What’s Going On Your Face

The catwalks this Spring are swinging with the big eyes and the pale lips of the 1960s, a beauty look which has never quite been forgotten by the fashion world, and which continues to reinvent itself season after season. At Mary Kantrantzou, make-up artist Val Garland created a bold, updated version of the heavily lined 1960s eye, whilst Pat McGrath painted the faces of Luis Vuitton’s models in peaches and pinks, topped off with generous layers of mascara.

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         They show just how far a classic look can be stretched to create a variety of stylish, modern looks; and you don’t need much in the way of make-up supplies to make it work for yourself. Maybelline, Max Factor, and Revlon are just some of the big name brands which are just as popular today as they were fifty years ago, and the timeless looks they inspired then are just as easily achievable.                                        


Eyeliner is a must; icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy made the use of liquid eyeliner to draw that classic up-and-out flick along the upper lid into the signature look of the decade.

False eyelashes also became popular, and like today, there was a huge range on offer to cater to every style. Mascaras and eyelash curlers were also employed; there was no pretense of “a natural look” when it came to eyes, and lashes were often coated with mascara until they were spiked into dramatic points. As for eyebrows, they were either neat and thin, or very heavy; a look which is very much in vogue at the moment, with modern icon Cara Delevigne bringing the thick brow back.

The Mod look, as exemplified below by supermodel Twiggy, was particularly popular amongst young women everywhere; the Mods were all about monochromatic, geometric patterns, and this translated well into the beauty world. It is a an easily imitated look; sweep white eye shadow across the eyelid, filling in the crease with a darker shade of grey or black, before neatly lining the top lid with black eyeliner, flicking the line up and out at the outer corner. Add false eyelashes to really make eyes stand out, and if you’re feeling really brave, draw your bottom lashes on, just as Twiggy does here:


Bright, pastel coloured eye shadow was also a popular look, particularly in blues or greens; you could buy much the same matte powders or crayons as are available today. Eyes may have been bold, but the rest of the ‘60s face was kept pale and understated, with perhaps a little blusher dusted onto the cheeks to create definition. Lips were either left nude, or painted in a shade of very pale pink or peach.


The 1960s were a time of change, revolution, and experimentation; people were becoming freer and more imaginative with the ways in which they expressed themselves, and why shouldn’t we do the same with the looks they invented? We can’t all be catwalk models or make-up artists, but we can all be creative, and what style is more fun to play with than that of the Swinging Sixties? Peace out, man.