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1920’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Alice Brady

Alice Brady

People seem to adore 1920’s fashion, but getting an accurate picture of the makeup of the era is difficult. I get so happy when I find cigarette cards, etc. from this era (most likely earlier, late 1910’s). Finally, a color picture! And this gives me a chance to play with this era’s makeup. Here’s what I did to get this silent film star inspired look of actress Alice Brady:

FACE: Hey, look! Alice is making dark circles chic! Well, not really. I applied Covergirl Simply Ageless Concealer in Corrector under my eyes with my fingers. I evened out my complexion with Lancôme Dual Finish Foundation in Ecru. I applied with the sponge applicator. That’s quite the doll-ish blush, isn’t it? Right on the apples of the cheeks, I applied NARS Blush in Desire, a bold and bright matte pink. I hate this blush application. Makes me look like I need to go to the dermatologist.

EYES: Brows are robust for this time. I filled in my brows with Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium. For the eyeshadow, I’m using Wet n Wild ColorIcon Trio in Knock on Wood. From lash line to crease I blended a mix of the medium shimmery brown (labeled Crease) and the browned mauve shimmer (labeled Eyelid). I lined the lower lash line with the medium shimmery brown. From the crease to brow, I applied the light mauve pearl (labeled Browbone). On the waterline, I applied Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Sin, a shimmery champagne. I curled lashes and applied a few coats of Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in Black to top and bottom lashes.

Get a 1920's makeup look

LIPS: I lined lips with Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Wild Clover, a natural mauve. From the tube I applied Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstickin Pink Spice, a warm rose with shimmer.

Get the 1920's makeup look of Alice Brady

Now for a fragrance…I topped this look off with Bvlgari Pour Femme, a soft floral.

What are your weekend plans? Rumor has it that the dreaded Seattle rain is coming in this weekend. I’m probably do boring home chores and hopefully on one of the days get over to Nordstrom to sniff some of the new stuff. Have a good weekend!

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8 thoughts on “1920’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Alice Brady

  1. This looks great on you, and I like that lip shade you’ve created (assuming the mauve liner is a bit darker than the lipstick?). I find plummy lip shades the hardest to get right with my skin, so I just have to admire them on others.
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    1. Plums aren’t easy. I fear plummy eyeshadows because they make me look ill. Finally, trying plum lipsticks, blush, etc.

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