How To Get The Great Gatsby Look

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby finally arrives this month and so has the lastest beauty trend. Dean Nixon from Master Makeup gives you his top tips on how to get the 1920’s look.

I love it when art takes on life, which converts to fashion and I’m often asked about what makes a trend.

Trends come and go and are often dictated from leading fashion houses and designers. A certain culture, or a fabric can influence them, it could be a specific colour, or a piece of art or architecture, and they often have definite references to certain eras.

Although it starts with the clothing, hair and makeup have really become about a total look and are now just as relevant as part of the total fashion look for the season and have just as an important role to play.

I especially love when something else grabs the attention of the fashion greats and the whole world seems to go crazy for it. This is definitely the case with the launch of Baz Luhrmann’s movie The Great Gatsby.

Set in the 1920’s the movie is a visual fest of well-dressed men and woman enjoying the high-life. The styling amazing! The clothing, hair and makeup give way to a trend that screams, “it’s ok to dress up again”.

So how do we get this look easily?

For the boys who want to be as stylish as Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s all about the fitted suit, two-tone Brogues and a statement watch, then slicking the hair back into a neat slick side part.

For the girls it’s a little more complicated but can still be easy. It all starts with flawless skin finished off with a dusting of loose translucent powder to give your foundation a silky finish.

The eyes should have a wash of eye shadow in a shade from the caramel to brown family and finely applied liquid eyeliner. This is where you may need to practice a little. Try drawing your line first with pencil eyeliner and then use it like a stencil.

If liquid liner is not your thing, smudge your eye shadow along the top and bottom eyelashes to give a blended out effect or alternatively use your pencil eyeliner and smudge it in.

A good trick when using pencil eyeliner for this look is to use black along the top lashline and brown eyeliner or eye shadow along the bottom lashline.

Define the brow with a little of your eye shadow to fill out the brow and fill any gabs. To give this look a more modern feel, define the brows but keep them on the softer side.

Then for a more natural feel, use a neutral coloured lipstick, or for more punch, go your favourite red.

20’s hair is a load of fun but for most women it can be hard to recreate at home, especially if you don’t have a bob or can’t master the finger wave. Just think curl and accessories. The 20’s were all about hair decoration, so if your having trouble mastering your finger waves, try doing a soft curly up do and add a beautiful piece of costume hair jewellery.

If you really want to have some fun with this look, head to your local wig shop and shop the discount bin. The great thing about wigs is they come pre-styled, so you can pick one you like and it will be ready to go when you need it.

And they are great for bad hair days - bonus.

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