Nowadays, it feels as though every woman wants to be on top of the latest makeup trends. From crease-cut eyeshadow to contouring and highlighting, TikTok and Instagram are the go-to for all things new on the makeup scene.
However, if you’re an old soul, you probably get most of your makeup and fashion inspiration from glamorous women from decades past. You might like the girly looks of the 90s or disco-themed hair from the 70s. But if you love that sultry, mod look, you’ll gravitate towards 60s hippie makeup styles.
Need a hand perfecting that beautiful 60s hippie makeup look? Here are 10 tips to help you out.
Sharp, Winged Liner
No makeup trend encapsulates the style of the 1960s more than the iconic winged liner—an eye look that people love even in this modern age. With just the right flick of the wrist, winged liquid eyeliner can give you a sultry cat or fox eye effect.
You can do winged liner by itself or as an accent after packing on your favorite eyeshadow. Just draw a longer line at the outer corner of your eye and flick upwards. It’s great for those with smaller eyes since it can give you a doe-eyed look.
Heavy Fake Eyelashes
The 60s also saw the rise of the fake lash trend. Women loved to glue on lashes and pack them on so thick that they almost looked like eyeliner or black eyeshadow. The more length and volume, the better. This gives a flirtatious look to any woman.
When gluing on your 60s-inspired eyelashes, make sure you do the top and bottom lash lines. That way, your eyes will be framed in long, luscious, black lashes at all angles.
Aside from fake lashes being a huge 60s trend, people also became obsessed with the eyelashes of Twiggy, an English model and unofficial queen of mod fashion. She had thick lashes on both her top and bottom lash lines.
To get lashes like the iconic Twiggy, pack on the mascara on your bottom lashes. The goal is to make it look like they are just as thick and long as your upper lashes. Some people even go the extra mile and draw on thick, spaced-out bottom lashes for a bold finish.
Glossy Light Coral Lips
Light-colored tones and a sheer finish were the top preferences for lipstick back in the day. So, if you want to pull off your 60s makeup look, go for a lip color like light pink or subtle coral. It will pair nicely with bright-colored eye makeup or winged liner.
Not a fan of pale lips? Add a bit more juiciness to them by adding a layer of gloss. This gives it a plump effect that complements any eye look.
Women of the 60s loved pastel tones. While some translated this love into their dresses and shoes, others used it as a staple color palette for their eye makeup. Experiment with powder blues, light pinks, and seafoam greens to get that 60s vibe for your eye look. Try matching the color of your makeup with your natural eye shade, like powder blue shadow for piercing blue eyes!
Take your pastel-colored eyes to another level by choosing a shimmery eyeshadow. This adds a little more glamour to your everyday appearance. It’s perfect for evening events or parties if you want a slightly daring finish to your makeup look.
To achieve this look, you can either buy a glittery eyeshadow or pack on light glitters on your lid using eyelash glue. Either way, your eyes will look vivid and bright all night!
Black Eyeshadow in Crease a la Sharon Tate
One trick women used in the 60s to make their eyes look more profound and more shadowy was to add some black eyeshadow (not eyeliner) to the creases of their lids. This created more depth and shadows in their eyes, especially when blended in seamlessly. This look is best paired with long, thick lashes and simple face makeup.
Tightlined Upper Lash Line
Not a fan of dramatic looks? Don’t pressure yourself to do super thick lashes or bold-colored eyeshadow. You can achieve that natural, 60s hippie look by simply lining your upper lash line in black. This technique is called “tightlining” and was very popular during the time.
The best thing about tightlining is that you can wear it alone. You don’t need to add more shadows and fake lashes to draw attention to your eyes.
If you have small eyes that you want to bring out more, use white eyeliner on the bottom lash line. This creates the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes.
You can do this technique by itself or coupled with a dramatic look, like shimmery shadows or a winged liner. Whichever way you wear it, it’s going to make your eyes pop and give you an energetic vibe people will love being around.
Light Blush on Cheeks
Although many 60s makeup trends fall on the bold side, face makeup was generally quite simple and subtle. Light blush was all the rage. Women didn’t wear so much of it that their cheeks looked super red and instead wore just enough under the cheekbones to accentuate the face shape a bit.
If you want to pull off this light blush look, choose pale colors like light pink. Then, use a light hand when sweeping the blush onto your cheeks.