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Beauty by the Decade: The 1960s

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Editor’s Note: Our newest series, “Beauty by the Decade“, explores beauty trends from the past and transfers them into wearable, updated ideas for hair and makeup. In case you missed last week’s edition, see: Beauty by the Decade: The 1950s. Also, be sure to check out Beauty by the Decade: The 1920s, as well as Beauty by the Decade: The 1970s.

The 1960s
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The 1960s marked a transition between the ladylike looks of the ’50s and the free-spirited glamor of the ’70s. The Mod subculture was at its peak during the early and mid ’60s, which brought about a more playful approach to makeup and the use of color. Voluminous hair, lots of eyeliner, and the pixie cut also made their way into mainstream style during this decade. Below, I’ll break down the most popular makeup and hair looks of the 1960s and show you how to adapt them to your everyday style.

1960s Makeup

Twiggy Eye Makeup
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The 1960s were all about dramatic eyes and paler lips. Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick were known to sport this look.

For a full video tutorial showing you how to do a whole face of Mod makeup, see our guide to Achieving the ’60s Mod Makeup Look. Below, I’ve detailed the basics of the mod makeup look again but be sure to check out the linked post above for the video guidance!

To get Twiggy and Edie’s ’60s Mod eyes, you’ll need:

Mod Makeup
Product Information: White Eyeliner-NARS, Black Liquid Eyeliner-MAC, Matte White Eyeshadow-NARS, False Eyelashes-Sephora, Nude Lipstick-MAC, Brow Pencil-Lorlac, Black Eyeliner Pencil-Benefit Cosmetics.

  1. After applying foundation and concealer to your face for a base, apply a matte white eyeshadow across your eyelids.
  2. Apply a white eyeliner to your bottom waterline of your eyes. This makes your eyes appear brighter and bigger.
  3. Outline your top eyelid with a black liquid eyeliner, drawing a thin line along your eyelashes.
  4. Using the black liquid eyeliner, draw a half moon shape in the crease of your eyes above the white eyeshadow.
  5. Use a black eyeliner pencil to line your bottom lid next to the white waterline.
  6. Using the liquid eyeliner, “draw” a few extending bottom lashes. Be sure not to go too crazy with how long the lines are – keep them shorter.
  7. After curling and applying mascara to your lashes, apply your fake eyelashes to your top lid. Add a few more sweeps of mascara to make the lashes blend in.
  8. Use a brow pencil to define your eyebrows.
  9. Apply a nude lipstick to finish off the look.

Updated 1960s Makeup

60s Makeup Updated
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Instead of going full-fledged Edie or Twiggy, get an updated ’60s mod look by playing around with eyeliner. Defining your lower lashes or applying dramatic, winged eyeliner (a la Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra) are great ways to pull of mod makeup without looking costume-y.

1960s Hair

60s Hair
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The ’60s held some major changes for hairstyles. At the beginning of the decade, beehives, bouffants, and styles reminiscent of the ’50s were the dominant styles. (Think the movie Hairspray!) Towards the middle of the decade, the slick pixie cut (thanks to Twiggy and Mia Farrow) was popular. As the ’60s moved into the ’70s, the long, sleek hair seen on Marsha Brady on “The Brady Bunch” (1969) began to emerge as the sought-after style.

Updated ’60s Hair

60s Hair Updated
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Channeling the 1960s today is easier than ever, thanks to the fact that ’60s styles are back in fashion. Pixie cuts have recently made a comeback (with fans like Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, and Michelle Williams) and big volume is always in.

“Flippy” hair is also an easy and adorable way to add some ’60s flair to your do. To get this look, take a curling iron (or even a flat iron) and after placing it about 2-3 inches from the ends of a 1-2 inch section of hair, gently curl the hair outwards. After spraying a little hair spray for staying power, you can work the flip with your fingers to make the style a little looser. The flip is adorable with a ponytail (like Drew Barrymore pictures above) or even just with your hair down.

Another simple way to do a ’60s hairstyle is to use ribbon as a hair accessory. Side-swept bangs, flipped out ends, and ribbon used as a headband will help you emulate the decade in a subtle way.

Your Thoughts?

Would you rock ’60s hair and makeup? Which styles do you love most? Would you ever wear the mod style eye makeup? Leave a comment and let us know!

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18 Responses to “Beauty by the Decade: The 1960s”

  1. 1
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I absolutely adore the dark winged eyeliner look – very seductive.

  2. 2
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I can’t say I’m crazy about the pale lips, but winged eyeliner is something I’m a huge fan of.

  3. 3
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I love the 60′s styled makeup. The eyeliner and the long lashes and the nude lip. /dreamy

  4. 4
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    You should do the 1940s. Katharine Hepburn is definitely my style icon and right now men’s wear is in so that could be a great decade to cover.

  5. 5
    February 15th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    great look! I may wear something inspired by the 60′s, but I don’t think I could go all the way!

  6. 6
    February 15th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Wicked, I LOVE the 60′s mod look, especially the Twiggy look!
    Keep it up

  7. 7
    February 15th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Great job! I love the 60s look-so glam and mod. Emma Watson’s haircut does look exactly like Mia Farrow’s! I love Nicole’s eye makeup as well!

  8. 8
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’d surely skip the Cleopatra look, but others are lovely. I wish my eyes were bigger and I could use contacts instead of glasses, so I could use the black eyeliner!

  9. 9
    March 11th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Where is the information on how we used to tease and tease and tease our hair? Goodness! We spent a lot of effort on that! We teased it, then sprayed it, then teased some more, then smoothed the top layer of teasing so our hair was huge! We combed the bottom into a flip and we looked awesome!

  10. 10
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Edie Sedgwick is my thick eyebrow muse

  11. 11
    October 26th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I LOVE the 60′s. It’s my favourite decade. I had long hair when I first discovered it, so I wore bouffants and flips and now that my hair is short and in a Twiggy style I rock that. I love wearing my 60′s make up because people always compliment you for it, or ask how you did it. It’s difficult, but it gets easier.

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