The modern 60s style for 2015 falls just shy of icons like Twiggy and Bridget Bardot. It’s a more wearable look with fresh-faced glamour that’s adaptable for any age or skin tone. It’s all about volumized hair, heavy liner, and matte lips.
Use a shadow base or concealer on lids, like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. You need two shadows—a matte or opalescent nude and a chocolate brown. Apply the nude from lashes to brows, then use a pointed crease brush to concentrate the chocolate brown shade in the crease. Blend up and out with angled flicking motions that drag the color from crease toward the eyebrow.
You can’t have the modern 60s look without serious eyeliner. Plus, the flick at the outer corners can make you look more awake. Try the Eyeko Eye Do Eyeliner. The sturdy tip makes it easy to trace a thin line close to the lashes, thicken up toward the outer edge, and achieve the perfect wing. The deep, dark waterproof color makes the whites of your eyes look brighter.
You can limit the liner to the top lash line and smudge a medium-toned shadow along the lower lashes for day. Make it more dramatic with a black kohl liner on the lower water line, smudged into the lashes and set with matching shadow. Add false lashes for nights out.
Don’t forget to fill in your brows—this look calls for bold ones. Try Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21.00, Sephora), starting in the middle and working your way out. Then use the spoolie to comb the color through so it appears natural.
Skip the heavy coverage with this look and stick with a lighter coverage foundation, BB cream, or CC cream. Try Mary Kay’s CC Cream, which will allow your natural skin to show through and keep it appropriate (and comfortable!) for summertime.
Highlight and Contour
For the air of casual sophistication that goes with this look, you don’t need to overload on blush (use a light dusting of nude-pink shade on cheekbones). Choose a matte bronzer like NYX Matte Bronzer just under the cheekbones to give them a lift, then take the effect even further with a shimmery champagne, gold, or bronze liquid or powder highlighter along the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and above the upper lip.
Choose a matte or cream lipstick that looks like your lips, but better. If your lips have a lot of color naturally, find a beige or caramel shade that will tone them down to give you the muted lip look you’re aiming for. Look for MAC’s Blankety, Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight, or Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink. If you feel like your lips need a little more definition in a lipstick shade like this, line them using short, quick strokes with a lip liner that’s just a bit deeper in color. A universally flattering shade is MAC’s Spice.
Apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair and blow-dry it upside down for the most volume possible. Use a round brush to add more volume and create both smoothness and fullness. If you have bangs or a shorter layer near your face, go ahead and pull that hair to the front and clip it into place. Spray the hair at the crown with dry shampoo for extra lift and then tease it. Smooth the top, visible section and then pin the top and sides of the hair at the back of your head with a couple of crisscrossed bobby pins.
From there, you can choose to put your hair in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck, a low side ponytail, an “undone” French twist with the ends left out, or leave the rest of your hair loose. Regardless of what else you do, that height at the crown is necessary for this look.
If you have to say goodbye to summer, you might as well tell it goodbye in style. The modern 60’s hair and makeup combination is the perfect halfway point between the casual vibe of summer and the more put-together feel of fall.