5 updated makeup ideas from the more-is-more 80s

The maximalist decade called, and it wants you to try its trendiest beauty looks! Here’s how to pull them off.

From the closet to the makeup bag, 1980s style was big and bold. Clearly, girls did just want to have fun, and that joyful spirit is back for another round. Incorporate a playful throwback vibe into your beauty routine using the latest formulas and techniques for a modern touch. Whether you choose dramatic blush, glam eyeshadow or glossy lips, here’s how to, like, totally rock 80s-inspired makeup today.

A bronzed babe complexion
Excess was the name of the game for everything in the 1980s, including bronzer application. But going full throttle with a single shade misses the modern mark. Now, you can achieve natural-looking radiance using a multi-tonal technique with the Physicians Formula All Star Face Palette. Dust Multi-Coloured Pressed Powder over your face and neck, sweep Murumuru Butter Bronzer around the perimeter of your face, contour with Matte Monoi Butter Bronzer and add a touch of illumination with the rose gold or pearly highlighter.

Draped blush
This technique of applying blush higher on the cheeks and towards the temples is all the rage again. Update the look using a formula that melts into skin, like Marcelle Cream Blush in “Pink Paradise.” Use a makeup sponge to apply a little high on the apples of the cheeks, blending to diffuse the colour up and out for a lifting effect.

Ultra-glam eyes
In the 80s, lids were often awash in all the shades of the rainbow, from lash line to brow bone. For a contemporary take, focus on two complementary shades to create an ombré effect. The Revolution Foil Frenzy Eyeshadow Palette in “Hybrid” offers combos like blue and green or plum and rust. Apply your first colour on the inner third of the lids, then use a clean brush to apply your second shade across the rest of the lid, blending for a gradient effect.

For a glossy pout
Glossy lips shone throughout the decade and guess what? The look totally holds up! Try Milani Highly Rated Diamond Lip Gloss, which offers incredible shine in a non-sticky formula. Layer it over a bold red or fuchsia lipstick for a dazzling retro effect.

For a flawless finish
The material girls of the 80s preferred a powdery matte complexion — dewy skin just wasn’t in. For a flawless finish that strikes a balance between the two extremes, try the innovative CoverGirl Simply Ageless Instant Wrinkle Blurring Pressed Powder. It’s made with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C to hydrate and refresh your complexion while evening out your skin tone — and never looks cakey, flaky or dry.

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