Cat-eye glasses, big earrings, mini-skirts, bold geometric patterns, the white eye shadow, exaggerated creases and the big, doll-like eyelashes are recognizable trade-marks of the ‘60s. Fashion icons like Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy, Mary Quant, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and many others, were trendsetters of their time and left significant influence which is still relevant. They were brave, nasty and glamorous; they had good-girl-gone-bad-sexy style and confidence the size of a mountain – and everyone wanted a piece of it.
Makeup style of ‘60s was inspired by two opposite phenomena: the hippie subculture which brought us a natural look, face and body painting on one side, and dramatic black & white look of mod high-fashion, with a little bit of pastel colours, on the other.
1960s fashion makeup was all about the eyes; the rest of the face was natural and understated. With these few make up styles, you can also be as fabulous as the ladies of the ‘60s.
Setting the Base
Sixties makeup is all about the eyes, so don’t exaggerate with a foundation and a blusher. The goal is a natural and soft look.
- Use light and thin foundation and apply it evenly to the whole face. Don’t forget to make the necessary corrections.
- Use pastel colour blusher (like pink, coral or peach) and apply it on your cheeks while you’re smiling. Remember, you just want a small amount of pigment, so don’t overdo it.
It’s All About the Eyes
Eye makeup look of the ‘60s was the distinctive black eye shadow line in the crease with a pale eyelid and a white eye shadow. Blue and green eye shadows were in use, too.
- Dust your eyelids with face powder.
- Apply a pale, neutral eye shadow across your eyelid to brighten the eyes. Then use darker, matte brown colour and define your eyes by tracing a crease shape around it. Blend it a little bit with a small brush, but keep it dark, or, if you want to go for a more Twiggy-like look, don’t blend it at all.
- Now comes the tricky part: the eyeliner! You can use liquid or gel eyeliner if you have a steady hand or a pencil if you don’t; there’s also a third option, one of the Clarins make up products – three-prong tip eyeliner, which gives you flawless precision by utilizing a dot-by-dot method of application. Slowly apply the eyeliner along your lash-line. As you go outwards, with small movements make the line thicker, and create a sharp wing. It’s supposed to look neat.
- Apply three coats of black or brown mascara to the top and bottom lashes (wait 10 seconds between every coat). Moving the mascara wand in zigzag pattern from the base to the tip of your eyelashes will make them look longer.
- If you want the whole ‘60s experience, instead of mascara, apply false lashes. They were a very popular accessory at the time. If you choose false lashes, you should use the ones that are long and thick, but still look somewhat natural. Like a mascara, they should be black or brown, but if it’s a special occasion, try the ones decorated with rhinestones or glitter, for example.
- For even more dramatic look, use an eyelash curler, which will give volume to your lashes.
Since the eyes are highlighted, the mouth shouldn’t be. In ‘60s era lips were naturally defined; not even a lip-pencil was used. So, the colour of your lipstick should also be natural.
- Apply matte lipstick. You can use some of the lighter colours, like beige-nude, coral, pink or peach. It should resemble your natural lip colour, but enhanced.
- A little bit of lip gloss is allowed.
- Even if the red lipstick is more of a ‘50s thing, some of the ‘60s divas used it as well – so can you. Touch of soft red or candy pink won’t spoil your sixties look.
Ten years of amazing fashion, design, music and movies through the sixties are still an inspiration for people today. Famous fashion and pop-culture icons, like Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Lana Del Rey or Beyoncé, are promoting the style of the ‘60s. It’s now incorporated into various retro designs – classic, hippy, boho, pin-up – but it’s still there. So, let the A-line dresses, psychedelic prints, bright colors and Cleopatra-dramatic eyes – be!
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.