07 March, 2014

1930s Crawford / Cruller Lips Tutorial

I am starting a new series on this blog called Lips of the Decades, beginning with the 1920s lips look, and ending with the 1980s. This series will be updated every Friday.

The Cupid's Bow lips of the 1930s were more elongated and less pouty than those from the previous decade. Lipstick colors of the '30s were also not as vampy red as ones from the '20s; they ranged from brighter pinkish red to straight up red. The 1930s lips were called the Crawford Lips, also known as the Cruller Lips.

For this tutorial, I have chosen Joan Crawford's picture as an example. Remember, each person's lips are different from others. The goal here isn't to get Joan Crawford's lips, but to learn how to draw your lips following the trend of the 1930s.

How to achieve the look:

  • Lip brush.
  • Lip balm.
  • Lipstick -- I used Revlon's "Cherries in the Snow."
Step 1: Make three marks on your lips, as shown in the picture. Notice that the two marks on the sides go just outside of the lip line.

Step 2: Connect the marks. In the areas that I've marked with the black dots, stay within your lip line. For the blue areas, go just outside of your lip. Also, stay within your natural lip line for the bottom lip.

Step 3: Fill in.

Let me know what you think, and if you have a blog -- leave a link, too! When you give this look a try, please leave a link to the picture; I'd love to check it out. :-)

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  1. They look fab! What a gorgeous bright colour ! xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. Thank you! :-) I guess "Cherries in the Snow" is still a best-selling shade since the '50s for a reason.

  2. I really like how this enhances your lip shape and gives a more fuller effect such a gorgeous shade too! Especially for summer ;) x


  3. I have to teach my stage make up class that Im in this and its very helpful!

  4. Great tutorial! I love this!

    Keisha xo

  5. The very last picture that asks about the Colour Riche lipstick/lip stain/lip gloss, it says Lilac something, but is the bottom/last picture of the Lilac colour too?? It looks warmer than that and way less blue. Please let me know because I love the last picture. I would go perfectly with my fair skin. Thank you!


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