The Roaring 20’s

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Vamps, Flappers and Shieks were terms often used to describe the look of the 1920’s female and the makeup styles of that era. Film stars like Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Greta Garbo gave woman a model from which they could create their own look.

As luxuries began to return after the War, new makeup products had been introduced to the market allowing women to express themselves with a whole new face. Mascara or Mascaro at the time, powder makeup, eye shadow and the amazing new lipstick tube helped shape the look of the 1920’s woman. Eyebrows were plucked and re contoured with a thin line from an eye pencil, coupled with mascara on the lashes giving way to the wide eyed look of the day. Pale complexion and rosy cheeks all somewhat resemble a kewpie doll.

   So let’s take a close up look at our tutorial for an elegant 1920’s makeup.

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Light flesh tone foundation= select which looks best with your model.

Ben Nye Lumeire Palette Cosmic Violet & Royal Purple

Mehron Wine berry Dry Blush

Kryolan Metallic Silver Lilac

Mehron eyeliner Dark Brown and Black

Ben Nye Magicolor pencil Lavender



Cosmetic Wedges

Blush applicator

Eyes shadow applicator

Medium brush

Step 1. Cover entire face including lips with foundation. If using a cream foundation make sure to set with powder before continuing.

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Step 2. Draw the arched eyebrow with eyeliner pencil, we used brown but you may choose black instead.

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Step 3. Draw the line on the upper lid at the lash line with black pencil.

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Step 4. Line the lower eye at the lash line with black pencil.

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Step 5. Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes.

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Step 6. Apply the violet eye shadow along the lash line.

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Step 7. Now the purple shadow goes above in more of an arch.

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Step 8. Apply blush to the apples of the cheeks only.

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*A quick peek of the makeup so far.


Step 9. The lip is a very key part of the 1920’s makeup, almost heart shaped. Draw in your lip line with the lavender pencil.

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Step 10. Use the medium brush to apply the metallic silver lilac inside the outline.

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Step 11. Add a beauty mark with the black pencil. This was popular but not necessary to achieve the desired look.

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Step 11.

                                                                                            *Almost there. IMG_0027

We added a vintage had and blouse to complete our look.

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“Alright Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

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