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.

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