70s Disco Makeup Styles

Updated April 17, 2017

The 1970s were a time of distinctive and vibrant fashion. Disco culture focused on tight-fitting clothing, strobe lights and mirror balls, and women's make-up reflected this glitzy atmosphere. The make-up associated with disco culture was designed to grab attention and be anything but subtle. Even after the 1970s ended, the disco make-up look stands out as a unique visual representation of the era and subculture.


Eye make-up served as the dramatic and flirtatious centrepiece of the disco make-up look. According to Makeup Artist World, the typical disco look involves brightly-coloured eye shadows in shades like blue or yellow. A matching colour of glitter can be mixed in with the eye shadow and applied all around the eye, creating an intense glittery look.

Eyeliner typically rings the entire eye, with a "cat eye" curve in the outer corner. Eyelashes are usually false, in order to be as long and glamorous as possible. The false eyelashes can be applied in full, or on only part of the lash line. For instance, a woman may apply them only on the outer half of her eyelashes.


In comparison to the bold look of eye make-up, lips were slightly more subtle. However, they were still intended to be flirtatious and exciting. Bright eye-catching pink is the best shade for disco-style lipstick. This bright pink matt lipstick can be enhanced with an extra layer of lip gloss, either transparent or in a lighter shade of pink. This glossy, bright pink look complements the intensity of the eyes.


For most disco make-up styles, the face was intended to look dewy and simple to complement and support the brightness of the other make-up. According to Makeup Artist World, it's best for women attempting a disco make-up look to have a clean, well-moisturised face. A dewy look can be achieved with sheer, moisturising foundation creams or with a light layer of illuminating cream. Concealer or powder can be applied the area right beneath the eyes to hide blemishes or dark circles.

Cheeks work well with a light pink- or peach-coloured blush that hits the most prominent part of the cheek and blends subtly upwards towards the ears, for a light flush of colour that emphasises cheekbones.

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