Posted by Talia Sasson

Looking for inspiration for your bridesmaids’ makeup? This classic novel has all the material you need…

Photo credit: Wedding Bells

There are so many things to think about when planning a wedding, that even if bridal beauty has been locked down months before the big day, maids’ makeup can be something of an afterthought. Oops!

But there’s no reason for it to be shoved to the back of your mind because I promise finding inspiration for your bridemaids’ looks can be just as fun (if not more) than deciding on your own look. Why? Because you have a lot more freedom to play around. You don’t have to be restricted by the fear of smearing bright red lipstick all over your new husband or what works with your veil, the sky’s the limit!

In other words, it’s time to think big. Like Gatsby big. In fact, if The Great Gatsby has you vintage-dreaming, then why not have your maids pay homage to the look of yore?

1920s makeup – what you need to know:

•  Everyone loved their powder in the flapper age, so you’ll want your maids’ gorgeous faces to be shine-free and matte.

•  Flappers loved their smoky eyes, think greys and dark purples. But for a daytime wedding, your bridesmaids can still rock the look with delicate pastels and softer greys.

•  With the invention of the eyelash curler, the 1920s was all about big flutterers. Fake vintage-inspired lashes are perfect for channeling the vibe.

•  To really get the look, your maids should accentuate the cupid’s bow on their lips. Using a lip-liner, they should carefully outline their lips making sure to exaggerate the dip of the cupid’s bow before filling it in with a  rich red or plum lipstick. To help it last all night long, take a tissue and separate its layers. Take one thin layer, place it over mouth and lightly dust powder over the lips to set it. Reapply the lipstick.

•  Forget bronzer. It didn’t exist and it goes against the creamy complexion-thing they had going on.

Remember, you want your ladies to look their best on the day, so don’t get hung up on being 100 percent “authentic”. For example, 1920s makeup was super pale so don’t make them wear a shade of powder that’s too light for them just so they’re perfectly flapper-esque. They could end up just looking sickly, which isn’t (I’m guessing) what you’re going for.