They say fashion trends go through cycles; what was “in” or popular years ago will eventually come full circle and become “in” or popular again. The next decade in line to be revived is the 1980s. You don’t have to buy out the local supply of Aqua Net hairspray, but if the 2014 fashion runways are any indication, it looks like ’80s makeup is making a comeback. If you want to get in on the new trends of the 80’s check out Makeup Chalet and get the look everyone’s craving!
When designers showcase their newest collections, the fashion media aren’t just looking at the clothing on display. They’re also looking at how the models are styled, from shoes to accessories, hair, and of course, makeup. For the 2014 fall season, there were some familiar trends on the runways.
Both Tom Ford and Roberto Cavalli dolled up their models with smokey eyes much like Donna Mills flaunted during her devious days as Abby Ewing on Knots Landing.
When the blonde bombshell joined the cast, she wore a clean “Southern California” girl look. As the decade wore on and her character drummed up diabolical schemes, Mills depicted the power woman of the ’80s. Her distinctive eye makeup showcased heavy eyeliner both on lids and under lower lashes. She was so associated with this style that Mills filmed a makeup instructional video and launched a line of cosmetics.
Vera Wang is best known for her glamorous wedding gowns. For her fall collection, she went bold with big skirts and statement-making embellishments. The models’ makeup was kept fairly neutral, except for the eyebrows, which were reminiscent of the teenage Brooke Shields.
Prior to establishing a successful acting career on both the small screen and stage, Shields was primarily associated with Calvin Klein jeans (“Nothing gets between me and my Calvins.”) and her eyebrows. Girls may have wanted their eye makeup to be bright and colorful, but natural brows were the style of the day. Other celebrities who flaunted the bold brow include Madonna, Kirstie Alley, and Sean Young.
Very Colorful Eyeshadow
Lots of designers opted to get artsy with bright eyeliners and eyeshadows. Some used it to draw in definition and others, like Jonathan Saunders, created a large look by taking the shadow all the way up to the brow. The runway treatment colors were a bit more subtle than the dramatic purples and pinks Grace Jones favored during the ’80s, but no one rocked this look like she did.
A recording artist and actress, Jones was happy to shake up the established definition of beauty, such as donning a short, highly angled cropped hairstyle. She was often seen with fully done-up eyes in bright colors. Of course, Jones wasn’t the only celebrity to be bold with makeup. When she hit MTV, Cyndi Lauper was colorful in every way, especially her eye makeup. The most colorful award for the decade, though, has to go to Boy George. His layered hues quickly became his trademark.
So if you miss the good old days of bright colors, thick eyebrows and loads of liner, take comfort in knowing hints of the ’80s are hip again.