Friday, 01 July 2016

Creating a 1930s Make-up Look

Each month, expert vintage hair and make-up artist Sarah Dunn of Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos will be creating a different vintage look, this month she shows how to create authentic 1930s make-up.

Hair-Mar06-06-1761930s make-up trends were heavily influenced by film stars like Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow who's fluffy hair, pencil thin eyebrows and defined red lips were much copied during this era.

Step 1 Foundation
Keep your base matte and light for this look, with a medium coverage liquid foundation set with powder. To help the foundation go on smoothly you can apply a good primer first to give a flawless finish.


Step 2 Brows

Brows during the 1930s got thinner still and become more rounded. Start by grooming your eyebrows with a brow brush/wand and then fill them in with an eyebrow pencil, making sure to taper off at the end for a sharp look.

Step 3 Eyeshadow
Eye make-up became more refined as tools and products improved and a wider choice of colours started to become available. For the base of this look use a shimmer shadow across the eyelid up to the crease. Then add a thin slick of eye-liner along the lash line and a couple of coats of mascara along the top and the bottom lashes. Here you could use natural looking fake lashes on the top lash line to enhance the look.

Try applying gel eye-liner with a very thin brush to get a really defined line.

Step 4 Blusher
Add a sweep of warm blusher to the cheeks and blend it in. To add extra definition to the face you can add a little bronzer along the cheekbone and a gleam of highlighter along the top of the cheekbone.

Step 5 Lipstick
After the shorter 'bee-stung' lip of the 1920s, the 1930s saw a filing out of the lips. The cupids bow was still the focus (sometimes even painted into points!) but now more even look was favoured. Cover the lips with foundation before you start, then draw the lip shape and fill them in completely with pencil before going over with your choice of lipstick. Rich, deep reds & plum shades work well for this era.



Use a tapered lip brush to give a precise, defined look and make lipstick application easier. It was during the 1930s that this tool became popular.

Article: Sarah Dunn for Twinwood Festival. Twinwood Festival is the UK's biggest vintage dance and music festival and takes place in Bedfordshire every August bank holiday. The festival encompasses music from the 1920s & 30s right up to the 60s with some of the best retro music and performers, as well as plenty of shopping and dancing.

Hair and make-up: Sarah's Doo-Wop Dos

Model: Charlotte White of Restoration Cake  

Photography: Jez Brown

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