The "Roaring 20s" was a time of prosperity and changing fashion. Women wanted to be beautiful but also comfortable. They began using loose fitting dresses that kept hiking up in length while their waistlines dropped down to the hips. These ladies also loved wearing dramatic makeup and staying up all night! So, if you are planning to party all night long, then you need your makeup face to stay on!
First off, you need to prep your face! After it's been freshly washed, apply a moisturizer all throughout. Don't worry if you have an oily face, you need to hydrate your skin! After you moisturize, add some lip balm or Vaseline on your lips. This will help moisturize your pout. If your lips are super flaky and dry, grab some sugar and scrub over your balm until they are nice and exfoliated. Finally, apply primer over your moisturized skin. Primers help to smooth the skin, make pores smaller, and to help your foundation glide on easier and stay on for hours. There are tons of primers everywhere but many beauty gurus as well as I, swear by NIVEA MEN Post Shave Balm. It's glycerin helps to prime your face. Also, it is much more inexpensive than other "real" primers!
If you've never played with eye shadow before, especially dark eye shadow, then skip to step 6 and when you are done with your eyes... come back to step one.
To start, let the primer soak in for a few minutes and grab a medium coverage foundation. You will be able to tell what type of coverage it is from the label. You want this type of coverage so you can look as flawless as possible. If your skin runs more on the oily side, use a matte foundation. Or if you have sort of dry skin and really like the matte look (like me) then buy it anyway! Haha! You can add an illuminator like the one pictured below the foundation and mix it in with the foundation you pour out.
Remember, you can buy any brand. These products are just the ones I used because most of them are found at drugstores. Then, grab a damp "beauty" blender, squeeze all the water out of it. Put some foundation on the back of your hand and dip the blender in it.
Please, don't be scared by my bare face and squinty eyes. I was trying to look at my camera's lcd screen and I use glasses so I look weird!
Start putting the foundation on the center of your face (T-zone) and begin patting and softly blending outwards. Keep adding until you have covered your entire face, part of your ears, and your neck. This is important as we don't all choose the shade the exactly matches our skin tone. We want the foundation to match our neck color and the color of most of our body. It's okay if it's a little different from our face complexion. Also, try to not put a lot of foundation under the eyes as we will be putting concealer on there later on.
After you finish putting on your foundation, you must put on some powder. You can use either a translucent powder or a face/setting powder. One has no color and the other matches your skin/foundation color, respectively. If you use the one with color, you will be adding even more color to your face. It will become a little fuller coverage.
A lot of people don't like using the sponge that comes with it but you can use it. Just pack it on densely and start buffing it over your foundation, everywhere EXCEPT under your eyes!
Don't worry! You might actually start looking worse before you start looking better. That's what happens to me anyway!
Later, grab a bronzer and/or blush. I usually bronze or contour my face. However, these ladies from the 20s didn't. I wanted to bronze up a little bit so I grabbed the color 665 G from my Kryolan palette below and applied it over the hollows of my cheeks. I blended it upwards towards my cheeks and kept buffing it in circular motions with the blending brush pictured below. Then, I grabbed the color R21 and placed it on the apples of my cheeks. I blended it with the other color and keep adding more until I was satisfied. If you notice on the very last picture of this tutorial, they liked having very flushed cheeks!
You don't need to purchase a blush palette like the one below. Just pick up a bronzer and a blush in colors you love.
Remember to blend everything out so that it looks seamless and beautiful.
Moving on to the eyes, the best thing to do in order to keep them put for the entire night is to prime them, just like your face. Again, you can find eye shadow primers anywhere!
Apply it over your eye lids like this and blend it out completely.
If you want a nice dark sultry look, use a brown or black cream shadow as your base. There are sticks that are cream shadows but there are others that come in pans. The one pictured below is one that I made myself.
Stick your finger in it and dab it onto your eyelid! It's okay if it's messy as long as it doesn't go all the way up to your eyebrow or over your crease/eye socket.
Grab a dark brown or black eye shadow with an eye shadow brush. Make sure your brush is dense and then tap off the excess shadow from it on the edge of the pan. This excess will become fall out when you apply and mess up your foundation.
Begin applying the eye shadow over your cream shadow. Keep packing it on over the entire lid. Repeat the steps until your lid looks super dense and even. You can do it as many times as you want. Take it up to your crease or if you don't have a pronounced crease, then to your eye socket. You will feel it when you press with your finger or the brush.
Grab a fluffy crease brush like the one pictured below and dip it in a more nude or caramel colored shadow like the one that the brush is pointing to. (Don't pay attention to where my finger is pointing at.)
It should look something like this!
Lay the brush over your crease or eye socket (grab it closer to the end rather than the middle of the brush) and begin moving it backwards and forwards like a windshield wiper motion. You can also move it in circles. The point is to buff the shadow and smoke it out. Hence, the smokey eye. You need to make the transition look seamless, almost like it disappears into your skin. Using the caramel or nude color shadow helps to blend out the black. You need to add this color a few times and blend it over and over and over again. When you think you are done, do it a few more times. SMOKE IT OUT! Blending it the most important part.
Find a light shade of pink, you can also use your blush, and dip the same brush on it. Do the same exact thing you did in the previous step. This is just a cute touch of pink to add to your eyes! It also helps to blend out some more. You don't really have to do this step though!
Take a makeup wipe or any wipe that is safe for your face and clean up under your eyes. If you have fallout from your shadows, just take a clean, fluffy brush and flick it out. Try to not wipe off the foundation or blush from your face though!
Take a medium to full coverage concealer (it can be liquid or cream form) and with your finger tap it onto your under eyes. The heat from your fingers will help it to disappear into your foundation. Blend it out well. There should be no harsh lines just as with your eyes. You may opt to use a concealer that is a couple of shades lighter than your foundation. This will give you more light to the face.
Grab a nude or white highlighting pencil (I love the ones from NYX) and line your bottom waterline with it. Doing this will make you look more put together and awake or alert! You can skip this step if you feel like it, however!
With a tiny brush like the one below, dip it into dark brown eye shadow. Tap off the excess.
Put it onto your lower eye lash line. Add on until you are satisfied and blend it out like you blended your smokey eye. Add a little bit of black over that if you like.
It's time for eye brows! There are tons of possibilities. However, please get them plucked or waxed or threaded by a professional. When it comes to the 20s, women wore them very thin. It's not a good idea for us to get them thin now though as that is not in... so... we must go with what we have. Grab a gel, a pomade, or a pencil for the brows. Brush them into place with a spoolie brush and start lining the outer edges. Draw them on more rounded, if possible, and begin filling them in. I say that using a brow pencil is the easiest way to go!
Most of this makeup look is matte so if you want some glow and dewyness, find your favorite face highlighter. I used the one that my finger is pointed at below.
Use some kind of clean, little brush and dab it onto the inner corners of your eye. blend it out and also into the black shadow.
The fun part!
If you want, use your concealer and put it all over you lips. This will serve as a primer/base for your red lips. I decided not to this time. Grab a lip liner in a shade close to the one you will be using with your lipstick. Begin lining your lips. However, try lining them inside your lips as opposed to following the natural line or outside of the natural line. 1920s girls liked smaller lips. They also drew the cupid's bow sort of like a heart shape. After you've lined your lips, fill them in WITH the liner pencil.
Grab your favorite matte red lipstick and fill in your lips. It's okay if it's not perfect as you will clean it up later. If you want the color to stay put all night long, then pick up a liquid lipstick. These last for hours even after you eat, drink, and kiss!
Get your brow highlighter and draw around your lips. Try creating a clean line. If it looks like the picture below, don't fret because you will blend it out with the rest of your skin.
Put your finger in your mouth and suck on it. When you take it out you will find a ring of lipstick on it. Doing this step will help your lipstick from transferring onto your teeth! Do it as many times as you need!
Now your pout is as ready as ever!!
DO NOT FORGET to curl your eye lashes and add mascara!!! This is so important. It makes your eyes look more flirty and sexy. Use as many coats of mascara as you like.
I won't lie to you, I forgot to do it because I was in a hurry to finish. I was trying to watch American Idol! HAHAHA!
Finally, PLEASE purchase a setting spray from any brand! E.L.F will do. Spray it onto your face!!! This will help to set your makeup and again, make it last longer as well as give your powdered skin a more dewy and natural look!
Do something with your hair. Do not just leave it straight. Maybe create some sultry, loose curls or put it in a 1920's updo. If you have short hair, this looks great with this look too! Put on a hat, beret, or headband with feathers and sparkly things! Fill yourself with accessories and put on a flapper dress! You will be full on 1920s glam girl in no time!