60s Hippie Makeup Tips

Updated April 17, 2017

When thinking about 1960s make-up, dark, smoky eyes, long, thick eyelashes and shiny lips spring to mind. However, hippie make-up in the 1960s was different. It was quite minimal and natural looking. To achieve a clean, bright-eyed '60s hippie look, all you need is liquid eyeliner, mascara, concealer, foundation and a flesh-coloured lipstick. You can also add false lashes that will give you a more open-eyed, fresh look.

Prepping the Skin

The look you are trying to achieve is one of a clean and fresh-faced youth -- a very natural and effortless look. Wash your face and remove any previous make-up. This will give you a fresh, clean palette. Gently scrub your face with a face scrub. This will gently scratch the surface of the skin and give a natural glow. Pat your face dry with a soft towel then moisturise the skin.

Concealer and Foundation

Hippie girls in the '60s had bright, flawless, clean skin that was free from spots, blemishes and dark circles. Apply a thin layer of concealer over any spots, blemishes or moles. Next, concentrate on any dark circles under the eyes. A 1960s hippie look is flawless with no dark circles. When all the darker blemishes are covered up, apply foundation all over the skin. There should be no streaks or uneven blotches. Finally, apply powder to give a matt, nonshiny look.


Pick a colour that resembles you natural skin colour. The blusher should not stand out or appear garish, but just an extra, natural-looking addition. Apply blusher to your cheekbones and sweep it on your forehead, the bridge of your nose and your chin. This will give you a healthy, sun-kissed look.

Eye Makeup

Choose eye shadows in whites, creams and pale pinks. To make your eyes look awake, lively and wider, concentrate the colour in the inner corners of each eye. Finally, apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner. Use just enough to emphasise the eyes. Hippie girls in the '60s flicked the eyeliner out slightly at the end of the eye to create a cat-eye look.

Mascara and False Eyelashes

False eyelashes give a more wide-eyed look. After applying the false eyelashes, swipe mascara on the top lashes to blend the false ones with your real ones. If you do not use false lashes, apply at least two coats of mascara to your natural lashes to give a similar effect.


Choose a lip colour that is about the same as your skin colour. Apply a clear lip gloss on top of the lipstick. This will give you a nice nude, shiny lip -- perfect to finish off your hippie '60s look.

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About the Author

Katie Wilson has been a writer since 2006. She has worked at publications including "The Big Issue in the North," "The Lancashire Evening Post," "GT Magazine," "Beautiful Magazine" and many more. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Manchester and is pursuing a Master of Arts in journalism at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.