Face of the Day

fotd: festive flapper

December 23, 2017

As I mentioned on IG a few days ago, I recently lost a huge cache of photos and blog post content I’d been working on so please bear with me as I’m kind of starting from scratch here. Thankfully, I’ve been doing a makeup advent challenge (this same one) with some friends, which created the opportunity for new FOTD photos. Yay!

You can probably guess that this one was from yesterday, the 23rd – “20’s Inspired”.

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I went for a classic flapper look, or at least what we think of as a classic flapper look. Evidence suggests that women in the 1920’s didn’t actually wear such vampy hues; the film used to capture their images (and film processing methods) then just made the makeup seem much darker than it actually was.

I kept this somewhat in mind when picking my eyeshadow colours and opted for sparkly grey and purple shades rather than straight-up matte black. Because the ideal eye shape then was wide but down-turned and the outer corners, I went with a rounder placement of the shadow with a focus on darkening and “drawing up” the inner corners right under the start of my eyebrows to create that effect.

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I also smudged out just the outer half of my lower lashline to emphasize the down-turned shape. Eyebrows were elongated as well, with the tails extended downwards as well. As for the blush, I went with a lighter and more diffused application than what was typical of the time.

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Lastly, I drew in an exaggerated cupid’s bow on my upper lip and filled in everything with a dark berry shade. Most women would have drawn within their natural lip line to create the illusion of a smaller mouth, but if you already have a small mouth or want this look to be more wearable and less costume-y then my advice is to just fill everything in.

I actually think this could be a lovely holiday party look for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. The sparkly shadow and berry lips are dramatic but festive, and you could edit it down further by sticking with your natural brow and lip shapes to keep the look even more modern.

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Face: Chanel Gel Touch Foundation cushion in 10, Cle de Peau concealer in Ivory, Koh Gen Do loose powder // Cheeks: Cle de Peau cream blush in 02 Pale Fig // Eyes: SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyeshadow in EX-05 (no longer available – try a tiny dab of Tom Ford Cream Colour in Caviar), Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow in Delicate Hummingbird, Tarte Multi-tasker and Bombshell from the Tartlette palette, Heavy Rotation Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow in #40 Lips: NYX Lip Liner in Prune, Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Jon

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