Today’s post is a collaboration with Catherine Harper of Walking With Cake and myself. Catherine will be joining us each week as we explore the different makeup looks of each period. Please welcome Catherine to The Glamorous Housewife!
The 1920’s often serve as the inspiration for fashion, film, and literature, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a certain mystique that resonates from that time period and its era of social and political change. The decade really marked the beginning of 20th century style, and definitely signaled a change in women’s fashion, too.
If the Gibson Girl was the ideal woman for the late 19th and early 20th centuries, then the styles that emerged after World War I were in direct opposition to that. So many young men died in the Great War that a female surplus was left behind to compete for both jobs and husbands. Health and youth were the most important attributes a young lady could possess, and the makeup styles soon changed to reflect the times.
Makeup that was once reserved for actresses became more readily available to the public, so regular girls could begin to “put on their faces,” as well. Eyes that were once soft and dreamy became dark and clearly focused, as kohl eyeliner gained popularity and black mascara was used more commonly. Around this time, powder compacts came into fashion, which led to easier applications of cream rouge and powder blush.
Ladies once struggled with liquid elixirs, but now they could use a brush or puff to apply color to their cheeks, which they often did with a heavy hand. Bright red and pink cheeks were the fashion of the time, and blush was applied in large circles to the apples of the cheeks. Lips also took center stage in the 1920’s when stick applicators became available, as well as shaping tools to create the admired “Cupid’s Bow.” Flavored lipstick and lip gloss became more common, and cherry was a popular flavor. Some things never change!
Coco Chanel famously inspired the look of tanned skin, which reflected a life of leisure, yet was easily copied by girls who had to work for a living.
I thought it would be fun to try and recreate a 1920’s look. First I curled my hair using my Conair hot sticks to mimic the look of rag curls. Then I decided to brush them out in a poofy sort of bob. Personally I prefer a straight bob with bangs, just like the ladies in the 20’s, but there was no way I was cutting my hair for this post!
For my eyes I happen to have a smokey eye compact (here) which I used to create a smoldering dark shadow effect. Then I lined the base of my lashes with my regular eyeliner (here), only I didn’t flick out the end in a cat eye like I normally do. I also used a small brush to line the lower lashes with the black powder in the aforementioned compact. I decided to keep my brows the way they always are, only instead of giving it a bend I tried to make them look more like a smooth curve. Though you can’t tell in the photo, I also attempted to add a lot of blush to the apples of my cheeks. I must say, it was very strange looking at myself in the mirror, and I don’t love the way it turned out. For the lips I just kept my regular red lipstick. A girl can only go so far out of her comfort zone!
If you really want to see the way the 1920’s should be done, please check out The Dizzy Dame blog here.