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 I love experimenting with all sorts of different styles of makeup. Recently I've become obsessed with trying to recreate the look of the 20s and 30s starlets (but without plucking my eyebrows.) I'm having a lot of trouble trying to get this right. Any tips?


  Vintage looks are almost ALL about well defined brows. Therefore, some plucking is necessary just to clean them up and get a good line! Daniela Turudich, author of The Vintage Face, says "You do not have to pluck off all your eyebrow hair to get an art deco 1920s/1930s look. You simply have to add a little color to the brow using an eyebrow brush and eyebrow powder and then extend the outer edge of the eyebrow out towards the temple using a fine point brow pencil. After drawing the line out, make sure that you soften the line a bit with your finger by smoothing it accross the line toward the temple. And when I say "out" I don't mean down. "Down" lines make people look old and tired. Most eyebrows can achieve a 1920s/1930s vintage look by adding about 1/4 to 1/2 inch more length to the outside of the brow. A medium brown/brunette pencil tends to work on most people."

A quick note about the difference between 1920s and 1930s brows. 1920s brows were more straight accross and tended to be dark brown or black (due to the black grease pencil that was used to define the brows.) 1930s brows are, of course, thinner and have much more of a curve and arch than a 1920s brow. In the day, both were extended out toward the eyebrow. Good luck!

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12/23/2002 7:05:17 PM


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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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