Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial

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Continuing on with our lipstick styles from decades past, lets say hello to the 1930s lip. Not a far cry from the  I previously shared, but definitely a few nuances to note. I think I prefer this style to the 1920s, however, I don’t love overdrawing my lips, which this style definitely does. However, it makes for a shape I didn’t even know my lips could achieve, so that’s neat and worth trying out just to see how it changes up your look.


The art of women’s makeup took off in the 30s and started to feel like a statement; makeup was how women embraced their femininity. The style was much more refined and influenced by Hollywood, as some stars became household names and magazines were inspiring women with their colour and flare. Lips during this time were full, elongated and overdrawn.


Lip pencil: Follow Your Heart by MAC | Lipstick: Dubonnet by MAC | Lip gloss: Bert’s Bees (sorry, can’t remember the shade)

Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial1. A lip pencil is key for me when putting on a red lip, and to achieve this particular look I think it’s pretty essential. We’ll need to overdraw the upper lip, so having something with more precision will help you (unless you are magical, in which case, teach me!). Note that the upper lip is horizontally elongated, while still being shapely.
-starting at the cupid’s bow, draw to rounded peaks that begin to stretch outward, like an elongated heart shape
-bring your outline toward the corners of your mouth, while maintaining a slight curve that cascades down.
I like to think of this shape as a crescent, only it comes into a peak at the centre.
Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial2. The bottom lip is round, but like the top lip, elongated. This lower lip should be super easy to draw.
-starting at the centre of the lip, draw a shallow crescent outline reaching both corners and meeting your upper lip line; you could almost get the exact shape you want by pressing your upper lip down onto your lower lip and creating an imprint.
your lips should look like they have been stretched out, but not cartoonishly so.
Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial3. The fun part, fillin’ em in! For this one I also used Dubonnet by MAC since berry shades were popular at this time (although in the later 30s, orange shades became a thing, much to my delight). Be sure to start covering your outline and cleaning up any shaky bits with your lipstick.Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial4. When learning about this lip style, I noted many images of women with a bit of gloss on their lower lip, right in the centre. I liked the idea of recreating that look, so I used my Bert’s Bees red gloss that has a bit shimmer and applied it right to the centre of my lower lip. This is not a necessary step, but I personally like it.Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip TutorialLarkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip TutorialAnd voila, you are looking 1930s glamorous in almost no time at all!

So, do you think you’ll give it a go? Which style is your favourite so far? 20s or 30s?

Beauty / 1930s Makeup

larkspur vintageI’m fairly familiar with 60s makeup, but I have never really given styles from other eras a go, so when I found this image of a 1930s look, I thought it would be the perfect inspiration for this post. This look is made up of thin, somewhat rounded eyebrows – which I will admit was difficult and not as good as they could have been because my eyebrows are on the thick side – dark eyeshadow, plenty of eyeliner, blush galore and red lips with some dark shading. Overall, I really enjoyed this look and I’ll probably wear it more regularly now. I am however a bit disappointed with the lighting in these photos. I almost wanted to re-shoot these when I was editing them, but for once, I didn’t let my perfectionism get the better of me. It’s just unfortunate because the lighting washed out one side of my face, making the blush look less pronounced on the one side. Now more than ever I am wanting to get proper lights for when I shoot images like this. But, c’est la vie, for now. You get the idea and I hope I can inspire you to recreate this look yourself.Larkspur VintageLarkspur VintageLarkspur VintageLarkspur VintageGET THE LOOK
1. Start by applying your usual foundation, concelear and powder routine – I used Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation, Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and MAC Studio Fix powder in NW15
2. Using an eyebrow pencil, followup the natural shape of your brow, giving them a thin, rounded shape (as best you can, for those who have thick brows) – I used Marcelle pencil in Blondine
3. Highlight under your brows with a light eyeshadow (ie, white, cream) and blend. Apply a grey or black shadow to the lid, blending throughout, giving a subtle smoky eye and make sure to apply some to your bottom lid – I used Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow for a highlight under my brows and I mixed a brown and purple shadow for my lids
4. Apply black pencil eyeliner to your top and bottom waterlines, and then apply your mascara to only the top lashes – I used L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara
5. Add plenty of blush to your upper cheek bones, quite close to your under eyes. This is the most pronounced part of the look, so don’t be skimpy on that blush – I used Revlon blusher in Melon-Drama
6. For the lips, using your brightest red, outline your lips with a lip liner and then fill in with your red lipstick. Now, to achieve the dark look in the corners of the mouth, apply a tiny bit of black eyeliner pencil to the corners and blend it into your red lipstick with your finger – I used MAC So Chaud lipstick and liner
7. I did not use any bronzer for contouring, so instead I used a face highlighter down my nose, on my forehead and chin to lighten my face up a bit. – I used Revlon Photoready Skinlights face illuminator in 200 Pink Light

And that is it! Let me know if you recreate this look, and do let me know of any other makeup looks (hairstyles, whatever) you’d like me to try.