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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

How to Get the Gatsby-Inspired Makeup of the 1920s


The 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby is a celebration of style, from the decadent jewelry featuring the Gatsby Collection by Tiffany & Co. to the flapper girls dresses designed by Miuccia Prada. I have a feeling the hair and makeup will have an equally influential effect on current trends. The flapper girl makeup is all about drama - bold red lips and bold smoky eyes. The bold look is seen mostly in the party scenes of The Great Gatsby, while Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) wears a softer version of the look.

The Basics of Gatsby-Inspired Makeup



Quick Tips for Applying Flapper Girl Makeup
  • Start with a perfectly powdered canvas. Go for a pressed powder with a matte finish and cover up dark circles and blemishes with a yellow-toned creme concealer (not a liquid concealer).
  • More is usually less, but with flapper girl makeup, more is more. As you can see in the sketch above, the look calls for bold eyes, bold lips, and rosey cheeks all at once! To tone it down, simply use a lighter lipstick and go for a more subtle smoky eye.
  • For a soft, blended brow, ditch the eye brow pencil and use a dark shadow with a makeup brush.
  • Some smokey eye makeup calls for smudging and blending, but for Gatsby-inspired smoky eye makeup, make a well-defined eye with liquid liner.
  • Don't neglect your bottom lashes. Traditional flapper-girl makeup calls for well-defined lashes on the bottom, as well as the top.
  • Use lip liner to create a cupid-bow lip to create a larger upper lip, reminiscent of the flapper girl era.
  • Also specific to the era were rosey cheeks, due to a lack of range in makeup color. Pick a blush in a pink tone.




You probably already have most of these makeup essentials in your cosmetics bag. A few you can get away without using, but to create a true flapper-girl look, there are some essentials you need to use. One of the most important aspects to creating the look is the bold eye makeup. For a costume, I'd even suggest using false lashes, or go with a lengthening mascara. I just recently started using Sky Rise lengthening mascara by NYC. I cannot stress enough how much I love this mascara. It was very affordable, and it works better than any lengthening and/ or plumping mascaras I've tried. It was about $5 at Target, and it's currently $5.39 for a 2-pack on Amazon. You can purchase it online here.

For the bold lips, you can go with a plum shade if you prefer that over bright red, but you do need a matching lip liner to create the signature cupid's bow lip as seen in the tutorial.

Essential Makeup Products for the Gatsby-Inspired Look


I'm excited to see the flapper girl trend continue to emerge in makeup and fashion. I'll be happy to publish a costume guide on the Halloween Blog this year.


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    1. Kind of hard to believe that just a few years ago, Carey Mulligan was one of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice....

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