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Modernizing Swingin’ 60s Mod Makeup for Summer

Posted on 14 July 2017

The sixties were a revolutionary time, especially when it came to makeup.  Due to this period of experimentation, the sixties were filled with some of the most intriguing makeup looks of the twentieth century.  After years of fairly bland, manicured makeup that consisted of thin brows, powdered faces, and red lips, the sixties widened the world of makeup by adding pops of color and graphic design into the mix.  There were the good looks of the sixties that focused on enlarging the eyes with full lashes and graphic cut-creases, popularized by icons like the English model Twiggy and the French actress Brigitte Bardot.  That being said, there were the tragic looks of the sixties, which included far too many cool-toned blues and bubble-gum pinks.  But, color is, after all, what marked the mod era as a time to be recognized in the history of makeup, so in order to modernize these looks, we must include color strategically.  With summer upon us, what better time to hit the refresh button on our day to day makeup routines and recreate exciting looks from days past? It’s time to get groovy….  



When emulating 60s makeup, it’s important to stick to the basics for the face. Sixties face makeup was sheer and natural (perfect for hot and sticky summer weather) that added a glow from within and let the skin peek through. Apply the Absolute Cover Primer to keep your makeup on through the hot, summery weather. Next, create a custom skin tint by mixing our Absolute Cover Foundation with our Oil Free Moisturizer , adding half a pump to a pump of foundation to a quarter-sized amount of moisturizer. You can add more or less foundation depending on the amount of coverage you need, using the Wide Foundation Brush #20 for targeted application. Keep in mind that although you may think a large percentage of your skin needs coverage, you’ll get a better result by starting out sheer with the base and then spot concealing later on. For a hydrated and highlighted look, use the Skin Sculpting Wand in Dawn and Perfecting Puff under the eyes and on the tops of the cheekbones; this will serve as your highlight because 60s makeup is fairly matte. Next, minimally apply the Skin Sculpting Wand in one of the contour shades ( Sunset or Dusk ) under your cheekbones and blend with the Perfecting Puff . To spot conceal, apply your shade in the Derma Tones Wheel with Brush #11 to your blemish and tap lightly. Set the face using the Translucent Powder and Brush #8 .  This brush will ensure that only a light dusting of powder is applied all over the face.  For a soft glow, swirl Brush #22 in the Americano Bronzer and apply on the perimeter of the face and, using the same brush, pop the Pressed Blush in Rendezvous onto the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the hairline.




Sixties’ eye looks were fun-filled and Twiggy’s famously graphic cut-crease, simple winged liner, and drawn-on lower lashes make for a clean, yet bold, eye look.  Adding color to an eye look can be tricky and daunting because it can end up in the tragic sixties makeup category very quickly, but colored liner is a sure-fire way to keep your look sophisticated. To create this shape, draw curved lines with the Eyeliner Brush #1 and any shade of the Fixline Eyeliner Gel you desire. The moussy formula glides on easily, so this look is not only chic but also quick and simple. To create the wide-eyed look, add the Eyeliner Pencil in Light Beige to your waterline.



60s lips were often ashy, leaving the face looking washed out.  To remedy this, apply a rosy-pink shade that will add warmth to your look while keeping the sixties theme going.  Generously apply the Pure Vitamin E Lipstick , then line the lips with our Nude Lipliner, and top it all off with a bit of gloss in the shade Natural .  If you want something a little more pink, apply the Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Aries and pop on a bit of Golden Rose Lipgloss .  For a precise application or to blend any of the lip products, use the OFRA Lip Brush #10 .


Set your complete makeup look with the Makeup Fixer and you’re good to go.


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Written by Annika Polatsek


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