How to Create a Modern 1920’s Makeup Look
Nicole style tips beauty, makeup, tutorial, vintage
Today I have a guest post to share with you all, and it is by none other than my very own sister, Sarah, who also blogs over at Just a Little Prayer. I have mentioned on the blog before, how she is a marvel at makeup, so we thought that it would be fun to create a vintage inspired makeup tutorial for you. This is a modern 1920’s makeup look that we have done before, and I love this look because it is so sparkly and dramatic in the style of the 1920’s, without giving the “racoon eye” look of the era, which usually only looks best in vintage photographs. (Although some people can definitely do that look successfully, it is not one that looks good on me!) So, without further ado, here is Sarah.
Hi Everyone! My name is Sarah, and I am Nicole’s sister. I have loved makeup for as long as I can remember, and have been experimenting with different looks for years. Today I am going to show you how simple it is to achieve a modern 1920’s makeup look with products that are probably in your makeup drawer already. I hope you enjoy it!
I have done this look on Nicole a few times, most recently in “Ready for Poiret’s ‘One Thousand and a Second Night’”, and for a 1920’s look in a recent guest post. It’s a super easy look that with practice could be done relatively quickly. (I’m naturally slow at such things, so I took a lot longer than the average person would. Maybe that was because we were having too much fun to concentrate on the task at hand.)
First I applied foundation and set it with powder, giving her skin a nice matte finish. I didn’t use blush for this look, but it’s up to you whether you want to. I next applied concealer where needed and also used it as an eye primer on the eyelids. This is a trick Pure Anada shared in one of their makeup tutorials: using concealer in place of a primer if you don’t have one.
After priming her eyelids I used a soft peachy eyeshadow with a fluffy blending brush to set the primer and to create a good base for building colour on. I applied the eyeshadow to the entire lid, but not to the browbone. You can use any neutral sort of colour for this.
Next I applied a soft shimmer beige to the inner half of her eyelid up to the crease. I used a smaller brush for this so I could get better precision. The best part about this look is that it doesn’t have to be too perfect. Don’t worry if the colour goes a bit too dark or high, just take a clean brush and blend it out.
I then put a dark shimmery brown in the crease and outer edge of the eye. After blending the colour into the crease, I used a large eyeshadow brush to soften the edge of the brown.
The next step is to stop and have a tea break. Tea is an important part of any makeup look 🙂
Having finished the base layer of colour, and adding some depth to the eye, it was time to add the gold. I used a loose powder eyeshadow for this part. Make sure you place a tissue across the bottom of your eye to catch any fallout from the shadow. I find it best to dip the brush in the loose shadow and then pat, not blend, the colour onto the eyelid. I patted the gold all across the lid, up to the crease of the eye, softly blending the edge with the brown eyeshadow. You can also add some gold eyeshadow along the bottom of your eye, if you would like. I didn’t do that with Nicole, but it could add a little more drama. If you don’t have gold glitter eyeshadow, use any other dramatic or sultry coloured eyeshadow colour you have. The 1920’s was all about drama, so pick anything that will give you the same moody effect.
Next I added some shimmery cream eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. Use any light coloured shadow. Apply the shadow in the inner corner of the eye and across the brow bone.
Next, I used a pencil eyeliner to line the upper lids; don’t worry about making it perfect, I lined it rather messily. After lining her eyes I used a small flat brush to smudge it out. I made sure to blend it well, softening the colour into the gold eyeshadow. At this point you can also smudge some eyeliner along the bottom of your eye, concentrating most of the colour at the outer edge. This would help achieve the dramatic eye of the 1920’s.
Almost done! After I was done the bulk of the eye makeup, Nicole applied mascara. (I didn’t trust her to not poke me in the eye, in other words.)
To complete the 1920’s inspired look, I chose a dark lip colour. First I lined the lips, following the natural shape of her mouth. You can also draw the classic bow shape, if you prefer, and then apply lipstick.
The Modern 1920’s Makeup Look
And you are done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial (my first ever!) and that you can have some fun with this look.
Pure Anada concealer for primer
All Eyeshadows are Pure Anada, (I love their eyeshadows!): Nectar (peach-matte), Mirage (soft beige-shimmer), Espresso (dark brown-shimmer), Ornate (gold-shimmer/glitter)
Maybelline Master Kajal Black pencil eyeliner (gel would also work, as long as you blend it before it sets)
Pure Anada Black mascara (Ps. Honestly I was not happy with this mascara, and have since moved onto another Maybelline product I found that, happily, doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals!)
October 18, 2016 @ 1:27 pm
Ooh, very pretty! I think this would be especially perfect for the festive season!
October 18, 2016 @ 6:52 pm
Glad you like it Christina. I agree- definitely very festive! I’m always looking for any excuse to bust out the glitter 🙂
October 19, 2016 @ 7:50 pm
Wow this look is put together so well. I am going to try this myself. I am a big fan of this trend as well
October 19, 2016 @ 10:19 pm
Sarah did do a great job on the makeup- I’m glad you enjoyed it! I hope it works out well for you when you try it 🙂
October 21, 2016 @ 2:05 pm
I enjoyed this tutorial, Sarah. And I’ve enjoyed the posts with you and Nicole. You are both very pretty besides being pretty talented! 🙂
October 21, 2016 @ 8:47 pm
Aww, thanks Annabelle- I’m glad you enjoyed it!
October 21, 2016 @ 9:24 pm
Thanks, Annabelle! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
October 23, 2016 @ 10:59 am
This is a really nice look. I am so bad with eye makeup so I’m quite envious at the skills demonstrated here!! Great lip colour too x
October 25, 2016 @ 11:36 am
Thanks Porcelina! It was fun to do. Honestly, I’m not all that great at makeup either! I have two make-up looks: one where I am feeling courageous and I attempt winged liner, and the other, which I usually revert to, where I do a smudged liner, like this one here, and some light coloured shadow! My sister is amazing though, and knows all the proper ways to apply and blend, so that it turns out looking attractive, and not like you got punched in the eye. 😉
October 31, 2016 @ 5:25 pm
Such a lovely look and really clearly explained.
October 31, 2016 @ 11:16 pm
Thanks Kate-Em. I’m glad to hear it made sense 🙂 (sometimes when writing tutorials, it’s hard to make sure people know what you are talking about!)