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Makeup From the ’80s You Need to Try

/ 09:12 AM November 03, 2022

The 1980s was a very interesting time in history. You could testify to it if you lived through it. So many epic trends like pop music and pop art were booming, bangs reached new sprayed-and-stayed heights, and TV sitcoms reigned supreme.

The third season of the Netflix show “Stranger Things” has given us a little insight into the ’80s fashion. The show left everyone in awe as it featured crazy outfits, over-the-top hairdos, and bright eyeshadows, standing out with unique fashion and bold makeup choices.

Makeup in the ’80s was all about loud colors and grabbing attention. The trends were bold, big, and destined to make a comeback. This is exactly what rocking the ’80s is about.


Bold and technicolor eyeshadows, big brows, endless blush, and strong lips defined makeup in the 1980s. And, of course, it can easily be created for today’s modern look.

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Blue Eyeshadow

Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Back in the ’80s, blue, or more specifically electric blue, was the most popular shade, but you might choose to use a two-toned combination or put your spin on this look by opting for just one color.

It was a peculiar thing in the ’80s eye makeup. Its trend does not only remain in the ’80s as fashionable women use it today coupled with lots of colors and tints to experiment with. 

To apply this makeup, all you need is the clear blue liner and eyeshadow, as well as a highlighter, mascara, and lip gloss to achieve this look.

Suzy Gerstein, a makeup artist, explained, “The key to modernizing this trend is to keep the rest of the face as fresh and neutral as possible,” You’ll have to stick to a spot concealer and tinted moisturizer rather than full-coverage foundation. 

She explained, “Then, select a neutral cream blush and a similar colored lip in glossy or sheer texture.” You should be aware that when it comes to creating your statement eyeshadow, it’s all about layering.


Gerstein continued, “Scribble a pencil on the lid, then lay down a powder shadow on it by pressing it with a stippling motion. This packs the color on, leaving the shadow fallout. Then, blend away the edges with a clean, fluffy shadow brush. 

She suggests, “For a natural-looking highlight, put a touch of concealer on a damp Beauty Blender sponge and apply it to the brow bone as a natural highlight. Curl your lashes and finish with brown or black mascara.”

Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink

Millie Bobby Brown 

This ’80s look has gathered a lot of attention in the past few months. Millie Bobby Brown, an actress known for playing Eleven on the hit series, shows us how a very prominent blush plus pink eyeshadow and a bit of draping can change your face shape. She proves that life does imitate art.

This pink eyeshadow trend has taken off on Instagram, mainly with bloggers and influencers tapping the color for monochromatic looks. You can’t even get stuck in a makeup rut as Brown took it to another level by making the vibrant shade the center of attention while keeping the rest of her makeup understated.

You will need all things pink in your makeup arsenal for this makeup. And for the draping, you’ll have to use blush. As done in the ’80s, you should start by covering your lids with a pink shade extended down to your cheeks and temples.

But for a more modern look, it’s all about the pigment rather than the quantity. So, Instead of applying it on the apples of the cheeks, use blush as more of a contour. 

Place a credit card or business card diagonally at the corners of your lips and swipe powder blush with a tapered brush on top of your cheekbone to your temple.

You can start with a hint of color and continue if you’re new to bold blush. Grab a fluffy brush or your beauty blender to buff out any edges and diffuse the color.

You can take your makeup game from drab to fab with this combination and a bit of draping in no time.

Pink Patch

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

It is tough to pull off when going for a hue-to-hue match with a color like bright pink. Pink eyeshadow is also super in, as bright pink eyeshadow is making a comeback. The ’80s makeup mostly keeps other features subtle and highlights one feature.

So, you can add definition to your eyes by applying mascara and liner and make your eyes pop by creating a pink shadow around your lids. Complete your look with nude lipstick and a little blush.

Bitchin’ Pink

Bitchin' Pink

Shay Mitchell

In the ’80s, it wasn’t only about the eyes; rocking bright pink lips makes you look classic. Since then, another hit that has stayed in vogue was Barbie’s pink lips, and you can take it up a notch by adding a bit of gold to the look. 

You will certainly stand out wherever you go when you follow with just a bit of eyeliner and a hint of blush. It is totally and easily doable now, more than in the ’80s.

Suzy Gerstein, the makeup artist, says, “Shape the lips first with a lip pencil and use a small fluffy brush or your fingertip to buff and pat the edges to avoid going too full-on. Blot with half of a two-ply tissue and apply another layer followed by more liner and another pat-out of the edges.”

Gerstein explains how she likes this strong lip with no mascara and tells those comfortable with it should go for it but use it less than they normally would.

Bushy Eyebrows

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

In the movie ‘Blue Lagoon,’ the 1980s bushy eyebrows look by Brooke Shields gained a lot of attention, and these bushy eyebrows are again gaining popularity. They help define your facial beauty, making you feel and look young and beautiful. 

Cara Delevingne, a singer and English actress, shows and gives a perfect example of how to master bushy eyebrows with her modern-day version. You can create this look with the help of a brow pencil, mascara or brow gel, tweezers, and a spoolie.

Define with a pencil after brushing upwards with a brow brush, and add a swipe of tinted gel for a bold look if you want to make them even more defined.


Since modern makeup trends focus on accentuating or balancing one part of the face, unlike the ’80s excess makeup such as the power brows or bold lips, there are plenty of opportunities to show off your looks on set.

It is important that wherever you are or wherever you go, you should always craft your hair, wardrobe, and makeup based on the information in your details. The above makeups are just right for different occasions.

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