April 18, 2013

gatsby’s great makeup

Great Gatsby Makeup

The iconic makeup style associated with the 1920’s is: dark, dramatic eyes, cupid bow lips, pale, matte complexion and curved brows, but it didn’t start out that way.

High society women never wore than the occasional dusting of face powder as only prostitutes and actresses wore makeup regularly, but it soon progressed to a wash of pale earthy colours on the eyes. Silent films ushered in a little thing called a ‘celebrity’ which brought with it the dramatic makeup style that era is now best known.

I’ve recently become interested in perfecting the little-to-no makeup look because not only does it allow for a radiant complexion to take center stage, but more importantly it gives me time in to indulge in a little more beauty rest. The focus of this Great Gatsby makeup tutorial is therefore on Carey Mulligan’s soft look which is easily achieved with a few green beauty* products:

flawless complexion

The most important element to achieving the soft 1920’s look is to start off with a fresh, healthy, porcelain complexion. Ensure your skin is well moisturized and only apply concealer where needed.

doe eyes

beauty item #1: apply the lightest shade in the Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye shadow Sundown trio all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone; apply the next darkest shade over the eyelid, stopping at the crease; finally apply the darkest shade to the corner of the top eyelid and blend into the crease. Blending is key to creating a soft look while still giving the eye some depth.

beauty item #2: draw a thin line with Aveda’s petal essence eye definer in cacao along the upper lash line and gently smudge with a q-tip

beauty item #3: apply one coat of your favourite mascara. To really channel the 1920’s  apply a few individual false lashes in the centre of the upper lid to emphasize a round ‘doe eye’ shape; using them on the outer corners would create a more 40’s or 50’s winged effect.

blushing cheeks

beauty item #4: to get Carey’s flirty, flushed look apply a dab of Ilia Multi-Stick in Tenderly to the centre of the apples of your cheeks and blend in a circular outward motion. Remember to blend colour only to the area where you naturally blush.

rose-bud lips

beauty item #5: finally, swipe a sheer red gloss like Revolution Organics Lip Gloss in Freedom on your lips and voila your done!

*All products listed pass my vigorous green beauty scrutiny, except Smashbox’s Full Exposure mascara. It is formulated without parabens, but it could be better. I listed it only because while I’m on the hunt for a great green beauty mascara this is my top choice for it’s overall performance.

  • Maria @ Orchard Bloom

    Apparently ILIA has a new mascara that people are liking. I haven’t tried it myself though. RMS is also coming out with a mascara this summer!

    • thanks for the tip Maria! I’ll definitely have to try it out; I’m also looking forward to the release of their lip crayon 🙂

  • Alicia

    Love the step-by step!

  • Margaret Ann

    Love the 1920’s makeup styles! Another fabulous ‘how-to’, thanks!