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Downton Abbey returns to our screens this Sunday and it’s now 1922 at the Crawley’s family home, placing Lord Grantham and his family right in the middle of the roaring twenties, where fabulous, flapper fashion is well and truly in vogue.
Kelly Lloyd-Sanderson of beauty, health and wellness company Arbonne shares her top tips on how to create your own Downton-inspired look, ensuring your style could even outshine the gorgeous Lady Rose at a society ball.
Arbonne’s top tips
Twenties girls really embraced the freedom that the new flapper fashions gave them, and their makeup reflected the extravagance associated with the era. Enhance your cupid’s bow by applying a lip pencil, and fill in this outline with a flash of siren scarlet lipstick for the perfect screen goddess pout
The 1920s was one of the first modern eras in which women could openly wear makeup Take your lead from the day and apply loose powder or a mineral powder foundation to ensure your skin has a flawless matte finish
Just like the clothes and makeup, hair was high-maintenance too. To achieve the fashionable ‘Marcel’ wave, a la Lady Mary, begin with wet hair before applying moose to add manageability and to set your style as your hair dries. Use a comb to push your hair forwards and backwards, creating a ridge between each wave, using your fingers. Once your hair is dry, comb it out to achieve a soft, wavy look, and make sure it stays in place by using a strong hairspray
Sultry, smoky eyes are the key to securing the twenties look, and were popularised by dancer Josephine Baker, one of the biggest stars of the time. Use metallic shades and smudge them across the eyelid. Neatness is not necessary here; flappers were much too busy rushing out to dance the Charleston and drink the latest cocktails (another 1920s invention) to worry about perfectly applied eye makeup
Channel Chanel and add some bronze to your beauty look. Designer Coco Chanel, a regular on the French Rivera, made tanned skin stylish for the first time in the twenties. Until she embraced a tan, golden skin was associated with workers rather than the fashionable elite. Add a glow to your look without facing sun damage by sweeping bronzer across the parts of your face and décolletage which the sun would naturally hit.
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