80′s Makeup Look Tutorial

Today, we are bringing you a blast from the past. Lionesse has got a special treat up our sleeve for you – can you guess what it is? That’s right – an 80′s inspired makeup tutorial brought to you by guest blogger Sarah McCormick. Today, Sarah is going to spend some time showing you how to get the 1980s look some of you probably still crave. For the younger generation who wasn’t blessed (or cursed?) enough to have lived through the 80′s, this is your go-to tutorial on how to get the 80′s bad girl look. Think Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, and Paula Abdul. Without further ado, let’s get started!

80's Makeup Tutorial Look - Completed Look

Hey ladies! Welcome to another fun and totally radical tutorial on how you can get the look of the 80′s. The 80′s had some of the craziest, most far out there looks we have ever seen in the beauty world – and although you probably wouldn’t want to wear this look on a regular basis, it sure is fun to spend some time in front of the mirror creating it and seeing yourself how you would look in another era.

The products I used are as follows:

80's Makeup Look Tutorial -Products Used to get the look

  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Brash Blue
  • Lionesse Mineral Shimmer Powder in SH-30
  • Lionesse Mineral Shimmer Powder in SH-17
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Oil Free
  • Wet n’ Wild Color Icon in Black – pencil liner
  • Wet n’ Wild Just Peachy Lip Color
  • Lionesse Beauty Bar Mascara – Extra Volume Double Fiber
  • Revlon Photo Ready Makeup in Shell
  • Sephora Collection Rough Shine Lipstick in Secret Affair
  • ELF Brightening eye pencil in Midnight Blue
  • Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in Guava Glow

Here are the different types of brushes I worked with:

  • Stippling brush – although this doesn’t generally get used for applying blush, I feel it helped me to achieve a more layered on blusher look
  • Blending Brush
  • Defining Eye Brush

This look will take you anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete, more time if you do your hair to match the look like I did. Here’s how to get 80′s ready:

Step 1: Start with a fresh, clean face. Apply moisturizer, let it rest and absorb for about 20 minutes before piling on the products.

Step 2: Apply primer all over your face.

80's Makeup Look Tutorial -Light Foundation Color Applied Heavily

Step 3: Apply a generous helping of a liquid foundation. The 80′s girls loved to use foundation that was 1-2 shades lighter than their actual skin color, which you can see I did here. Blend well.

80's Makeup Look Tutorial -Blush Contouring

Step 4: Take your stippling brush or blush brush of choice, and get to work on creating those notoriously pink cheeks. Begin by applying a generous amount of pink blush to the hollows of the cheeks, and on the cheekbone itself. Bring the  blush up over your temples, and across the hairline of your forehead. Repeat on the opposite side. Now, during the 80′s, women didn’t like to blend their blush at all – but today, we will be.

80's Makeup Look Tutorial - Blending Out Blush Contour

Step 5: Take your blending brush and begin blending the blush out a bit. Don’t overdo it, we don’t want to lose the pink statement piece of what is the 80′s look!

80's Makeup Look Tutorial - Applying Lionesse Mascara

80's Makeup Look Tutorial - After Lionesse Mascara Application

Step 6: Now it’s time for the eyes. Go in with your mascara and apply a coat to the bottom and top lashes. During the 80′s, they loved voluminous lashes caked with mascara, so if you like, go ahead and shoot for two coats.

80's Makeup Tutorial - Applying Midnight Blue Eyeliner Pencil

80's Makeup Tutorial - After Application of Blue Eyeliner

Step 7: Apply your midnight blue eyeliner to the top and bottom lash lines.

80's Makeup Tutorial - Creating a Pink Lined Eye with Lionesse Shimmer Pigment

Step 8: Take your pink shimmer powder, and an angled definition brush. Go in and apply the pigment to the bottom lash line beginning about midway, and bring it out to the outer corner of the eye. Don’t over-blend.

80's Makeup Look Tutorial - Applying Purple accent Lionesse Pigment Shimmer Shadow

Step 9: Take your purple pigment shadow, and begin about midway across the bottom lash line, working inwards towards the inner corner of the eye. Apply to the inner corner as well, and bring the color up to the top lash line, stopping when you reach the lashes.

Step 10: Go in with your pink shadow all over the eyelid, bringing it down and out around the outer corner of the eye, connecting with the bottom pink color.

80's Makeup Look Tutorial - Applying Blue Eyeshadow to crease of eye

Step 11: Go in with the blue pigment across your crease, bringing it out and away from the outer edge of the eye. Blend back and forth a little.

Step 12: Go in with the pink pigment yet again above the blue pigment, framing the color.

80's Makeup Look Tutorial - Applying Beauty Mark

Step 13: Now, it’s time to have some fun. You don’t have to create the beauty mark or Madonna mole if you don’t want to, but I wanted to channel my inner Pop Queen a.k.a. Queen of Controversy and go all out. Simply choose a spot  near your upper lip where you would like to apply the mark, and dot your black liner onto your face, followed by a dot of brown eyeshadow or brown eyeliner to make it appear more natural.

80's Makeup Look Tutorial - Finished Look

Step 14: Apply your peachy/pink hued lip color, followed by the pink gloss lip color.

If the crazy eye color scheme is too much for you to handle or comprehend, you can always play it down but still look very 80′s by applying a generous dusting of pink pigment powder alone, with the mascara and blue eyeliner. Very simple and easy and still reeks of the 80′s, as you can see.

Enjoy your new 80′s look! Be sure to take tons of pictures and share them with your friends – as well as this tutorial. You never know, it could become your new favorite Halloween or theme party look! Thank you for checking out my tutorial and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

80's Makeup Tutorial Look - Completed Look

How’s that for an awesome 80′s look?

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