Early 60s Hair & Makeup Styles

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Early 60s Hair & Makeup Styles
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During the early years of the 1960s, hair and fashion slowly left the 1950s behind for the older women and allowed the young girls to begin a new, influential fashion period that many of us still look to today for our retro styles. While still conservative in their fashion, the women of the 1960s took it upon themselves to define their styles instead of living in a world of fashion decided by the older generations.


Clothing in the early 1960s was very similar to the 1950s by keeping the conservative aspects of the current fashions with modest dresses, girdles and white gloves for evenings. For more casual outings and for playing sports, women would wear trousers, but they would never be worn to school as it was not respectful and oftentimes girls would be sent home for wearing trousers.

A very popular dress style was the shirtwaist dress which eventually became shorter and the collars slightly wider. Seersuckers and A-line silk dresses were often accessorised with pillbox hats which were made popular by Jackie Kennedy. As the decade went on, the colours become brighter and patterns become a little more wild.

Make-up Style

Make-up in the 1960s was about making the perfect face. Dramatic eyes were made up with bright, heavy shadow taken all the way up to the eyebrows. Thick, spiky, dark eyelashes were popular and many women chose to wear fake lashes to draw focus to their eyes. Adding more to the eyes, eyeliner was drawn all the way around the eye rather than just along the eyelash line.

Skin was made fair by using powder or a heavy base make-up called "translucent," touched up by using a mod pink blush. Lips are often pale or glittery. Women rarely used dark shades of lipstick. The idea of the 1960s make-up was to focus on the eyes for a dramatic look.

Hair Style

During the 1950s, large bouffants were all the rage with the sweeping hair, showing their foreheads. But as the 1960s crept in, the styles seamed to calm down, making the hairstyles of the early 1960s more serious, showing men that women had the brains and style to lead their generation into the coming wars and feminist era. Hairstyles became softer and more clean. The Beatles hairstyles changed, leading a large population of teen boys to wearing their hair longer as well.

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