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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Wearable 1920's Inspired Makeup Tutorial

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Lately it seems like everyone's been going crazy for the Roaring 20's, what with the popularity of Boardwalk Empire & the re-release of The Great Gatsby. Just this past weekend I attended a 20's themed charity event and got all dolled up in my prohibition finest, so much fun! I loved the look so much I just had to share it with you all. I will say that it's a much more modern version of some 1920's makeup techniques, so it's not 100% authentic but it's still beautiful. Take a look!




I wanted to keep the powdery porcelain foundation of the era so I used my brand new Belletto Studio Airbrush for the skin and I have to say it turned out incredible, flawless matte coverage with only ten drops of formula. I'll be filming a review of it soon so you can see it in action but it really does a wonderful job. First time I've never had to use concealer on blemishes after foundation.


Of course I also had to keep the signature deep red lip. Not something I really do often but I must say ... I really love how it turned out and I might have to rock red lips a lot more often. To get the perfect lip color I lined my lips with Annabelle Burgundy Lip Liner, then filled them in with Makeup Geek's Lipstick in Luscious, blended everything together with Rimmel's Berry Queen lip color and set it all with Makeup Geek's Eyeshadow in Bitten to get a matte finish. 


The eye makeup I modernized. A truly authentic 1920's eye is a mix of dark, sooty greys and blacks with thin, long, drooping brows. It goes against pretty much every modern beauty standard we have today and it's just not very flattering. So, that being said. I stuck to the same palette of colors but I only brought the blacks and greys in a quarter of the way. I also said to hell with it and threw on some fake lashes because dammit, I love fake lashes and I won't be denied them. These ones are the Lolita's from Swagger Cosmetics


I considered covering my brows and going for the authentic Clara Bow brow, but after I did some research on the makeup artistry of Boardwalk Empire and the Great Gatsby films I noticed that most every day women didn't wear the thin, black brows that we so often associate with the time period. So, I opted for something a little more natural looking that's more universally flattering. To get them perfect I used my new all time favorite product - the Anastasia Brow Genius Kit. I got it about a month ago and not a day has gone by since that I haven't done my brows with it. 


And finally, I styled my look with a soft, curly updo, long strands of pearls, some dangly art deco earrings and a fur bolero. All in all not 100% authentic, but definitely 100% beautiful and updated to work for any modern woman.


So, whether you're dressing up, going as a flapper for Halloween, or just love experimenting with vintage beauty trends, I hope you enjoyed this post & tutorial! xoxo, Meredith Jessica


21 comments:

  1. That's gorgeous, I love a smokey eye :)

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  2. That lip colour is amazing!! YES you should definitely be wearing it more often, it really suits you! Love it! x x x

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  3. WOW! You look gorgeous! LOVE the lip color! xx

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  4. Wow you look amazing Meredith! The lip color works so well on your skin tone, and all of the eye makeup is blended so well!

    xo, aly

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  5. Very pretty look! Though, I do adore the 1920's makeup style, even though some consider it not flattering, I love it!

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  6. I love this lips.
    This lipstick looks like a winner on the lips!
    I have to have it!
    This look is amazing!
    Greetings from Polish: *

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  7. In love with that lipcolor!

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  8. You look amazing! You have recreated the look from this era beautifully and I will definitely try some of your recommendations. xx

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  9. Just the information I needed! I was planning to do a Great Gatsby themed style post....this will def help me out with makeup....hopefully it turns out well. Keep on blogging!

    -ileana

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  10. love this, i'm totally inspired by this movie as well ... and you've totally inspired me to do a gatsby look too!! you're so talented!

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  11. nice blog !
    www.3fstreet.blogspot.com

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  12. I loove this look Meredith! I also love using Bitten on my lips and cheeks as well as my eyes!

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