The 1980s are known for their bold fashion statements. Crimped hair, neon colors, and high waisted jeans are all fashion trends from the 80s that have made their way back into our culture again. Everything 80s is new again, and that goes for the makeup trends too.
Just like the other fashion that came out of the 80s, the makeup that came from the 80s is nothing if not bold. If you’re looking for some bold makeup inspiration, look no further than 80s makeup trends.
Here are some makeup trends from the 80s you should consider working into your present day makeup looks.
1. Colorful Eye Shadow
While neutral eye shadow shades are common picks for everyday makeup looks in the present day, 80s eye shadow looks featured out of the box bright colors, like blue, pink, and purple. Incorporate some vibrant colors into your eye looks to give your makeup an 80s inspired pop of color.
If you’re worried about these colors being too much for every day wear, try pairing bolder colors with more neutral tones, like warm browns or grays.
2. Pink Lipstick
Bright pink lipstick was an 80s staple. If you’re looking to add a little bit of 80s inspiration to your every day makeup look, pair your favorite hot pink lipstick with a more neutral eye shadow look. Doing this will give you the pop of color you’re looking for without overdoing it.
3. Bright Shades
Many 80s makeup looks worked in lots of bronze and golden shades. Work these golden summer shades into your makeup look with things like shimmery eye shadows, pops of warm bronzer, and some golden highlight as a gorgeous finishing touch.
4. Lots of Eyeliner
No 80s inspired eye makeup look is complete without eyeliner– and lots of it. Smudged eyeliner was the way to go at the time. You can copy this look today by applying a think line of gel or pencil liner and then smudging it out. You can also apply a think line of liquid eyeliner for a similar effect. Oh, and don’t forget the waterline!
5. Neon Accents
Neon was popular in a lot of 80s inspired outfits and looks. But you don’t need a full neon outfit or makeup look to include this 80s trend in your present day look. A way to do this is by including neon accents, like a bold neon eyeliner on your eyelid or on your bottom lash line.
If you’re going for a bolder makeup look, try a neon pink or neon orange lipstick.
6. Bold Eyebrows
If you hate getting your eyebrows waxed and think keeping them thin is a hassle, then you’re in luck: bold eyebrows were a big trend in the 80s. While thin eyebrows may be popular today, more grown out and bushy eyebrows were the style back then.
This is a perfect opportunity to rock your natural eyebrows if your natural brows happen to be on the bushier side. If they’re not, you can still take advantage of this 80s trend by filling in your eyebrows with your favorite brow kit.
7. Colored Mascara
Put your black and brown mascaras to the side for this one. Colored mascara was all the rage in the 80s, and this is a perfect trend to try if you’re looking to give your makeup a more subtle pop of color.
While colors like black tend to be the common mascara choices, more colorful options can include blue, green, or even pink. It’s an easy way to add some color to your makeup look.
8. Metallic Colors
Metallic colors, like silver and gold, are easy to incorporate into your makeup look through eye shadow or highlight. If you’re looking to experiment, try some metallic eye liner or lip products.
9. Bright Blush
Bright and bold blush looks were all the rage in the 80s. To copy this look, find some bright, hot pink blush and apply it to your cheeks liberally. Subtlety is not the goal here. Don’t be afraid to apply blush with a heavy hand when you’re going for an 80s-inspired look.
10. Dark Lip Liner
Dark lip liner was common in the 80s, and it worked as a way to emphasize your lip shape without over lining your lips. It’s not a practice that’s commonly used in the present day, but it’s something to consider if you’re looking to add some 80s inspiration to your lipstick routine.
11. Faux Beauty Marks
Many celebrity fashion icons throughout history have rocked beauty marks, including 80s icon Madonna. It was a common trend to recreate fake versions of these iconic marks as a way to emulate the look of celebrities of the time. This is most commonly done through stamps or with eyeliner.
12. Heavy Contouring
Contouring is one of those classic makeup trends and techniques that never really went away, and for good reason. It’s a great way to enhance your facial structure as you do your makeup.
13. Lash To Lid Eye Shadow
Most eye shadow looks are carefully crafted using multiple colors that work together beautifully. If you’re looking for something different, try this 80s trend of using one color over your entire eyelid. This can be a neutral color, like a soft beige, or something more eye catching, like a pink or yellow.
14. Draped Blush
The 80s were known for dramatic blush looks and here’s one of the ways it came into play: draped blush. Draped blush involves applying blush from your temples down the apples of your cheeks in a sort of C shape. The goal of this is to make your cheek bones look higher and sharper.
It’s a little bold by today’s standards, but it’s still worth a shot if you’re looking to bring out your cheekbones.
15. Under Eye Makeup
Don’t shy away from your lower lash line when doing your eye makeup. Add some 80s-inspired pop to your makeup look by putting some eye shadow on your lower lash line or some eyeliner to your water line.