20s-Inspired Makeup: The Modern Vamp

Whenever I watch anything set – or made! - in the early 1920's, I pay nearly as much attention to the makeup as I do to the actors themselves. There’s a confidence in a vamp’s smoky rebelliousness and coy smile that always leaves you hanging on her every witty word; and who wouldn’t want to emulate that? The sultry-eyed jazz babies of the Roaring 20's leave quite the impression and I always end up wearing a version of this look on my next night out. For me, this look captures the essence of that aesthetic without getting too overt or costumey; it's perfect for evening holiday gatherings!

My darling friend Juli Vaughn, a brilliant (and exquisitely sassy) floral and event designer, was kind enough to model for me. We’ve started with a basic prepped face (primer, foundation and/or concealer and blush already applied) so that we can focus on the eyes and lips.

Step 1: After applying an eyelid primer (I'm currently obsessed with Too Faced's Shadow Insurance), apply a plum-brown shadow across your lid, blending high up into the crease. MAC's Folie is a great plummy brown shade. Step 2: Blend a darker grey shade onto your lid, stopping short of the crease. Smudge the darker shadow over your lower lash line, then apply black liner to your upper and lower lids, staying close to the waterline. Urban Decay's 24/7 eye pencils are miraculous; here I'm using one in Zero, the perfect black shade. Step 3Dot a small amount of light, shimmery, shadow or pigment on the center of your lid and the inner corner of your eye as a highlight. Urban Decay's Zephyr is perfect. Step 4: Fill in brows and apply mascara; I used a small set of wispy lashes on Juli for added effect.

Step 5: Add a berry or wine-colored lip stain – it won’t smudge all over your champagne coupe! (I adore Model Co's cheek & lip tint for a smear-free pout.)

I also added a few decorative rose gold bobby pins to a swoop of Juli’s hair as a nod to a marcel wave – because really, can you ever wear enough rose gold? And that’s that! Twenty minutes to look like the cat’s meow while you’re sippin’ a bees knees.

Is there any period in time that inspires your own makeup looks? Be sure to tell me by tweeting @CampMakery - your answer just might inspire the next historical tutorial!