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Clara Bow -- Photo reprinted with permission of David B. Pearson http://silentladies.com

Clara Bow -- Photo reprinted with permission of David B. Pearson http://silentladies.com

Clara Bow Lips - 1920s Beauty

Beauty History

Every one wanted Clara Bow lips. In case you never heard of Clara Bow, she was a very famous young actress commonly known as the "It Girl". The "It" apparently referred to her sex appeal. Her trademark was her lips... cupid bow lips. If you type Clara Bow into a search engine, her lips will be the first thing you notice. I'm sure that Betty Boop was fashioned after this famous actress.

During this decade, the twist-up lipstick appeared. Before that particular tube was created, women had to slide a tiny lever at the side of the tube with the edge of their fingernail to move the lipstick up to the top of the case.

Did you know that it was very fashionable to be seen applying your lipstick in public. Just a few years earlier, this practice was extremely frowned upon. Now women were bringing tubes of lipstick and compacts of powder to the restaurant table. No need for a quick trip to the ladies room any longer.

Source: 
"Vintage Face: Period Looks from the 20s, 30s, 40s, & 50s"
By Daniela Turudich
Published by Streamline Press

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