Makeup Through the Decades: the Roaring Twenties

Hello loves,

I am so excited to announce that the day is finally here. The day that my first linkup begins!!! Let’s enter the time machine shall we? Today I take you back to the roaring twenties. WWI has recently ended and the Great Crash hasn’t happened yet. All is well. The wealthy are throwing extravagant parties and the poor are just that, poor. People are leaving their farms for city living nowadays. The World Series is broadcasted over the radio for the first time & the Yankee stadium comes into existence. Silent movies have become all the rage. Lindbergh has completed his transatlantic flight & Babe Ruth has beaten his hitting record. Walt Disney has even dreamt up a new form of movie, called an animation. One of his main characters is a mouse, called Mickey.

The makeup of the decade was primarily made by Maybelline and Max Factor. The eyes were darkened and lined with a kohl liner. However, the eyes were not always lined in black. Some of the more daring ladies would use a gray, brown or purple. The eyebrows were plucked and then drawn on. The typical style was drawn downward towards the temple. Blush or rouge, as it was referred to then, was applied in a circular motion to the apples of the cheeks. It was not applied in an angular sort of way, like we do it now. Mascara came in a cake form and was applied with a brush. Mascara was the newest thing in the twenties and everyone had to have it! The lips were drawn to be smaller than the actual lip area and they really accentuated the cupid’s bow. The first swivel lipstick was invented during this decade. Surprisingly, a moon manicure was the cat’s meow for the nails. It is essentially the modern day french manicure. Revlon was the leading nail polish company at the time.

For today’s look, I did a purple smokey eye with a deep lip. I started out by priming my skin. I used the L’Oreal Anti-Redness Primer for the face and the Wet’n’Wild Eyeshadow Primer & ELF Moisturizing Undereye Primer for the eyes. While the primer will provide some coverage, I have some veins on my lids so I went in with a concealer to even out my lids even more. I used the NYX HD concealer in Porcelain. For shadow, I used the new L’Oreal La Nude 2 palette. A medium black lineΒ drawn with the Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous liner and two coats of mascara complete this eye look. Moving onto the skin, I used L’Oreal True Match N1 foundation with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. To brighten undereye circles and to cover any spots, I used the same NYX concealer that I primed my lids with. I blended this out with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge. I set my undereye with the matte white powder from the NYX Contour palette and the Real Techniques Setting Brush. Using the Ulta Contour palette, I lightly bronzed and contoured my face with the EcoTools Defining Face Brush. {In the twenties, there was no bronzing or contouring. However, I wanted to add a bit of contouring as a modern spin.} I applied a peach colored blush, just to the apples of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Stippling brush. I applied a small amount of highlight to my cheekbones, inner corners, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow. I used the Maybelline Champagne Fizz eyeshadow with the Real Techniques Setting Brush. For the lips, I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Sad Girl. Finish with a setting spray. I used the NYX Matte Setting Spray. You are now ready for the night!

I hope you enjoyed this 1920’s inspired look. Next Thursday, we will travel back to the 1930’s for an everyday look.

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38 Replies to “Makeup Through the Decades: the Roaring Twenties”

  1. You look super-super stunning! You really should do this makeup more often – it suits you! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks hun! I loved your look too πŸ™‚

  2. Gorgeous 1920’s inspired makeup look! Great job!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  3. Very pretty! Love your dress too!
    <3 Kastles

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  4. I die for that lip color! Amazing!

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ It is Sad Girl by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I got it for my birthday and I have been OBSESSED!!!

  5. It is perfection! Love it!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  6. I love the 20’s!! It is one of my favorite decades!! πŸ™‚ your makeup looks amazing, can’t wait to see the movie Age of Adeline!


    1. I love everything about the 20s!!!! Thank you so much for commenting and stopping by πŸ™‚

  7. You pulled this look off impeccably! xx, Ada

    1. Thank you so much, Ada! I’m glad you stopped by πŸ™‚

  8. Stunning and perfect time for this! You should be in a magazine with this look! Congrats on the link up!! xoxo A
    The Miller Affect

    1. Thanks Amanda! πŸ™‚ Being a part of your linkups definitely helped me figure out how to go about doing one.

  9. You’re the perfect little doll!


    1. Thank you Elle! I love your blog name. So cute!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you!!! πŸ™‚ New one on Thursday, hope you’ll stop by again!

  10. I love this look, the eyes to the dark lip, stunning!
    XOXO Betsy

    1. Thanks Betsy πŸ™‚

  11. Oh my word, you are looking so classic and stunning! Breathtaking, really! XO


    1. Thank you Anna πŸ™‚

  12. I love that you mixed a tutorial and a little bit of history together. Your makeup is stunning!


    1. Thanks Brenda, I loved writing this post πŸ™‚

  13. You look gorgeous! The 20’s style is actually one of my favorites!
    xo, Kyla – KyMarieC

    1. Thanks Kyla, mine too πŸ™‚

  14. love your take on the 20s makeup!!

    1. Thanks Elle! I love your Youtube channel πŸ™‚

  15. Love the lippy color! Gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, I love it too πŸ™‚

  16. Aww, you look beautiful! Love the history lesson thrown in there!

    To Hell In A Handbag

    1. Thank you Rachel! πŸ™‚

  17. I love this idea, and all of the explanation behind it. And it looks wonderful on you!

    Jessica Doll

    1. Thanks Jessica πŸ™‚

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