More of the 1920’s: Get the Makeup Look of Barbara Lamarr

Barbara LaMarr’s look is quite the Betty Boop look, huh? Here’s my attempt to recreate this look for the modern day. I’m not very happy with my final outcome. I could not get the right lighting!  For some reason I kept coming out excessively pink. Sunburn from the rare winter sunshine in Western Washington? I think not.

FACE: First, I apply foundation. I use Shisiedo Stick Foundation in 040. I blend with fingertips. Apply concealer where needed. I applied MAC Studio Finish Concealer under my eyes. With a fluffy face brush, I applied a pressed face powder, Lancôme Color Ideal Pressed Powder. With a medium sized blush brush, I applied a warm pink that verges on coral, Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Golden Pink. With a small contouring face brush, I applied Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz down the bridge of my nose.

EYES: Barbara’s brows have been flapperfied. Mine can not get this way without lots of tweezing. Fill in brows. I filled mine in with Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Raven and set with Revlon Brow Styling Gel. For the eyes, I’m using Physician’s Formula Matte Collection Quad in Canyon Classics. I’ve applied with a large eyeshadow brush, the lightest shade from lash line to brows. This covers up any uneven tones on the lids. With the same brush, I applied the darker, but greyer taupe shade from lash line to crease. With a larger blending brush, I applied the dark taupe grey shade. I blended this shade in the crease, creating an “arch” to add some depth. With a smaller shadow brush, I applied this same darkest taupe shade under the eyes, applying closely to the lower lash line. I applied Wet n Wild Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Black closely to the top and bottom lash line. Curl lashes. Apply false lashes if you want or a few coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes. I did both.

How to get the vintage look of Barbara LaMarr

LIPS: Yep, you’re going to need lip liner. And you may want to exaggerate the lip line…or not. I have a bad habit of over exaggerating. In the past, I have done the “Betty Boop” like lip liner, concealing the rest of the lips. The purpose of this tutorial is to make this look “modern”, wearable today. I used Covergirl Outlast Smoothwear Lip Liner in Chocolate, a really dark brown. With a lipstick brush, I applied Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Baby Kiss, a lighter peachy tan with faint shimmer. I blotted and applied again.

Get the vintage 1920's look of Barbara LaMarr

Now to a fragrance. I’m thinking something rich with saffron…something like DSH Perfumes Parfum des Beaux Arts Cimabue, a rich gourmand fragrance.

This weekend I’m going to see Willy Wonka in Smell-O-Vision. I’ve never done the entire Smell-O-Vision thing before so I’m curious to see how that turns out. I really, really need a haircut but can’t fit that in for another week 🙁  Time to side part… The rest of my weekend will be spent waiting on lovely goodies in the mail and fretting over taking the GRE on Monday. What are you plans? Anything fun going on?

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10 thoughts on “More of the 1920’s: Get the Makeup Look of Barbara Lamarr

  1. Might not have been the ideal lighting for the picture, but I still totally get it. Awesome job!

    So, are you a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks? I’ve wanted to go for it for some time, but I have a couple of similar Dior products that I L O V E (Shimmer Star) and I’m pretty sure the effect will be the same.

    Have a blast at Willy Wonka, I want to hear all about it. Our only plans: will try to go see Black Swan, and we’re finally putting up the Christmas tree this weekend. We’re usually on top of it right after Thanksgiving, but neither of us have been in the spirit until this week. I am not religious, but grew up with Christmas trees and they are an instant mood-booster for me, and I need it! It’s our first Christmas with Troutie, and I’m not sure if he goes bonkers around trees or not, so it may be an adventure.
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    • Lighting is hard, especially in a place without much lighting! Why did I move to the Artic circle again?
      I love the Shimmer Bricks. I used to use them daily, but now I’m going through the same matte phase that you are going through. I use the bricks down my nose and on the eyes. If you have the Dior products, then you don’t need the Shimmer Bricks.
      Willy Wonka was interesting. I’ll have to post about my experience. It was an wonderful event for children.
      Did you see Black Swan? Awwweee, thinking about a pet and a Christmas tree makes me happy. Snap pics. Now I want to get one for Frink. I think he is depressed. Seriously, I think he gets SAD living here. He went through the exact same thing last year at this time.

    • Thanks 🙂
      Let me know what you think of Cimabue. I love it. It’s my favorite gourmand: saffron & honey. I really regret not having a bottle…or solid. I have a tiny drop left in a sample.

  2. I love this! It’s one of my fave looks you’ve done. I like your hair these days. On another note, I am on the Love end for patchouli. It reminds me of growing up with hippies. Good times.
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    • Thank you 🙂
      I am a patchouli fanatic. I have never sniffed a patchouli that I found “too dirty”. It has to be my all time favorite fragrance note. It’s very nostalgic for me too.

  3. One I feel a lot of nostalgia for is Nag Champa. Good quality, headshop stuff. My best friend Julie wore patchouli all the time(called her PatchJulie).

    Haven’t seen Black Swan yet! We’re really being bums, there’s a massive snowstorm on the way, so we’re kind of afraid to go out. 🙂
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    • Your best friend should start a fragrance line with that name! Nag Champa is instant nostalgia too. My room always smelled like it throughout my angst teenage years. Husband wore the oil when we first met, so yeah, it brings up memories too.
      Hope you guys don’t get snowed in! Not until Christmas, right?

      • Knowing our luck here in Chicago, there will be no snow on Christmas! I hope there is. My mother emailed me, frantic that we don’t have snow tires for our Jeep. Oh, Mom. Jeeps are made to plow through or over anything.

        Do you remember ever smelling a perfume oil called Black Narcissus? That’s another one my friend wore a lot and reminds me of her. I haven’t seen it in years and don’t know where it came from, unfortunately.
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        • We freakishly had snow around Thanksgiving. I’m over it already 😉
          I do, vaguely. It’s like a headshop floral oil with incense like smoke. I’m sure it is renamed based on vendor or relabeled based on headshop, but I do remember it. Slightly. It hasn’t been a fragrance that I’ve thought about in years. Remember Dragon’s Blood?

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