The 1960s were a time of major cultural shifts, experimentation, and liberation—and those changes extended into the beauty world. The decade has also had a lasting legacy, especially when it comes to how we wear makeup. From hippie to mod, ‘60s makeup trends are just as common now as they ever were.
When celebrity makeup artist Erin Parsons thinks of the era, she thinks “Big eyes with lots of liner, fresh, natural skin, pastel lips, and huge lashes.” But the mod look translates into the 21st century, too. “I love adding a curved line in the crease with tons of mascara, keeping the skin fresh, and topping lips simply with balm,” says Parsons. “It's a fresh, modern take on the ‘60s but also feels current with the graphic eye looks featured today.” Ready to take a makeup time machine? Keep reading for a full makeup tutorial from the pro, as well as more swinging sixties makeup looks that stand the test of time.
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When creating a ‘60s makeup look, Parsons takes inspiration from none other than iconic model Twiggy. For extra credit, “you can even actually find tutorials of her doing that famous eye she’s known for!” says the makeup artist.
2. Add graphic eyeliner. “Moving onto the eye, begin by adding a black eyeliner above the crease,” says the makeup artist. And don’t sweat it if you aren’t a pro with liquid eyeliner. “You can use a pencil or liquid, depending on your presence and skill level,” says Parsons.
3. Draw on the lashes. “Next, add liner to the top lash line and dip downward at the other corner,” explains Parsons. “Following this line, start to move inward towards the nose, creating the infamous ‘Twiglet lashes.’” And the pro stresses not to worry about making the look perfect—although symmetry is key. “Just make sure to add the same amount of lash lines on each side,” advises Parsons.
4. Make the eyes pop. “Curl lashes and coat with mascara, topping off with false lashes,” says the makeup pro.
5. Groom brows. “Keep brows natural but groomed by brushing into place,” says Parsons. A spoolie brush such as BILLION DOLLAR BROWS Eyebrow Brush will do the trick.
6. Complete the look with lips. “Finally, top the pout with a peachy tinted lip balm,” recommends the makeup pro. We love PIXI BEAUTY Shea Butter Lip Balm in Sweet Peach, which is nourishing and flattering on all skin tones.
These retro beauty looks are the ultimate makeup (and hair, and style, and everything) inspiration.
Bardot’s winged eyeliner helped cement her status as the bombshell of the era. Paired with pillowy, pale lips, the style is arguably one of the most copied makeup looks to this day.
The original Catwoman had cheekbones that could cut ice—and eyebrows that told you exactly what she was thinking. Add in a matte red lip, and behold: a beauty icon as well as a superhero.
Audrey Hepburn may go down in history for her fashion sense, but her beauty looks were just as spectacular. This mod eye makeup look, complete with a hazy extended wing, would look right at home on any red carpet today.
The actress, model, and singer’s makeup and hairstyles were iconic even at the time (as one of the stars of Hair, she was on the musical’s poster), and has carried on a legacy to this day. Case in point: Before TikTokers were painting false lashes over their under eyes, Marsha Hunt did—to stunning effect.
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