Bring Back This 80s Makeup

If you read that title and are actually reading what the content will be then thank you. The 1980s were a really interesting time in makeup and not all the looks were bomb. Just like shoulder pads and huge perms, some makeup trends need to stay in the past. These other ones, though… may need a resurgence.

Jewel Toned Eyes

When most people think of the 80s, they think of bright blue or green eyeshadow and probably cringe. Jewel toned eyeshadows can be so impactful and a fun alternative to a traditional smokey eye, as witnessed on Lucy Hale at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.

Perfect timing because HUDA Beauty just dropped the Precious Stones Collection of their Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette. Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire, and Emerald (pictured above) give you the perfect gemstone eyeballs without it seeming dated.


Lots of Lashes

Clumpy, vampy, spidery lashes were the jam back in the 80s. Everyone carried their classic pink and green Maybelline tube to constantly pile on the shade. Jenny from the block rocked lots of lashes at the 2018 Met Gala, in addition to her other studly accessory.

To get this look you can grab literally any YSL mascara but Vinyl Couture will give you that HYPE. This mascara has become a permanent fixture in our makeup bags for that day to night transition that we’re always looking for.


Chiseled Cheeks

This is the most versatile and fun trend of the 80s. Swirl your blush on the apples of your cheeks, swipe up on your cheekbones, and bring it around on your temples. Bonus: by bringing your blush higher up, you are giving your face the illusion that it is lifted (read: facelift without the scalpels).

This trend was shocking and colorful three decades ago but these days you can rock it with bronzer, illuminator, or any color of blush in a way that’s subtle and gorgeous, like at the Molly Goddard SS19 show at London Fashion Week. That’s where the Benefit Blush Bar Cheek Palette comes in handy. We obviously love options.

If you have a heart-shaped face (a pointed chin and wider forehead) then this is the placement of blush that will always be flattering for you.


Bright Pink Lips

Bright pink and red lipsticks were AT PEAK IN THE 80s. I said it. None of that matte nonsense, the bright lips of yore were all satin or glossy and made an impact as soon as you entered the room. You don’t need to be afraid of this look, as Priyanka Chopra showed us at the Toronoto International Film Festival 2018.

For a flattering pink lip on any skintone go for NARS Audacious Lipstick in Stefania. The key for pulling off such a bold lip is to keep the rest of the face natural. That’s the rule of thumb for all these trends - use one element in your look instead of all of the trends at once, like our homies did in the 80s.

Are you sold yet?

Cover Photo by Pietra Schwarzler.