Friday, June 20, 2014

Makeup Inspiration: The 1960s

I found this video yesterday of an Alexa Chung makeup look featuring none other than Alexa herself! I absolutely adore this woman. She has the best sense of humor and I love her raspy voice.

It's quite obvious that Alexa is beautiful, but she just has this kind of presence that captures my attention. It could be the fact that I am hopelessly drawn to Scorpios. Regardless, I love that she has a simple makeup routine and it always looks flawless. She admittedly rips off the Jane Birkin vibe and it's totally working for her.

I was inspired by the low maintenance look and began doing a little research. It turns out that most of my beauty icons were actually beauty icons of the 1960s.

For example:

Anna Karina 

Audrey Hepburn

Brigitte Bardot

Marilyn Monroe

Natalie Wood

I particularly love the fact that this look is still being used over and over again today. Not only is it reminiscent of a time that is highly glamorized, but it just works. Accentuating the eye with a flick of eyeliner, contouring the cheeks, and dabbing the lips with a flattering shade for a perfect pout works for just about everyone.
Lana is the epitome of retro beauty in today's world. Bow down! 

Jennifer Lawrence

Kate Moss

Kristen Stewart

There are so many variations to this particular makeup look. 

You can make the liner very dramatic a la Amy Winehouse.

Or very soft the way it is here on Kiko.

This would actually be kind of complicated, but it looks so cool.

Reverse it.

Or, you know, line rhinestones inside the crease for a crazy glam look.

Never let eyeliner intimidate you. It takes a lot of practice (and thousands of cotton buds) to get it right for your eyes. But once you figure out what flatters you, I promise you will really like it. I always feel that much more put together when I apply eyeliner. It's actually quite simple once you get the technique down. 
I apply a neutral, cream colored eye shadow all over my eyelid. Then I apply a matte brown shade inside the crease of my eye with a rounded shadow brush. Then I apply my eyeliner and brush on a couple coats of mascara. I keep the rest of my face natural with a light coverage foundation, some cream blush and highlighter to keep a dewy finish, groomed eyebrows, and a nude lip as to not distract from the eyeliner. It's honestly a simple, every day kind of thing for me. I understand it might be too much for some people, but it works for me. 
60s makeup

Now if you really want to jazz things up, take a note from Audrey's look below. That's what I'm talking about.
So much glitter!

Until next time,

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