The 1920’s saw the rise of new lipstick formulas – evolving from salves to lip stains, stick form and glosses – and an obsession with achieving dainty lips with a perfectly shaped cupids bow. Since my lips are already naturally full, it looks unrealistic to draw my lips into a smaller shape or elevate my cupids bow, so I’ve stuck to my natural lip shape with a rounded out cupids bow. The lips seen in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby film lean towards a creamy demi-matte finish, but I added a touch of gloss to give it a glamorous lacquered finish.
I chose to do a long lasting tutorial, as many dark lipsticks often sink into my lip lines or leave a patchy finish once worn off. Alternatively, you could also use pencil only (I’d go lighter with MAC Lip Pencil “Currant”), a liquid stain (YSL Glossy Stain “Violet Edition”) or if you don’t have issues with lip lines you could go with lipstick only (Tom Ford “Black Orchid”).
The Great Gatsby Inspired Lip Tutorial
- Prep moisturised lips with a lip primer to prevent the dark colours from sinking into lip lines. I used Too Faced Lip Insurance over Molton Brown Pep-Rich Lip Booster.
- Fill in your entire lips with a dark wine lip pencil. I used MAC Lip Pencil “Nightmoth”. Use a lip brush to smooth it out evenly.
- Apply a burgundy lipstick – creamy, pigmented & long lasting formulas work best. I used Chanel Rouge Coco “Rivoli”.
- Smooth out the lipstick with a lip brush. The brush I used in this tutorial is by Shiseido.
- You can stop here, or to achieve a lacquer finish, apply a thin layer of a burgundy lip gloss such as Tom Ford Ultra Shine Gloss “Naivete”.
- Smooth out the gloss using the lipgloss applicator & blend with your lips gently to finish off.
The finished result looks like a deep wine lip in strong lighting, but in natural lighting the MAC Nightmoth lip pencil gives it a really dark vampy finish.
Hope you liked the tutorial!
Do you prefer a matte or glossy 1920’s lip?