Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Makeup Look of the Day: The Flapper


Josephine Baker

Another '20s look, the Flapper is undoubtedly the most iconic look of that decade.  Along with the help of a few non-cosmetic accessories, this look is dependent upon an almost-black smoky eye and a dark lip.  No powder or blush are used. Just black pencil liner on top and bottom of eyes, charcoal eyeshadow around the entire eye, and some black mascara to top it off.  For lips, I used a dark berry toned lipstick, which was very popular in that era.  My only regret is not having gone a bit heavier on the charcoal shadow both in the crease of the lid and under the eye for a really smoky effect.


Jordana eyeliner in Onyx
Despite what you may have heard, smoky eyes are not a trend-- they are here to stay!  Therefore, it's worthwhile to have the right tools for it.  How you choose to apply the look is your call.  You can go heavy, light, or somewhere in between.  It's up to you if you want to use just an eyeliner or shadow, or both of them together.  If you use an eyeliner (alone or with shadow), make sure it's a pencil liner instead of liquid since a liquid cannot be smudged without looking like a complete mess.  The eyeliner I used was Jordana Kohl Kajal eyeliner in Onyx (only $0.99 at drugstores).  And the charcoal shadow came as part of a quartet by L'bel Paris eyeshadow quartet in Fantaisie, which unfortunately has been discontinued.

L'Bel Paris eyeshadow quartet, Fantaisie

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