Fun Makeup Fridays: Mod 1960s Makeup (With Painted-On Twiggy Lashes!)

Not startled, just wide-eyed
Not startled, just wide-eyed

I’ve always been drawn to the gorgeous graphic eye looks of the 1960s. Don’t you want to be cruising through the streets of London on the back of a moped? White and black Op Art-inspired patterns were some of the most persistent trends of Spring 2013, lead by none other than Marc Jacobs.

To channel Twiggy and her classic eye makeup, I tried painted on lashes for the first time. Despite my aforementioned poor fine motor skills, it worked out well! Just keep some Q-Tips on hand for the inevitable clean up.

It looks a bit harsh close up, but this is before I added mascara, the critical element
It looks a bit harsh close up, but this is before I added mascara, the most critical element.

To get this look, first apply your favorite base makeup. I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation in 117, which is a full coverage foundation with a natural matte finish. It’s a bit heavier than what I usually wear day to day, but I love it for evening looks. With eye makeup this exaggerated, it looks best with an even, flawless base.

I wanted a more modern version of Twiggy’s look, so I decided to only paint lashes on the outer halves of my lower lashes, and do a more natural shaded crease. Apply eyeshadow primer, such as Urban Decay Primer Potion, to your upper and lower lashes – you don’t want those painted-on lashes smudging!

For this look I only used one palette – the famous Naked Palette by Urban Decay. Brush Virgin, a white shimmery shadow, across your whole lid with a large fluffy eyeshadow brush. Then take a small crease brush to apply Creep, a black metallic shadow in the outer corners and up your crease. I really like CVS’s Essence of Beauty Crease Duo – I often find myself reaching for them over my more expensive brushes. White and black are the hardest shades to use together, so it’s extra extra important that you take another clean eyeshadow brush and blend thoroughly using windshield wiper motions.

Then apply black liquid liner to your upper lash line in a classic cat eye shape. Don’t be afraid to make the line thick and winged – this is a dramatic look, after all! I used Kat Von D’s Tattoo liner in Trooper, which is a black felt tip liner. Next, look upwards and add make three dashes from your outer corner to the inner half. These should be about 1/2 centimeter long, and it’ll look more natural if you angle them out toward your ears.

Now comes the most important step: mascara! Lots and lots of black, thick mascara. I like Benefit’s They’re Real, because it gives you the false lash look without all the hard work and sticky glue. Make sure you also apply a couple coats to your lower lashes – this helps cover up the harsh liner and give you that wide eyed Bambi look.

The eyeshadow shading is a lot less harsh than 1960s crease cuts.

With that much eye makeup, you don’t want to add much to the cheeks and lips. But you also don’t want to leave them completely bare, or you’ll be completely washed out. On my cheeks, I added the light touch of Tarina Tarnatino blush in Carved Rose, a cool soft pink. If you are using a very pigmented brush, try using a stippling brush – it has a light touch and helps you from looking like a clown.

On my lips I wore Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Sydney, a pink taupe. I usually stay far away from “nude” or brown-toned lipstick, but this has just the right percentage of pink to make it look natural. I love this lipstick for any smokey eye looks. It gives you a balanced, finished look without distracting from the main show. 

To finish the look, put on the Who and your shortest miniskirt. All you need now is a red Vespa and a British boyfriend!

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