I’m feeling all swinging 60s this week and I’m looking to recreate the sharp look of Mary Quant, the world’s first supermodels Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, mini-shirts, Carnaby Street and of course Chelsea’s Kings Road.
Back then trendy KR boutiques were leading fashion around the world and this year 60s beauty looks are back in vogue. At the recent catwalk shows there were several nods to vintage looks – designer Anna Sui had dots under lower lashes, Lavin and Rag & Bone ran black liner through the crease of the eye socket and Emilio Pucci models wore matt, nude lip colours. And there were even rare sighting of white eyeshadow, graphic liner and lashings of mascara.
So here’s my guide to how to get a chic 60s inspired look.
Step 1 – Ice White Eyeshadow
White eyeshadow is a key component to the sixties look. Take a flat eyeshadow brush and sweep this over your eyelid. You want the colour to be quite dense, so add a few layers until you have a crisp white base. The white shadow from the Daniel Sandler Eyeshadow Quad in Scandal at Midnight is really strongly pigmented which is perfect for this look.
Step 2 – Define your lash line
Use a punchy liquid liner to create a bold lash-line. I’m using the Clarins Liquid Liner for this and rest the tip of the brush on the base of your lashes and drag this across in short strokes. Make sure not to bring the cat’s-eye flick too far away from the eye. I know it’s easy to get carried away with a long flick, but if you go too far the end result with look more Goth rock than sharp 60s.
Step 3 – Draw the line
Next take an angled brush and use the black colour from the Daniel Sandler palette to draw your sixties line. This part of the look is pretty tricky and does take a lot of practice, so have cotton buds at the ready! You need to draw this line in your socket crease and bring it down to meet with the eyeliner you’ve drawn previously, your socket crease is where your eyelid naturally folds. A useful tip is to hold a hand-held mirror below your face; this way when you look in the mirror your eyelid isn’t creased so the line is much easier to draw. When you’ve perfected the shape, reinforce the line another time to make the colour deeper. If you want to make it even stronger use the Clarins Liquid Liner over this.
Step 4 – Bottom lashes
To make this super ‘Twiggy’ make use of your bottom lashes. I wanted this look to be wearable, so I’ve just drawn on two lashes in the outer corners on my eyes with an angled brush and the black shadow but if you want some more drama, you have two other options:
1. To create some twiggy-esque bottom lashes try resting your mascara wand on your bottom lashes and sweeping from side to side until your lashes are coated in mascara (they should be clumping together), before they dry fan them out slightly. By doing this you’ll create a few big lashes, rather that lots of little ones.
2. For authentic “Twiggies”, skip out mascara on your bottom lashes altogether and draw on lashes with liquid eyeliner, the lines need to be very small and evenly spaced out on the bottom lash line. The lashes you draw should get gradually shorter the further you make your way into the eye, aim to draw around 8 lashes as a rough guide. This look is for the real retro purists.
Step 5 – Conceal and brighten
You need eyes looking bright and dewy with this look so touch up under your eyes with a creamy concealer pen like Guerlain Precious Light. Dab on the concealer with your index finger it helps create that beautiful doe-eyed look that characterized 60s beauty.
Step 6 – Lashings of mascara
Whatever you decided to do in step 4, your top lashes need plenty of mascara to balance your your larger than life bottom lashes, and you can try adding false lashes to really open up your eyes. I’m using Dior Blackout Mascara for plenty of lash coverage, wiggle the brush from side to side while you fan the lashes out and up to get the most out of your mascara.
Step 7 – Gloss up
To finish off I’m using a pretty pink gloss from Clarins Gloss Prodige in Water Lily. This has a lovely high shine and smells beautiful too! Slip this on and carry in your clutch for regular top ups all night.
And that’s how to do a modern, wearable 60s eye make-up. You can complete the look with a big sexy updo with your hair and to get in the mood when putting on your make-up put on You Really Got Me by The Kinks on your iPod.