Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Great Gatsby Inspired Makeup

The Great Gatsby was one of the most eagerly awaited films of the past few years and unsurprisingly it's been immensely popular with ticket sales going through the roof. One of the best literary classics of all time written by the genius American author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Set in the roaring '20s during the prohibition, the plot circulates around fortune, idealism, social upheaval and the lengths people will go for love. The novel spells the story of the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a young man of extreme wealth and status and his infatuation with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby throws giant and luxurious parties, where 'men and women flock like moths' in an array of high fashion and glamour.

The 1920 is famous as the 'flapper' era- brimming with tassels, feathers, diamonds and head dresses. The makeup was bold, glamorous and seductive. Eyes were accentuated with dark smokey eye shadow to give a enthralling 'doe eyed' look that men just coundn't pass. Lipstick was bold, dark and classic - reds and plums that ooze a velvet texture.
The height of 1920 style - smokey eyes, dark lipsticks accompanying no-end of feathers and glitz  
For smokey eyes look no further than Bobbi Brown's Eyeshadow Palletes. We love these dark, dusky grey colours complete with those professional brushes for high class application! Use the darker tones towards the outide of the eye to create that catlike effect, adding the lighter shimmer grey towards the inside towards your nose! Gently blend the colours over your eye with your index finger, just to create a beautifully smooth 'tie-die' effect, rather then a block finish.
Here you can see the effect of the darker shades, blending with the softer grey to open the eye and create that classic 1920 flapper look.
 You can't go wrong with a MAC lippy. They come in so many shades it can take hours to decide on 'the one'. For the 1920 look we vote in favour of 'Diva' a luxurious deep red tone, so typical of that era.

MAC Lipstick in 'Diva' screams glamour and should be a makeup staple! To soften the colour for day time wear, why not add a very slight base of concealer to the lip before application?

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