How to Look Like Clara Bow

A special-guest beauty tutorial on flapper style.

Last month we told you that the wonderful Jane Marie from the wonderful Hairpin would be doing a beauty tutorial for us, and we asked what look you wanted her to teach you. The overwhelming majority of you asked for…Audrey Horne! But Jane basically already did that with her 1950s Glamour Tutorial on the Hairpin back in August, so go watch that to Audrey Horne yourself up.

The second-highest vote getter was Margot Tenenbaum, but Jane pointed out that that tutorial would be basically “Flat-iron your hair and use a ton of black eyeliner.” No one needs a tutorial for that.

Third in the rankings was Clara Bow. (Audrey Horne, Margot Tenenbaum, and Clara Bow? Damn, you Rookies are cool.) Jane jumped all over that idea. And here is the awe-inspiring, adorable, hilarious result:

Thank you, Jane! We love you.

If there’s a specific look you want one of our staffers, or a guest, to teach you how to do at home, let us know in the comments!


  • Narnie December 22nd, 2011 7:20 PM

    Yay! I love Clara Bow

  • Juli December 22nd, 2011 7:36 PM

    Woo! Loved it. There’s all these tricks I never even knew about. Thumb up!

  • RongDemo December 22nd, 2011 7:43 PM

    Great video…but everyone knows Louise Brooks is way cooler than Clara Bow.

    • Nikilodeon December 23rd, 2011 10:38 AM

      Omg yes Louise Brooks!!!

    • Flappergirl6 April 23rd, 2012 3:23 PM

      Louise Brooks is… Incredible. I bobbed my hair like hers a few moths ago, and I love it. I’m amazed that TWO rookie readers, aside form myself, know who she is!

  • VintageAddict December 22nd, 2011 7:50 PM

    LOVE THIS!! Now going to force my BFF to have a costume bday party so i can try this out! :)

  • fizzingwhizbees December 22nd, 2011 7:56 PM

    I LOVE Clara Bow! This is fantastic.

  • Ruby B. December 22nd, 2011 8:47 PM

    I love it! I’m definitely going to try this.

  • vadergurl December 22nd, 2011 8:53 PM

    I’d love to see some easy to do hairstyles that medium/short hair girls can rock! My hair is just about at my shoulders and I’m always lacking ideas, or really the skills. I can manage a basic bread and some ponytails but that’s about it! :(

    • Tavi December 22nd, 2011 10:04 PM

      i plan on doing a 8-minute beehive tutorial soon!

      • vadergurl December 23rd, 2011 1:03 AM

        I like the sounds of this! Looking forward to it :)

  • TessAnnesley December 22nd, 2011 9:08 PM

    1. Audrey Horne
    2. Margot Tenenbaum
    3. Clara Bow
    if the world starts turning inside out or all the presidents go mad or something can we just buy our own island and listen to joni mitchell records and wear detachable collars and crowns all day??? please guys??

    • Tavi December 22nd, 2011 9:15 PM


    • julalondon December 23rd, 2011 5:03 AM

      Amazing idea!=)

    • Naomi Morris December 23rd, 2011 10:35 AM

      we already decided we are buying a pink summer house in iceland. volcanos ftw!

    • MissKnowItAll December 25th, 2011 8:46 PM

      Im in.
      I’ll bring the milk with ice

  • Katherine December 22nd, 2011 9:50 PM

    @TessAnnesley – I’m in!

    • Izzy December 27th, 2011 11:02 AM

      I am coming to the island.

  • Adrienne December 22nd, 2011 10:38 PM

    Thank you for the tutorial! I absolutely adore the Roaring ’20s. Just wondering, Clara Bow inspired the cartoon Betty Boop and/or Snow White, right?

    • julalondon December 23rd, 2011 5:15 AM

      If you mean the Disney Snow White, i’m pretty sure she looked like this because this was made in the 1920s!=)

  • Freja December 23rd, 2011 12:52 AM

    I can attest that soap does work for flattening/shaping your eyebrows! Pixiwoo on YouTube has a really good Clara Bow tutorial (and a bunch of others too!) Although I like how Jane Marie’s tutorials focus on wearable, easy to emulate looks. Thanks!

  • darksideoftherainbow December 23rd, 2011 1:56 AM

    instructional and VERY entertaining! WIN WIN! THANK YOU!!!! <3

  • Arwen December 23rd, 2011 8:53 AM

    Wow! This is awesome. Thanks guys!

  • Nikilodeon December 23rd, 2011 10:37 AM

    Super awesome tutorial! I have been obsessed with the roaring twenties for the longest time, and for a while I kinda thought I was the only one. It’s so cool to see that other people are into this kind of thing, too! :) See, this is why I love Rookie. It just magically contains all of the things I love/am obsessed with. I noticed that most of your how-to style tutorials are how to look like a blast from the past – maybe you should start calling them Time-warp Tutorials? :)

    Could you also please do a tutorial on one of the following?
    1. Veronica Sawyer’s look (from Heathers)
    2. Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina/Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
    3. A really 90′s party-girl look (kinda similar to how Alicia Silverstone looked in that party scene in Clueless)

  • A.R. December 24th, 2011 3:40 PM

    Thank you Rookie! I am having a mini-obsession with the 20′s resulting from Midnight in Paris and The Great Gatsby. The other day I googled “20s style” and got frustrated because finger waves aren’t exactly the easiest hairstyle. But you guys are awesome-I get a great tutorial right here.

  • ladyjenna December 24th, 2011 7:04 PM

    How about teaching us how to do epic victorian hair? That would be cool

  • actingpjs December 25th, 2011 12:51 PM

    A look that I would like to learn is Allison Reynolds from “The Breakfast Club”, before her makeover. Thanks.

  • samhatt December 25th, 2011 3:51 PM

    awesome tutorial!! :D how about one on Debbie Harry from blondie? even till today, she always seems to have wicked cool make up on. . . :3

  • MissKnowItAll December 25th, 2011 8:41 PM

    Hey guys, If any of you can help me it would be greatly appreciated.
    I want to dye the tips of my black hair without bleaching it. I checked out the manic panic website and I want to use the purple haze. Is there any way I can achieve a purpleish look without bleaching my tips? Thanks

  • royal_futura December 26th, 2011 6:25 AM

    Courtney Love, “Live Through This” era would be so amazing. Or some version of the smeary rocker/melted beauty queen/babydoll look.

  • VintageAddict December 26th, 2011 11:43 PM

    You can also use chapstick or lip balm for your eyebrows

  • Izzy December 27th, 2011 11:01 AM

    This is bloody amazing! I am trying this out!

  • Ruby B. December 28th, 2011 2:09 PM


    I’m a natural blonde and I had no issues dying my hair with Manic Panic without using bleach. However, I talked to my hairdresser and she said that unless you bleach your black hair, the purple will barely show up at all. You will have to lighten it to a blonde if you want it to have a really vibrant color. The more you bleach it, the more the purple will show up.

    • MissKnowItAll December 31st, 2011 12:20 PM

      Thanks Ruby,
      Just one more question.
      If I dye only my tips, will it affect the rest of my hair?
      Thanks a bunch

  • melili December 29th, 2011 3:30 PM

    YES to Debbie Harry!

    • melili December 29th, 2011 3:31 PM

      And Courtney Love too, for that matter

  • SWIZZLEFAIRY22 December 30th, 2011 10:03 PM


  • MissKnowItAll December 31st, 2011 12:22 PM

    Can you guys do a tutorial to get Elizabeth Taylor’s look in Cleopatra?