From the mod eyeliner of the 1960s to the thin, penciled brows of the 1920s to the roll-on glitter and heavy lip liner of the ’90s, there have been so many great beauty trends in history. Last year, I did a makeup tutorial showing off my love for deep, dark makeup from the 1940s and 1950s because, no matter what year it is, we’re all a little nostalgic for a decade past. So, which decade had the best makeup?
Depending on your taste, you might be inclined towards a specific look that was made famous during a certain era. For example, I have been obsessed with scarlet lipstick, finger waves, false eyelashes, and winged eyeliner since high school and wound up wearing all of the above to my senior prom:
Therefore, my favorite decade for makeup is the 1930s, when stars like Mae West, Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, and Marlene Dietrich popularized dramatic brows, intense eye makeup, vampy and bold lip colors, and defined cheekbones. Honestly, I’ve never been one for the natural makeup look, and I think a lot of that stems from my love of the powerful, breathtaking beauty coming out of the entertainment industry during that era.
If you’re more of a modern makeup lover, you might be into the bold simplicity of the 1960s trends. If you live for technicolor makeup palettes and lots of shimmers, perhaps the wildness of the 80s is what you’re down with. Love full hair, bold brows, and a healthy, fresh glow? The early 90s might be your jam.
Whatever your favorite decade for makeup is, we want to hear about it, so tell us in the comments. And if you’re so inclined, include some reference photos so we can all revel in the glory of makeup days past!
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.