As featured in issue 52 of Vintage Life Magazine
Achieving The Vintage Look – Late 1960s
Channel the style of the swinging sixties with this gorgeous hair and make-up tutorial.
HairMy model Megan has the perfect hair cut for a 1960s sleek look. To create this I used a large 33mm curling tong. To begin, comb the hair out (straight hair is ideal but if you have curly hair you will need to blow dry it straight beforehand). On dry hair add a small amount of mousse and comb or brush it through, you may also wish to use a small amount of your favourite heat protection spray. Start by taking a small section of the fringe and place it in the curling tongs and curl the hair under. Once the fringe is curled the next step will be to curl the rest of the hair. Taking approximately 1.5 inch sections of your hair, pull the hair straight and place the tong about half way down the strand positioning the tong to curl upwards. Pull the closed tong downwards to the end of the hair then roll the tong upwards stopping about halfway. Release the hair from the tong letting it unravel and you should have a gentle curl at the bottom.
To recreate this look cover the eyelids up to the crease of the eye socket with a chunky crayon eye shadow in a light green shade, then apply a matte pale green eye shadow over the top of the crayon using a small flat brush (example; MAC 239 or similar). Then with a small fluffy brush (example; MAC 217) blend the shadow slightly into the socket of the eye; do not take the shadow as far as the eyebrows/brow bone. Then apply a matte skin tone eye shadow as the transition/highlight shadow on the brow bone. With a thin eyeliner brush (example; Charles H Fox 81465/OC) use a liquid or gel eyeliner in black, paint along the lash line as though you were creating a flick, then take the liner around into the socket all the way along the crease to meet the liner at the inner corner of the eye as shown in the pictures.
Eyelashes were big and bold and generally lots of mascara was used on both the top and bottom lashes. False lashes were also very popular on top and bottom lashes. I have only used lashes on my model’s top eyelids and I emphasised the bottom lashes with a couple of coats of mascara.
Eyebrows were usually natural and pencilled in small thin stokes to resemble hairs.
Use a foundation to compliment the skin tone and then apply a light pink or coral coloured blusher to the apples of the cheeks with a medium/large fluffy brush (example; MAC 129 or similar). Apply the blusher in light circular motions building the colour as you go until you get the depth of colour you require. Blusher in the 1960s tended to be light and natural to give just a hint of colour to the cheeks for a youthful and fresh appearance. Apply highlighter (sparingly) to the cheekbones, the brow bones and the cupids bow. You can also apply a little highlighter along the centre of the nose, from the brow to the tip if desired. Make-up tended to be more matte during this era, therefore finish the skin with a light dusting of face powder.
Lip trends in the 1960s were natural and full; generally using light pink, orange and peach nude colours. For the perfect lip before applying the lipstick, line them with a pencil that compliments the lipstick colour. When applying lipstick it helps to use a brush to achieve a cleaner edge (example; MAC 316 lip brush or similar).
Foundation: MAC Studio Fix foundation
Eye Shadow Crayon: Max Factor 2 in 1 Gel liquid shadow in 10 Green
Eye Shadow: Krylon Eyeshadow in Emerald (green matte shadow)
Eye Shadow (Transition colour): MAC Blanc Type (creamy beige matte shadow)
Eyeliner: MAC Blacktracks
Mascara: MAC Pro Lash Mascara
Lashes: Black Ardell Lashes # 102
Brow Pencil: MAC Self-propelling brow definer in colour Fling
Lip liner: Lip Liner Rimmel Exaggerate – Eastend Snob
Lipstick: Rimmel lipstick in Kate Moss 101
Cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power
Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish shade Light
Highligher: Sleek – Luminous Pressed Powder
Photographer : Jane Crowhurst / Model : Megan Crowhurst / Hair & Makeup Artist: Twitter: Jane Crowhurst @RetroCrowoman