Rewind Time with 8 Vintage Hair & Makeup Looks

by Mary Avant

Overview

The phrase “the good ole days” isn’t a popular one for no reason. Even though it’s great to go modern with your hair and makeup, some vintage styles never get old and, in fact, are more gorgeous than any new trend could ever be. From Old Hollywood hair to mod makeup, retro beauty styles lend a touch of glamour and sophistication to any look — as long as you wear them the right way. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

Fierce Flapper

Step out in style with this sweet, flirty and sassy hairdo straight from the Roaring Twenties. To get the look, separate gelled hair into several sections and, starting below the crown of your head, use a small curling iron or wave curler to make waves down the entire length of your hair. Brush out waves and apply hairspray to hold. For longer hair, tuck ends under to create a faux bob a la TV personality Nicole Richie's look, which she shows off at an event in Culver City, California.

Classic Cat Eye

Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe with the ultimate retro makeup look: a sexy cat eye and red lip combo, seen here on singer Adele at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Start with a flawless foundation — the look is especially gorgeous with fair skin — and a nude eye. Then, create a cat eye by tracing inky black liner across the upper lash line (play with the thickness to see what suits you best) and extend it up and out toward your outer brow bone. Finish it all off with a fire-hot red lip.

Old Hollywood Glamour

Feel like the most beautiful woman in any room with this super-sexy, sultry and romantic hairstyle, shown here on actress Jessica Chastain at the 2013 Oscars. Pull off the look by creating a deep part on one side of the head, and curl hair in one direction with either a barrel curling iron or hot rollers. Spray hair with hairspray, brush out curls and sweep hair to one side for a dramatic effect.

Magnificently Mod

One vintage makeup look that never gets old is '60s mod, which means dramatic eyes, look-at-me lashes, defined cheeks and nude lips. Get the look by applying your eyeshadow of choice across the entire lid — bright, daring colors are the most true to form — then accentuating the crease with a darker but complementary color. Finish it off with heavily lined eyes; an over-the-top cat eye if you dare; thick, chunky eyelashes; and a spot of color on your cheeks. Tone it down for the day by sticking with a neutral palette and softer eyeliner, like actress Michelle Williams does here at a movie premiere in Hollywood.

Bold Bouffant

Keeping with the '60s style, bring some volume to any ensemble with a chic bouffant. Get the look by spritzing hair with voluminizing spray before blow-drying, then tease it at the roots, smooth it back and pin it into the desired style. To keep it feeling modern, use a bouffant to add body to a simple ponytail or try a half-up/half-down look, like actress Zooey Deschanel shows off here at a Fox event in Pasadena, California.

Natural Beauty

Bring out your inner hippie with this barely-there makeup style. The key is to highlight your natural beauty using a neutral palette and lightweight coverage that's finished off with the perfect dusting of bronzer to keep skin gorgeous and glowing. Add in a nude lip and a coat of mascara — plus a soft brown liner if you prefer — for a laidback look, like the one actress Jessica Biel sports at an event in Park City, Utah.

'70s Waves

If you prefer the more glamorous side of the '70s, there's nothing better than sexy, voluminous curls, made popular by style icon Farrah Fawcett. Get the fluffy style by parting hair down the middle, then curling it in small sections away from the face. The look works best for ladies with layers and bangs, like British royalty Kate Middleton, who shows off the look here at an appearance in London.

Playful Pastels

Get a rockin' look straight from the '80s by playing with a range of pastels, from baby-pink cheeks and blue shadow to orange lips and purple eyeliner — just not all at once! The key to looking modern, instead of like you're heading to a costume party, is to narrow it down to just one or two '80s-inspired makeup looks, like singer Katy Perry does here at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Mary Avant has worked for several international, national and regional magazines and received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written on everything from fashion and health to business and food, and she specializes in women's style, fashion and beauty.