Revisiting the 1920’s Makeup Trends and Looks

07/20/11 6:10 am | Comments (0) | Posted By: leeorlian

“Comme le garcon” which translates into “like the boy” is the look that defined the 1920’s makeup. This was the time for women’s liberation and this period saw the women stepping into their bold and bad (as it was considered by the more conservative population) avtaars. Women broke the moulds of convention and stepped out with the firm resolution of re-defining their existence. Therefore, they chopped their hair, smoked and drank in public, and dated without reserve. The masculine appeal was the in thing and it was complemented by loads and loads of makeup.

Stepping out in the Open

Before the 1920s, women did wear cosmetics, but they were a lot more discreet about it. Their makeup kits, powder puffs, and rouge pots were kept hidden away from their husbands and fathers since displaying them in public was not considered genteel behavior. However, with the flapper era things changed dramatically. Makeup for the 1920s women was more than simply a means to look good; it was a statement they were making to the society. Flappers applied makeup unabashedly in public; in fact, they probably took pride in doing so. Portable makeup containers made of precious metals and inlaid with jewels became a rage of this time and very much a part of the 1920’s makeup and attire

Eye Make up in the 1920s

1920’s eye makeup was extremely dramatic and intense, with a liberal application of dark eye shadow. Eyebrows were very, very thin. In fact, it was a fashion among women to pluck out the entire eyebrow and pencil in a false one, higher than the original brows. Kohl was also an essential component of the 1920’s make up for the eyes, and sometimes, it would be made from ingredients such as goose fat, soot, or lead. This mixture was applied all around the eyes and smudged for a more dramatic look. Mascara was available in blocks in the 20s and before application, it had to be heated. Finally, false eyelashes styled with mascara also became a rage during this period.

Face Powder & Blusher Rouge

Before the 1920s, the more acceptable shades of face powder were pale whites and muted ivories. However, during the flapper era, slightly more natural shades of face powder started becoming acceptable. Blusher, or rouge as it was known back then, was available in many forms – creams, liquids, and powders. Sometimes, even paper was used to apply color to the cheeks. Orange rouge became the popular color among women.

Lips in the 1920’s

Lips formed an essential part of the 1920’s makeup. Red and few other shades of this color were all that was available during this time. When lipstick was applied, women took care to apply it slightly above their natural lip lines, for both their upper as well as lower lips. Many a times, they would even line their lips with the help of liquid rouge, if they were in the mood to create more drama.

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