Makeup trends have been happening for a really, really, really long time. While some of the favorite looks today look a lot different from the past, many are simply modern updates of looks seen throughout history. Makeup really makes an impact and it’s a true reflection of our time. In fact, a Roman philosopher named Platus (254-184 BC) had this to write about the subject: “a woman without paint is like food without salt!”
Here’s a look at some of the different trends over the eras, including some of our favorites!
1.Kohl Eye Makeup
Kohl eye makeup is the answer for dark, sultry, sexy and dramatic eyes. It’s been a thing throughout history and over several eras of mankind – including ancient times! Kohl eyeliner was a hot style for the Ancient Egyptians. Royalty and everyday folk alike wore this unisex look because it had antimicrobial properties for protecting the eyes and because they believed it warded off evil and improved sight. This is one of our favorite looks and the way they wore it then isn’t so different from how we wear it today. They loved winged eyeliner, we love winged eyeliner… talk about timeless style!
(image source: Yesterface)
2. Super Thin Eyebrows
Super plucked, thinly-penciled eyebrows were definitely a look in the 1920s and 30s. This is not a look we love and, unfortunately, it’s still a look you can see on the streets today. Thin eyebrows give the face an intensely severe look that usually isn’t very flattering. Fuller, well-groomed brows are always a better option.
If you have over-plucked brows and you want fuller eyebrows fast, use an eyebrow powder and brow brush to fill them in. You can easily create the appearance of a fuller brow.
3. Soft and Smokey Eye Makeup
Soft, smokey eye makeup was popular in many different periods in history including the 1920s when actresses popularized the look. It was the technique of makeup artists at the time to further enhance their eyes for audiences but it quickly became a widespread trend.
This is one of our favorite makeup trends although it feels like much more than a trend because it can be made to look timeless. As it was in the 20s, today we wear our smokey eye looks for day and night. The only difference lies in today’s colors and formulations.
4. Dramatic Eyelashes
Dramatic eyelashes were a favorite look in the 1960s and it’s one of our go-to looks today. Back then, lashes were over-the-top and very mod. It was also really popular to dramatically define the lower lashes like supermodel Twiggy’s famous look.
5. Odd Makeup Colors
We love a wild nail style but some hues simply aren’t flattering. Besides pinks and reds, the 1940s saw the popularity of mustard yellow and green manicures!
6. Cat Eye Makeup
Cat eye makeup enjoyed its best years in the 1950s and it’s certainly one of the eye makeup looks we love today. The cat eye was as sexy and versatile then as it is now… from Sophia Loren to Lana Del Rey. Meow!
7. Flapper Style
It’s no wonder we still love any excuse to dress up like flappers today: they had style! The flapper look of the 1920s included red manicures, red lipstick and dark and mysterious eye makeup.
(image source: Rebel Circus)
8. Really Colorful Eyeshadow
The 80s was the decade of excess and the way of life didn’t miss the clothes, hair or makeup of the time. Eyeshadow was famously (or notoriously) colorful and plenty was swiped all around the eyes. We definitely still love color today but the modern application is a far cry from the look of the 80s. If you want to create a really colorful eye that makes sense for the present, try a rainbow look or other multicolored eye. If you use an eye makeup stencil, it’s easy to feature several different colors of product side-by-side in a modern shape. Have fun experimenting to find the color combinations that work best for you.
9. Natural Makeup
The hippies loved to wear very natural or little to no makeup in the 70s. Natural makeup still looks good. We spend lots of time learning serious techniques to try to appear as if we’re not wearing makeup or we’re wearing very little. Since it’s so close to our natural look, it will never be a bad idea.
10. Cut Crease Eye Makeup
Cut crease eyeliner was popular throughout different times but maybe never as much as during the 1960s. The look was seen on celebrities as diverse as Diana Ross, Jean Shrimpton and Audrey Hepburn and it usually came along with lots of eyeshadow, thick eyeliner and really dramatic eyelashes highlighted via falsies or expertly-applied mascara.
(Source: Makeup by Starrly)
This is a still a look we love today. We usually wear our cut crease eyeliner as part of a smokey eye but it also looks great alone. Today’s version is a lot less heavy and more sophisticated.
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