80s Makeup Trends
Now, I love the 80s as much as
any other girl who lived them. (Okay, I’m lying—I love them way
more than most.) Even so, this resurgence of 80s makeup makes me
nervous. Yellow eyelids? Bright blue lashes? Some things fall
out of fashion for a reason. (And some things never do—NPR
recently reported on new-found evidence that Neanderthals—the
real ones, not the ones at the back of your junior-high English
class—used shiny face makeup! Let’s say a silent prayer of
thanks for Shu Uemura blotting papers, shall we?)
Anyway. Turns out that designers
are toning down the drama of 80s makeup looks. Wise move. Plus,
they’re settling on just a couple facial focal points, instead
of glamming up every element of the face.
Fall ’09 runways offered proof
that in the 21st century, a little 1980s goes a long way.
eye shadow’s back—can you believe it?—but a sheerer, golden yellow this
time, paired with a mostly bare face (see right). The eyes have lost
none of their 80s fun, though, with dark liner (on the inner rims of the
lids again too, yay!) and shadow coming to a full and dramatic stop. And
speaking of sheer, those frosted lips are reinterpreted in bronzy peach
or nude with a little gloss. And red (or fuchsia) lips are sheer too,
not opaque like last time around. As for colored mascara, that’s renewed
with subtler shades, like eggplant and navy.
This judicious use of 80s-style makeup
is more or less in context with the clothes and hair of today. Because
let’s remember the context of the 80s, shall we? Everything was big and
bold. Shoulder pads on power suits, for starters. Big hair, with bangs
moussed or sprayed like the tail of a surprised skunk (not that this was
necessarily a bad look; I’m just sayin’). Big disc earrings with wavy
painted stripes. Big, big, big.
And 80s makeup, of course, was all about
bold. Dark eyeliner, bushy brows (thanks, Brooke!), blue, green or white
shiny eye shadow, triangles of blush a la Sheena Easton. And bright
fuchsia lips that got darker toward the coordinated lip liner, or lips
so overly frosted that they all but disappeared in a sheen. All that
bold makeup was
so a woman’s face wouldn’t get lost in the forest of bigness.
But that’s not true today. Hair is
sleeker. Shoulder pads are (mostly) being given a rest for awhile.
Fabric cuts and lines are closer and simpler.
So I am taking a cue from the
trend-makers and trying just one aspect of my beloved 80s makeup at a
time. And since Revlon’s Zinc Pink lipstick is but a memory, my choice
is those sheer, shiny eyes with dramatic liner.
But admit it—didn’t your heart beat a
little bit faster at the mention of Zinc Pink? Yeah. Mine too.
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