I Tried 1920s Hair and Makeup! [CC]

I Tried 1920s Hair and Makeup! [CC]

Well, hello. Yes, I am looking a little
different to normal. What do you think? Now, it’s been mentioned that I
haven’t recently done enough hair and beauty and fashion-related videos. Also, as you may know,
I am incredibly obsessed with playing games on my phone,
and have a terrible memory. So, three birds with one stone:
I thought that I would be inspired by my newest game/app obsession – June’s Journey, which is
a hidden mystery–hidden object mystery game. Wow, that’s how bad my memory is. But I’ve been using it to try and improve my
memory. Basically, you find stuff. It’s set in the 1920s and it’s all rather
glamorous. So, I thought I’d use that to
challenge myself to create a 1920s look. (As you know, I’m normally 40s and 50s.) I’ve tried to be as authentic as I can going through. So, I hope you really enjoy watching this look take place. I’ve sprinkled in some facts as well, as you
know I love to do. If you want to reproduce this look for a 1920s party or for Halloween or anything like that, please, please, please let me know if you
do; I should be very excited if you use this video for such a purpose. After decades of secretive make-up use, the women’s suffrage movement brought forth the flapper girl of the 1920s. Fashionable and fun-loving women who rejected convention. Their distinctive look is the one most people associate with the 1920s. Pale skin, dark eyes, and a Cupid’s bow
mouth. For the first time, women cut their hair short, displaying their newfound freedom. The main character of the game, June, has a stylish bob, but I’m particularly inspired by her niece Virginia’s finger waves. I have even put a bow on my dress to match. I’d like to begin by letting you know that I have really sparkly nails! They’re really sparkly! I need to tell you that because I’ve put three different types of nail varnish on here, including a top coat that says it’s gonna make it last for seven whole days! And yet… somehow, in the making of this video, they will inevitably become damaged. Every time I make a video, I just destroy my nails. Let’s begin with hair. So, I have hair much longer than the 1920s bob, obviously, so what we’re going to try and do with that is take this hair at the back and put it into a little bun. Just pin it up and then get some lovely finger waves out of the front here. To start with, I’ve done a rolling pattern here that is forwards and then backwards. So my partings along here, I’ve gone backwards and then forwards and on the side, backwards; forwards; backwards; forwards, and hopefully that is gonna help us a lot when it comes to making our waves. So, let’s take them out and see. [Cheery music] I use sponge rollers rather than pin curling, because my nerve disability means I can’t feel the ends of my fingers so pins are fiddly, and I also can’t tell when things are wet or dry very well [Music continues] If you’re a pin curler rather than a sponge roller, simply curl your hair in directional rows of backwards and forwards. [Cheery music] So, I’ve taken a lot at the back of my hair and put it into a cute little bun at the back but this – these bouffants – either side of my face – we’re going to make some beautiful Marcel finger waves and then pin towards the back, because clearly I’m not going to actually cut my hair for this. We’re going to be doing that using some strong hold fixing styling mousse, which will probably make my hair terrible for the next few days, but we’re doing it! Dedication to the bit. You will need: a lot of clips (thanks to vintagehairstyling.com for mine); a comb and a lot of firm hold mousse. Pro tip: you’re basically going to need to use so much that your hair will be disgusting to touch. Oh, yeah. Let’s put even more on there! Using your comb in a firm hand, drag the hair backwards; pin into place; and drag forwards. [Faster tempo cheery music] OK, now we’re given lovely swoops here and I haven’t thought this through, because I’m gonna have to do my make-up around this [Cymbals clash] Yeah. It’s gonna be fine. It’s gonna be fine. So I’ve left this a little bit here at the end and I’m just gonna twist it and add it into the bun at the back. [Slower cheery music] And then we just do this lovely process all over again on the other side. [Music continues] Now liberally spray your entire head in hairspray until you’ve pretty much filled the room with fumes and are beginning to think that this was a bad idea. Take a moment to get your breath back and play the awesome new phone game you’re addicted to. June’s Journey follows the eponymous June, who returns to her family home after her sister’s murder to care for her niece AND find out if the killer really WAS her brother-in-law. You play by helping June to discover clues to the crime and uncover family secrets in time [inaudible] object scenes. Here’s a super sneaky thing: but if you watch an ad it means that you can pay for just ten energy, rather than fifteen energy, which I do all the time because…I’m addicted and I need to play as many times as I can, regardless. You can also renovate and decorate the family estate, so if you’re a fan of games where you get to design pretty gardens, this is definitely something you’ll enjoy. I’ve also, thanks to this game, learnt the real names for many building tools. I’m not entirely sure when that will come in handy, but… it could. If you sign in with Facebook, you can play on your desktop as well. In fact, you can play anywhere in the world you want. There are little side games, too, like putting torn up family photos together that will then boost your energy. Basically, it’s free; it’s great; and I can’t stop playing it. So, now we have done our hair (my hair), let’s attempt to do make-up UNDER the hair! Why didn’t I think this through? I don’t know. Don’t do it in this order; it’s probably not a good idea. The first thing we’re going to apply is a liquid or cream foundation. Authentically, this would have been done with a foundation brush. I have a sponge, because…2018, OK? You’re going to need to use the absolute lightest foundation that you can get away with because a good 1920s lady would not be getting anywhere near the sun. So whatever works for your skin tone (obviously), but… very light. You need to look radiant. [Faster tempo cheery music] Next thing we need to do is our powder. Should be a very translucent powder. Mine is…called Perfect Light Translucent – I’m not sure how it’s both light and translucent, but… The idea is not to add too much colour to your face. Colour – they don’t like it. They don’t like colour in the face. Man, that sounds really racist. It’s 1920s, to be fair; everyone was racist. You should use a powder poof for this, but I don’t have one of those. I don’t like them; I find they always just get really dirty. So, instead, I’m going to be using this little brush and I’m gonna brush away the excess with this poofier brush Achieving a beautiful complexion was considered to be of the utmost importance in the early years of the 20th century, but they did also sell alcohol-based face whitening liquids, so take that with a pinch of salt. We’re next going to apply some blusher. This should be in quite a deep red carmine shade. It’s not deep red, but we work with what we’re given, OK? Now apply just to the apples of your cheeks. If you don’t know what that is, just smile. Your face turns up. Next up: brows As you can see, I’m not a person who is exactly blessed with an abundance of brow, I think it’s fair to say. And if you were wondering – no, I don’t, like, wax them or shave them off past this point. They just stop. I just have mini brows. I think I do know – I think it’s just genetic. By the time I was born, my grandmother had about three hairs on her eyebrows. But for now, let’s work with what we’ve got. 1920s brows were extreme to mirror the silent film stars of the day with little to no attempts to make them look natural. Eyebrows were plucked or shaved away, and new pencil-thin brow lines drawn on. These extended down to the temples in a severe arch, lending a mournful appearance. If you don’t want to lose your eyebrows forever, then stick them down with a paste made from a hard block of soap and camouflage with foundation. I personally have too little an eyebrow to bother with such a thing. Now, when it comes to 1920s eyeshadow, the most popular shades were sort of the light blue; dark green; dark blue; and black. I mean, sure – why go natural? For day-time, a little dab of Vaseline on your eyelids was also incredibly popular. Probably also somehow helped their make-up stick? So I’m gonna go for kind of a dark blue-y/grey-ish shadow on my lids – and the important thing also is to keep in the half-moon shape of your actual eyelid. Don’t wing anything up at all and cover it fully, rather than just [uncertainly] con–contouring using eyeshadow. What’s the word for that? When you put darker shadow at the corners. IS there a word for that? Is there a term? I’m not sure. Let’s just get on with what we’re doing. Excuse my epic mono-lids, by the way. You probably don’t have eyes like this. So, you’ll actually be able to see your own eyeshadow. [Cheery music continues] Taking that very pale grey shadow, I’m just gonna go under the eyes; under the root of the lashes, giving your eyes that nice widened doleful look of the silent film stars. Probably work better if you have bigger eyes than me, but…we’re gonna work with it [Music continues] I’m adding a darker shadow to the line of my lid, because I can’t quite cope without eyeliner and then blending it out. They did also smudge with a pencil at the lash line, but, again, this blended into the eyeshadow, rather than featuring prominently by itself, as it does now. [Music continues] And next up: not eyeliner! I know. I’m as shocked as you are. Don’t know how I’m gonna cope. Instead, we move straight on to mascara and I shall be using this credibly authentic Besame Mascara Cake. And inside, it has…a mascara brush! I actually have to put water on this; create a little powder paste, and then somehow get this on my eyelashes, without getting it everywhere. Wish me well. Let’s get ready to make a mess! Just gonna cover up my dress. Make a mess with normal mascara, clearly I’m gonna make a mess with cake mascara. By the way, I should like to add: you can just use regular mascara; you don’t need to do this at all. Although, to be fair, it does give you a really nice look. I’m not gonna lie – I do highly recommend cake mascara. Also, I’m not that precious – I do use regular tap water on my face. This is regular tap water in a bottle. See, it’s I think way prettier than regular mascara. I think it just looks nice. It has a nice touch to it. Mascara was invented in 1915 and credited to a man named Tom Lyle Williams, who founded Maybelline; naming it after his sister Mabel, who coated her lashes with Vaseline and cork ash. Really, I guess it was Mabel who deserves the credit. And then the bit that ties the entire look together, of course: [sing-song voice] lipstick! Again, I’m using from Besame; this is a very authentic, true-to-the-era shade called Blood Red. It’s dark. Small lips with a prominent Cupid’s bow were the fashion. Dark lip colours exaggerated this trend, making lips appear smaller and neat. Foundation was used at the corners of the mouth to make them appear smaller. [Slower cheery music] Draw in the outline using a lip pencil of the same shade or a small lipstick brush. Then, apply lipstick to the inner shape. At the time, lip stencils were available to help get the perfect shape but, really, faces are so different. Has any commercially made stencil ever worked for anyone? Please do let me know if it has. [Slower cheery music continues] And here we come to the final look. [Cheery music continues] Almost done! Now we just need to take the pins out. Possibly with a lot of hairspray as well, hang on. Let’s be prepared. [Slower cheery music] So, there you go: the full look! I hope you’ve enjoyed watching this video and if you’d like to see some more kind of hair and make-up tutorials, and fashion as well, then please do subscribe to my channel, although do note: this is the only 1920s thing I’ve ever done. Most of it’s 40s and 50s, but there we go. Also, other amusing videos; some about disability and LGBT stuff, as well. If you’d like to download June’s Journey for free, there is a link in the description down below. Definitely do go and check it out; it is highly addictive. I can very much recommend it. I mean, I just can’t stop now. Also, until the 15th of October, there is a special one-year anniversary of June’s Journey giveaway-type thing going on in the game. You can click on the link, get into the game, and you will receive a free decoration to put on your pretty little island. I’m gonna get really into decorating my island, I can just tell. Ooh. Also, if you would like to become a member of the Kellgren-Fozard Club, get special access to behind-the-scenes things; goodies; polls; and a video every month that no one else gets to see, then all you have to do is click on the JOIN button down below. [Quietly] If you can’t see the JOIN button, it’s OK; there’s a link in the description that will take you right there. [Quietly] It doesn’t show up on iOS; it’s a thing. [Quietly] Don’t worry! [Quietly] It’s being fixed. [Normal voice] See you next time!


  • Jade Lee says:

    I love this. But omg I bet it took you a long time to style your hair like that!

  • Jéssica Bonomo says:

    Tip to prevent your nails from getting damaged: Less coats. I'm not a pro or anything similar, but my experience is that if you put on a lot of coats, it will take longer to fully dry (especially in wet weather coff coff), and even when dry, there will be a thick layer of varnish, that is more likely to chip at the edge of the nail, and then we all know what happens…. When I can keep from biting my nails long enough to have them done, I try to put on a nice even layer of the varnish of choice and a top coat. It's harder to have the varnish fully cover the nail and loog good with only one coat, but I swear it lasts much longer.

  • Candace Ledesma says:

    Gorgeous!! 😍😍 I love this tutorial

  • Justina Kenyon says:

    This is the best game sponsored video I have ever seen! Probably because it seems relevant to your channel and the game looks super fun 🙂
    This was such a fun look. I always appreciate the 20's, because I'm super pale, so I feel like I would have actually been fashionable.

  • Hamster Art says:

    ah im so glad you can do those waves without pincurls bc my hands…they do not pincurl…and neither does my hair tbh.

  • R says:

    As always your enthusiasm is infectious. 🙂 Watching your videos always cheer me up. I love that whatever the topic is, from light hearted to serious that you manage to keep everything comfortable and cheery. It's something I try to learn to emulate.

  • aleksandra rauhaniemi says:

    That lipstick is such a pretty shade! it really suits you. And the hair is awesome as always!❤

  • 9MMina says:

    so strange how you are barely recognizable in a different look! wow.

  • Alisa van der Tang says:

    You should watch miss fisher on netflix! V 20’s very cool! You would love it!

  • Rachel Maria says:

    Loved the facts, and it is so glamorous!

  • VIBlind Resources says:

    This was a great video! I might do this look tomorrow because I’m dressing up every day in October for Blind awareness month! XX Chelsey

  • Mika Sinclair says:

    I LOVE YOU JESSICA! (sorry for shouting) I've just had the worst day and it was so nice to have a hang out and such interesting facts to drag my mind away from the day <3

  • MsCinis says:

    I LOVE THAT GAME!!! It taught me so much vocabulary I just wouldn't stumble upon anywhere else!

  • Yikes! says:


  • hello__emy says:

    Hi! I paused the video because I HAD to tell you how wonderful (and beautiful) you are. Also, I don't usually download suggested games, but I did for you because THAT GAME IS RIGHT UP MY ALLEY and also I love you. Great video, as always. Much love from a fellow LGBTQIA+ person with a disability!

  • Grim Salad says:

    Missing the last third of your brow is super common with hypothyroidism and probably some connective tissue disorders too!

  • MythicalMelodies says:

    Wait lipstick brushes exist?!
    And I love your look by the way

  • Sharon Rose says:

    You look beautiful! If you like the 1920's look, you might enjoy Miss Fisher's Mysteries. They're on Netflix in Canada. A new episode is supposed to come out this fall. There was a tragic lesbian love story in the 2nd season. Fun. https://www.filmink.com.au/miss-fishers-murder-mysteries-movie-happening/

  • jmcosmos says:

    Many loud applauses! Such 1926! Very flapper! Wow.

  • Cat Rosas says:

    high femme Jessica: i painted my nails 3 different colors to make them look super sparkly!
    gay Jessica: keeps nails super short 👀
    ahahah… i work for a business casually located inside my city's masonic temple (you know, free masons and stuff) and they're hosting a 20s themed fundraiser party soon. if i went i could use your tutorial!

  • ouch says:

    June looks almost identical to Miss Fisher. You'd probably enjoy Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, though I don't know if it's watchable in England. It's set in the 1920s, focusing on Miss Fisher's shenanigans as a lady detective

  • Mimi Hayer says:

    you're so precious and radiant ily <3

  • Quindlyn says:

    Is the music caravan palace?

  • Marjorie Heideman says:

    When you and The Pinup Companion do finger waves on the same day!!

  • Boqueron Becky says:

    Love your make up videos! I learn so much!

  • Cannot be Tamed says:

    Beautiful! I really enjoyed this tutorial.

  • Bia Carvalho says:

    I really miss your beauty related videos!!! 😢💕😘

  • Natalia Proshicheva says:

    This is the best game! Been playing it for over a year now! 😍 And I really like your look!

  • Maghouin Beg says:

    I have curly-ish hair. On the top of my head, I have natural Marcel waves. These form by was washing my hair, combing it, and then leaving it. If I brush my hair it turns into something similar to Hagrid's.

  • sissybranna6 says:

    i love a good jessica beauty video!! keep them coming please!!!!

  • toocoolforcapes says:

    The new background is fantastic!

    I also downloaded the game, I've been looking for a look and find game.

  • A D says:

    I'm re-watching this as I'm doing the flapper look for Halloween. (I have a bob, so I'm mainly using the makeup tips.) Oh and by the way, a lot of women in that era actually did what you did with your hair – pin some of it up and make it just appear to be a short hairstyle. (You can see this on Dorothy, Miss Fisher's companion on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.) Not all of them lopped off their hair.

  • Kieren Dillon says:

    Loved the fingercurls and the vintage mascara/lipstick!

  • Tessa Ravenhall says:

    This is by far my fave look video! And the music fits so well!! 😍❤️

  • peach jelly says:

    i love this! i would love to see more era based makeup tutorials ~

  • Jsire S says:

    Oh I’m sure you would like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. That series is so much fun, I definitely enjoyed it. The character on that game is based on the actress.

  • Emma Edwards says:

    Nails!!!! I love them!

  • Emily_Catherine says:

    I know your esthetic is the 40s-50s. But omg the 20s suit you so well😭💜

  • mellowapplez says:

    Finally someone who understands my woes when trying to do makeup because of my hectic monolids and does not simply say to tape them but instead work with them to create your own unique look! This is amazing Jessica, and you look great too 🙂

  • Kenneth Corey says:

    You look absolutely Gorgeous without makeup!!!!!

  • Steve McKnelly says:

    Aww, you look adorable!

  • Madalyn Monrose says:

    I'd love to see more videos like this!

  • Karin Elfwing says:

    Jessica Kellgren-Fozard and you others who liked this video from Jessica may like this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iquQBqD2Gs4

  • Elisha Horowitz says:

    You are absolutely gorgeous with out make up by the way!!! ❤️

  • Hayley Beth says:

    I love this! 1920s finger waves have always been a bit of a mystery to me. Btw—I love hidden object games and that one looks fun! I’ll check it out.

  • USA USA says:

    Hi Jessica, so sorry about your chronic illness, it’s terrible (I know). My son also has had a very rare chronic illness (since age three). Life is so unfair at times, Jessica. And many times life threatening. My wife and your YouTube viewer have tried hard to embrace it, like you have. First, you are so brave to put yourself (and your wife) in a vulnerable situation. That takes more courage than a combat veteran. Really respect you and your wife for your role model for others with similar issues. Yes, your wife must really love you, as she is a demanding advocate for your medical care. How lovely she is as an advocate.
    Just two points that I want to share with you. Freud thought women were homosexual by nature because they suckle at their mother’s breast (a sex object). Freud also thought there is a universal bi-sexuality. We all start out as female in our mother’s womb, until genetics and the poison 😀 testosterone appears.
    Love the way you and your wife embrace each other. Trust me, love really comes through your videos. Your videos are distracting and refreshing. God Bless both of you.

  • alittlebitanna says:

    Thank you for this vid, Jessica! I'm gonna try and Marcel wave my hair for a 1930's dance event I have coming up, and this was a nice, simple tutorial!

  • No other Like my own skin says:

    Can you please start using the Japanese and UK English and USA English subtitles or CC? To improve on my Japanese language skills. Upcoming video.

  • Br0th3r7 says:

    I am NOT used to seeing you without makeup on ^^ You look really good!

  • Rain King says:

    I didnt even see this video in my feed! >:(

  • Emi Okie says:

    I absolutely love your channel! It's elegant and vintage ambiance has a relaxing feel to it and I love watching them to relax me. I have learned so much on how to curl my hair and how todo vintage looks. I would positively love to see you do a Peggy Carter inspired look! She is one of my favorite strong female characters and I definitely think you could pull off bringing her classically powerful look to life! Please keep showering us with lovely vintage looks!💖

  • Sara Krauss says:

    I've started to play June's Journey and I'm so obsessed again! Such fun!

  • vegishishkabab says:

    I would love it if you made a Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine in Cinderella hair tutorial

  • Case Em says:

    I like these true-to-era makeup and hair tutorials. Really fun!

  • Jamie McCullough says:

    I normally don't audibly squee at your videos from the sheer cuteness, but this one is definitely SQUEE-WORTHY!!

  • Moki Mon says:

    Speaking of memory issues, i know that some people with early onset dementia (i.e. short term memory issues) are able to wear a camera. One woman my mother claimed to know had one which took a photo approximately every 3-4 seconds and she used this mostly of a night time to "remember" her day and enjoy it i guess. Would you ever consider something like that? Btw this is from about 10 years ago so technology has obviously advanced.

  • ItIsMeMaybe says:

    You got me absolutely addicted to Junes Journey 💕

  • Tina W. says:

    The 20s isn't me, I'm too attached to puffy skirts, as fun as fringe is.

  • Tina W. says:

    You sell yourself too short. There's something about you that you can pull off any era you want.

  • Oliwia Rak says:

    Women in Poland used to use this kind of mascara type untl the end of the 80s as nothing else was available for "regular" ppl! Some would even spit into it to get the moistue 🙂

  • Stephanie Shanonn says:

    Jessica your voice is so beautiful! You should do some voice acting work !

  • Ayo nez says:

    Karolina Żebrowska on Youtube is a lovely young Polish lady who explores similar topics in terms of fashion and era's just as Your channel!
    I would love to see a collab between the both of You.

  • Ariangwaed says:

    It's kind of odd seeing this video after I'd dressed up in a 1920s style for Halloween. I love it. ^_^

  • Chris Moon says:

    MARVELOUS AND beautiful!!! LOTS of prep, and so many cool tidbits of where makeup came from! I'm watching your old videos until you are rested and are back online 🙂 HUGS!!

  • Layla Li says:

    I downloaded the game because this video, it is indeed addictive! And love this video!

  • CatBat333 says:

    If you love that game and 20's style, there is a show on Netflix you simply must watch. It is called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

  • Solène Cahu says:

    Beautiful make-up!!! And thumbs up for the hair 👍👍 thank you for the video 🙂

  • Grace Cooper says:

    Omg where has she been all my life! She's gorgeous, she's so funny, she sounds like Mary Poppins, and she has beautiful vintage style!! I'm in love

  • MrPiousFlint says:

    I saw this after watching your Rita Hayworth tutorial (both are great). I would like to see you and Claud swapping hair care routines for a week because in the Rita Hayworth vid it looks like it takes you hours and hours to do your hair and when Claudia came in to borrow your brush it only seemed to take her a couple of minutes.

  • Aly Burr says:

    Somehow in the thumbnail you remind me of a red-haired Lady Edith from Downton Abbey

  • Al The INTP says:

    I wanna learn how to do vintage makeup for college. Can you please do more tutorials.

  • Sara Sleightholm says:

    Cute! Although from other 20s tutorials I've seen it's easier to make all the curls in one directions so they join together in one big curl and that's what helps make the finger wave style

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