Everything old is new again, from anklets to puffy shoulders. While the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s are trending in fashion, the 60s is the biggest source of beauty inspiration. Mod makeup has been all over the runways and red carpets. And the new movie Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is helping propel the trend with its late 60s aesthetic. Margot Robbie is even paying homage to the period with her recent red carpet looks.
But there’s a fine line between rocking the look in a modern way and looking like you’re trick-or-treating on a random Tuesday. The safest bet is to go for 60s hair or makeup, as opposed to both. Try highlighting one facial feature with some mod makeup, then balance it out with a few modern beauty trends, like neon makeup or blurred lips.
“The 60s were all about the cat eye and graphic lines — a makeup style that is timeless,” says makeup artist Marissa Machado. “For an updated and fun take, use a bright colored liner or glitter to create your desired cat eye. Top with two coats of mascara, your favorite pink pout and you’re mod-ready.”
Gabriel De Santino, founder and CEO of Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc., says the colorful 60s eye makeup on the runways can be translated with a few simple tweaks. Try a vibrant eyeshadow plus an exaggerated black cat eye and several coats of mascara for the right amount of drama. Then keep the rest of your beauty look clean and minimal.
Here’s how you can rock 60s beauty looks without looking like a blast from the past.