by Kristin Hull | April 18, 2012
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.
- 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.
- Cleanse face to remove shine. Cetaphil is a good gentle cleanser.
- 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.
- Apply a foundation. To achieve the clean fresh bridal glow, my go-to foundation and powder is the Smashbox High Definition collection.
- 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!