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Eye Looks by Decade: The Roaring 20s

Eye Looks by Decade: The Roaring 20s

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The 1920s marked the era of the flapper girl -- a bold response to the soft, fragile Gibson girl look popularized in the late 19th century. Characterized by kohl-rimmed eyeliner, dark, thick lashes, a cupid's bow lip, and a liberal use of powder rouge, this classic look was embodied by some of the greatest fashion icons of the decade, including Clara Bow, Zelda Sayre, and Louise Gibson.

The 20s eye makeup look was striking yet simple -- framed by thin, drawn-in eyebrows popular in the early 20th century, the eyelid was dusted with a light grey shadow and outlined by a dark and slightly-smudged kohl eyeliner, focused on the outer V of the eye. Eyelashes were a big focus for the classic 20s look, too -- cake mascara, a water-activated paste heavily coated on the lashes, was brushed on to bring attention to the eyes. 

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Recreating the beauty routine of the 20s flapper girl isn't difficult to do, like this modern interpretation of the Gatsby look above. You'll only need a few key tools in your beauty arsenal to create a Louise Brooks-inspired eyeshadow look.

1. Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Trio Eyeshadow in Twilight Zone

The grey shadow in this trio is perfect for sweeping over your eyelid before you rim your eyes with kohl eyeliner for a subtle smokey look. 

2. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Kajal Eyeliner

The creamy and highly-pigmented formula of this eyeliner is perfect for rimming your eyes à la 20s flapper girl. To achieve a more authentic look, focus the liner on the outer Vs of your eyes. 

3. L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara

Thick, dramatic lashes were so popular in the early 20s that some women mixed Vaseline and soot or coal to coat on their eyelashes. Luckily for you, there's plenty of options out there that don't involve you having to look to your fireplace for materials. To get those full, flapper girl-worthy lashes, a few coats of fiber-infused mascara like this one from L'Oreal should do the trick. 

Have your own tips for creating the perfect flapper girl eyeshadow look? Let us know 

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