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.




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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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.





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!




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.