Plus Size Flapper Girl Halloween Costume with GatsbyLady
I don’t know about you but sometimes Halloween and fancy dress parties can send my stress levels sky high. I always want to try and be something no-one else will dress as and as I’m a perfectionist I always want every part of my costume and makeup to be spot on. I love a creepy scary costume as much as the next All Hallows Eve fan but sometimes you just cant be bothered with all that fake blood, contact lenses and gore and want to look a little more refined, especially if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a fancy party or a ball! My answer to this problem is to go full on into the past – Victorian, French Revolution, Forties land girl or my favourite of all – the 1920’s!
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The pure decadence of the Twenties has always appealed to me, with starlets like Louise Brooks, Clara Bow and Theda Bara and the drama of the make up, clothing, architecture and Art Deco styling of the time. In the past it’s been a real struggle to find any beautiful ‘flapper girl’ style dresses in plus sizes that weren’t poor quality fancy dress styles, but now thanks to the incredible GatsbyLady us fat girls can sparkle and shimmy away to our chubby delight – as can our non chubby pals too! GatsbyLady sell a huge range of stunning dresses, separates and accessories all beautifully embellished and of truly wonderful quality.
The dress that I am wearing here is the Edith Flapper Dress in Nude Black (£75.00) and as you can see it is an absolute dream. At the advice of Georgina who is a GatsbyLady pro I went one size up in this style and it was the perfect fit with no stretching of the beading or sequins. The lining is super soft so there’s no need to worry about any of the embellishments rubbing or being painful and the length was great on my 5’7” frame sitting just over the knee. To complete the look and add authenticity a headpiece of some kind was definitely required as no lady would have been seen without one back in those days, so I teamed the dress with another GatsbyLady piece, their Ritz Black Gold Headband (£15.00) which ties at the back so will fit any size. The beading is so gorgeous and intricate on this piece, I especially love the draped strings of beads.
Of course to make this outfit work you must have the hair and makeup of the era too, so here is a step by step tutorial on how to create an authentic 1920’s look with current make up as well as the cheats way to quickly get finger wave style hair with no setting!
- First up take a black kohl or kajal pencil and line the top and bottom of your eye, making it finer under the lower lashes and bolder over the lid. Then give it a gentle smudge with a brush to get rid of the harsh lines. I used this GOSH Ultimate Liner in Carbon Black (£6.49) which comes with a handy rubber smudger on the end.
- Next take a dark slate grey matte eyeshadow such as the shade Matt Johnson from the Meet Matt(e) Nude Size Matters Palett by theBalm (£37.50) and apply it all over the lid, taking it quite high up towards the inner eye area towards the brow to get that classic Twenties shape.
- Now take a shimmery deep pewter silver shadow and apply it all over the lid, including over the matte shadow. Take it up high, nearly to the brow and then give it a quick blend to smooth it out with a blending brush. Here I used the Illamasqua Pure Pigment in the shade Ara (£17.00).
- Add a good few layers of mascara next – they went pretty over the top with mascara in those days so don’t be afraid to use a lot.
- Lastly for the eyes you want to define your brows. Mine are naturally quite thick whereas the look for flapper girls was quite thin, so I put foundation on my brows to lighten them and then drew in new ones with a black liner pencil. So they look authentic you want to start them in line with the inner corner of your eye and take the tails right down so they are in line with the outer corner of your eye, giving that almost Egyptian look that Clara Bow loved so much.
Apply your foundation and powder and then also use these to cover your lips. We are doing this as we will be drawing in a new lip line!
Now take a little blusher, applying it in circles just on the apple of your cheek. Don’t angle it and take it back to your hairline as that’s a modern day technique and won’t look right.
Finally we will apply the lipstick. You must emphasise your cupids bow to get this look right and make the shape of your lips quite pouty. A dark or bold colour is essential, I’ve used a Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Vampira (£16.00).
Lastly it’s on to the hair! Wet setting into finger waves was how they did it in the Twenties which believe me is a hard technique to learn and takes an awfully long time to do! Thankfully back in the days when I had a vintage style hair and makeup business I found a quick way to achieve a very similar look with nowhere near as much effort…
You just need to get yourself one of these hair wave irons! You would usually use them to create messy beachy waves but if you make sure that you line them up properly and do it in flat sections you’ll end up with neat waves and will fit into an episode of Poirot in a trice!
Finish your look with low heeled shoes, a decorative hair band or some feathers and a sweet little beaded bag and you’ll be the belle of your Halloween ball!
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