From Draping to Bold Eye Shadow, 5 '80s Makeup Tips You Need to Try
Once upon a time, we'd only bring up '80s makeup and beauty in reference to clashing blue eye shadow and big (I mean, big) hair. We'd scoff at unflattering high school photos and promise history would never repeat itself. That is, until now. Modern designers have started sending their pieces down the runway adorned with bright, flashy lips, dark brows, and lots of glitter. Think the glory days of Studio 54 and Madonna's inimitable "Burning Up" video. And following a few seasons of no-makeup makeup, we're absolutely ready to bring the funk.
With that in mind, we tapped L'Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist Sir John for tips on how to bring the past and present together in a way that felt authentic and fresh. Keep reading for the current trends that give a nod to '80s makeup along with tricks to pull them off today.
"These have made a major comeback and are definitely a nod to the '80s," says Sir John. "You can do the look dialed up with shadow or dialed down with some liner like L'Oréal Paris Infallible Smokissime in Purple Smoke ($10)—it's my fave. Make this look wearable by pairing it with a pale pink or peach cheek and a sheer gloss. It is super fresh and romantic."
"Wild, natural brows is a trend in direct contrast to the Instagram brow," explains Sir John. "It adds a sort of boyish element to your overall makeup look—and is easy to achieve. Take a small brow pencil like L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer ($10) and fill in your brow. Using a pencil helps mimic natural brow hairs. Then, finish with a clear brow gel to brush up your brows and give that edgy vibe."
"Ladies in the '80s loved to rock a full face," muses Sir John. "That means eyes, lips, and blush. Full-faced makeup is definitely a look that has come back but is a bit modernised." That's where draping comes in. Thanks to Marc Jacobs (and his lovely Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, $40), this technique is everything again. It sculpts your face to enhance your natural features, but instead of learning to contour like a Kardashian, all you need is blush.
"Embrace similar colour families where applicable or even utilise your lip product as your blush," Sir John advises. "I love to use the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss ($10) on lips, then take a bit and tap onto the cheeks for a light flush."
Sir John says, "Pink lips are another big trend happening right now. I love to take trends from different eras and modernised them. For this, the modern hack is utilising matte formulas. There's a great drugstore option—Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose—which features six pink shades that work for every skin tone, from deep to fair. When wearing pink lips, it is important to make sure your cheeks and lips are in the same family. They don't necessarily need to be twins but should be related. The matte finish will make the look more anchored in the moment."
"I love that you can embrace glitter in so many different ways," explains Sir John. "You can rock a full-on glitter lip or use your shadow to bring in different textures and shimmers. Choose a palette that features a couple different shades. Don't be afraid to add a little glint to your look!" He warns, "Just be careful with loose glitter—especially if you are a contact lens wearer!"
Would you rock any of these '80s makeup trends? Let us know in the comments below!