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Channel The Spirit Of The Jazz Age With These 1920s Beauty Looks

From beaded drop-waist dresses to flapper girl bobs, arched brows to impeccably styled Marcel waves, the 1920s were one of the most glamorous decades of all time. It’s no surprise then, that it’s an era that Hollywood can’t help but return to (in films like Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby, The Aviator and Woody Allen’s most recent effort, Café Society) – and one that we’re keen to channel off-screen, too.

The defining make-up look of the decade was a strong smoky eye, rose-coloured cheeks and deep blood-red lips - think Elizabeth Debicki’s striking style as Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby and you’re there. As for 1920s hairstyles, there are plenty to take inspiration from – even if you don’t have a Twenties crop. Whether you’re off to a Prohibition party and want to authentically off-set your costume, or just want to bring a touch of the Twenties to your everyday look, read on for our take on how to put a 2016 twist on 1920s hair and makeup.

How to achieve 1920s hair - finger waves

For authentic finger waves, invest in some styling clips and hair gel (yes, really). Comb it through from root to tip, part your hair to the side then pull it towards the left to create the first ridge of the wave, pinning it in place with a clip to form a groove. Pull hair the other way to create another wave, then repeat around the head and leave to set. We'll warn you now - it's not an easy style to pull off, but with practise, you'll doubtless become as adept as one of the lady's maids from Downton... Failing that, you can always throw historical accuracy to the wind and pick up your trusty curling tong (Lady Mary woudln't judge you too much). Check out the tutorial below for some hints and tips....

Short on time? Don’t fret - you can always add a little flair to your hair with a pretty headpiece- bejewelled hairpins, feathery headbands and sequinned headpieces were the go-to accessories for flapper-era femmes.

For beauty inspiration from the It-girls of the 1920s and ways the A-list have worn the trend on the red carpet, take a look at the gallery below.

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