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Once upon a time, if someone said your makeup looked so ‘80s, that wasn’t necessarily meant as a compliment. Fast forward to the present day, where bold colors and throwback looks are touted as some of the most popular makeup looks, and you’re considered a trendsetter if you wear them. But how exactly does one rock ‘80s makeup? First, it’s important to understand that not all ‘80s makeup trends are back. To make sure you embrace all the right reminiscent face makeup, eye makeup, and lip color looks, we’ve rounded up six ‘80s-inspired beauty trends you can’t go wrong with this year. Ready to sport flashy lipstick, bright eye shadow, bold eyebrows, and expertly-applied blush? We’ve outlined our favorite ‘80s makeup trends below.
‘80s Makeup Idea #1: Two-Toned Eyes. The ‘80s, among other things, were especially well-known for their bright lid looks. While brow-raising, single-color applications were seen everywhere from the sidewalk to the runway, it’s the two-toned looks that left us particularly smitten. To perfect this makeup look, you’ll want to use two complementary bold hues—one for your top lid and one for your bottom. We particularly love the look of mulberry with turquoise blue eye shadow. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Glistening Garnet to your top lid, extending only slightly past your crease. Next, coat your lower lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea. Be sure to blend, blend, blend so that your two-toned look doesn’t end up too harsh. If you experience any sparkly fallout under your eye, conceal it with a quick dab of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer. Gorgeous!
‘80s Makeup Idea #2: Peach Lips. Nowadays nudes, reds and pinks dominate the lip makeup scene, but what about the other pretty colors of the rainbow? While untraditional lipstick shades are fun to play around with, the ‘80s were known for embracing orangey, coral takes on well-known classics. Alas, peach lips were totally a thing, and now they’re back in all their sunset glory. To get the look, start by smoothing your lips out with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish and Soften Face Scrub. Next, layer your lips with the L’Oréal Paris Shine Lipstick in Luminous Coral for a shiny lip look.
‘80s Makeup Idea #3: Hot Pink Lips. Looking for something a bit more classic while still making a nod to the past? You can’t go wrong with a hot pink lip look. Simply turn the volume up on your favorite pink lip makeup look by coating your pout with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte Mandate and you’ll look like everyone’s favorite doll.
‘80s Makeup Idea #4: Bold Under-Eyes. If you’re tight on time but still want to rev up your overall beauty look, try coating your under-eyes with a bold pop of color. To get the look, simply swipe a colorful eyeliner (we love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Purple and Cobalt Blue) across your lashline and top it off with a quick coat of voluminous mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, for an instant eye-catching appeal.
‘80s Makeup Idea #5: Draped Blush. If you’re like us, you could use a break from the celeb-level contouring that monopolizes current beauty looks. Well, you’re in luck. The ‘80s were particularly savvy when it came to creating chiseled cheeks. The best part? They used nothing but blush! Try sculpting your cheekbones with the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush.
‘80s Makeup Idea #6: Full Brows. One of the best ways to frame your face is with a bold set of brows. While brows have been a major topic of conversation over the years, gone are the days of the super-manicured arches that dominated social media, and it’s back to the days of boyish, natural-looking brows. The best part about this reemergence is how easy it is to create the look with a little eyebrow makeup. Simply comb your brows and swipe some of the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara through your arches, following their growth pattern. Et voila! Next: Learn how to rock an office-appropriate bold hair color, by checking out our article, How to Wear Rainbow Hair Colors at Work.