Hello everyone! Welcome to my 2018 Halloween costume! This year was a lot of fun, as it was the first year in a while where I have gone all out for my costume. I’m often just too cheap, too lazy, or too busy to give it my all, but this year it really came together!
I actually have a friend who works at a costume shop, so I was able to buy or rent a lot of my costume from there. But, for the makeup and nails, that was up to me to make them authentic! So for today’s post, I’m going to walk you through how I did both, and what aspects make them authentic to the 1920’s flapper style!
During all of my research the overwhelming finding was that makeup in the 1920’s featured bold lips and eyes (at least in the evenings!), and very matte skin. After the first world war, there were fewer men available, therefore personal appearance became all about attracting a man by accentuating your features with makeup. It wasn’t just for trollops anymore! However, day-time makeup was much more subdued than what flappers wore in the evenings.
Most resources described the eye makeup of flappers to be dark and dramatic, with kohl-rimmed eyes and black eyeshadow, or eyeshadow that matched the colour of your eyes. Apparently Egyptian makeup was a big inspiration back then, which explains the sudden fascination with eyeliner. This all worked for me since I am a sucker for a dramatic eye look and some eyeliner!
To accomplish this look I used the following shades:
I created this look using the reverse blending method with my eyeshadow primer left tacky.
- I first applied S & M to the lowest parts of my crease and outer corner with a Hakuhodo J146. I mainly packed on this shade, with very little blending. This is a really beautiful deep purple that has great pigmentation.
- I then blended out the upper edges with Ashes using a Hakuhodo B142. This grey definitely has a blue undertone that mixed really beautifully with the purple. These two shades blended together really nicely.
- I blended the furthest edges with Trending Now to really finish off the crease with a Hakuhodo J5522. I swear that brush is magic at finishing off a blend.
- To deepen the outer corner a bit more I used Smoked Out on a Hakuhodo G5534.
- To prep for applying Jet Set to the lid, I applied the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Black Bean” all over the lid, and then the NYX Glitter Primer. I then pressed Jet Set on the lid with my finger, blending out the edges slightly with S & M.
- I then applied Opal to the inner corner to add a bit of brightness back.
To finish off the look I applied S & M lightly to the outer 3/4 of the lower lash line, blending it out. I then applied the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Black Bean” to the waterline and tight line, and blended it out on the lower lash line with Smoked Out, close to the lashes.
Intense lashes were also very much the style in this era, so I applied mascara and the Ardell 3D Faux Mink lashes in 852.
Pale skin was very much still in style back then, and apparently women used grease paint that was often even lighter than their already pale skin to give the appearance of wealth. So, I used one shade lighter than I usually would of the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation (120).
Apparently powder was a girl’s best friend in the 1920’s, as they preferred a very matte base. I have always been a fan of a matte base, but this means no highlighter! I made sure that I powdered heavily with the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder (Fair-Light 10), but I still used a setting spray after everything to make my skin look a bit more skin-like (just not my usual dewy setting spray).
For cheek products, only rouge was used, which is blush. One thing that I couldn’t give up was contour and bronzer, so I did apply those lightly. What can I say, this is authentic with a twist. For blush, they mainly used pink or red shades, so I used a berry-toned blush from my Sephora Collection Winter Flush Blush Palette from last year (sorry, but this isn’t available anymore). The key to blush was that they applied it onto to the apples of the cheeks in a circular fashion only, instead of draping it up onto the cheekbones like we do these days. My blush doesn’t really show up in these photos because I’m not a fan of being heavy-handed, so you’ll have to take my word on it. And again, because matte was the style, no highlighter!
Eyebrows back in the 1920’s became thinner and thinner as plucking was coming into style. I already keep my eyebrows pretty thin, so they suited this. They also liked to make their eyebrows more intense, so I filled mine in like usual (I used ABH Dipbrow in Medium Brown). Ladies also apparently drew the tails of their eyebrows down a lot further than we do these days, so I did extend mine a bit further than usual, but not too far. I didn’t want to look too crazy lol.
Lastly, matte red lips with a defined cupid’s bow was the trend. For this I used the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in “Lost”, making sure to accentuate my cupid’s bow. Apparently many ladies also drew their top lip so that it didn’t extend as far out as the natural lip line, giving the overall lips a more rounded, pouty look. I avoided this as I thought it wouldn’t be so attractive on me.
The most popular nail style in the 1920’s was the double moon, where only the middle of the nail was painted. This allowed ladies to simultaneously avoid chipping and show that they were wealthy enough to afford a manicure since this clearly wasn’t an “easy DIY” back then. I suppose they didn’t have our supplies, since it is certainly an easy DIY today!
The most common shades of nail polish were pinks and reds.
- For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
- Because my natural nails are quite stained, I decided to paint them a natural shade the night before. I did this in advance since this manicure requires completely dry/set nails. I used KL Polish Pinky, which is a nice sheer pink creme. If your nails are not stained, leaving them natural is more authentic.
- To create this manicure all you need are paper hole reinforcers and/or french tip guides. I used the hole reinforcers for the half moon by the cuticle, and the french tip guides for the moon at the tip of the nail. The reason why I used both was because I found that the french tip guides weren’t curved enough for the moon near my cuticle and resulted in more of a straight line. And the opposite was true for the tips of my nails, the reinforcers were too curved.
- Because you want to apply the polish when the stickers still have their maximum stickiness, I did one finger at a time. I started by cutting a paper hole reinforcer in half, and applied the curved edge on to the nail by the cuticle, so that it would create a half moon down from the cuticle. I then placed a french tip guide at the very tip of the nail, so it was curving up. Make sure you press down both stickers very firmly, and pay special attention to the edges of the nail since that is where the stickers are most likely to lift.
- After both stickers were applied, I painted the remaining free area on the center of my nail with a deep red polish, Orly Bus Stop Crimson. Any pink or red creme shade would be era appropriate.
- Remove both stickers immediately after painting the center portion. If any of the lines came out not as clean as you would like, you can use acetone on a brush to clean up if you did the design on bare nails, or just use a toothpick to scrape away at any excess if you are doing this on top of pre-painted nails.
- Once I had completed this on all of my nails, I made sure to wait quite a while for the design to dry to prevent bleeding when applying topcoat. I then applied a top coat to all of my nails, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
Well, that’s how I created this 1920’s Flapper look! In case you are curious, the beaded headband is from Michaels and was only $5. I personally hot-glued some white feathers onto the side, which were from Michaels as well.
What are you being for Halloween? Did you already go out this last weekend or are you dressing up for real Hallows eve?