By: Contributing Writer—Janine Silver
With the release of Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby, the roaring 20’s are back in the spotlight. Glamorous jewelry, dropped-waisted dresses, and even a little bit of fringe can be found while combing the racks at your favorite department store, but it’s those kohl rimmed eyes and berry stained lips which have us really excited.
"It is all about a ﬂawless complexion, well-groomed brows, fab lashes and of course, a perfect pout! No need to pile on the makeup to emulate a certain era.
Stick to the essentials and remember that makeup is a balancing act,” announces Maggie Ford Danielson of Beneﬁt Cosmetics.
For an authentic ultra-glamorous Jazz Age look, just like anything else, you need to start with a ﬂawless complexion. Ricky Wilson (Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist) recommends starting with a lightweight foundation and a nice radiance enhancing makeup base (which will correct undertones and smooth out your skin.) You can add a touch of ﬂush to your cheeks with a light blush, but keep it minimal as the 20’s were all about emphasizing the lips and eyes.
For glamorous 1920’s “panda” eyes keep in mind that it’s all about the exaggerated shape and layering eye pencils with shadows. “I always start by using a concealer all over the eye and even taking it into the brows a bit because it helps when drawing the brow and making them appear thinner. Next, I use a soft textured waterproof eye liner and start by kohl rimming the eyes. I take the same liner and load a decent amount on a smudge brush and trace the crease of the eye. This creates depth and makes the shadow look even better and wear longer. After getting the shape with the pencil I just add black and dark brown shadows following the outline I created with the liner. I love the Dior Mono shadows for this, the black one is a staple,” suggests Wilson.
Top the look off with a great mascara to accentuate the lashes. For false eyelashes in a tube, Maggie & Annie Ford Danielson propose trying “They’re Real” mascara by Beneﬁt. "It really opens up the eyes by giving lashes a dramatic base-to-tip curl," insists the Ford Danielson sisters.
Another deﬁning characteristic of the times were thin dark slightly downward slopping eyebrows. If you’re not ready to pluck away and fully commit, the concealer you worked up into your brows makes for a great cheat. Wilson encourages adding a little lose powder to help set it. For Wilson, the easiest product to use is the Diorshow Brow Styler. “I like it because the tip is very ﬁne so you can get a nice thin brow with little effort.”
Last but not least you need a delectable pout. Wilson advocates, “(Applying) Dior’s Skinﬂash pen over the entire mouth as a base. This product works really well
if you need to reshape the lip to emphasize the cupid’s bow. It also help to ﬁll in any lines on or around the mouth for a more polished look.”
However, don’t forget to make sure your lips are hydrated. The Ford Danielson sisters remind us that when using a bright color or highly pigmented lipstick on dry lips, the color will bleed!
"Next I start with a deep shade of Dior Contour lip pencil," explains Wilson. If you aren’t a pro with lining, one simple trick is to apply the lip liner with a ﬁrm lip brush, which will also create a softer application. "I always start in the center of the lip concentrating on the bow of the mouth and working my way to the outer corners. Also you want to make more than just a thin line when you use lip liner to help the lipstick wear longer. For this look I also recommend using a lip brush with the lipstick instead of applying it directly from the tube for precision."
—Stay Beautiful Ladies!