If you bored with your usual makeup routine try these ‘forever in fashion’ looks, which after many years are still rocking the fashion runways and magazine covers, then read on and find your next iconic look. See the gallery below for the corresponding photos…

1. Bombshell Look

Main accents – Flawless skin and red lips

Icon – Marilyn Monroe 

This look became increasingly popular in the 1940s and emphasized the strong eyebrows and red seduction oozing lips. It is renowned as an iconic look for Hollywood siren Marilyn Monroe whose blonde locks and red pout combo established her as the ultimate glamour girl. 

  • To create this look you need to start with the perfectly prepared skin. After you moisturize your face, use concealer to hide the dark circles and illuminate the eye area. When picking the foundation, go for the lightest tone suitable for your complexion. However, don’t go too light if you don’t want to end up looking like a Halloween version of Marilyn!
  • Once you applied your foundation, form and elongate your eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil.
  • Marilyn always wore very subtle eye makeup, so start with applying a white eye shadow all over the eyelid. For deepening the eyes, use a light brown eye shadow draw a line through the socket line and then carefully blend. One of the tricks used by Marilyn’s makeup artist was to line inside the eye with the white kohl pencil to make them larger and more open. Finish your eye makeup with the liquid eyeliner, mascara and if you want an evening effect, a pair of false eyelashes.
  • To get the perfectly contoured star’s look use light bronzer accentuating the cheekbones and the jawline. Rosy or peachy tone blush should be applied to the apples of the cheeks.
  • One of the most important steps is to carefully apply the red lipstick. The red shade should be chosen according to your skin tone and applied first drawing the line with the lip pencil. To make lips fuller use sheer lip-gloss on the ‘Cupid’s bow’.
  • End the look with the layer of at least one shade lighter than foundation pressed powder.

Get the look…

  • Revlon Colourstay Under Eye Concealer Light £7.99
  • Maybelline NY Dream Soft Blush Peach 02   £6.49
  • GOSH Long Lasting Eye Liner Pen   £6.49
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Rose Passion £6.29
  • L'Oreal Infallible Long-Lasting Foundation Natural Rose £12.29


2. Swinging Sixties

Main accent – Eyes! The bigger the better!

Icon – Twiggy

The trends of makeup in the 60s are inseparable from the British model and the symbol of the era Twiggy. Her iconic look with the larger than life eyes copied by thousands of women in the sixties is still being widely used to recreate the swinging sixties vibe.

  • Start with light coverage foundation and concealer then move to the eye makeup.
  • Apply light matte eye shadow all over the eyelid, and for the inner lid use a different color. Twiggy used a variety of colors from the subtle shades to the colorful ones so don’t be afraid to experiment. To get a line on the top lash line you can use liquid eyeliner but as it is pretty complicated and requires good practices the thicker line with darker eyeshades can be drawn. Draw the thick line inside of your bottom eyelashes using a white pencil to make your eyes look larger. Then put a layer of lengthening mascara and apply false lashes. To create the maximum effect you can paint the bottom eyelashes aka ‘Twiggies’ with liquid eyeliner painting small separate lines.
  • The blush wasn’t that popular in the 60s so if you seek original look apply a small amount of powder blush.
  • Finish with the powder and a light color lip-gloss or lipstick. 

Get the look…

  • Eylure Intense False Lashes £5.45
  • Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow State Of Grace £6.99
  • L'Oreal Superliner Eyeliner Crystal £6.49
  • Bourjois Pastel Joues Blusher Rose Frisson £7.49
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss – Pink Crystals £6.99
  • Barry M Eye Shadow Pencil 1 Gold Cream £4.59


3. Retro Chic 

Main accents – Dark eyes and nude lips

Icon – Sophia Loren

In the 60’s eye makeup had a revival. Dark eyes and nude lips combo became a must look among women. It was made popular by Italian actress Sophia Loren who because of her seductive dark eyes was sometimes called ‘a pair of eyes’.


  • To create the look, prepare the face using concealer and a warmer tone foundation.
  • Sofia’s retro-chic style is focused on bringing out the eyes so start from shaping the eyebrow form with the dark brown eye shadow using a pencil brush. Then, cover the eyelid with light brown eye shadow. For the inner eyelid use a medium brown tone and blend the colours. Run through the socket line with the dark brown eye shadow to get the deep eyes effect and blend it again. To create the illusion of the feline eyes use the eyeliner or black kohl pencil to frame the eyes and get that smoldering look.
  • Shape your face with medium/dark bronzer, sweeping it beneath the cheekbones to create the illusion of the more sculpted face. Using a brush, brush the coral blush onto the apples of the cheeks and up and out along your cheekbone.
  • For a long lasting look, cover the face with the pressed powder and finish the with the nude color lipstick. 

Get the look…

  • Rimmel Glam'Eyes Lash Volume & Lift Mascara Kohl Black £7.19
  • Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad – Addictive £7.99
  • Look Holiday Glow Rio £8.00
  • L'Oreal Colour Riche Creme 116 Charmant Gold £8.19
  • MEMEME Blush Box 1 Coral £8.50
  • Accessorize Eye Pencil Black £2.95

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