How To Get a Roaring Twenties Bridal Look

by Kristin Hull | April 18, 2012

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Lindsay Hartley preps a bride for her big day. Photo courtesy of Heather Essian Portrait Arts.

Thanks to makeup artist, Lindsay Hartley, for answering this week’s reader question:

I’m having a formal nighttime wedding with a 1920’s/art deco theme. How can I wear my make-up to reflect that era but still keep it wedding-appropriate?

The 1920’s were full of good times and glamour. Here’s how to get the look without overdoing it.


  1. Exfoliate skin to create a smooth canvas for foundation. Planet Beach Contempo Spa has an amazing Polish, an all natural exfoliate with menthol that refreshes the skin.
  2. Cleanse face to remove shine. Cetaphil is a good gentle cleanser.
  3. Apply a makeup primer. I recommend Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer. It smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and will help your makeup last throughout the evening.
  4. Apply a foundation.  To achieve the clean fresh bridal glow, my go-to foundation and powder is the Smashbox High Definition collection.
  5. Apply blush to your cheekbones. First use a cream blush and then add a powder blush on top of the cream to hold in color. My favorite cream and powder blush is by NARS in the color Orgasm.

Eyebrows: The brows of the 1920s were very high, thin and usually drawn in with a pencil. For a more natural look, choose a powder shadow, apply it with a brush, and use a wax to seal it and tame stray hairs. Try using the Too Faced Brow Envy Shaping & Defining Kit.

Eyes: The eye makeup of the 1920s was generally very dark; smudged black liner and grey eye shadows were used, the “smokey eye” of today. To give a modern bridal twist to the art deco eye, go light on the eye shadow and instead create emphasis with liner and lashes. For a defined winged cat eye, use a liquid liner. Smashbox has an easy to use limitless waterproof liquid liner pen. For a little glamor, apply false lashes, preferably a style that flare’s on the ends. Try Ardell strip lashes in style Babies. Coat top and bottom lashes with a black mascara. My pick is Dior’s DiorShow Black Out Waterproof Mascara.

Lips: Lipstick in the twenties was applied as a “Cupid’s Bow” to the upper lip and the lower lip was exaggerated a bit. The width of both lips was de-emphasized. For a modern twist, apply liner to the natural shape of your lips, fill in the entire top and bottom lip with the liner to help your color stay, then add a cream lipstick—think deep red, rose, raspberry or medium red. Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!

5 Responses to “How To Get a Roaring Twenties Bridal Look”

  • Denielle | April 18, 2012 | Reply

    Lindsay is always spot on with her advice! She has done my makeup for different events and she is awesome!

  • Hannah | April 18, 2012 | Reply

    Lindsay Hartley is one of the best makeup artists in Dallas. She did my makeup for my bridals and wedding (9 bridesmaids included), as well as, numerous other friends. We ALL looked amazing throughout the evening. She is a true makeup talent.

  • Pam Hart | April 19, 2012 | Reply

    Lindsay did my make up for my wedding and I loved it! It was very hot and my make up stayed on all day and night. Thanks Lindsay.

  • Jordan | April 20, 2012 | Reply

    Lindsay did the makeup for a wedding my girlfriend was in. Wouldn’t stop about how good her makeup looked yada yada (she did look hot). I’m sure she will be giving Lindsay a call once I pop the question.

  • Brynn | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    Lindsay is an absolute natural at making a girl look their best! She did my makeup at my wedding along with 10 bridesmaids and everyone looked stunning! Love her and would recommend to anyone!!!!