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If you have never studied the history of makeup and fashion, it’s fascinating! In the Roaring 20’s/Post-WWI era, women broke from social norms like never before- they chopped their long locks, applied bold makeup and wore higher hemlines.
Recently, I attended The Great Gatsby Gala for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and I had a blast transforming myself back in time. I pulled my costume together in just a few days, and you can do it too!

Check out my time-lapse video, tips and fun historical tidbits below.

How To Create a 20’s Faux Bob Hairstyle:

After curling hair, pin front section in an S curl wave. Adorn with a fancy beaded headband.

Did you know: Women in the Roaring 20’s flooded barber shops when traditional hair stylists refused to cut their locks into what was then thought to be very “scandalous” bobs.

Women in the 1920’s rebelled from traditional long hair of the Victorian era and chopped off their locks into bobs and shingle cuts. Then, they added beaded accessories to create a more feminine look.

Don’t worry, there’s no need to go to the barber for this one, by curling your hair in tight curls, back combing and pinning it under, you can create a faux bob in a flash!

Faux Bob Instructions

  1. Use a 1 1/4” wand to curl hair
  2. Holding the wand vertically, roll areas around your hairline toward your face. I switched it up and only rolled one side toward my face, knowing that I would wear a headband, so you can choose to do one or both. Make sure to spray each section with a shaping hairspray as you curl to give it extra hold.
  3. Then, for the sides and back of your hair, hold the wand vertically, and roll the rest of the hair away from your face.
  4. Brush through the front section of your hair with a soft bristle brush or small tooth comb.
  5. Clip area closet to your face with 3-4 clips, in an “S” shape to create an S-curl wave and let it sit while you do your makeup.
  6. Back comb hair the ends of hair to shorten your hair length.
  7. Roll the bottom of your hair under and pin it to create a faux bob.
  8. Affix your fancy 20’s headband and your faux bob is ready to go!

Five Tips to Achieve the Perfect Flapper Makeup:

Bold eye makeup, dark lips and short hair broke from social norms in the Roaring 20s.

Did you know: With the discovery of King Tut in 1922, American society was obsessed with all things Egyptian, including dark, heavy eye makeup, which is widely seen in historical photos of the 1920’s era.

  1. Embrace the fair skin look – I had a bit of a tan in September, and covered it up using a lighter shade of my Luminous Foundation, I topped it off with Julie Page Makeup Baked Powder in Light/Medium.
  2. Create a bold, smoky eye – I used Julie Page Makeup Superwear Gel Liner in Noir to line the top and bottom of my eyes. I also heavily applied my Volcanic Ash eye shadow with my Blender Brush from my lower lid up to the crease, and then applied it under my eyes on top of the liner with my smudge brush.
  3. Go for lashes galore - There’s never a bad time to apply false lashes, and they enhance the bold eye makeup. I prefer Ardell Flare Lashes and mix in Short, Medium, and Longs, but on the night of the gala, I used strip lashes.  The best way to apply them is to dot a little Duo lash adhesive on the back of your hand, dip the end of the lash in, and apply them to the base of the lash line.
  4. Thin brows were in - If you have thicker brows, you can cover your thick brows with concealer. Mine, however, are not thick, so I skipped this step. Draw thin, arched brows, pointing downward at the outer corners of your eyes. I used Julie Page Browblender Pencil, Brush on Brow, and Brow Set.
  5. Create the “cupid’s bow” lip - I used Julie Page lipliner in S’more to draw the cupid’s bow and applied my luxury lipstick in Wicked to get a bold, deep color. You could also use a bright red lipstick to pull of an authentic look.

Fashion:

Did you know: The thigh length flapper dresses that are often seen in costume stores are a modern take on the flapper dress, they were not actually THAT short. But for the first time ever in the 20’s, hemlines inched up from floor length to ankle to the knee as the decade progressed.

Did you know: The thigh length flapper dresses that are often seen in costume stores are a modern take on the flapper dress, they were not actually THAT short. But for the first time ever in the 20’s, hemlines inched up from floor length to ankle to the knee as the decade progressed.

Art deco and shorter hemlines were another highlight of 1920’s fashion.

With less than a week to go until the gala, I browsed online and found several options on Amazon Prime. I ended up ordering four different dresses because I wasn’t sure how they would fit. Some of the fringe dresses were much shorter than I anticipated, so I ended up going with an art-deco beaded gown that fell a bit lower on my legs.

Accessories:

I knew I was going to reinvent the 1920’s wavy bob, and the perfect thing to top it off would be a headband. I ordered two options on Amazon Prime and ended up going with this gold flowered, sequin headpiece and also threw a white boa around my neck.

Shoes:

The Mary Jane and T-strap shoes were en vogue and you can easily find them online, but to save on costs, I wore a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo black heels that I already owned that resembled shoes of the 1920 era.

Are You Ready to Roar on Back to the 1920’s?

I hope you found not only some fun beauty and style tips, but also some interesting history tidbits too. Good luck pulling off your flapper costume and be sure to tag me on Instagram with questions!

Happy Halloween Beauties!

XOXO, Julie