Since the release of The Great Gatsby we’ve all wanted to recreate the make-up and styling from one of the most glamorous decade’s in history. Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your look. Here are Rachael Karen‘s top tips for achieving the look of the moment…

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Flawless complexion

No 20s-inspired look is complete without a flawless complexion. This can be achieved with the help of a good primer and a long lasting foundation. Apply your primer onto moisturized skin. One of my favourite primers, particularly for oily skin is Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’, this will really help to ensure minimum shine.

Try Dior’s ‘Forever’ foundation, applying with a brush for a smooth, even skin tone. A good tip is to apply your foundation in thin layers until you get the coverage you need. You can also mix with a highlighter cream to add a healthy glow.

Pinched cheeks

Giving your cheeks that rouge stain was a must have in this era, and this can be easily achieved for your wedding day. Rosy pink or berry shades work well depending on your skin tone, and a cream blusher would be the best option.

Work this into the apples of your cheeks (you will see the apple of your cheeks when you smile!) using your fingers and really blend the colour, working it into the skin. Bobbi Brown’s ‘Pot Rouge’ is perfect, the colours range from pretty pinks to dark berry shades and are easily blendable.

Smokey eyes

The 1920s was most definitely the era of the classic ‘smokey eye’, an iconic look which has constantly been adapted through the years. Believe it or not, the smokey eye can be suitable for a bridal look, it’s all about working with the colours that suit you. Dark greys may be too harsh for some skin tones and make you feel ‘overdone’, so I would recommend trying browns, mauves and paler grey shades for your wedding day. The Dior ‘5 couleurs’ palettes and Tom Ford ‘Eye Colour Quad’s are great for a smokey eye and come in a vast variety of colours and textures.

A great tip is to apply a lighter shade in the centre of the eyelids and the inner corners to really brighten up the eyes.

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Red lips

The classic ‘red lip’ look from the 1920s was a slightly more ‘worn in’ stained look, often using darker reds and berry tones. Nars ‘Pure Matte Lipstick’ is the perfect product to create this look. A lip primer is always a great way to ensure your lipstick doesn’t bleed onto the skin. Begin with a sharpened lip liner and fill in your entire lip, this will really ensure that your lipstick lasts all day. Use a lip brush to push the lipstick into the lips, blotting after each application and then repeating the process again. A bit of loose powder applied lightly over the top can also help to create more of a matte red lip, perfect for the 1920s look!