A few weeks ago I was browsing the thrift store, and I found the perfect dress for a 20s flapper costume. Lucky for me, Halloween was just around the corner, so it wasn't sitting in my closet for too long before I had a chance to break it out and glam up with some good ol' fashon 1920s fun!
Items to create a Roaring 20s look:
- Shift dress - in the 20s, women would actually bind their chest down to create more of a straight line look. I learned that my great grandmother used to do this when she was going out anywhere, and that it was a real struggle for her due to her ample figure. Benefits of already being small chested, I didn't have to do anything the create a flat board look. WIN!
- The hair: a popular look was a cropped bob and bangs- I was finally able to use the wig I bought on a whim this year, and it worked out perfectly for this.
- Makeup: Dark and bold, which contrasts the dress I used nicely
- The accessories: a string of pearls (or in my case, costume jewelry), and either a scarf or other headdress to accent the cropped hair
Now, onto how I did my makeup for this look:
- Start with a clean, well moisturized face. I used both foundation and powder to create this look, so I needed all the moisture I could get.
- Next, create a smoky eye. I did my top lid in gray, and swept it lightly onto the bottom lid. I also added a small amount of white at the inner corner of my lids for some contrast
- Time to step up the brow game! My eyebrows are pretty thin already, so I just filled them in with a dark brown pencil so it would look more natural with the wig I was using
- Once my brows were filled in, I went back and smudged black liner on my upper lid and in the corners, along with some mascara. This would look great with a set of false lashes too, but sadly, all my glue was gone, so I had to stick with just the mascara.
- Add some blush to your cheeks, closer to the cheek bone instead of solely on the apples. I then outlined my lips with black lipstick, filled them with red, and brushed it on to smudge the lines out, creating a deeper red. I used a tip I'd heard of putting a small amount of coverup around the outline of your lips so the color is even more bold. I think it worked out really well (not that you can tell in these pictures as the lighting for this set was not what I'd been hoping for).
- Last step, add a beauty mark (if you feel like it), and throw on your wig (if you're using one), and/or whatever accessory you are using to accent your hair. Voila!
I found that when using a wig, no matter the style, a wig cap really does help keep all those little strays in place. I've used wigs before without anything, and noticed that I was tucking strays under the wig only minutes after putting it on. The wig cap I bought was only a dollar, so I think it was well worth it.
And if nothing else, it gave me something to laugh about when I put it on after completing my makeup. I may have spent a good ten minutes laughing at my heavily made up face and wig cap combo. I think I'd make a decent drag queen looking like this...
I had a lot of fun doing this look- though it's the first time I've tried it, so it could probably use some improvement.
Have you ever done a 20s costume? Anything different that you found worked better for makeup style or costume accessories?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and Happy Costuming! Stay Tuned for more Halloween Ideas throughout the month!