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1980's style: makeup

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, July 07, 2007 11:34 PM (Eastern)

brooke shields
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Here is how people remember 80's makeup: flawless skin, with nary a freckle, wrinkle, circle or bag; lots of mascara and liner; eyeshadow that ranged from "smoky" to "jewel toned," but always definitely "there"; clear pink or fuchsia blush; strong lips, typically red, pink or fuchsia.

In perhaps a more typical implementation, we have "Trillian" (Sandra Dickinson, from the television series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy):

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At the same time, there was a softer, pastel version, with gently tanned skin, soft pearly eyeshadows, mascara (fer sure), and shimmery pink lips, that was the California version of the 80's (and I was jealous of it; they looked so perfect):

valley girl
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Unlike among the famous beauties of today, there wasn't much diversity back then. The majority of models were white. MTV, which still showed music videos at the time, was dominated by white singers and groups. One of the few exceptions was Whitney Houston:

whitney houston
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And 80's video (I didn't embed Houston's video; I felt a still would show her 80's makeup better):

Okay I have no idea when this was filmed, but the song is from 1984.

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2 comment(s)
July 8, 2007 2:51 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Looking at the current cover of W with Gisele, and the cover of Time with Brooke Shields, similar but different. Big, windblown hair? Check. Strong eyes? Check. Strong lips? Check. Strong face? Check.

But it's different. For one thing, skin is treated entirely differently. Gisele's bronze all over, and her skin is dewy. There's a naked effect to the skin, though there's a bit of sculpting. Brooke Shields' skin is anything but naked: thick foundation that obliterates and recreates texture, with plenty of powder to set, and clear, bright blush. It has none of the translucence that Gisele's makeup has, perhaps a reflection of the products themselves. The new 80s makeup is bold but not quite so heavy--more a veil than a mask.

July 8, 2007 12:47 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yeah, I can agree with that. The main difference is the foundation. Which is good.


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