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Glamour Rewind: Rediscovering 80s Makeup Trends

The 1980s was a decade of bold fashion, iconic music, and, of course, unforgettable makeup trends. From vibrant colors to exaggerated silhouettes, the '80s left an indelible mark on the world of beauty that continues to influence trends today. As we journey back in time, let's rediscover some of the most iconic makeup trends of the '80s and explore how they've evolved over the years.

Neon Hues and Bold Eyes:

One of the defining characteristics of '80s makeup was its fearless use of color. Neon hues dominated eyeshadow palettes, with shades of electric blue, hot pink, and vibrant purple adorning eyelids with unapologetic boldness. Try our UV Neon Pigments to perfect that 80's look. Makeup enthusiasts embraced the mantra of "the brighter, the better," often layering multiple colors to create striking eye looks that commanded attention.


To achieve the quintessential '80s eye makeup, heavy eyeliner was a must. Thick lines, often in contrasting shades like black or deep blue, framed the eyes and added a touch of drama. Winged eyeliner, a technique that remains popular today, soared to new heights in the '80s, with exaggerated wings extending far beyond the outer corners of the eyes. You can achieve this look with our Witchy Eyeliner Stamp Pen!

Blushing Beauties:

In the realm of blush, subtlety took a backseat to intensity during the '80s. Rosy cheeks were all the rage, with blush applied liberally and often in bold shades of pink or coral. The goal was to achieve a flushed, youthful glow that bordered on theatrical, with blush extending from the apples of the cheeks to the temples.

Contouring also made its mark in the '80s, though in a more dramatic fashion than the subtle sculpting techniques favored today. Deep bronzer or contour shades were used to create strong cheekbones and chiseled jawlines, contributing to the era's love affair with exaggerated features.


Luscious Lips and Glossy Finishes:

When it came to lips, the '80s embraced both extremes: from vibrant, statement-making hues to glossy, shimmering finishes. Bold reds, fiery oranges, and vivid purples were among the most popular lip colors of the decade, often applied with precision for a high-impact pout.

But perhaps the most iconic lip trend of the '80s was the glossy, lacquered finish. Lip gloss, often in clear or frosted shades, was applied generously to create a shiny, reflective effect that enhanced the fullness of the lips. This dewy, luscious look became synonymous with '80s glamour and continues to inspire makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts today.

Evolution and Inspiration:

While many '80s makeup trends may seem over-the-top by today's standards, their influence can still be seen in contemporary beauty looks. The spirit of experimentation and self-expression that defined '80s makeup continues to shape trends, with modern interpretations often featuring a blend of nostalgia and innovation.

Today, we see nods to '80s beauty in the resurgence of bold eyeshadow palettes, the revival of glossy lip finishes, and the ongoing fascination with retro aesthetics. Makeup artists and brands alike draw inspiration from the past while infusing their creations with a fresh, modern twist, ensuring that the legacy of '80s glamour lives on in the world of beauty.

The 1980s was a time of bold experimentation and unapologetic self-expression, and nowhere was this more evident than in the realm of makeup. From neon eyes to glossy lips, '80s beauty trends embraced color, drama, and glamour in equal measure, leaving an enduring legacy that continues to inspire artists and enthusiasts today. As we look back on the iconic looks of the past, we celebrate the creativity and individuality that define the world of beauty, both then and now.
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