1930s Eye Makeup


The 1930s were all about glamour with sparkling gowns and jewels, perfectly marcelled platinum blonde hair.

Eye brows were pencil thin and curved downward at the ends. Eye liner was also very thin and worn close to the lash line. Use a liquid liner in black to best mimic the look.

Some starlets wore their eye lids very glossy. You can try a little vaseline on the lid. If you don’t like that look, try a matte shadow in a shade close to your skin color all over the lid right up to the brow. Then smudge a darker shade into the crease for a deep-set look.

Curl lashes and apply lots of black mascara for maximum length.

Faces were made flawlessly matte with pancake makeup and lots of powder. Lips were red but more natural than the bow shape of the previous decade.

Here are some glamour girls of the 1930s:


From left to right: Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford.
Top photo: Carole Lombard.

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