicker lashes.
  5. 5. Apply lipstick. Line your lips with a dark red or reddish brown lip liner. Apply a red wine colored lipstick to your lips. You want your lipstick to look very dark. Many individuals will say it almost looks Gothic. Blot your lipstick with a tissue. If you want a darker lipstick color, apply black lip gloss over your lipstick.

Read more:
How to Do 1920s Style Makeup |

Masculine Women! Feminine Men!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mustaches Are Making A Comback

If you don't believe me, read this from Man Of The House.
Handlebar Mustaches

Hot Men With Mustaches

(from an actual conversation today):
Girl 1: "He said it takes him forever to grow one, so he probably won't, but I think he'd look so hot with a mustache..."
Girl 2: "Wait, did you just say hot and mustache in the same sentence??"

I've heard a lot of people dissing the mustache lately, and to prove that having a mustache automatically makes a man look neither like a pedophile or a character from The Village People, I'm posting the following photos of
Hot Men With Mustaches. My best advice is to avoid the walrus, the triangle and the broom styles, and go instead for some variation of the handlebar.
Happy Growing! :^

I don't know WHO this last guy is, but the 'stache is definitely working for him.

Also, check out what this site is saying.

These men aren't necessarily "hot", but their mustaches are!

Eugene Hutz - needs a haircut, but what a great nose and 'stache!

Again, not hot, but cool mustache.

Ok, I actually think Jason Lee is good looking with this mustache... probably better than without.

My friend today also referred to the mustache as potentially making a man look like a period character. Yes! That's the whole point, isn't it?
Christopher Casenov as Charlie Haslemere in the series The Duchess of Duke Street

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What Does 1920's Style Look Like? (Women)

The ideal silhouette (body shape) for fashionable women in the early 1920s was long and straight. The bust was flattened, the natural waist ignored, and the belt lowered to the hip. The 1920s brassiere flattened the bust in order to create the boyish figure that was so fashionable at the time.

Short, silk evening dresses were decorated with fancy glass beads and imitation pearls. Embroidery designs and hanging girdles were inspired by ancient Egypt. The discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922 had a big influence on fashion. Sport, dancing, the rise of the automobile, and American films also left their mark on fashionable clothes.
Loose-fitting trousers that some fashionable women wore in the 1920s were known as beach or lounging pyjamas. Women’s hair was ‘bobbed’ (cut very short) in a boyish style and brimless hats were worn.


The top fashion trends of the 1920s influenced society in many ways.
For the first time a “look” was available to the masses. These trends were influenced by the rich, social “elite” who had money to burn and lived close to the fashion centers of the world. Urban centers like New York and Paris influenced fashion, and fashion became the calling card of beauty, “sophistication,” and affluence.

1920s Fashion Model and Sexual Icon: Muriel Finley

The Sexual Revolution of the 1920s
Fashion and beauty are inseparable from sex. Throughout history, how people dress reflects how they are seen in society.
The top fashion trends of the Victorian Age dressed women in bodices, crinolines and corsets. Accentuating a woman's breasts and ass while crushing the waist within a frame of “masculine” control as Joshua Zietz writes in Flapper. The corset, he continues, had a political proscriptive function which determined how they were seen and how they functioned in society. Obviously a woman could not do much physically while wrapped beneath a crinoline which lessened their ability to breath and physically crushed their internal organs. The 1920s, in contrast, with the loose fitting waist lines, short hemlines, and simple breathable fabrics, reflect an easing up of the male domination of the female look. It was at this point that women, en masse, began riding bicycles, exercising, playing sports along with the other behaviors women are known for in the 1920s. The top fashions reflect this quiet sexual revolution. Designers like Paul Poiret, the self-proclaimed, “King of Fashion,” was a Parisian of refined style and taste, though you'd never know it from his inflated sense of ego and self (o.k. maybe you would). Poiret lived and breathed fashion and with his elegant designs he set forth to change the way the “modern woman” was seen in society. It's said Poiret “waged war” on the corset because of the way it divided a woman's body into two halves.

Exotic Styles

Clara Bow: The "It" Girl of the 1920s

With Poiret's influence and the contributions of several other talented, but less well-known fashion designers, the top fashion styles documented a shift toward an exotic look that utilized luxurious fabrics and furs. Ermine and mink shalls, wraps, capes and coats, lined with satin became de rigueur. Large, puffy collars adorned short furred, wait-length coats during the second half of the 1920s. Luxury was in season. As accessories, an animal's tail, head, and often paws were often used as decorative elements on these coats. I remember a coat of my grandmother's that was constructed entirely from the bodies of about 30 minks, heads, tails, paws. . . the works. It was both appalling and intriguing. In the 1920s this look went out of fashion quickly, thankfully.

Short Hemlines
Another calling card of the top fashion styles of the 1920s were the rising hemlines of a woman’s dress that progressively got shorter and shorter as the decade went on. Finally reaching just above the knee in 1925 and staying there.

Movies To Inspire You

More On Mustaches....

Here are some tips on creating and styling your 'stache!

How to Trim a Mustache
By an eHow Contributor
There are many ways to groom a mustache. Decide how you want yours to look before following these instructions.

Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need:
Full-length Mirrors
Electric Razors And New Blade
Mustache Combs
1. Wet your mustache slightly.
2. Use a fine-tooth mustache comb to brush the hair down.
3. Clip the hair on your mustache's outer edges with a pair of thin scissors. Remember to clip conservatively.
4. Snip across the bottom of the mustache.
5. Trim the body of the mustache to achieve the desired evenness and bushiness, and to clip errant hairs.
6. Touch up the top of the mustache with a razor until you have the desired line. If you have an unusual mustache, such as a pencil-thin or handle-bar mustache, use more or less use of the razor as appropriate. Take care not to shave off the top of the mustache Read more: How to Trim a Mustache

You may want to use some mustache wax, especially if you're going for the Handlebar or Petit Handlebar, the English, or the Dali!

How to Use Mustache Wax
By an eHow Contributor
You love the idea of having a shiny, perfectly groomed mustache. You're even interested in having the pinnacle of mustaches--a handlebar mustache. But now you're wondering how to get your mustache perfectly groomed. Luckily, you can use a mustache wax on your mustache.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

1. Purchase a mustache wax. A mustache wax will hold the hairs of your mustache in place, allowing you to shape your mustache into all sorts of interesting ways. If possible, choose a mustache wax made from natural ingredients such as beeswax.
2. Apply your mustache wax after showering when you've already washed and conditioned your mustache hair.
3. Put a small amount of mustache wax to the middle of your mustache.
4. Use a small comb to spread the mustache wax through your mustache. Apply more wax as needed--some people need extra wax every 1/4 inch.
5. Shape the mustache just a little into the shape you want. Basically, make sure the hair is all stuck together. If you're just trying to control your mustache hair, then this is your last step.
6. Allow the mustache wax to dry completely. Depending on the wax you use, this should take about five to 15 minutes.
7. Reshape your mustache into the shape you want. Apply more mustache wax if you need to.Read more: How to Use Mustache Wax

If you either can't or won't (being too chicken) to grow your own, another option is to make a FAKE mustache. You can use "Barbie hair" as per the instructions from, or you can get some fake fur over at Stitches (a fabric store) on capitol hill. Don't let the weird picture in the tutorial scare you away. ;^)

Make a Fake Mustache
Rain Blanken
Your new mustache is just minutes away.
You and Barbie are going to make a mustache together at home. That's right, Barbie's silken hair makes for great mustache hair, and it saves you a trip to the costume store. I couldn't find any good instructions on how to make a mustache, so I figured this one out on my own. I'll show you my recipe for a fake mustache with this simple tutorial.

What You'll Need:
Printable mustache template
A Barbie in need of a haircut
Scissors [recommended scissors]
A Sandwich Bag
Permanent marker
Rubber Cement Once your have these few materials gathered, we can get started.

As an aside.... I'd be REALLY impressed if someone showed up with this:


Buying Vintage

If you want to see what's around in the way of vintage clothes, keep in mind that they can be rather spendy and are often fragile, so just be gentle when putting them on and wearing them. They also tend to come in rather small sizes, just fyi. Here are a few places in Seattle that you can check out.

These I've been to:

Red Light

Not sure what the Red Light has in the way of 20's vintage (they specialize in vintage from 1940-1990), but they do have a costume selection.

This one I have NOT been to, but found online:

Their website is under construction, so here's a link to info on Yelp.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Mustache!

Straight for the American Mustache Institute (did you know there was such an organization?), a handy chart of mustache types for your growing and styling pleasure! I can't wait to see what people come up with! (although I must admit that I'm partial to the Handlebar, English and Dali styles). ;)

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Mustache Styles

The certified mustacheologists at the American Mustache Institute are often asked, "What is the best mustache style?" or "What constitutes a bad mustache?"

The challenge is that there is no true best mustache style and there is certainly no such thing as a bad mustache, as they are all God’s creatures and thus loved by all within the mustache community.

There are simply many delicious and luxurious mustache options including such luminaries as the General Lee, the Fu Man Chu, the Dictator, the Hollywood, the Hero, the Square, the Bruiser, the Weasel, the Sheriff, or the Fireman. Below, thanks to the AMI's friends at Hudson's FTM Resource Guide (, you can find just a few of the styles.

But it is important to note that the greatness of a mustache is that a new style can be created each day by any mustached man... and sometimes a woman.

Because as the AMI often notes, "A mustache is a terrible thing to waste."


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A thick and wide mustache, usually worn long to cover the top border of the upper lip.

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A narrow mustache with long points bent or curved steeply upward. Named for artist Salvador Dali.

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A narrow divided mustache that begins at the middle of the upper lip, with long whiskers pulled to either side of the center. The areas beyond the corners of the mouth are typically shaved.

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Fu manchu

A mustache that begins on the upper lip and whose whiskers are grown very long to extend down each side of the mouth down to the to jaw. The areas just past the corners of the mouth are shaven, thus differentiating this style from the "horseshoe" (see below).
Fu manchu

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A handlebar mustache can be worn large or small ("petit handlebar"); it is characterized by the fact that it is bushy and must be worn long enough to curl the ends upward, which is usually achieved with styling wax.

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A full moustache with vertical extensions grown on the corners of the lips and down the sides of the mouth to the jawline, resembling an upside-down horseshoe. The whiskers grown along the sides of the mouth in the horseshoe are sometimes referred to as "pipes." Not to be confused with the "fu manchu" which is grown long from the upper lip only-- the sides remain shaven in the fu manchu.

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A large mustache growing from both the upper lip and cheeks, whiskers from the cheeks are styled pointing upward.

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A mustache similar to the "painter's brush," but with corners angled slightly, resembling the shape of a lampshade.

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Painter's brush

A thick mustache covering the width of the mouth, usually worn short, with slightly rounded corners.
Painter's brush

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A thin, narrow, closely clipped mustache that outlines the upper lip. Pencil style mustaches can be trimmed in different manners (see below). Also sometimes called a "mouthbrow."

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A general name for mustaches shaped narrow on top and wide on the bottom, like a pyramid. Pyramidal mustaches can be shaped in a variety of ways, as shown below.

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A thick mustache, shaved to be about an inch wide in the center.

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A large, bushy, droopy mustache that hangs down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth.

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