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1920’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Colleen Moore

Colleen Moore


“I was the spark that lit up Flaming Youth, Colleen Moore was the torch. What little things we are to have caused all that trouble.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Colleen was in a million films and became an icon of an era. My guess is that this portrait is from the late 1920’s (1927 or 1928), the height of Colleen’s popularity. She is often overshadowed by other “flappers” of the era as they were viewed as more rebellious due to their film roles. Colleen was America’s Sweetheart of the flappers. And as the saying goes, well behaved women seldom make history.

Here’s what I did to get a 1920’s inspired look.

FACE: The complexion is matte and the cheeks are rosy. With a foundation brush, I applied Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation in 02 Beige Clair. I need extra coverage under my eyes. I used Neutrogena Healthy Skin Concealer in Fair. With my Caron powder poof, I applied Coty Airspun Loose Powder in Neutral. Blush is extremely heavy by today’s standards. I used NARS Blush in Exhibit A, a matte red. I applied on my apples and then some with a fan brush.


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EYES: I filled in brows with Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in Dark Brown. I applied Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer (not pictured). From lash line to brows, I applied MAC Pigment in Naked, a pale beige with gold shimmer. I did a smoky eye with Dior 1-Colour High Impact Eyeshadow in Flash Back, a black with silver glimmer. I applied this in the crease with a tapered brush, blending. I then lined the bottom lash line with it. I appliedDior 1-Colour High Impact Eyeshadow in Crystal White, a shimmery white, to the inner corners of the eyes. I lined 3/4 of the top lash line and the bottom lash line with Dolce & Gabbana The Khol Pencil in True Black. I smudged the bottom with my finger and I then applied over the eyeliner with the black Dior Eyeshadow. I curled lashes and applied a few coats of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara to top lashes and one coat to bottom. I then applied Ardell lashes that I cut in half.

1920's makeup tutorial

LIPS: I lined lips with NARS Lip Liner Pencil in Jungle Red. I made sure to exaggerate the cupid’s bow with a “point”. I applied Besame Lipstick in Red Velvet, a neutral red, with a lip brush (one of my favorite reds BTW).

I’d pair this with a pretty floral like Annick Goutal Le Jasmin.

Colleen Moore makeup

Overall I like the look but if I were to wear out during the day, I’d go easier on the blusher. I’m surprised that my eye makeup came out so light in the pics. It’s much darker in person, much more smoky. It has been my experience that Dior eyeshadows do not photograph well at all (they always look lighter in photographs). FYI – I have ordered a nice camera, a digital SLR and it should be in soon 🙂 Currently I take pics off my phone because my phone pics are better than my 10 year old digital camera’s!

What have you been up to this week? The weather here has been terrible this week, like upper 50’s and rain. This makes me not want to leave the house…so I got stuff done! Any weekend plans? None for me yet. I’m working on it. I may go see Hairspray at 5th Ave. Theater. Maybe.

This week I’ve been:

Reading: Little instructional pieces in photography books. BORING.

Eating/Drinking: Szechuan spicy cumin beef. So amazing. Took home the leftovers and had Szechuan spicy cumin beef tacos with avocado and lime. That really should be a thing because it’s amazing. I could eat Szechuan tacos every day.

Watching:Valley of the Dolls“. There’s some amazing eye makeup inspiration in that movie. And the rest is a depressing story line. Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle!

Listening: Santigold, love her.

Wearing: For some reason I have allergies, bad allergies this week that make you sneeze every other second and have watery, cry-baby eyes. I haven’t really been able to wear eye makeup without it getting all smeared. So, I’ve been going light on the eye makeup and wearing bolder lipstick like Ka’Oir Trina, neoned red. With perfume, I’ve been wearing HEELEY Agarwoud because I want to smell like pretty, pretty princess blueberry oud.

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11 thoughts on “1920’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Colleen Moore

    1. OK, I’ll take our weather over the 100 degree stuff. At least I can go outside and walk around. I’m just refusing to.

      It’s a great color. I highly recommend it. Has cute packaging too.

  1. Omg I love the look Victoria…your haircut is gorgeous and suits you well too. 🙂
    Just got the same cut today. 🙂

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