|Helen Kane, epitome of the flapper look|
|a kind of creepy 1920s card|
|Helen Costello, an actress for Warner Bros. studios c. 1928|
|unknown model--check out those finger waves!|
|terrible webcam selfie! my '20s look: big round eyes, pouty lips, (faked) bob, finger waves|
|goofing off before our performance at the Somerville Theatre|
1. Minimize (but shape!) your hair
There are two major categories for flapper hair: round and a little frizzy or slick. Both are fake-able with long hair, it all depends on your hair texture and preferences.
|a slick wave|
|a sleek straight bob|
2. Finger waves!
The "S" wave is a classic part of flapper hair, and length doesn't matter! It's all about framing the face (and rocking your part, side or center).
Doing real finger waves is tricky, but super awesome! I cheated--not that you can tell, because my hair is curly and therefore doesn't look much different from usual. I created fake waves by brushing hairspray through my hair and using a wide-barrel curling iron. Starting at the scalp, I put the front section of hair on each side around the barrel, just enough so that the clip could close on top, and help it there for a moment. Once it seemed sufficiently rounded, I moved down the hair and repeated the procedure every other 2 inches or so. Curling every other bit gave the rippled effect of the wave without actually fighting my hair into finger waves.
3. Round wide eyes
(A) Line the top lid with black liner from inner corner to lid edge against the lash line. You can also stop a little before the outer corner to preserve a perfectly round shape.
(B) Line the bottom inner lid edge (above your bottom lashes) with white liner. This makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, and a little dewy.
(C) Line the bottom outer lid (below your bottom lashes) with black liner. I was using liquid so I went pretty thin, but going a little thicker (or tracing over your line in dark powder) is great too.
4. Pouty dark lips
Most of the reference images for the period are black and white or sepia, so it's hard to tell what lipstick color to choose. However, there are some clues:
|"kissproof" lipstick, looking pretty red|
|her lips look pink|
|and her lips look dark|
Regardless of the color, the shape of '20s lips isn't just a natural mouth. Aim for a pronounced "bow" in your top lip and a smaller lower lip that is very full only in the center. I achieve this with stick concealer: spread concealer around your mouth and over the outer edges of your lips, blending towards your inner lips. Then use liner or the outside edge of the lipstick to trace the shape you want--an overdrawn top bow and full top lip (or less, depending on your feelings) with an underdrawn (I start to come in way early) bottom lip that is your whole lip only at the center bottom--then fill in with lipstick. Voila! A perfect pout!
It was fashionable to wear hair accessories across the forehead or bangs instead of on top, like a headband. I think it's super dumb, but it is the easiest way to look like a flapper. I used some string sequins that i had on hand, but the possibilities are endless.
|a simple band|
|all the bling, '20s style|
Really, it's all about the attitude. I am much more of a goof, and therefore tend to go for the Helen Kane look, but draw some inspiration from these bada** ladies.
|the Minneapolis Park Board girls' rifle team|
|Bonnie Elizabeth Parker|
|(of Bonnie and Clyde)|
|one more Josephine Baker, because she is THE COOLEST|
|and Betty Boop! Wait...what?|
I don't typically do tips/tutorial posts, so I hope this was helpful! If nothing else, be inspired to flapper it up if you go to see The Great Gatsby this weekend.