How to Do 60s Makeup

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How to Do 60s Makeup
Experiment with 1960s-style eye make-up. (eye image by Pali A from

Popular make-up in the 1960s consisted of dramatic eyes with tons of mascara swept on; dark eye shadow in a variety of colours; and pale skin and lips. Overall, 1960s make-up styles focused heavily on the eyes. While women wore more make-up in the evening than during the day, some still took time to carefully apply flawless make-up for daytime. For inspiration on different ways to do your make-up in the 1960s style, look through magazine images and advertisements from that time period.

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  1. 1

    Apply foundation or translucent powder to your skin. Don't darken your skin with face make-up; in the 1960s, women's faces were kept more pale than tan. Use a make-up sponge to apply liquid foundation; gently massage the make-up into your skin for even coverage. Top with face powder in a matching shade, using a large make-up brush. Dot concealer under eyes to brighten up the area. Make sure to blend in all your face make-up so that you won't see a line of make-up on your jaw line or around your hair line.

  2. 2

    Swipe eyelids with a bold eye shadow colour like blue or green. If you're tan, use a gold eye shadow instead.

  3. 3

    Apply black, liquid eyeliner to your upper lash line. Start from the inner part of your eye and apply liner outward, making the line thicker as you get to the outer edge of your eye. Wait for the liner to dry before proceeding.

  4. 4

    Pile on several swipes of dark mascara, preferably black. In the 60s, so much mascara was piled on that lashes actually started to stick together, giving them a spiky look.To create even more dramatic lashes, use false eyelashes. SEE REF 1 Use a tweezer to expertly apply false lashes. Use a bit of eyeliner blended into your false lashes to keep them in place.

  5. 5

    Swipe a light pink blush on your cheeks.

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    Coat lips with a pale lip gloss or lipstick. You can also use a glittery lip gloss if you wish. An alternative is to simply keep your lips nude or apply only clear lip balm or gloss. Stay away from dark lip colour; 1960s lips tended to be pale. You can opt to use a lip brush to apply colour as well.

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