#FBF: Make-up trends of the 1960s

I’ll admit it, I’ve never been much of a make-up loving girl. As a matter of fact, I’ve only figured out how to put on eyeliner in the past 6 months. Friends, I’m 41 years old!

But I am a fan of 1960s make-up trends. Why? Because it’s fun. Isn’t that the best reason to be intrigued by fads of the past?

Here are some of my favorites.

The Twiggy Eye: Normal line right about the upper lash line with a thick curve of black at the crease of the lid. Then exaggerated lower lashes drawn directly onto the skin.

With all the fancy work on the eyes, many chose a natural color or an icy pink lipstick like Diana Ross in this diva-tastic photo.

In My Girl the movie starring Macauley Culkin and destroyed us all emotionally in the early 1990s, Jamie Lee Curtis’ character says, “The first rule of eye makeup is that you can never wear enough blue eye shadow.” And all the ladies of the early 60s said, “Neato!”

Lipstick in a “rainbow range of shades”… but only if that rainbow consists of red, red, pink, and red.

As long as we’re looking and red, red, and pink lipstick, we may as well match our fingernails to it! Also, is it just me or does the woman in the above advertisement look like she’s in utter agony?

Perfectly shaped and full eyebrows which Nina Simone did so well.

The Sophia Loren cat eye: A very thick line that grows thicker toward the outer edge of the top lip, ending in a point to give the eye a feline shape. Good old Sophia had an advantage as she already had that shape of eye.

And, finally, what Google has so lovingly tagged as “Hippie Make-up”, the flower child face painting! This one is still popular at school carnivals and amusement parks.

I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite 1960s make-up trend?

2 Comments on “#FBF: Make-up trends of the 1960s

  1. I just finished reading “all manner of things”, and want to say how much I loved it. Like Annie, I am a child of those years, and you captured them perfectly. You brought me to tears twice in the reading. Thank you for writing this beautiful book.


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