Before I begin this fun little history lesson, I thought I should properly introduce this new mini-series to you. I went a little pin-crazy today on Pinterest (highly addictive) and came across some retro makeup looks. After viewing several it dawned on me that it would be SO much fun to do a series of makeup looks inspired by a certain time period, along with a brief history of what woman used during that time. There you have it. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, and if you have a specific time period you would love to see, feel free to leave it in a comment below, or email/tweet me.
(Image source: vintagevivant.com)
Whenever someone mentions the 1920s I think of Flappers almost instantly. The rebel girls who wore skirts too short and hair bobbed, so risqué! It’s no surprise that in the ’20s women changed how they wore makeup seeing as how the metal lipstick tube was invented just a few years prior and that rouge (now more commonly called blush) was finally made into powder form making it easier to apply. While interpretations of what women in this time period wore may vary, there are a few points that most sources I read can all agree on.
First is that the lips were shaped into a cupid’s bow and the lower lip was slightly exaggerated. Colors varied from year to year, but deep reds, red-browns, oranges and raspberry colors were popular. For the most part lighter, more porcelain skin was in vogue, of course until Coco Chanel arrived from back from a vacation in the sun with a glorious tan. Rouge was bright and usually red and anything but subtle. I used my lipstick as my blush and, using a stippling brush, lightly dotted it on the apples of my cheeks.
Eyes were kohl-rimmed and usually shaded with green, turquoise or deeper, darker greys. Mascara did not exist in the form that we know it today. It was mostly in cake or wax form later in the decade, but earlier on women used what they had at their disposal. Using a combination of Vaseline and soot, a woman could give her lashes a darker, waxy appearance as was the style. In my rendition I imagined that if I had used Vaseline on my lashes (I didn’t) my eyes might get a little smudgy, even greasy looking. I added a small amount of Vaseline to each of my eyes to simulate the effect it probably had.
Eyebrows were thin, and very dark. They had a distinct rounded feeling and were turned downwards.
I hope you enjoyed the final results. I had a great time doing this tonight except I have to say, I’m surprised by how long it took me to get the lips right. I thought it would be so simple. It wasn’t!