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7 Classic Makeup Looks That Span the Ages

June 03, 2019

From bold red lips to the classic cat eye, there are certain makeup looks that span the ages. And sure, experimenting with the latest makeup trends is fun for a girls’ night out, but is that turquoise mermaid lip look really fit for the office? Or when you meet your beau’s parents? When it comes to makeup, there are certain looks that will always stand the test of time. If you’re looking for a classic makeup look, you’ve found it—and then some. Below, we’re sharing seven timeless makeup ideas that will never go out of style!

classic makeup look #1. THE CAT EYE

Whether it’s worn as a subtle flick or a bold wing, the cat eye is a timeless makeup look that complements all eye colors and shapes. By winging your eyeliner outward slightly, you’re able to open up your eye area—giving the illusion of larger, wide-awake eyes and a thickened lash line. It’s no wonder this has been the go-to look for bombshells throughout history.

To get the perfect cat eye each and every time, reach for a black liquid eyeliner. The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner helps even eyeliner newbies draw on a super-precise winged line in one fell swoop. The long-lasting, waterproof eyeliner is smudge-proof and your line can be customized based on the amount of pressure you use when you glide the tip along your lash line. Want to give your classic cat eye a modern yet subtle upgrade? Try using the rose gold shade of the same eyeliner!

classic makeup look #2. THE RED LIP

Chances are your first foray into the world of beauty was borrowing—or rather, stealing—your mom’s red lipstick. (We’d venture to guess your mom has a similar story with your grandma!). And it’s not without good reason. A classic crimson lip color is one makeup look that has truly stood the test of time, appearing throughout each and every era thanks to its capacity to be both simple and sultry all at once. Another reason red lipstick has made such an everlasting mark in the beauty-sphere? It’s uncanny ability to be so universally flattering. The trick is to find a red shade that complements your skin’s undertones. Whether it’s a matte, gloss, or cream finish—there’s a classic crimson lippie out there calling your name.

classic makeup look #3. THE SMOKY EYE

When it comes to a classic makeup look for a night out, the smoky eye takes the cake. To create a timeless monochromatic black smoky eye, start by roughly lining your lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow Crayon in Midnight Charcoal and then gently blending upward with your finger or a cotton swab. Then, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Black and lightly sweep the shadow over your eye area, including smudging it along your lower lash line. Finish with a coat or two of jet black mascara to complete your smoky eye. 

classic makeup look #4. THE WHITE TIGHTLINE

Tightlined eyeliner is a great way to subtly accentuate your eye area. And while black eyeliner has long been the standard for the upper lash line, when it comes to the lower lashes, it’s a good idea to add some white. White eyeliner, when used to tightline, can instantly make your eyes pop and—surprise!—has been a classic makeup look for decades.

To try this timeless makeup look at home, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in White Party. With its 0.1mm precise felt tip, this liquid liner glides on smooth and gives you lasting, high-impact color all day.

classic makeup look #5. THE NO-MAKEUP MAKEUP LOOK

Sometimes the most classic look of all is one that’s incredibly understated—and nothing is more understated than no makeup, makeup. Use a radiant finish foundation to give your complexion a gorgeous glow—we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation. Next, accentuate your features with a subtle sweep of bronzer and a pop of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Finally, add a quick swipe of mascara et voila—a no makeup, makeup look that will truly never be out of fashion.

classic makeup look #6: glowing skin

When it comes to your skin, amping up the glow-factor for a bright, dewy finish will never fall out of favor. That’s because healthy, hydrated skin naturally glows from the inside out. And who doesn’t want healthy skin? That’s what we’re all chasing! To add a subtle glow via your face makeup, mix highlighter drops, such as the L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops, with your foundation, or dab the highlighter directly onto the high points of your face.

classic makeup look #7: natural eye makeup

For an everyday makeup look, you can really never go wrong with natural makeup that complements your skin tone and your eye color. There’s a time and place for the smoky eye or the bold cat eye, but subtle, natural-looking makeup is literally always an appropriate choice. Think: Eye shadow and blush shades that accentuate your features. Wondering about the best natural makeup for you? Click through to check out the best Natural Makeup for Every Eye Color.

Still hungry for makeup ideas? Check out these 7 Modern Takes on Winged Eyeliner, next.

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