Make-up: great glamorous Gatsbys! 20s tutorial

Forgive me for jumping on the Gatsby bandwagon, but I’d been planning this one for a while…

A simple how-to for a classy 20s face, this is based on a tutorial in one of my favourite coffee-table type books, Retro Makeup, on their Anita Page look.


Here’s L before – we’ve just used her usual foundation to create a more even base.
Product: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel
Eyebrows in the 20s were commonly thin and long and coloured in with either a black or brown pencil. The thickness was equal the entire brow length and there’s no obvious peak. Simple enough to do on L with a brown pencil as she’s blonde.
Product: Lancome Ombre Subtile Duo palette – nude shadow
Sweep a nude shadow over the entire lid.
Product: Karen Millen Eye Colour Powder in Cappuccino 249
Now use a mid brown shadow and start high on the inner section of the eyelid and then gradually drop in height toward the outer corner of the eyelid.
I felt I could use a bit more drama here, so I deepened the brown with a black shadow lightly over the top. Apparently this unusual concentration of shadow on the inner eye was to give Anita a more childlike and innocent appearance.
Product: No7 Stay Perfect Palette in Twilight – black shadow
Products: Karen Millen Eye Colour Powder in Cappuccino 249; Benefit They’re Real Mascara in black
A coat of mascara on the top lashes and your mid brown shadow smudged under the lash line on the lower eyelid.
Product: No7 Blush Cream in Romantic
A pinky-red blusher over the apples of the cheeks blended well.
Products: Wet n Wild Megaslicks in Crystal Clear; Rockalily Lipstick in Hot Rod Red
According to my book, lip gloss first appeared in the late 1920s and much older than that was the idea of lip staining. To get a stain look today the book advises that you apply clear lipgloss first and then paint your lipstick over the top for sheerer coverage.
The lip shape of the 20s was thin with women under-drawing to stop them from looking too round and wide. L naturally has lovely big full lips, so I drew both lines inside her natural lipline, also taking a leaf from the 20s look of centering the colour away from the outer corners.
And here is the full look!
Looking a bit too modern still? Try these…
1920s makeup tutorial
Great Gatsby makeup


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