How I created that 1920s, 1930s, Art Deco, Great Gatsby wedding makeup look…

Since the art deco photoshoot I have been asked by quite a few brides to re-create this look for their wedding – which is an unbelievable compliment and just goes to show that women are becoming more confident in expressing themselves through the medium of makeup.  The actual look for the shoot took a good hour and 45 minutes – which is a long time for anyone to sit, let alone a model!  So I’ll just simplify and not completely list what I used for this particular design.

So I started with the eyes as I knew I wanted to use MAC glitter in gold.  I created a simple base for the eye using Urban Decay eye primer and MAC eyeshadow in Brule – I then built up a strong smokey eye arch using MAC Brown Down and then gently placed down the glitter using a pro mixing medium, so that the glitter stayed in place.  I then lined the eyes with MAC Fluidline Pen in Retro Black, popped some mascara on and used Eylure strip lashes in No.114.

Working from here I then filled Chloe’s eyebrows in quite strongly using brow pencils and shadow, and primed her entire face using Dr Brandt Pores No More and Smashbox foundation primer.  Using a mix of MAC Face & Body foundation in various warm shades I wanted to create a healthy, slightly sun kissed complexion as the 1920’s and 30’s tended to be when holidays abroad were popular with the upper classes.

Finishing the look I used a Bobbi Brown lip pencil in Rose and filled the lips in with MAC lipstick in Rebel and lipglass in Nymphette.


photography by Lemontree Photography  Wedding Gown by Brides of Winchester