1960-2000-makeup
Cosmetics, Fashion, Vintage

Makeup over the decades: 1960 – 2000

In a recent post I took a look at makeup trends between the 1910’s and 1950’s, today it’s the turn of the 1960’s to the 2000’s…

1960’s

1960s

The 1960’s became the decade of colourful makeup.

Skin
Base makeup was fairly natural with cream foundation and setting powders used to create a matte base. Pastel shades of pink and peachy corals were popular for blusher and were swept past the apples and up to the temples.

Eyes
Eyeliner was a big part of makeup throughout the 60’s and was used to create lots of different shapes and flicks including Twiggy style eyelashes. False eyelashes grew in popularity around the mid 60’s. Colourful eye makeup became a staple with bright and pastel tones of eyeshadow and eyeliners becoming readily available.

Eyebrows
Eyebrows were usually a natural shape with powder or pencil to fill. The mid to late 60’s saw a thinner eyebrow become popular with eyebrows being tweezed into a curve.

Lips
Matte lipsticks were popular and were mainly in pinks, peaches and muted reds. A slick of vaseline was used over the top for a glossier lip.

 

 

1970’s

1970s

The 1970’s was an incredibly diverse time for makeup. From disco to punk, styles were so widely varied. The main theme of 70’s makeup was that it as heavily applied but in more natural and earthy colours.

Skin
Bronzed skin became a mainstream trend with tanning products now widely available.

Eyes
Earthy eyeshadow tones were popular with matte shadows taking a bit of a back seat in favour of pearl and frost. White pencils and eyeshadows were used to create highlights around the eyes and under the brow. Mascara was applied to both the top and bottom lashes

Eyebrows
Thinner brows were a consistent trend throughout the 70’s.

Lips
Pinks and browns were popular lip colours and in glossier formulations. The deeper tones of reds and purples made a comeback with colour taking inspiration from fruity shades.

 

 

1980’s

1980s

The 80’s was all about experimentation.

Skin
Matte bases became popular once again with heavily applied contour in browns, pinks and reds.

Eyes
Anything went with eye makeup! The rule book was thrown out of the window and creativity lead the way. Eyes were usually dark with heavy eyeshadows and liner around the whole eye.

Eyebrows
Thicker and bolder brows became popular again.

Lips
Bright, pastel, dark, glossy, matte, over-lined, natural… anything went!

 

 

1990’s

1990s

The decade of the supermodel.

Skin
Tanned skin became popular once again with highlighters and natural contours coming into fashion.

Eyes
Brown tones were popular for eyeshadows with usually only one or two shades being used. While black eyeliner was still a must for grunge makeup, brown eyeliner was more widely used for mainstream makeup. Natural lashes and subtle false eyelashes were popular.

Eyebrows
Thin eyebrows were in and were lightly filled.

Lips
Brown lip colours were popular with liner often being a couple of shades darker than the lipstick.

 

 

2000’s

2000s

The 2000’s was the time of some questionable fashion choices…

Skin
Bases were more natural and less matte than the previous decades. Tanning was still popular with mid tone blushes and contours to add depth.

Eyes
Frosty shades and candy pinks and blues were very popular for eyeshadow. A glittery black or blue smokey eye was also a must.

Eyebrows
Thin eyebrows were still popular and lightly filled.

Lips
Natural tones and barely there colours were trendy with lipgloss being a staple. Frosty lip glosses and lipsticks were also fashionable.

 

 

My personal favourite decade for makeup is the 1950’s, what’s yours?

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