The politically turbulent 1960s also produced some of the most memorable fashion statements in history. While London led the way with mod fashion, which included heavy eyeliner, big lashes and geometric dresses on stick figure models, the hippie movement skewed in the other direction.
Natural bare faces, flowing fabrics and nature-inspired themes ruled the hippie wardrobe. Give yourself an au naturel makeover, and maybe a little flower power face painting, perfect for festivals or a day in the sun.
While the most fervent ladies of the flower power movement avoided most standard makeup, many women opted for a little drama in the eye department. Sweep a nude, matte eye shadow across your lids to create a smooth finish, especially if your skin leans toward the oily side. If you have dry skin you can opt to leave your lids eye shadow free.
Apply a black or dark brown cream eyeliner pencil to your top lash line, working in tiny dash strokes. Work the pencil as close to the lash line as possible, and keep the line very thin. This technique builds up your lash line and boosts volume without the heavy drama of a cat eye.
Top off the eyeliner with two coats of black or brown mascara on your top lashes. Leave the bottom lashes free and natural for a wide-eyed, fresh makeup-free effect.
For a modern, dewy twist on this look, dab an iridescent highlight color on the inner corner of each eye, just below your eyebrow, and along your cheekbone.
Face and body painting was popular at festivals and gatherings during the ’60s and helped spread the idea of “flower power.” Invest in some cream face paints in vibrant colors that mimic nature, such as emerald green, rose red, bright pink, lemon yellow and orange.
Use a small blending brush to apply the cream paint anywhere on your face or body. Vines and flowers were popular choices around temples and eyes, and on cheeks. If you need a simple template, stick with a cheerful daisy pattern.
Apply five to 10 small green dots spaced a couple of inches apart on your temple or cheek. Follow up with a brush loaded with white or yellow paint, and draw small dash strokes extending out from the green dots. Play with color and designs, and don’t worry about making it perfect. Body painting focused on free-flowing self expression.
Set your cream body paint with a light dusting of translucent setting powder and a large, fluffy blush brush. This step helps keep the paint in place longer.