Get into the 1920s look

FUELLED by the Great Gatsby blockbuster to be released on May 16, the beauty world is getting into a flap about flappers.

Perfectly rouged lips, pin curls and sultry eyes — the society gal style inspired by the likes of character Daisy Buchanan is a history lesson in retro chic.

“These glamorous looks reflect the confident, sultry yet coy image that women aspired to during this period,” says Hannah Wing, author of new book Vintage Beauty Parlour.

“They’re guaranteed to look amazing under the warm glow of candlelight in your nearest jazz cafe.”

Simply accessorise with flapper dress and Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike for the ultimate 1920s ensemble.


You don’t need a full hair and make-up team to recreate the big screen looks as sported by actresses Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher.

In fact, women who couldn’t afford make-up in the Twenties often used burned matchstick debris mixed with petroleum jelly to darken their lashes and crushed flower petals to concoct cheek and lip tints.

Slather on the SPF and step away from the self-tan to create an authentic 1920s glow. “Sun-kissed skin was championed in the latter part of the decade but pale skin was fashionable throughout the Twenties,” says Wing.

Make-up was mostly dramatic, with emphasis on either block colour eyeshadow in dark shades of grey or green, or a small, full doll-like lip defined with a dark colour.

“Elfin hairstyles worn close to the head were the height of fashion during the decade, with women chopping off tresses in favour of a controversial bobbed haircut,” explains Wing.


If in doubt, fake it... It’s a Twenties trick that celebrities are still using on the red carpet to this day to create a shock ‘have-they-or-haven’t-they’ factor as to whether they’ve had the chop.

“Use the ’faux bob’ to sneakily disguise long, flowing locks without having to cut off your tresses,” says Wing. Here’s how to feign short hair:

* Before styling, set the hair using large heated rollers, curling under and taking care to lift the roots. When set, remove the rollers and divide the hair into sections, one on either side of the parting, one at the crown of the head and one at the hairline behind each ear.

* Hold each section in place with clips. Starting with the sections behind each ear, backcomb the hair very lightly from the roots, getting heavier towards the ends of the hair.

* Release the section pinned at the crown and gently comb the back section upwards from the roots. Secure the hair with hair grips above nape of the neck, slightly overlapping them in a horizontal line.

* Using your fingers, roll the back section of hair under to create a large roll all across the back of the head. Pin the hair on the inside of the roll to secure it in place.

* Take one of the side sections of hair and roll it under across one side of the head. Pin the hair on the inside of the roll under the ear to secure it.

* Repeat with the other side of the hair, then pin all the way around on the inside of the rolls with hair grips. Smooth the hair down with a comb so that the bob shape is even all the way around. A coat of hairspray achieves a smooth finish.


“For an authentic 1920s evening look, create the luscious illusion of Cupid’s bow lips in a deep shade of plum,” Wing suggests, using these how-to steps:

* Using a foundation brush, apply foundation over the entire lip area. Stretch your lips to blend the foundation into the creases to create an even surface.

* Use a deep red or plum lip liner to subtly decrease the width of your natural lip line. Draw the outline of the Cupid’s bow onto the lips, pronouncing the rise and fall of the centre of the top lip. Join the top and bottom lines so that your lips appear smaller.

* Fill in the Cupid’s bow shape using the lip liner.

* Apply a dark shade of red or plum matte lipstick with a lip brush for precision. Blot the lips with a tissue to remove any excess and apply a second coat of lipstick. Blot again to finish.


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