Personally, I’ve always been behind the latest trends in hair, makeup and fashion. So, when it comes to a night out or a fancy dinner, my look is never the artistic masterpiece today’s beauty enthusiasts manage to achieve. Yet the transformation of beauty has never ceased to fascinate me, and I have adopted several iconic looks from across the decades into my glam repertoire.
A go-to eye makeup choice for professional events comes directly from the 1940s. The effective simplicity of eye definition created the illusion of minimal makeup, still perfect nearly 80 years later when you need a low-key look for interviews or events, yet still looks flawless even on a zoom call.
By applying a light base colour to your lid and then taking a darker shadow to blend into the brow-bone, it makes your eyes appear wider and softer, perfect for those of us who sleep alludes the night before an important event. To complete the look, take a liquid eyeliner and apply a thin line as close to the upper lash line as possible, ending at the outer corner of your eye before applying your mascara to finish. This will really give stunningly natural definition to your eyes and will perfectly complement the rest of your professional look.
My next simple vintage go-to comes straight from the 1970s, and no it is not flares. Whilst flares have made an incredibly successful comeback in the last few years, as a woman who stands just over 5ft, they gave me the rather comical appearance of a small child who was playing dress up with her mum’s trousers. So, I channeled the 70s from a different angle, via the halter top.
Having first stumbled across the halter a good few years ago, in search of a party outfit, it has become a staple in my wardrobe for nights out and is perfect for the summer. On its debut at a summer garden party, my white satin halter-neck stood out from the oh-so-popular spaghetti strap dresses, due to its design and bright colour. Since then my collection of halter tops has flourished, both shop-bought and homemade, and they suit almost anything.
My final essential is perhaps better termed as nostalgic rather than vintage but is one almost every schoolchild of the 1990s and early 2000s will be familiar with. The headband.
Having very recently fallen back in love with headbands, mostly to hide my unwashed lockdown hair, they complete any outfit and are perfect for a summery look. The purely elastic headbands, often knotted at the top, are best suited to the casual jeans/t-shirt combo and give a splash of colour to a simple outfit.
I also have been really loving the fabric headbands that tie at the nape of the neck. These are more 1960s compared to their elastic cousins, giving an elegant finish to off-the-shoulder or strappy garments. These are also super easy to make at home and can give a new lease of life to any material you might have left over from upcycling other clothes.
All these looks are so versatile and work great both together and individually. So, if you’re struggling to find a modern style, you’re comfortable with, always keep in mind the stunning trends of decades past to give yourself a beautifully unique look.