With the release of Baz Lurhmanns’ ‘The Great Gatsby’ on DVD last Monday, I’ve well and truly caught Gatsby fever. Since watching it in the Summer, I’ve been obsessed: the fashion, the music, the make up, everything about it. So to commemorate the release of this twenties inspired phenomenon, I’ve put together a gatsby-esque make up masterclass to get you feeling like the ultimate flapper.

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Face

Fake tan and bronzer are a no-no where twenties make up is concerned. A dewy complexion is essential to master the oh so sweet Daisy look so after priming, a highlighter is a must have. I’d recommend Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl, £24.50. It’s iridescent particles give you an all-over glow which is a perfect base for foundation. Apply a small amount with a foundation brush to cheekbones, eyebrow bones and cupids brow or alternatively, blend together with your foundation.

A dewy, creamy foundation is the basis of the Gatsby women’s complexion. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, £30.50 is the all in one glow-giving yet concealing foundation. Opt for paler, more subtle shades for a true Gatsby look.

In terms of brows, the bolder the better. A strong brow was present on all the faces of flappers in the twenties so use a lasting brow pencil like Rimmel’s Professional Eye Brow Pencil, £2.99 to really accentuate them.

 

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Eyes

There are two choices when it comes to twenties eyes: sweet and natural or smokey and heavy. For a doe-eyed look that would give Daisy Buchanan a run for her money, use a lengthening mascara such as Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara, £9.99 to really emphasise lashes and make eyes pop. Teamed with a flick of gel liner on lids it’s the perfect combination. Or, to add a darker element to the subtle look, try a brown smokey effect using a kit like Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals Eyeshadow Kit, £23.50.

However, the main flapper eyes were seen sporting a super smokey lid. A smudgy black eyeliner or deep noir shadow are your tools here. But be careful, we want sultry eyes à la Jordan Baker, not the last nights make-up style of Myrtle Wilson. Mac Divine Night Mineralize Eye Shadow in Gilded Night is a gorgeous mixture of gold and black with a subtle hint of glitz perfect for Gatsby glamour.

Not forgetting the power of the lash: whether simply curled or with falsies, the bigger the better for this look. Mac do a to die for range of  lashes but if you don’t fancy the falsies, lashings and lashings of Bourjois Volume Clubbing Ultra Black Mascara, £7.99 will do the job without even breaking the bank.

 

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Lips

Deep reds and plums are the go to colours for true Gatsby effect. When applying foundation, cover the lip area too, ensuring a blank, smooth canvas for such dark colour. Use a lip liner to perfect the prominent cupid’s bow all flappers love will also help make sure you keep your lipstick neatly in the lines. I prefer to use Mac Cremestick Liner, £12.00 which comes in an array of art deco-esque shades. Follow this by applying your colour using a lip brush, adding more for a deeper effect. For intense Gatsby allure I love Mac Divine Night Lipstick in Prepare for Pleasure, £16.50.

However if dark lips aren’t the thing for you, a nude pink shade rings true of the Charleston era too. Collection 2000’s Deluxe Lipstick Shade Charleston 3, £3.99 is the ultimate nude for flapper style…it’s name even says so!

 

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Combined with any of the Art Deco inspired collections in stores this season, this masterclass is perfect for creating a truly glamorous look this Christmas.