Sunday, June 15, 2014

Smokey 60's Eyes

A few weeks ago I posted a mini-homage to Katharine Ross' style in The Graduate. I mentioned that I'd love to do a look inspired by her flawless 60's makeup, and I wasn't kidding! There's a quality about the glamour of the 60's that makes it my favorite period of makeup to wear. It's way less stuffy and more liberated than the highly polished, untouchable perfection of 50's makeup, yet infinitely more wearable and universally flattering than the glittery disco looks of the 70's. The 60's dramatically sexy eyes paired with a low-maintenance face & lip are also a huge bonus for me; despite my love for a gorgeous red or burgundy lip, anyone who's tried to make it through the day with one know what a pain it can be to manage. I could go on forever, but you get the point: I love 60's makeup.

Products used:

  • Clinique Even Better Makeup with SPF 15 in 01 Alabaster
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15
  • Physician's Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Light Bronzer
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown 
  • Smashbox Master Class Palette: Shadows in Haze & Vanilla
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lust 
  • Milani Brow & Eye Highlighters in No. 01 Matte Beige/High Glow
  • L'Oréal Double Extend Mascara in Carbon Black
  • Ardell Short Flared Black Individual Lashes applied with Duo Lash Adhesive
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita
  • Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Complex
  • Nails: OPI Dulce de Leche

I started off with a foundation that I actually think is just a touch too dark for me, and a bronzer for contouring instead of my usual NYX Taupe blush. I did this to get a sun-kissed, on-the-edge-of-hippie-era mid-60's look. That's right, folks; this is me bronzed! Needless to say, sunscreen is a very important summer accessory for me.

I'm starting off with some subtle crease definition with a taupe shadow blended out with a skin-toned shadow...

And then jumping right into the star of the show, a smudgy black pencil. As you can see, my initial application is pretty sloppy because in the next step...

I'll take this great smudging brush by Sephora and blend out that line. You could also use a Q-tip or even your fingers for this step, but I was feeling fancy. Keep in mind that if you're using a long-wearing pencil, you'll need to work fast in smudging; once the liner sets, since it's meant to be long-wearing and smudge-resistant, it'll be harder to blend. So do what I did and work in layers, adding pencil & blending, pencil & blending over and over until you get the desired shape. Here I'm going for an elongated lashline that finishes in a sharp point, but that doesn't tread into cat-eye territory. The thicker the line, the more groovy your makeup will become.

For the lower lashline, I started with some dots of my pencil which I quickly blended out with that same smudge brush. I felt that was a bit strong, (even for this look!), and followed with some Q-tip erasing and layers of the Vanilla & Haze shadows to tone it down. I think that worked out for the best, because the more lived-in this eye looks, the better! We're shooting for the look of a girl who told her parents she was going to a school dance but really went to an outdoor musical festival and ended up sleeping all night on the grass. 

For lashes I'm using this L'Oréal mascara which I don't love normally, but works well for evoking teenage rebellion here. It comes with a primer on one side which is meant to extend your lashes and a black mascara to add color and volume, leaving this spidery effect. On top of that I added individual lashes to pump things up even more, and then added a beige pencil on my waterline.

Nude lips often make me feel washed-out, so I like to use a rosey product (in this case NARS Dolce Vita) around my lipline to give some sublte definition & color, and then the nude product (Revlon Matte Balm in Complex) on top. And there you have it!

One of the best things about this look? It works great with undone hair. So put down that straightener and let your volume (frizz?) flag fly! Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed this look.


  1. You look so gorgeous with this eye makeup- very sleepy-eyed femme fatale.

    1. Thank you so much! Isn't 60's makeup just SO flattering? Makes everyone look like a bombshell.

  2. Oh my god you make it to one of my favourite styles cause it´s so easy to make and it´s casual and elegant and you look sooo amazing with this ,georgeous ♥ love your blog