Decades Past – 70s Inspired Makeup

The 70’s is where my interest starts to fade, probably why this has taken me so long to continue on with in the series. I say inspired because although ‘Sun Kissed’ looks were popular in the decade its not entirely era specific. So onto the video!




Decades Past 1960s

From perfectly pale in Swinging England to the surf culture inspired looks of California . The hairstyles, clothes and the first ‘Uber-Model” . The 1960s gave birth to a new era of somewhat individual style  that previous decades constrained.  Times certainly were starting to change . The youths had more disposable income than that of the previous decades and they were starting to be not only seen but heard!

Not surprisingly the contraceptive pill was introduced in the first year of the sexually charged 1960s.

Elizabeth Taylor – The Life

27th Feb 1932

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“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight (8) days after I was born but when I did the first thing I saw was an engagement ring, I was hooked.”

Having 8 weddings to 7 men this is a perfect quote to sum up  Taylors personal life.

Taylor became MGM’s top child star in 1944.

Her first Oscar was for her portrayal as a model/call girl in BUtterfield 8(1960). Taylor starred in 70 films and was the first actress to receive one (1) million dollars for a role, it was for Cleopatra.

“If somebody is dumb enough to offer me one (1) million dollars for a role I’m certainly not going to be dumb and turn it down.”

Twiggy – The Face

19th Sept 1949

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Born Leslie Hornby, Twiggy became the first of the ‘Uber-Models”’. The name Twiggy came from her twig like appearance, being one of the first ‘waif’ models.

She has appeared in films stage and even released albums, is a published author several times over, has a clothing and also a bed linen line.

Going from strength to strength, is there anything she can’t do?

“[Disputing Janice Dickison as the world’s first supermodel]: I think it’s up for grabs, really. I certainly was around before her and before me there was Jean Shrimpton For me, the world’s first supermodel is probably Shrimpton because she was my idol.”

Sophia Loren – Sex Symbol

20th Sept 1934


“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

Sophia has had a long career  spanning from 1950 and is still acting today.

Loren was often seen as the ‘Italian Marilyn Monroe” and was one of the reigning sex symbols of the sixties.

Hating beauty salons, Loren often did her hair and nails herself.

“Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got and 50% what people think you’ve got.”

Jane Fonda – Workout Queen

21 December 1937


“Working in Hollywood does give one a certain expertise in the field of prostitution.”

Probably most widely recognised as her role in Barberella (1968), a movie that brought sex to outer space. But is also as an aerobic Icon from her work out video’s and book.

Fonda’s life has been filled with controversy from her political views, protesting and her risqué choice in roles.

Quitting acting during the second half of her marriage to Tom Hayden she then returned to films in 2005 in The Monster-In-Law.

“It’s always great to rehearse on a plane because people think you’re mad.”

Bridgette Bardot – Sex Kitten

28th September 1934


“If I could do anything about the way people behave towards each other, I would, but since I can’t I’ll stick to animals.”

Bardot is an avid animal rights supporter and also has her own foundation for the cause, “Foundation Bridgette Bardot”.

Not limiting herself to acting and animal rights, Bardot also released several songs during the 60s and 70s.

The nickname ‘Sex Kitten’ was given to her as she was always popular with male audiences whether the movie was a hit or not.

“I have always adored beautiful young men. Just because I grow older, my taste doesn’t change. So if I can still have them, why not?”


So many people and events shaped the sixties that its hard to narrow down the list. Vidal Sassoon, Jackie Onassis, Jean Shrimpton, Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy, The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, the clash of the Mods and Rockers, Sophia Lauren, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Mary Quant, the ‘micro mini’ and the summer of love all ending with the grizzly Manson Murders.

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Decades Past 1950s Stars

the 1950 gave us the best decade of style and icons that are still adored today. Here are a few of my favourites.

Bettie Page 

 22nd April 1923 – 11th December 2008 

Known as a “Bondage and Pin Up Queen” Page has been one of the greatest inspirations for many. Not only hopeful pin ups, nostalgia buffs but also in many subculture communities.

Her life was not without scandal , as you can imagine being  Bettie Pagea fetish icon in the 50s, it was a very different and definitely a more  conservative time then.

She left the industry in the late 1950s and went into seclusion, living her later years out of the spotlight claiming she hated seeing her idols grow old and that her fans would rather remember her from‘glory’ days, so to say.

Page was nick named the girl with the perfect figure,  a girl that was both naughty and nice. From her raven hair ,s hort bangs and distinctive style she still inspires fashion and media today making her a true Icon.

"[Jerry Tibbs was] the one who got me wearing bangs. For years I had my hair parted down the middle in a ponytail, tucked down around the sides. But he said to me, ‘Bettie, you’ve got a very high forehead. I think you’d look good if you cut some bangs to cover it.’ Well, I went and cut the bangs, and I’ve been wearing them ever since. They say it’s my trademark."

Marilyn Monroe

1st June 1926 – 5th August 1962


“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”

Norma Jean transformed into Marilyn Monroe (1946) by dying her brunette hair platinum blonde.  She was the first to grace the commvers of Playboy magazine in 1953 and and is still seen as one of the sexiest actresses of all time.

Even after her untimely death she is loved and adored and well known for her figure, blonde hair and ‘breathless’ voice.

She will forever be an Icon and a sex symbol.

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

Audrey Hepburn

4th May 1929 – 20th January 1993


“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.”

Originally dreaming of becoming a ballerina, her tall stature and lack of constant training throughout the war ultimately ended her career as a dancer.

Starred in many favourites such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Funny Face just to name a few.

Having worked with Givenchy on several occasions, Hepburn was known not only for her style and grace  but also her humanitarian achievements as a UNICEFF ambassador.

and onto my tutorial

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Decades Past – 1930s – Video

Products Used

10 pan Blush Palette

Revlon Colourstay Foundation and Powder

Smashbox Purple Primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Avon Black Eyebrow glimmer sticks

Revlon eye shadow Mousse 10 Rose Light

Smashbox Midnight Brown eye pencil

Smashbox White eye pencil

eBay False Lashes long

Duo Lash glue

Benefit Get Bent Mascara

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (optional, There are so many you can use)

NYX Currant Lip Liner

YSL Lip Twins in Raspberry Violet (love all of these!)



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Decades past – 1920’s

The Jazz age and the birth of the Celebrity

During the Twenties hemlines rose, girdles were thrown out, women were smoking in public and make up was applied – heavily.

Key points to the  Look:

  • Pale, almost Ivory Skin
  • Very Thin penciled in dark eyebrows
  • ‘Cupids Bow’ or ‘Bee  Stung’ Lips
  • lips were coloured deep reds or plum shades
  • Dark Smokey eye
  • Dark greys and Turquoises were used
  • Hair was bobbed or tight waves

Famous from the Decade

Theda Bara – The Vamp

29th July 1885 – 7th April 1955


Theda starred in as many as 44 films and yet nearly all had been lost in a fire at fox studios. known as the original Vamp as she repeatedly portrayed a sexy temptress with a dangerous allure that ruined the good hearted man.

Because of this she was publicly ostracised for it as the audiences seemed to believed that she was actually like the character she was portraying.

“To understand those days, you must consider that people believed what they saw on the screen….Audiences thought the stars were the way they saw them. Why, women kicked my photographs as they went into the theatres where my pictures were playing, and once on the streets of New York a woman called the police because her child spoke to me.”

Louise Brooks – The Flapper

14th November 1906 – 8th August 1985


Born Mary Louise Brooks and at 5”2 she was as well known as a dancer and movie star but also for being sexually promiscuous particularly for the time!

“Love is a publicity stunt, and making love – after the first curious raptures – is only another petulant way to pass the time waiting for the studio to call.”

Clara Bow – The celebrity

29th July 1905 – 27th September 1965


Clara was born into poverty and violence and yet became known as the ‘It” Girl of the 20’s. Her own mother tried to slit her throat when she learnt tat her ambition was to become a star.

She starred in 58 films and retired by the age of only 28!

Clara really was the ‘celebrity’ of the decade and was receiving up to 45, 000 letters a month from fans during the height of her fame.

Favourite fact – had a love affair with Bela Lugosi!

“We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red Chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they’re sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun.”

Coco Chanel –  The designer

19th August 1883 (clamed it was 1893) – 10th January 1971


Created  arguably the most influential fashion house in history Chanel learnt to sew in convent school.

Created Chanel no.5 in 1922, a blended floral scent, first for its time. (Opposed to the single flower scents.)

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny , and its best to be as pretty as possible for destiny”

Here is my take on the 1920’s

Mac Fix+

Revlon Colourstay Foundation and Powder

10 Pan Blush palette

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

28 Neutral Palette

eBay False Lashes

Duo Glue

Revlon High Dimension pencil Steel Flash

eBay gel liners white and black

Revlon Brow Powder

NYX Lip liner Pinky

Mac Tribalist Lipstick


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