The timeless beauty of the 1960’s silver screen sirens is as relevant today as it was Sophia Loren’s Hollywood debut.
Nodding to my ladies in shift dresses and their fiercely sharp winged liner, I’ve gone back in time to have my own Anna Karina moment, but with my personal touch. I looked to my muses. If I’ve learned anything from Loren and Hepburn, it’s that there is no elegance like a cat eye and nude lip. Not only do I love a classic 60’s makeup look- but also a classic black shift dress. My favorite one currently is from Zara and I’ve had it for a couple of years. I found one similar to mine and added to Shop My Wardrobe (you’re welcome). The high neckline gives it that retro feel and the sleeveless shoulders are the best excuse for me to steal my husband’s jacket.
The vintage feel of my pink Miu Miu shoes is a statement I couldn’t resist. The bow and the jewel make me feel fiercely feminine—like wearing jewelry on my feet. Spice up a simple outfit with something unexpected. I adore these sheer, polka dot hosiery. I recommend buying a few at a time (even the most ladylike among us occasionally run their nylons) and pair them with equally eye-catching heels.
Brows & Eyes
If I’m wearing a stronger eye, I like to keep my brows rather minimal. My goal is to keep them looking as natural as possible, but I will add some clear Benefit Ready Set Brow gel in clear to hold them in place. (Btw, there’s brow story coming soon!)
I have Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow stick in Bone in both my personal and my artist’s kit. It’s a great neutral for a 60s eye because it is so close to white. I apply a layer to my eyelids and use my finger to blend it towards my eye socket. The shadow lasts all day and preps my lids for the next step. Just make sure you don’t go past the crease!
Never leave home without Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Transcend. For me it is the perfect reddish-brown with just a hint of shimmer and pairs beautifully with a matte shade. I use a small fluffy, pointed brush (mine’s by Chanel) to apply this on my crease for some added definition. Place the reddish-brown shadow on the socket crease and, starting from the far end, blend the shadow towards the center and then to the inner eyelid. The trick is to keep from blending too much—the distinct crease is what you’re going for with this classic 60’s makeup look.
Liquid liners are not all created equal and it’s hard to find one that is long lasting, highly pigmented and gives that sharp cat eye effect. For a winged liner that will keep you sharp even as the last cigar burns low, I reach for my Sisley So Intense Eyeliner in Carbon Black. It is my favorite—pricey, yes, but worth every penny. I apply my liner starting at the outer corner and drawing the perfect “flick.” Then, I’ll move on to the inner corner, drawing a very thin line along my lashes until I meet the outside wing.
When I use a highly pigmented black liner on my upper lash line, I prefer to use brown along the lower lashes. Using Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in 62, I draw a line starting from the outside corner of my bottom lash line to the middle. Again, as Loren is my cat eye muse, it seems only right to add a little more drama to the eyes by smudging them slightly. The result is a liner that’s both defined and diffused and super sexy.
I’m employing one of the oldest tricks in the book for the classic 60’s makeup and opting for a nude liner along the lower lash line. Adding Chanel’s Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil in 69 to my lower waterline helps my eyes appear bigger and brighter. Use a lash curler (mine is Shu Uemura) to give your eyes a lift and to look more refreshed. Use two coats of mascara for the most intensity. I recommend L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black or the Sisley So Intense mascara to achieve the desired effect.
Cheeks & Lips
For lively cheeks, I go for a pop of pink—in this case, Shadore by Kevyn Aucoin. I don’t usually opt for powder blushes, but this one lasts beautifully throughout the day. I sweep a little color on the apples of my cheeks, blending in circular motions moving upwards and out (towards the hairline). Instead of using a traditional highlighter I like to add the Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Makeup on my cheekbones,. It has a natural looking finish.
For a pout à la Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls, consider your complexion. My signature nude? Tom Ford Spanish Pink. I like the creamy, ultra-luxe texture and the subtle pink is perfect for my skintone. It can easily be worn without liner, but when I desire more definition, I’ll lightly line my lips with MAC Spice before adding two coats of lipstick.
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I hope this post gave you inspo on how to wear a classic 60’s Makeup Look. If you decide to recreate this- don’t forget to snap a photo of it and tag me on Instagram @kiranasrat. I would love to see your take on it! xx