1920’s Makeup Tutorial

Step By Step 1920’s Makeup Tutorial – Makeup artist Charlotte Coop

1. Ensure that the base is prepped well in terms of skin type to ensure a perfect makeup application. Use a medium to full coverage matte foundation in order to replicate the flawless skin that was popular in the 1920’s. Conceal any imperfections as well as the under eye area and set the base with a loose invisible powder.

20's makeup image

2. Comb the eyebrows into an arched, rounded shape – one of the key features of a 1920’s makeup look. Fill in the brows with powder.

3. Prime the eyelids with an eyeshadow primer to avoid the eyeshadows creasing and to achieve maximum colour payoff. To begin, blend a neutral brown shadow (I used ‘Cork’ by MAC) into the crease as the transition shade. Next, take a shimmery purple/grey eyeshadow (I used ‘Mugshot’ from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette) and blend this all over the eyelid and along the lower lash line. To complete the eyeshadow, apply a dark purple eyeshadow (I used ‘Sketch’ by MAC) into the outer V and through the crease to darken the look – blend with a clean blending brush until there are no harsh lines.

4. To complete the 1920’s eye makeup, line the upper lash line with any dark coloured eyeshadow (I used ‘Brun’ by MAC) and smoke this out to darken the look. Apply a black kohl eyeliner to the waterline and tight line, finishing off with plenty of mascara and optional false eyelashes.

5. Now that the eyes are complete, finishing touches can be applied to the base. Clean up the under eye area incase of any fallout from the eyeshadow and then contour the high points of the face (cheekbones and temples) to add dimension to the look. Next apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks – a rosy glow was popular in the 1920’s so a pink or peach colour would be ideal (I used ‘Melba’ by MAC).

6. The final step of the 1920’s makeup look is the lips. A dark lip colour such as purple or burgundy was popular in this time period – I chose a dark vampy purple colour. Firstly line the lips with a lipliner – this is important when working with dark lip colours as it allows us to fill in the lips neatly and stop the dark lip colour from bleeding onto the face. I used ‘Nightmoth’ by MAC and then filled in the lips with YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 39. Once the lipstick has been applied the 1920’s makeup look is complete.

About Mike Turner

Mike Turner is a professional photographer located on Wigan, Warrington border Greater Manchester specialising in social photography. Portraits, Makeovers and Commercial photography make up the bulk of Mike's work both at this studio and on location