Great Gatsby: Get the beauty looks

Last updated 05:00 06/06/2013

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Are you loving the 1920s aesthetic that Baz Luhrman-directed spectacle The Great Gatsby seems to have brought back? Want to transform yourself into a Daisy Buchanan (ethereal, wealthy blonde), a Jordan Baker (sleek, sensuous sportswoman) or a Myrtle Wilson (a less well off, shall we say 'loose', woman)? 

Well here are the key elements of each look, guided by words from the movie's makeup artist Maurizio Silvi and hair director Kerry Warn.


Carey Mulligan's character sports softer smokey eyes; individual false lashes; a light pinky-nude lip and nude nails. Her hair is 'classic and well bred', this is hard to imitate for just a night as it's all about the cut, a modern version of a 1920s style.

"It's based on the semi-shingle, a layered bob with a masculine shape in the back," says hair guru Warn. He used a frizz-ease serum, wax, and hair spray to style the hair for a lacquered effect (though apparently '20s women relied on little more than coconut-based shampoo for their shiny hair). Lots of the extras in the film wore wigs, but in respect to the period there were no highlights and no bleached blondes.


"The eyebrows were the most important part of the face because they represented the fashion of the time," says makeup artist Silvi. "We plucked all the eyebrows into a 1920s shape." Think thin, and straight/slightly turned down a la Clara Bow.

Chances are Jordan would have worn a fragrance like Tabac Blond by Caron, released in 1919. Centred on the ‘sweet aromatic odour of Virginia tobacco‘ and originally intended for men, it is described as having an overt sexuality and is known for being ‘audacious’.


Silvi used M.A.C Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 nude ($36) to define the lip line and block out the corners of the mouth to create the popular '20s shape (a very defined Cupid's bow and a full, short pout).

Lip colours were M.A.C 'Film Noir' (intense brown), 'Ruby Woo' (the brand's cult very matte, vivid blue red), and 'Media' (intense reddish purple) - all $40.  

A lower-priced red alternative could be Max Factor's recently released Colour Elixir Pen Stick ($17) in Passionate Red. 

Here's Michael Beel from Buoy in Wellington on how to do Myrtle's bouncy curls: "Set the hair in hot rollers to roll forward, but keep the fringe smoother and flatter. Spray well with hairspray and allow rollers to cool. Take the rollers out, wrap a great '20s-inspired scarf around the head and pin the defined curls into place! Spray with a high shine spray."


Flawless skin: M.A.C was the makeup collaborator on the film, and Silvi used Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 ($60). A lower-priced option could be new Max Factor Facefinity 3-in-1 foundation, which has a built-in primer and costs $36.99.

Smokey eyes: A custom M.A.C eyeshadow palette was created for the film, including 'Nehru' (muted blueish black) and 'Club' (red/brown with green pearl) - $38 each.  Maybelline recommend their Expert Wear Quads shadow in Charcoal Smokes ($15.99) for this look.

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The eyeliner was M.A.C Eye Kohl in Feline ($36) (or you could try sponge-tipped L'Oréal Paris SuperLiner Eyeliner ($28.99).

M.A.C Pigments in 'Copper', 'Rose Gold' and 'Antique Green' were used on the lids to pop the eyes - the colours chosen were inspired by the cars of the 1920s.

Big and bold lashes: Go for lots of mascara - we are loving new-to-New Zealand Benefit's They're Real ($43). A more widely-available alternative could be Covergirl's new Clump Crusher ($22.99), which promises 200 per cent more volume and zero clumps. 

Rosy cheeks: Benefit's Bene-tint (rose-tinted lip and cheek stain, ($57) is super-cute applied to the apple of the cheek, or you could try a sweep of Maybelline's Fit Me blush in light pink ($19.99). 

- Stuff


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