How Do You Do 1920s Makeup?


Makeup for a 1920s look starts with a light foundation. The lips and eyes are emphasized, while the cheek coloring is kept natural. The eyebrows should be narrow and sloped down for an authentic 1920s look.

Cream- or ivory-colored makeup was the norm in the early 1920s, though more natural hues came into fashion later. Start with a primer to minimize the look of pores or lines. Cover blemishes or under-eye circles with corrector, and then top them with concealer. Use a foundation brush to apply the foundation, blending at the jaw and chin. Aim for as flawless and even a look as possible. Set with a light dusting of loose, translucent powder.

For a little color at the cheeks, use a rose-hued blush on the apples of the cheek, applying it lightly. Lips should be red, burgundy or plum. The popular shape in the 1920s was the "Cupid's bow," with the arch of the upper lip emphasized and the curve of the lower lip exaggerated. Use a lip liner to draw the shape, de-emphasizing the width of the mouth to create the bow. Fill in the color with a lipstick the exact shade of the liner.

The smoky eye first came into vogue in the 1920s. Apply a light, neutral shade to the lid. Use an eye shadow brush to highlight the inner eye with light-colored shadow. Use a soft eyeliner pencil in black on the lash line of the eyes. Finish by curling the eyelashes and applying two coats of mascara.