Ze Boyfriend took me to see The Great Gatsby! I really like going all-out for certain movies (yes, this is weird. I don't care). Since this movie takes place in the summer of 1922, I knew flapper makeup would work wonderfully.
Society didn't like them for this garish appearance yet the look gained popularity in the younger women. It became popular for older women too, in a toned down fashion.
We can thank French actress Polaire for the "dark eyes and emphatic mouth." Bee-stung lips were in vogue, as was rouge. Regularly, women stuck to paler complexions but when fashion icon Coco Chanel showed off a tan from a holiday, the tanned look became the rage with women.
In ads from the 1920s, women are depicted with dark kohl eyes, lightly smudged and small, doll-like lips. They would overdraw their lips and use both light and dark lip colors. This is how my look came to be. Two popular colors for the eyes at the time were turquoise and green, alongside the smudged kohl.
FOR THE EYES:
|No mascara yet|
- Personally, I used Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero (basic black), a matte black by tokidoki, and Unhinged (turquoise-teal blue) by Urban Decay. I also used Black Market and Desperation (by Urban Decay) to blend the turquoise into the black and soften the look. You can use your favorite black pencil, any black shadow you have (feel free to use a sparkly black, if that's your thing!) and just about any color. The 1920s were very colorful in the US!
FOR THE LIPS:
|You can see around the edges of my bottom lip that the line was slightly distorted.|
- The lip pencil I used was a Rouge Pulp by L'Oreal. There isn't an exact color listed, instead it just says "The Sultry Plums." This pencil was actually discontinued but I'm sure I'll find a pencil to match it. I also had to blot my lips twice, first to remove the lip balm I had on to hydrate my lips while I did other things, the second time to remove some of the lip liner after blending since it goes on a bit heavy but it's very smooth! I put Covergirl Lip Perfection lipstick in #360 Euphoria on top.
A very popular look for the brows was long, thin and, well... A bit flat! There was no arch, just a gentle curve over the eye that. In the film, the two main female characters, Jordan Baker and Daisy Buchanan, had eye brows that extended down to the outer corner of their eyes. Quite it an interesting look but one they could certainly pull off!
How do you like the flapper makeup? I'll do actual tutorials on the eyes and lips, particularly the lips because I was using a diagram showing how the flappers' drew their lips as a starting point: