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1920’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Greta Nissen

Greta Nissen 1925

I love this 1925 cover of actress Greta Nissen. It’s such a “doll” look. Adorable. Greta was one of those talented Hollywood actresses whose career was ruined by talkies. (She had a strong Norwegian accent that Hollywood didn’t want). Here’s what I did to achieve a similar 1920’s inspired look:

FACE: I applied Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation in Beige Claire and blended with my fingers. Under my eyes, I applied Covergirl Simply Ageless Concealer in Corrector and blended with my fingers. With the puff included, I applied Coty Airspun Powder in Translucent. Cheeks are exceptionally rosy! With a blush brush, I applied NARS Blush in Desire, a matte hot pink. I applied the blush downwards. I also contoured down the nose with a countouring powder.

EYES: Brows actually look good for the 1920’s. I set my brows with Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear. For the shadow, I applied Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Riviera Rose (not pictured), a soft pale pink pearl. I applied from lashes to brows. On the entire lid, I applied Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Hot Cinnamon, a medium bronze shimmer. I also lined the bottom lash line with this shade. I lined the bottom water line with Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencil in Sin, a shimmery champagne. I lined the top water line with Estee Lauder Artist’s Eye Pencil in Softsmudge Brown for a thicker lash look. I curled lashes and applied a few coats of Estee Lauder More Than Mascara to top lashes only. I applied Ardell Dura Lashes. I feel that individual lashes on the outer corner would have been best for this look. But, I don’t have those right now.

Get a 1920's look

LIPS: I lined lips with Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Wild Clover, a medium mauve. Directly from the tube I applied Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Bois de Rose, a medium natural rose with faint shimmer. To the bottom lip, I applied a small amount of Lancôme Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in Spring Fling, a pale sheer pink.

For a fragrance…I wanted a sweet rose, so I went with Tauer Une Rose Vermeille for this look.

I’m pleased with how the makeup came out. It’s actually very modern. I think it’s a great look for light to medium complexions with light to medium hair.

1920's Greta Nissen Makeup Look


Any weekend plans? I have none. It’s going to be cool and rainy. I thought about going shopping downtown, but I’m going to wait until after Thanksgiving sales. I remember last year, there were some great on-line promotions and I regretted not being “prepared” for them, haha. Have a great weekend!

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6 thoughts on “1920’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Greta Nissen

    1. For some reason, I have this massive collection of Estee Lauder lipsticks. I was infatuated with them because they have a fig fragrance.
      I hope you start feeling better. Getting sick before the weekend, lame.

  1. Lovely. Have to agree with Joey that the lipstick suits. Even the “exceptionally rosy blush” looks good as well as the curly hair.

    Today’s a good day to stay in to read — we’re having high winds and thundershowers, with flurries threatened for overnight.

    1. Thank you. With the lipstick, this is one of my favorite “Sunday brunch” shades.

      Snow? Yikes. Actually, I hate windstorms more than snow. Stay warm!

  2. Your hair color looks different. Is it just a picture?

    I like this pink blush on your cheeks. And your choice of the perfume is just perfect (both for this image and in general).

    No plans for me for the weekend. Something will come up but nothing special. Rain.
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    1. I think that light from the window makes my hair look different. After years and years of dying and now not dying, I have no clue what my real hair color is 😉

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