Step back in time to the dazzling era of the 1920s, where glamour, exuberance, and jazz filled the air. The Roaring Twenties brought about a revolution in fashion and beauty, and if you’re planning to attend a Gatsby-themed party or simply want to channel the spirit of the 1920s, mastering the makeup trends of the era is essential. In this blog, we’ll dive into the color palettes, techniques, and trends that will transport you to the world of flappers and speakeasies. Get ready to unleash your inner Daisy Buchanan!

Faces from 1920s magazines, showing the flushed rosy cheeks and smooth complexion.

Excerpt from Princess Pat’s booklet “Devoted to Beauty” (1926).

Foundation: Flawless and Porcelain Complexion The 1920s embraced a porcelain-like complexion, reflecting the desire for a fair and ethereal look. To achieve this, begin by applying a light-colored foundation or powder to even out your skin tone. The goal is to create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup, so focus on achieving a flawless finish.

Eyes: Sultry, Smoky, and Mysterious When it comes to 1920s eye makeup, think smoldering and dramatic. The iconic smoky eye was the go-to style for flappers. Start by applying a neutral base shade all over your eyelids, then use a dark, sultry shade like charcoal, deep browns, or purples in the crease and outer corners to create depth. Extend the eyeshadow slightly beyond the natural crease to achieve that signature smoky look.

Clara Bow’s eyebrows were drawn sloping below her natural browline.

Louise Brooks with straight brows.

For a truly mesmerizing gaze, line your upper lash line with a bold black eyeliner, extending it slightly outward for an elongated effect. Thin, arched eyebrows were all the rage, so pluck or shape your brows accordingly and use a pencil to create a defined, arching shape.

George Hoyningen-Huene Josephine Baker, 1929


Cheeks: Radiant and Rosy To mimic the youthful and vibrant flush of flapper cheeks, opt for a subtle yet rosy blush. Choose soft pink or peach tones and apply them lightly on the apples of your cheeks. The goal is to create a natural and healthy glow rather than heavy contouring.

Lips: Bold, Defined, and Seductive No 1920s makeup look is complete without bold and defined lips. The Cupid’s bow shape was the epitome of 1920s lip trends.

Start by outlining

your lips with a lip pencil, accentuating the

bow shape. Fill in your lips with a vibrant, attention-grabbing shade like deep red, berry, or even a daring plum. Embrace the richness and intensity of color to create a powerful pout.

Finishing Touches: Sparkle and Shine The 1920s were all about embracing the glitz and glamour. Add a touch of sparkle to your makeup by using a shimmery highlighter on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your cupid’s bow. Don’t be afraid to go all out with accessories like feathered headbands, rhinestone hair clips, and statement earrings to complete your Gatsby-inspired look.

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the 1920s with these makeup trends that perfectly capture the spirit of the era. From the flawless porcelain complexion to the sultry smoky eyes and bold, defined lips, each element contributes to the allure of a true flapper. So, grab your feather boa, slip into your sequined gown, and let your makeup transport you to the Roaring Twenties. Get ready to party like Gatsby himself!

1920’s inspiration Make-up by @victorialyn