How to: Get the 1920s Flapper Look
Tue, 4 December 2012 3:01PM
When it comes to TV obsessions, I don’t do Dexter, I’ve never been privy to Breaking Bad and I’m still in the throes of scheduling time for Game of Thrones.
But Mad Men? Done it. Twice. Downton Abbey season 3 is already downloaded, and for the past few nights I’ve been kicking back and gluing my face – almost literally – to the iPad so as not to miss a mere second of HBO drama, Boardwalk Empire.
Set in 1920s New Jersey, Boardwalk Empire pays homage to the Flapper; think kiss curls, even complexions, blood red lips, powdery scents and perfect nails.
Although the plotline is more aligned with the goings on of gangsters during prohibiton, who can go past a woman who wields her lipstick like a wily weapon?
With the added buzz on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby getting a release date, and Channel Nine’s Underbelly Squizzy slated for 2013, well, it seems that the roaring ’20s are really quite the rage. Although I’m nearly 100 years too late, here’s how I figure the lovely flapper look can be contemporised for today.
First, the inspiration, courtesy of Emmy Rossum …
Now for the how-to …
Hair: Keep hair sleek with a gentle wave. So feminine! And much easier to DIY than the traditional finger waves. Lightweight shampoos prep hair best for such a style. Follow with a heat-protecting mist, such as Keratinology by Sunsilk Advanced Reconstruction Program Heat Protector Spray, $13.99, from pharmacies. Part the hair on the side from above the middle of the eyebrow. “With the fuller side of the part, use small tongs to take one inch sections and tong the hair into the part line, pinning it in place until it cools,” advises leading hairdresser, Barney Martin “ Don’t touch the hair when it is still warm otherwise it will end up a frizzy mess.” When the curls are completely cold, remove the pins and loosen with your fingers before brushing with a soft bristle brush to blend them together. Finish with a lightweight hairspray and pin everything up at the back so you have a faux-bob effect, a little like Lauren Conrad’s:
Skin: Many of the women portrayed in Boardwalk Empire are Irish immigrants, which means that skin is paler than pale. Back in the day, sun exposure was passé and to not wear a hat was to not be a lady, so the sun rarely got to settle on the skin for very long, if at all. To recreate this porcelain perfection, go for a coverage that keeps skin fresh, rather than flaky, and evenly pale such as Shiseido The Makeup Stick Foundation, $67, from department stores.
Eyes: Eyes were defined, but not at all daring. The garish makeup was left to the dames of the dance halls (AKA prostitutes). Anyone else wore her eyes soft and unassuming. To this day, the natural eye remains a favourite of mine, especially when bright lips are left to shine. Your best bet for a 1920s-inspired look that’s right for now is a duo or trio option that you can layer, like Stila Eyeshadow Trio in Bella, $32, Mecca Cosmetica.
Lips: In Boardwalk Empire, the actress’s lips are perfectly flush, but it was more the shape of 1920s pouts that stole the show, as emphasising the cupid’s bow of the top lipline was a huge trend. To keep the look youthful and modern, go for a berry stain. Try Napoleon Lip Pencil in Pinot Noir, $28, 1800 814 572, or Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint in Berry Burst, $19.95, from pharmacies, for a natural, non-budge hue.
What do you think, Primpettes? Do you like to get back to the classics on occasion?
Do you think a version of this is the go for you?
Or would you rather attempt the Charleston?
Posted by: ecb