Beauty Through the Decades Part 2 Continuing with our Beauty Through the Decades posts, we’re kicking off with the swinging sixties and as with our previous post, we’ll be making a suggestion of a product to help you achieve the look yourself.
High glamour made way for experimentation in the 1960’s. Foundation became lighter, and fresher in appearance, while blush was lightly applied to the apples of the cheeks. Blending eye shadows became popular with pale shadows being blended up to the eyebrow while a second shade was blended up to the crease, with a third shade being added to outer corners of eyes. Eye liner was heavy and false lashes were frequently worn. In the absence of false lashes, mascara was worn thick and spiky. Lips were nude. Try Ardell Fashion Lashes £4.95
Complexions were fresher and dewier, as were blushers, cream finishes were popular for a more glowing effect. For evenings, glitter was added to cheeks ready for the disco. Bright, pearlescent eyes hadows were worn all around the eyes, while water lines were lined with light pencil shades. Lips were kept simple, either balm or a gloss to match the natural lip shade. Try Violet Voss Glitter in Wendy £6.95 The
Bigger, bolder make up! Concealer was applied before foundation and bronzer was imperative for a tanned look and a bright pink blush. Eye shadows were bold and bright, but when it came to mascaras, electric blues and sky blues as well as traditional black were layered on heavily. Highlighters in pinks and whites were applied while lips were fuchsias or reds, and lip gloss featured heavily. While daytime make up was a more subdued affair, purples and lighter blues were still all the rage. Try Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in Pink Spirit £9.99
The 1990’s don’t seem to have defining look. Grunge was all the range and eyes were smoky, in greys and dark browns, blush was minimal, if it was used at all, and lips were nude, with a few red toned rosewood-type shades, along with the infamous Heather Shimmer. Gothic looks were also quite mainstream in the 90’s, pale faces, black eye make up and dark lips. Overall though, the 1990’s were about a more natural look, restraint was the key. Eye products were applied sparingly, brows were shaped and defined, blush was soft and lipsticks were brown toned reds or nudes. Try Gerard Cosmetics 1995 Lipstick £12.50
If the 1990’s were hard to define, the 2000’s are even more so. Mineral Cosmetics became very popular for the first time, and now most brands offer a mineral product in their line. In terms of looks, Vintage beauty was popularised by celebrities such as Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani and even Christina Aguilera, and the looks were very 1940’s/1950’s. If any look defines the 2000’s it would probably be the combination of a smoky eye and nude lip. Eye shadows in Greys, blacks or taupes, skilfully blended to create a dramatic, glamourous look, combined with a nude lipstick or a nude gloss on the lips, finished with a touch of bronzer and a subtle highlight. Try Saucebox Cosmetics Creme de la Creme Eye Shadow Palette £24.95