For the modern woman, looking good is an essential part of life. Makeup has become a custom, a necessity that most women are not comfortable without. In the history of fashion the 1920s stand out as a revolution in not only makeup but general fashion as well. This is attributed to the ‘Great Gatsby’ novel that brought a whole new definition of liberation to the American society. It was in the 1920s that there was a massive change in the dressing and makeup world, the effects are still felt today. Many still try to copy the 1920 Gatsby styles and at Makeup Ideas Mag we’re here to bring you the best 1920s Great Gatsby makeup ideas!
While trying to come up with the basic Gatsby makeup, it is vital to keep it in mind that 1920s women wore heavy makeup. Most tutorials that guide you through the 1920s make up might be inaccurate as it is based on the black and white actresses who are slightly different to the average day to day women. One basic thing to note in order to achieve the best results is to make use of genuine colors and application methods.
You will need loose face powder, preferably your skin tone’s or a shade lighter, liquid rouge red and matte, black or brown eye pencil, red lipstick and pencil, brown or black mascara and dark mettle eye shadow. First, ensure the day time powder you choose exactly matches your skin. Keep off cream based powders as these are too thick for the 1920s look. The powder is meant to fill in and even out your faces’ color and texture. The second step is the application of rouge. Spread the liquid on a wet cotton ball, apply it with emphasis just under your cheek bone. To obtain a vibrant youthful look, keep the rouge high on your cheeks. Next are the lips, as a 1920s rule they should be matte red. This color creates the authentic Gatsby look and is highlighted with a hint of orange or yellow. Start with lip pencil to shape and outline your lips before applying the lipstick. Overdraw the top lip points to emphasize on the cupids bow and the bottom lip for plumpness. You can also check out our tutorial on red lipstick makeup here.
The 1920s eye makeup was mostly light during the day and detailed as the day progressed. Eyebrows are preferred arched than plucked. Shape them thin using the colored pencil. Apply some mascara on the eyelashes to make them look softer and natural. Finally, for the eye shadow, black or dark eye shadow will show off the brightness of your eyes. You can also match the eye shadow color with that of your eyes. The basic 1920s Makeup create an enchanting look to any ordinary face that when matched with the curls and vintage head bands is quite irresistible. The 1920s makeup is the perfect fit for any special occasion. Try it out for a glamorous dress party for Christmas or New Year’s Eve makeup idea or even use it for a fancy Halloween makeup idea. Check out some classic and vintage makeup idea looks for 1920s or Great Gatsby inspired makeup ideas below.
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