Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Great Gatsby Inspired Make-up for the Beginner

Dress-up parties can be a lot of fun but at the same time they can be overwhelming. You don't want to be the person who looks like they haven't tried to dress-up, but you don't want to be the person who looks ridiculous either...This look is perfect for those who want to spend the minimum amount of money and get the most out of their products without buying a pile of make-up that will never be used again.

First lets think about what was popular in the 1920's and what is appropriate for a 'Great Gatsby' theme:

  • Complexions were fair. 
  • Eyes were bold and smoky. 
  • Lips were dark, think plums and reds. 
  • Mascara was a must have. 
  • Headpieces with feathers and/or jewels were a must have! 
Without spending a lot of money on products you might only use once for the party you can create a great 1920's Great Gatsby make-up look.


The most important accessory for the perfect Great Gatsby dress-up outfit is the headpiece! I love the 'Rhea Headband*' from Irresistible Me. It has a gorgeous mix of rhinestones and pearls, is super comfortable to wear and sits nicely on your head. The headband feels strong and is good quality, especially for the price.


Complexions were fair so stay away from the bronxer and reach for a subtle rosy pink blush. Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks. I'm loving Maybelline's Master Hi-Lighting Blush in 'Pink Rose' at the moment for a subtle and flawless pink glow on the cheeks.


To create the perfect Great Gatsby eye look think "the more smoky the better". The Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in 'Slate 615' is a dark gunmetal with blue undertones. Colour in your eye lid and then using a finger blend it out. Repeat  until you have desired level of colour. You can then pat onto the lid  some gunmetal eyeshadow if you like. I used the shadow on the far right from Chi Chi's 'Nudes' palettes. I took the shade on the far left to blend everything out. You can extend this look if you are an eye-shadow pro but at the bare minimum you can just blend out the Nyx pencil and then do mascara. You can add in a navy blue or green eyeshadow for an extra pop if you want to. So as I mentioned a minute ago, you will want to emphasise your lashes with lots of mascara. I love the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. You can also extend this look by adding some black eyeliner. 


Deep red and plum lips were all the rage in the 20's. If you don't typically wear plum or red lipsticks you can buy some really nice and cheap ones from Priceline. If you don't want that dark lip you can try 'I feel Pretty' from Essence (around $4). It's a more sheer alternative that will give you juicy red lips. If you are buying a lipstick for the sole purpose of the dress-up party, instead of the matching lip liner, opt for the Innoxa Invisible Lip Shaper. You can use this lip liner with any lipstick!


Bold and thin. Pencil them on!!!

*Product provided for honest review. 

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