06. Makeup of the 1920's - Lecture

1920's Makeup Roaring 20's, Flapper

1920's Foundation & Blush

During the early twenties cream or ivory colored face powder was used by most women. Later in the middle of the twenties a powder corresponding to the nature hue of skin - perhaps a nuance brighter - came in fashion. For rouge the colors rose, raspberry, and around 1925 also orange were popular.

1920's Lips

From the middle of the twenties on lips were colored in deep red, deep brownish reds, plum and orange. The shades changed later at the end of the twenties. Colors like rose, raspberry and medium red were new trend. Lipstick was applied as a "Cupid's-Bow" (Armor's Bow) to the upper lip. Also the lower lip was exaggerated a bit and the width of the lips de-emphasized a little.

1920's Eyes

Usually eyes were held quite dark. To get this effect the whole eye was edged with a black eyeliner and then the margins blurred easily. The eyelid shadow was often painted in dark gray. Besides gray, colors like turquoise and green were also in fashion. To further emphasis of eyes eyelashes were also painted black. Very popular were thin, black and downward sloping eyebrows which were inked with a black or brown eyeliner.

"Flapper"

The dictionary defines a flapper as - "A young woman, especially one in the 1920s, who showed disdain for conventional dress and behavior." That is, conventional in the 1920s. The style came around after the first world war, and women were tired of trying to conform to society's idea of normal - women were gaining more independence (e.g. being given the right to vote), and the face of America was changing! Flappers were most commonly known for their dancing, drinking, smoking, wearing a lot of makeup, and a love of films. Almost all flappers had bobbed hair, dated frequently, and stopped wearing their corsets (which were social norms in the 1910s.) Flapper's had a very distinctive dress sense - it was like nothing else around in the 1920s. Go out to your local clothes shops, boutiques, thrift stores and vintage stores, or click on eBay or a specialist vintage retailer, and try to find these items.

The Roaring 20's

The Roaring Twenties is a term sometimes used to refer to the 1920s, characterizing the decade's distinctive cultural edge in New York, Paris, Berlin,  London and many other major cities during a period of sustained economic prosperity. "Normalcy" returned to politics in the wake of hyper-emotional patriotism during WWI, jazz music blossomed,and Art Deco peaked. The media focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie stars, as cities rooted for their home team and filled the new palatial cinemas and gigantic stadiums. By the middle of the decade, prosperity was widespread, with the second half of the decade later becoming known as the "Golden Twenties". The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of discontinuity associated with modernity and a break with traditions. In most major countries women were given the vote for the first time. Finally the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ended the era, as the Great Depression set in worldwide, bringing years of worldwide gloom and hardship.