Expert Lessons on How to Achieve the 80's Makeup Look

The disco look look is back.

Skip the makeup mistakes of the 80s beauty and ensure your bigger, bolder look is better than the original with these expert backstage makeup tips!

01 Mar 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

The 80s was the age of excess. Big hair, bold colour, and brave make-up choices. Emulating the latter may be a daunting prospect, but with the trend towards colour, layering and contouring coming back in a big way in beauty. Therefore expert lessons on 80’s make-up are more important than ever!

We took a peek (and eavesdropped a little) backstage at the recent spring/summer 2017 shows to bring you the best expert advice on 80s makeup.

“The difficult thing is to not take the return of a style literally but to give it a little twist, and that is what makes it modern,” Marian Newman, one of the fashion world’s leading manicurists has said. She worked backstage on the recent spring/summer 2017 runway shows, and alongside make-up artists including Pat McGrath and Lynsey Alexander, reworked the significant trends of many decades ago, sans disasters.

Eyes

In the 80’s, ‘greed was good.’ And this included on the eyes. Too much was never enough with purple, greens, blues and other high-octane brights clamouring for space on the eyelid.

This time around, makeup artists like Pat McGrath are choosing one diluted hue and washing that over the entire lid then paring back lip colour so the eyes can still create a statement, but of a more subtle variety.

Play up the eyes with kaleidoscopic colour, do so, but keep the lips muted and moisturised. When it comes to mascara, coloured options were big decades ago but avoid overdoing eyelid colour and mascara together. If you want to play up lashes in pinks and purples, keep the lids neutral:

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Benefit They're Real! Beyond Mascara

Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara, $42, available at Adore Beauty.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Bodyography Blush Limited Edition Starry Night

Bodyography Blush Limited Edition Starry Night, $19.95, available at Catwalk.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Sparkle

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Sparkle, $42, available at Bobbi Brown.

Lips

In the 80’s, it was all about layering. More was always better. In 2017, the reinvention of the disco lip is just as fun, but far less maintenance. You can go with a super shimmery lip gloss but do so without a harsh lip liner.

Also, avoid frosted textures, and dry matte textures as these can create a harsh line to the mouth area, which is ageing. Instead, add youthful vigour and fun with a lip gloss packed with luminosity and lustre in hot pinks, deep reds, and bright burgundy.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Sleek Makeup Glitter Me Lipgloss

Sleek Makeup Glitter Me Lipgloss, $17, available at Sephora.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip, $46, available at Bobbi Brown.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Clinique Pop™ Oil Lip & Cheek Glow

Clinique Pop™ Oil Lip & Cheek Glow, $40, available at Clinique.

Skin

It’s a miracle skin survived the decade of decadence as it was layered unceremoniously with lashings of concealer, foundation, and powder. There was simply no letting up. This time around makeup artist Lynsey Alexander kept skin a lot more breathable backstage, with a sheer coverage to allow the skin to shine through.

A cream-to-powder blush then completed the ‘done,’ but relaxed face. The trick is to blend the blush a little higher on the cheekbone, as they did back in the 80’s. “It lifts the face—it’s like the difference between a regular bra and a push-up,” Tom Pecheux explained of this technique he used at Chanel.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - MARC JACOBS Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

MARC JACOBS Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, $79, available at Sephora.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush

Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush, $45 now $38.25, available at Adore Beauty.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour

Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour, $40, available at David Jones.

Nails

Not so long ago, false longer nails were often considered tacky, but now they’re ‘cool’ again, explains manicurist Marian Newman. At the shows, she kept nails all perfectly balanced with the “longest free edge one-third of the total nail.” Go hell for leather when it comes to colour, as all the bright primary pigments are big this season.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Nailene Calcium Gel Kit

Nailene Calcium Gel Kit, $22.99, available at Priceline.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - 100% Pure 10-Free Nail Polish

100% Pure 10-Free Nail Polish, $19.95, available at Nourished Life.

Expert Lessons On 80s Makeup: AW17 - Bodyography Nail Lacquer Acapulco

Bodyography Nail Lacquer Acapulco, $14.95 now $12.71, available at Catwalk.

Are you tempted to try 80’s inspired makeup? Which looks are your favourite? 


01 Mar 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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