The 1980s were a decade of bold style, colours and silhouettes. Of course, one of the most eclectic decades in fashion history also translated to the beauty looks: over-the-top perms, blindingly bright blush, and sharp eyeshadows.
Now, a new trend on instagram and TikTok is bringing all these bold 1980s elements back to the forefront. Under the hashtag #myparentslook, users are recreating the looks of their parent’s school and college albums.
But if you’re looking to get inspired by the look, not to worry. Today’s modern take on the 1980s makeup trend has been updated with a subtle touch.
Ahead, check out the totally rad ‘80s-inspired makeup creations to inspire your next look.
An enduring symbol of the 80s, this extra bold blush, known as draping, is equal parts beautiful and fun. Wear this atop a neutral palette for a special event, or with added shimmer. Try it with the NARS Orgasm X cheek palette - featuring the extra pigmented Orgasm X blush,the cult-favourite Orgasm blush and Orgasm Highlighting Powder for a dimensional glow.
This is Stop-You-In-Your-Tracks pink. Keep it modern with clean and minimal makeup for the rest of your face. Try it with the FENTY Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour in Unlocked, a highly pigmented, long-wearing liquid lipstick in a raspberry, fuchsia pink.
The sky’s the limit with this look. Apart from experimenting with coloured mascara and eyeliner, go bold by experimenting with graphic eyeshadows in bright, unexpected colours. Keep it deceptively minimalist in a single tone, and go for a utilitarian or neutral outfit.