Base - pale, with small amount of rouge worn high, and a cheeky beauty spot
To be honest, I fell at this first hurdle, as I didn't have any foundation pale enough. I think if you just went a shade lighter than your usual foundation you'd probably get the look sufficiently (especially in contrast to the modern trend to wear a shade darker than your usual colour), or the book suggests to be generous with the powder (I'd run out of my usual face powder too...). I added a touch of blush too, which I don't normally wear as my cheeks are rosy enough, and pencilled in a dark beauty spot.
Brows - drawn on in black pencil, straight and thin.
I refrained from shaving my brows off (like many stars of the time did) and instead masked my existing brows with foundation (not difficult - my brows are very fine and sparse!) and then drew in new lines. I could have gone thinner and straighter, but it felt quite Halloween-like as it was, especially going over them in black rather than my usual brown. My current hairstyle hides my brows, so to show them off I used a headscarf to sweep my fringe off my face. I think this added to how severe the whole look was on me though, so a 'windswept bob' like the book recommends might work a bit better.
Eyes - kohl lined, with shiny lids
For the shiny eyelids, the book recommended using a little baby oil blended with your eyeshadow to get the look. I didn't have any, so tried a lip glossy by Rosie for Autograph at M&S. It didn't work at all! I have greasy eyelids at the best of times, and so the colour just sort of seeped outwards, merging with the kohl liner, turning that grey and runny. It felt disgusting! So, I'd recommend not trying petroleum jelly, lip gloss, or anything else like that. Best to try out a modern product that's designed to stay on your eyelids and won't bleed into your other eye makeup. A quick search showed that brands Mac, Jane Iredale and Rimmel all have eye glosses. I'd be interested to hear if you have any recommendations.
Lips - dark red, drawn in a 'Cupid's Bow'
I have to admit I was flummoxed as to what a 'Cupid's Bow' looks like?! I resisted the urge to search the internet for more tips, determined just to see how far the book's instructions took me. I tried to copy the picture of Clara's lips as best I could, but I don't think I quite got the shape right. The colour I used was very 1920s' appropriate though - 'Merlot' by Besame.
Above: gloopy eyes. Urgh!
The overall look
I have to admit that I didn't feel like the peppy. fun-loving flapper that Clara Bow was. I felt severe, you can see that I wasn't even smiling in the photos. I normally don't wear a large amount of make-up, so this felt very dramatic and harsh. My husband's verdict was that it was 'terrifying'!
Ah well, there are so many other looks to emulate in the book that might suit me better. Next I might try the 1930s Golden Girls' look. Oh dear, I've just read that Beyoncé's makeup artist mentions in that section to dab a bit of lip gloss on your eyelids...!
Published by Plexus, Hollywood Beauty is out now. I was gifted a copy for review. All words and opinions are my own!
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