Here’s how to make up lips and nails like a 1920s Flapper girl.
- Matte lipstick
- Lipstick brush
- French manicure nail guides/punch hole repair stickers
- Clear base coat
- Nail varnish without glimmer or shimmer.
The colours used on lips throughout the ‘20s were traditionally browny reds, deep reds, plums and oranges. Rose, raspberry and medium reds became more trendy later in the decade. It is important that lips are covered with foundation, as the desirable look for lips is known as “Cupid’s Bow.”
To achieve this, look a sharp lip-liner that is the same colour as the lipstick colour is a must. Start with the lip-liner on the top lip, in the middle where the natural lip line bends in. Exaggerate the line upwards over the natural lip line by about 2mm. Draw a curve that finishes where the lips part about 3mm in from the edge of your mouth. Repeat on the other side.
On the bottom lip begin drawing the lip-liner from where the top lip-liner ends. Draw a curve to meet the other side of your mouth, exaggerating from the natural line in the middle of your bottom lip.
Using a lipstick brush fill in the lip liner neatly and layer the colour if you feel it appropriate. Glosses and lipsticks with shimmer had not been invented so a matte colour is more relevant to the decade.
If you really want to be accurate, a 1920s manicured nail look is a subtle way of showing dedication. In the ‘20s nails were only painted in the centre, leaving the half moon and the tip bare. This generally helped the nail varnish last longer and, since it is incredibly difficult to do yourself, showed you had the money to pay for a manicure. They were also filed into a round edge, which is more delicate by nature, and therefore showed the individual didn’t do manual work. Colours used were more often roses, reds and oranges, but there has been some evidence of use of a peacock green colour.
In this day and age, it would be best to have this done by a professional manicurist. Prices are relatively cheap and it’s almost guaranteed a better finish. However, if you do want to attempt to do this without a manicurist, don’t do it freehand.
Before painting the nails make sure the cuticles are removed and pushed back, and coat the whole of the nail in a clear base coat. French manicure sticker guides can be used to cover the half moon and tip. However sometimes these simply aren’t sticky enough, so punch hole repair stickers tend to be better.
After the base coat is dry, place these over the half moon and tip and ensure they are completely stuck on leaving no gaps. If using punch hole repair stickers, you will have to cut them in half so that it fits the tip of your nail. Take the nail varnish and wipe the brush on the edge of the bottle so that the brush has as little nail varnish on it as possible. If the brush is too wet, the nail varnish still somehow manages to creep under the sticky guides.
Paint the nails and apply as many coats as desired. Wait until the nail varnish is completely dry before removing the sticky guides and coat the whole of the nail in a top coat.