{Friday Feature} Seriously Great Gatsby 20s inspired hair & make up tutorial – Part I

Boy, do we have a treat for you today! I am seriously excited to bring you the amazing talents of two fabulous suppliers I admire a whole heap – Love Moi Make up & Flamingo Amy Modern & Vintage Hairstyling. These two lovely ladies work in collaboration frequently and, today, are showing the lovely A Vintage Wedding Guide readers the best kept secrets of how to achieve that oh so coveted 20s Great Gatsby look!

If you’re lusting after Carey Mulligan’s Gatsby style with a modern twist, this hair & make up tutorial is perfect for you! I’m so excited by it that I am trying it myself without hesitation and may even bring myself to share some images afterwards (if it’s a success, of course!) Sadly, my hair is too short for this first style (sob) but I’m definitely trying the make up tutorial & with my new Vintage Cosmetic Company products due to arrive any day, what perfect opportunity? Over to these two fabulous ladies to show us how to recreate this gorgeous style in the comfort of your own home!

For the Hair…

Modern look

Most 1920’s and early 30’s styles required a short hair cut, so I created this style with a modern cut and length in mind. I took inspiration from the side bun and pin curls which I used to frame the face. Depending on what you wore with this style it could look very modern. It’s a great style for a prom, or those who want to take advantage of their long hair when having it styled.

Step 1

Hair should be dry (ideally styling should take place 24 hours after washing). Spray your hair with a heat protector. I recommend Trevor Sorbie’s ‘Curl Constructor’. This will help to hold the curl as well as protect the hair from heat styling.

How To Modern Hair 1


Step 2

Section off the fringe area and use a medium sized heated tong to curl all of the hair, leaving the fringe section at this stage. Once you have curled each section pin it to your head to allow to cool.

How To Modern Hair 2

Step 3

Use the same size tong or smaller to create curls in the fringe section. Arrange these how you like, as many or as few as you think will suit. Use a pin curl clip to secure into place to cool. Spray with a strong hold hairspray, covering your face as you spray – no one wants a sticky shiny face! I recommend using Tresemmé Freeze Hold.

Step 4

Leave the hair to set (cool down) for as long as possible, 10 minutes being the minimum. After this time remove all of the clips and gently run your fingers thought to separate the hair. Use a soft boar bristle brush (I use Denman) to brush out the spray.

Step 5

Bring the hair over one shoulder, twisting hair from one side and pinning to the head. It’s not essential that this is neat; you can cover with diamanté clips or any other hair accessory of your choice.

How TO Modern Hair 3



Give your hair one last spray to protect it from the elements and set it in place.

Elle final 4 

Now, for the make up!

How to Create….a Pretty, Soft, Vintage Inspired Look

This look is perfect for anyone looking to accentuate their best features – it’s about wide, flirty eyes, flushed cheeks and glossy pouty lips. The lip is strong but not bright, and the look hints at the ultra feminine style of the Gatsby era, so is perfect for brides who love the romantic look of Carey Mulligan in Lurhman’s film.  Gorgeous! 

Step 1

Apply a primer and a medium to full coverage foundation with a semi matte finish to give a beautifully even skin. I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation, buffed into the skin with a Real Techniques buffing brush.  Use a concealer if needed on any blemishes, and then add a brightening concealer under the eyes to highlight – I used Bare Minerals Stroke of Light. Sweep a cream blusher across the apples of the cheeks and blend along the cheekbone to contour. The blusher I used was Daniel Sandler Watercolour blush in Angel.

Step 2

This look is a soft smoky eye with a slight cut crease – when the socket of the eyes is defined. I began by defining the brows with a brow powder to achieve a perfect arch.  For the eyes begin with a nude eye primer to prep and blend shades of matte grey and blue grey through the crease with a blending brush. I used a flat angled brush to draw a line in the socket of the eye with a charcoal shadow, and then blended to soften.

Elle Makeup 2

Step 3

Using a fine liner brush and Illamasqua’s black liner gel, draw a thin line across the lashline with a slight flick at the ends.  Apply mascara to both top and bottom lashes, and add false strip lashes – these were Ardell Demi Pixies.

Elle Makeup 3

Step 4

Use a deep pink lip liner to create definition to the lips – this era was all about an exaggerated cupids bow so feel free to begin by drawing a little cross at the top of the lips, slightly outside the lipline if you want to achieve that real heart shape. Then add a deep magenta lipstick – try Lime Crime in CentriFuschia.  Finish the look with clear lipgloss, and powder the skin to set.

How To Makeup E4


Elle Final 3


A huge thank you to Emily & Amy for this week’s feature! And the best bit? We have another for you next week! Woohoo!

To see more of Emily & Amy’s fabulous work, head over to their websites!

Love Moi Make up

Flamingo Amy

Photography by Rekha Garton


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