How To Create The Perfect '80s Inspired Look

by Ra'eesah Manack about a month ago in makeup

A Blast From The Past...

How To Create The Perfect '80s Inspired Look
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From bold eyes and lips to spiral curls, the '80s are making a comeback. Stars have been spotted gracing the red carpet with big hair and bright makeup looks that come straight out of '80s glam handbooks.

The eighties have always been a legendary part of pop culture and has made a resurgence with shows like Stranger Things and even fashion designers embracing things like leg-o'-mutton sleeves. And now to beauty. However, this is a massive change from no-makeup makeup looks and sleek hair, so how do you achieve an authentic '80s look.

Defined Spiral Curls

"We had a couple of decades making fun of crunchy curls, but the defined texture is very strong right now, specifically moussed-out and gelled-out curls with the volume on the top," says Jon Reyman, hairstylist, and owner of Spoke & Weal salons.

To achieve this look, use a medium-hold mousse and gel in wet hair, then air-dry or use a diffuser to dry the product into the hair. If you do not have natural curls, use a thin barrel curling iron to create the curl and some hairspray to hold it in place. Reyman advises using your fingers to comb "through your hair and fringe to add some lift and shape."

Bold Eye Looks

Another major '80s trend that has made a comeback is bold and colorful eye shadow. Opt for unusual color eye shadow such as blue, pink, and purple.

To recreate the look with a modern twist, pick one of the trendy colors. Then instead of applying it across the lid, use it as an unexpected pop of color to the inner corner of the eyes. Another option is to smoke out the color or blend it with other colors for a dramatic effect.

Brushed Back Hair

Another easy to achieve '80s look was brought back by Margot Robbie, Yara Shadidi and Jennifer Lawrence. The brushed back hair look is a practical and fun everyday hair look that suits any hair type and face shape.

To get the look, start by using a texture spray on wet hair then blow-drying the hair towards the back. It is recommended to use a small boar-bristle brush to add volume. Focus on the top of the head then use a flat iron to create a sleek back and sides.

After all, the hair is straight and sleek, back-brush your hair at the front hairline and the crown. Finally, add a texture paste to help mold the hair the way you want it to sit and finish with strong-hold hairspray to hold it in place.

Bold Bushy Brows

We've all perfected the skinny, groomed, and overly crafted Instagram-inspired brows. However, the trends have changed with bold, bushy and natural eyebrows making a strong comeback thanks to model Cara Delevigne. The new trend has left many people confused about how to achieve the look, but its super simple.

Start by lightly shape your eyebrows to flatter the natural contours of your face, and don't forget to trim any pieces that are way too long or make your brow area look messy. Finally, apply a generous amount of brow gel to hold it in place, using a colored brow gel will also help cover up any patchy spots in your brow. Alternatively, you lightly fill blank spots in with an eyebrow pencil or pomade.

Draped Blush

A personal favorite from the '80s is blush draped across the face. The trend came before contouring, and many professionals are using the technique to sculpt the cheeks again.

To achieve this look, apply blush over the natural bone structure and across the nose. Demi Lovato, uses a sheer rose blush draped across her face to create a fresh yet subtle look while Rihanna opts for vibrant blush shades to make a statement.

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Ra'eesah Manack
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