Top 10 Makeup Looks from the 60s

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INTRODUCTION

The ‘swinging’ 60s had the ‘Hippie movement’ rising, hence an abundance of drastic geometric patterns, black and white, watercolor blush, and psychedelic face painting. Everything was given a whirl, from orange lip liners and yellow lipsticks to petals on lashes and cheeks.

ITEMS USED

  1. Block mascara (mainly activated with spit) was used in place of eyeliner sometimes, which came in pencil, cake, and liquid forms.
  2. Blusher would lack glitter or shimmer and be also applied to the hairline and jaw for definition.
  3. Lashes were made from synthetics or were of animal origin like a seal, mink, or sable. Some came decorated with rhinestones (flapper effect). They were only available in black and brown.
  4. Famous brands included Revlon and Yardley.
  5. Nail polish was initially found in ivory or tan. Later, reds became fashionable.

Some of these tricks we are still a fan of, read on to find out what they are while examining celebrities of the era:

1. Donyale Luna

She was the first African-American supermodel to be on Vogue Magazine’s cover. This icon rocked angled brows, dark brown eyeshadow, pink lip liner, nude gloss, and exotic liner since 1966.

2. Jane Birkin

This French singer, model, and actress emphasized subtle contour, neutral lips, and thick mascara. Blush was in peachy tones and non-pearlescent. The English native brought the lower lashes to center stage.

3. Sophia Loren

Statement red and pigmented lips, clear gel or powder, and defined inner corners of eyebrows were synonymous with this Italian heartthrob’s name. You can couple this with a coral hue on the apples dragged towards the forehead.

4. ‘Twiggy’ Lawson

False eyelashes on BOTH the upper and lower lines for drama, confidently drawn on graphic liquid eyeliner and ultra-high arches. These looks gave us the hacks of applying loose powder under our eyes to manage stray eyeshadow.

5. Brigitte Bardot

She popularized a thick black kohl line in the waterline, tall and thick lashes, smokey eye shadow, matte powder blush, and frosted pink lips. The use of bronzer ensured an effortless, sun-kissed look.

6. Aretha Franklin

Steering clear of traditions as the Queen of Soul with a chrome orange lipstick, she accompanied it with a topknot and spider lashes, a hybrid version of which has been making a comeback recently.

7. Elizabeth Taylor

With her portrayal of Cleopatra, she surged the use of purple and cerulean shades of eye makeup from as early as 1963. This was initially done to balance out the red of the eyes and make the balls seem whiter.

8. Estelle Benett

Her inky eyes were on-brand for her singing trio, the Ronettes. She brought to the forefront chunky bangs or tall beehives for hairstyles that were both powerful and chic.

9. Diana Ross

Opaque color blocking and pearly pink lips, Bambi eyes with the flawless and sharp white liner application or shadow characterized this figure in 1968. Her coif (close fit hair) and the rest were always done by herself.

10. Sharon Tate

Always using a charcoal cut-crease shadow and a cat eyeliner, she complimented it with a half-up half-down hairstyle. Her staples included Chanel No.5, the Erno Lazlo face wash, and the Polly Bergen compact.

Other top stars not listed above include Audrey Hepburn, Diahann Carroll, Pattie Boyd, Edie Sedgwick, and Jean Shrimpton, with minimalist makeup and flowing silhouettes.

INFLUENCES

1. London spearheaded the modernist look, especially in locations like Kings Road and Carnaby Street. A massive chunk of the youth’s disposable income was then spent this way. Simple revolutions of adding logos and instruction manuals began.

2. The ‘baby doll’ face was a popular term, with pastel eyelids and heavier shades of greys, blues, and greens in the socket.

3. The feminist movement also came up in this time, and in their protest against women being reduced to objects, many wore bare faces.

FADS

  1. Harper’s Bazaar Look with over-accentuated eyes due to paint. (1967)
  2. Fake freckles and polka dots near eyelids were drawn on, a trend that is avid in current times. (1969)
  3. Outer corners of the lips were overlined upwards. (1961)

I hope this piece helped you navigate throwback looks!

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