Create a Look: 1920’s

Myself and Gemma of McCarthys Beauty Review have been working away on a collaboration for the past month. It all came together when we had a hilarious facetime which involved lots of make up chatter, gossip and generally catching up. We have been good friends for donkey’s years and we both thought it would be fun to do our own interpretation of make up looks from decades gone by. You can find Gemm’a look here
We gave ourselves a brief which was simple and easy
1. Create a look inspired by the decade
2. Use existing make up products where possible
3. If you do need to buy some items then it can’t amount to more than £10

So after doing a little research and digging I was inspired by the likes of Clara Bow and her cupids bow lips and the dark made up eyes of Catherine Hessling.

The hardest parts of the look was not warming my face up with a bit of bronzer and to really go with the natural paleness of my skin which in the 1920s was most certainly in along with the eyebrows, the look back then was thin, over extended sad looking brows not the more full and fabulous brows we favour currently. I did try to cover them but I was fighting a loosing battle so I went with my natural shape but tried not to put the emphasis on the arch and took them slightly further out than usual.
The lips for me was pretty easy – I kinda already have the pursed, pouting slightly annoyed look! So I just finished the liner a little short to really make them stand out. For the blush the 1920s was all about applying in circles to give a rounded face rather than the more angular application we favour today.
The 20s was a time when the stigma attached to women wearing make up was finally gone and they really embraced it and wasn’t afraid to go all out with it which is what I really love about this time.
For my eyes I kept them dark especially around the outer corner and inner corners making sure I resisted the urge to take it out & up and stuck with the look of keeping it rounded to give a “sad” look.
I can really see certain aspects of the 20’s look that are still influencing make up today and I think I would wear parts of the look the I created but not all at once as I think the lips and the eyes together are just a bit much. Also I would wear the eyeshadow and liner out and up as I think this is more flattering and again the blush I think looks much better in a more angular fashion rather than the round circles.
I only bought one item specifically for this look which was the blush everything else I either already had or was something I had on my shopping list anyway.
Base – MUA matte foundation in shade 1 soft sand and Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in translucent.
Brows – So Susan Dual brow powder
Eyes – Make Up Revolution Iconic 3 Palette shades 1,4,7,11 & 12. MUA undressed palette in shade 12. Avon Super Shock gel liner pencil in black and Body Shop big and curvy mascara in black.
Blush Essence Blush Up in 10 Heat Wave. This was the item I bough for this look and it cost £3.50 from Wilkos.
Lips – MUA intense colour lip liner in Brooding Plum. Elf Matte lip colour in rich red. Make Up Revolution lipstick in vamp shade rebel with a cause and finished with Bourjois Rouge edition velvet in 08 Grand Cru.


Remember to call over at McCarthys Beauty Review to see Gemma’s take on the 1920’s look.
Next month our trip will see us stop off in the 1930’s – I’m really excited to see how the look changed from the 20’s and what products they favoured.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and would love to know if you’ve ever re-created a look from the past.

Thanks For Reading,
Beauty Barmy Bird


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