Makeup: A Glamorous History

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Britain in the Roaring 20s

Series 1 - Episode 3 Britain in the Roaring 20s



Where Victorian women hid their oh so discreet make-up, the generation of women after First World War used cosmetics openly to make a statement about enjoying life to the full. Lisa Eldridge concludes her accessible three-part history by revealing how women in the 1920s used pancake foundation, cupid’s-bow lip stencils and sooty eyeshadow to emulate the glamorous stars of the silver screen, as well as – scandalously – bobbing their hair as a symbol of empowerment. It’s a great look but, she discovers, hard work to achieve using vintage products.

In Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make Up Star (later on BBC1), the make-up artists go back in time to create period looks for The Crown.


In the final episode, makeup artist Lisa Eldridge explores her favourite era for makeup, beauty and glamour, Britain in the 1920s. Lisa visits the British Film Institute archives to find out what impact the arrival of Hollywood cinema had on the development of some of our favourite makeup products, before working with pharmacist Szu Shen Wong to recreate authentic period recipes for foundation, eye makeup and lipstick. Last in the series.