From Boardwalk Empire to Downton Abbey to the remake of the Great Gatsby, the interest in Roaring 20s fashions has never been hotter. The 1920s was a liberating time for women, resulting in less restrictive clothing that downplayed a woman’s curves. And just like today, young women emulated celebrities, resulting in the popularity of make up looks worn by their favorite silver screen stars. This very feminine, dramatic look contrasted nicely with the looser, less curve revealing silhouettes.
To recreate the 1920s make up look you need dark, smoky, kohl-rimmed eyes, high thin eyebrows and heavily rouged cheeks, along with the iconic ‘cupid’s bow’ lip inspired by the actress, Clara Bow. Women would accentuate the curve of their upper lip – so it resembled a bow – and fill in their bottom lip to meet the top, almost like a permanent ‘kissy’ face. The vogue lip colors were plums and deep reds. There were even metal lip tracers to ensure women got that perfect ‘bow’ shape.
Below is a photo of the beautiful Clara Bow. Notice those adorable “cupid’s bow” lips?
This is a cute and entertaining video from the Glamourdaze YouTube channel of actress Colleen Moore and her flapper makeup routine in 1923.
I love cupid’s bow lips but I’m not sure I could pull off those eyebrows – what about you? Would you wear this look out on the town?