I'm not feeling the love for much of my makeup lately, so it might be amusing to make fun of it—particularly from a decade I survived: The 80s!
Between the screamingly electric notice-me colors, weird hats, and asymmetrical, gravity-defying hair, I am quite grateful I was only a makeup dabbler in that decade. I was, however, a victim to the fashion, as there was no escape from big shoulder pads, layered polos with pearls and popped collars, designer jeans, Swatch watches, leg warmers, Bermuda bags (with spouting whales!), the oops-this-just-slipped-off-my-shoulder tops, Vuarnet and Ray-ban sunglasses, leggings under tunic tops, and god knows what other atrocities I committed in the name of fashion. Best left forgotten and burn the Polaroids.
When I look at ads from back then, it seems like makeup was all about very strong eyes, cheeks, and lips combined with big BIG hair, and none of it could be big or dramatic enough.
|Maybe she's born with it ...|
Also in that 80s overdone style, you couldn't go to a salon without being chronically visually assaulted by the artwork of Patrick Nagel.
Makeup in the 80s wasn't always neon. I came across this old Maybelline ad that wouldn't look so out of place today. In fact, her look is very similar to what I wear on a daily basis: rosy-pink lips, soft rose blush, a wash of neutral eyeshadow, and eyeliner.
|Not too shabby Miss Kim|
Unfortunately, Brooke did not represent us well with her moustachioed eyebrows, orange eyeshadow, and persimmon lips, all of which clashed with her skin. And WHAT is up with that Holly Hobbit on the Prairie lace collar?
|What has been seen cannot be unseen!|
For a modern interpretation of 80s' vivid color, I would look toward Beijing-born photographer Chen Man's work. Beautiful!
Here's a link to some of her magazine covers, which are simply exquisite.
If you were interested in recreating the colorful and bright 80s look now, it wouldn't be that hard.
Here's all you'd need:
- Primary and/or secondary-colored eyeshadows in blue, purple, orange, pink, and green
- Electric-bright cobalt-blue eyeliner (or black, but the 80s were really all about the blue eyes)
- Fuchsia pink lipstick
- Bright pink blush
Electric blue eyeshadow
Nothing says "I love you 80s" more quickly than blue eyeshadow. Bobbi Brown's new Bluebell eyeshadow would work perfectly.
Hot pink lips
NARS Satin-matte lipstick in Schiap is the right shade of fuchsia.
Ultra colorful eyeliner, preferably more than one color at a time, like Urban Decay's 24/7 waterproof liners, which come in a multitude of colors:
A bright pink blush, like NARS Gaiety, should do the trick.
For fun, here's a L'Oreal eyeshadow ad from 1983. What's so interesting about this commercial and the print ads is the sponge applicators. How on earth did we manage before makeup brushes went mainstream?? Somehow we did.
UPDATE [3/17] In my YouTube weekly digest, I was quite pleased to see that Lisa Eldridge had done an 80s retro look. Check it out.
What decade for makeup makes you run for the hills?