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The 10 '60s Makeup Looks We're Still Not Over


There's no denying that beauty trends are cyclical, and the iconic looks defined by '60s makeup just so happen to be having a moment. And guess what? We're inspired. Nearly every model, actress, and singer of the decade can be seen wearing a dramatic dose of graphic eyeliner; full, perfectly defined arches; and a bold, opaquely nude lip (give or take an application of gloss or two).

Since it's always fun to take a look back through history in the name of makeup and hair, we gathered some of the most famous looks and photos from our favorite models and entertainers of the time. Warning: They're so good.

Ahead, we're serving up 10 '60s makeup looks that can only be described as eye candy. Keep scrolling!

1960: Jane Birkin

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Known for her breathtaking, albeit minimalistic, approach to makeup, the triple-threat actress, singer, and model posed in France with a neutral-toned lip, subtle flush, and mascara-coated lashes for the ultimate doe-eyed gaze.

1960: Brigitte Bardot

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One of our favorite '60s bombshells, the French actress made this specific look her forever trademark: frosted ballerina-pink lips, thick cat eyeliner, to-the-sky-lashes, and of course a glowing, sun-kissed complexion.

1960: Estelle Bennett

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One-third of the beloved singing group The Ronettes, Bennett had a signature inky, black cat eye with an emphasis on the lower lid. And while her fellow members often opted for bubblegum pink on their pouts, subtle shades of orange and coral were the singer's go-to throughout the decade.

1963: Elizabeth Taylor

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In what could be one of the most famous photos of the actress (and though she was technically portraying Cleopatra), her makeup conveys a few of the '60s biggest trends. For instance, that amazing, glittering cerulean-toned lid. It really captures her signature violet eyes, no?

1964: Aretha Franklin

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1964: Aretha Franklin

Though right on trend with her winged-out liner, here, Franklin veers from traditional '60s makeup with a bright orange shade of lipstick that almost has a chrome-like quality to it. (We also can't stop staring at her radiant skin-anyone else dying to know what she used for highlight?)

1965: Sharon Tate

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In 1965, the iconic actress showed off a delicate pink lip, charcoal shadow, and show-stealing eyeliner draped boldly across the entire upper lid. And, of course, mascara on both top and bottom lashes for extra drama.

1965: Sophia Loren

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Be still, our hearts. Those red lips, smoky eyes, defined brows… In 1965, actress Sophia Loren proved she was the ultimate Italian siren-and at the top of our list when it comes to '60s makeup inspiration.

1966: Donyale Luna

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No stranger to above-and-beyond eye makeup looks, the model (and first-ever African American model to grace the cover of Vogue) donned a nude, glossy pout; defined, angled brows; and an eye-catching dose of graphic liner for this iconic '60s makeup look.

1966: Twiggy

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What's a '60s-inspired makeup roundup without the Bambi-eyed likes of Twiggy? We can't get enough of her iconic heavily mascaraed lashes, ultra-high arches, and, of course, that epic graphic liner adorning the crease of her eye. We're breathless.

1968: Diana Ross

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Here, the singer epitomizes '60s makeup to a T: an opaquely pink-nude lip, flawless skin, fluttering lashes, and a sharply drawn application of eyeshadow or eyeliner. (Ross demonstrates both simultaneously.)