The Roaring Twenties heralded liberation for the fairer sex, from the abandonment of the corset to the celebration of the pillar-box red pout – so if you want to revamp your look, the fresh faces of the flapper age are the only way to go. Leigh Morrow shows us how.

“Can’t repeat the past…? Why, of course you can!” The Great Gatsby

Of all the glorious ages the Twenties is the most decadent – a fact reflected in the porcelain-hued faces, scarlet lips and shadowy eyes of the ladies of the era. No longer willing to be shrinking violets or innocent damsels in distress the fashionistas of their time came back with vengeance. They shocked and appalled with their chopped tresses, androgynous attire and painted faces, caused scandal with their open appreciate for cigarettes, alcohol, jazz music and rouge for their cheeks. So, what better an age to take a little cosmetic inspiration from?

Tips
– Find yourself the palest, creamy or ivory-toned foundation; depending on your skin tone. The base was kept alabaster fair to heighten the impact of the other features. Finish and set with a dusting of powder. The look should be, as one author comments; “…the pallor usually associated with innate vice.”

Face Powder, £29 by Paul & Joe

– The decadent feel of the 1920s face was set off with red lips, from the vampire-esque blood-red to the deepest of burgundy tones – always matte and bluntly defined. The lips were drawn to look narrower – as if puckered, expecting a kiss to be instantly bestowed. Using a lip liner or thin lip brush exaggerate your cupids bow, then make the bottom lip plumper and finally join the lines slightly before the natural corners of your mouth. Fill in with your brazen red lippy and blot for staying power…
– The windows to your soul should be shrouded in grey and defined in kohl black. Use a smoky shadow above and below your eye, pencil in the bottom corner with pencil or liquid liner (without smudging – we’re trying to be unsubtle and scandalous remember?!) and finish with lashings of sooty mascara…

– The eyebrow was the crowning jewel of the flapper face. The style was to wear them super-thin, dark and rounded – women would often pluck out their entire eyebrows and draw them back in with deep black liner. Don’t embrace this extreme in the name of vanity! Instead, using a fine brush, outline your brows with a black eye shadow or liner, making them as round as possible. Or, alternatively, embrace the flapper favourite – the fringe – letting it fall just below (and hence disguising!) your contemporary brows.

– This look is certainly not understated – it was meant to express women’s liberation after all – so blusher was also a key feature. The apple of every flapper’s cheek was racy raspberry rouge (or for the braver a deep orangey hue) to suggest wanton abandon.

 

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