The 2012 catwalks were plunged into the Roaring Twenties as designers took us back to a time of carefree fun, of decadence, of glamour and of the new idea of the ‘modern’ woman who was liberated, smart and funny, as well as beautiful. Anna Sui paraded sequinned and beaded silk and velvet shift dresses with faux fur shrugs, the long fringing on Gucci’s dresses was very flapper-esque, and Ralph Lauren showcased beautiful beaded drop-waisted dresses, a look that many high street stores are already emulating. With the recent release of silent film The Artist and Maartin Scorcese’s Hugo, both set in the 1920s, as well as the highly anticipated release of Baz Luhrmann’s all-star version of the 1920s classic The Great Gatsby due in late 2012, the 20s will be inescapable all year. Why not embrace it and channel it into your make-up for an uber-glamourous look? Here’s how:
Lighten up – In the 1920s, the aesthetic was the paler the better so forgo the fake tan and put that bronzer down. Try using a foundation that’s one shade lighter than your skin over your entire face, including your lips. Finish by setting it with a matte powder. Remember, the overall look needs to be flawless so ensure the base is perfect.
A natural flush – Use a creamy crimson blusher to give the effect of a natural flush to the apples of your cheeks.
Sultry eye – Choose a charcoal coloured powder eyeshadow and use a soft eyeshadow brush to blend the colour from the outer edge inwards so that the majority of the pigment is at the outer edge.
Line and define – Use a black eyeliner – kohl rather than liquid – to line the top and bottom lash line and slightly smudge to soften the edges and add to the sultry look.
Lashings of mascara – Finish your dark, sexy and sultry eye with two or three coats of lengthening and volumising mascara.
Lip drama – Lips were red, dark rather than bright, and well-defined, so use a matching lipliner. Blood red lips will give an authentic period look but if you want to modernise it you could add a slick of gloss.
Finger waves – For an authentic Louise Brooks style look your hair should be raven black but if you’re not up for a radical change, simply set your hair in finger waves with a low side parting, something that can be done with straighteners, lots of hair pins, and a can full of hairspray. Either leave it down or tuck it into a side chignon with a feathered slide. For a more modern interpretation, rake your fingers through the waves to create a tousled finish or, if pinning it up, pull out a few loose strands to make it more distressed and sexy.
Emily Buckley is a seasoned beauty writer who regularly writes for Laser Sight, Australia’s leader in Lasik laser vision correction surgery.