How to Apply 1960s Style Eye Makeup

By Sarah Vrba

Cultural icons Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy and Brigitte Bardot were the faces of glamorous 1960s makeup. Full lashes on both the top and bottom lids, a pale wash of eye shadow and some seriously thick black eyeliner made for a doll-like, wide-eyed effect. Those killer eyes were paired with a washed-out face and nude or pale pink lips for full impact. Make this all-eyes look yours for a modern day nod to the mod era.

Understated Canvas

Apply a pea-sized amount of makeup primer to your eyelids and a little bit along your lower lash line with your ring finger. Blend the primer in with your finger until it sits evenly to help your makeup last the whole day.

Dip an eye shadow brush into a bone shade of matte eye shadow. Sweep it across your entire eyelid and up to your eyebrow to create a pale, even canvas. Alternatively, update this style with a very slightly shimmery, light champagne shadow and focus the color on the lid.

Deep Cut Crease

Pair that pale wash with a deep-set, smoky crease. This '60s makeup trick makes the eye look deep and adds a layer of dimension for that wide-eyed effect.

Dip a pinkie nail-size blending brush into a smoky black color and tap off the excess. Sweep the color along your crease, which is just below your brow bone and just above the curve of your eyeball. Apply the shadow with light windshield wiper motions and blend the color into a gentle arc that starts where your inner eyelashes begin and extends to the outer corner of the eye. If you have hooded eyes or small lids, be sure to blend the black color up a little bit higher so the crease is visible when your eyes are open. Keep sweeping the color in this shape until it is a soft, blended line.

Lengthy Liner

The key part of any '60s eye makeup look is the dark, thick eyeliner that models like Twiggy were famous for wearing. Invest in a jet black liquid or gel eyeliner. Dip a fine-point brush into the liner and place the tip of the brush about a third of the way from the inner corner of your eye. Sweep the liner along your top lash line, making a thick, even line. Use small dash strokes to get a smooth, finished line.

Once you reach the outer corner of your eye, keep extending the line out straight to the side past your lashes, rather than up. The line should extend about 1/4 inch past your lashes.

Next, apply the same black liner along your bottom lashes, starting the line where your iris begins when you are looking forward. Apply the gel liner underneath your lashes and as close to the lash line as possible, using small dash strokes. Keep drawing this dark line all the way to the outer corner of the eye and meet up the bottom line with the top eyeliner line.

Dip an angled brush into the black matte shadow you used to cut your crease. Press this color over the black liner to set the product in place and to blend out any areas of unevenness on your black liquid or gel eyeliner.

Long Lashes

Thick liner needs a sidekick, and huge eyelashes do the job. Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and apply a volumizing mascara to your top lashes. For a true '60s look, invest in two pairs of false eyelashes. Opt for some voluminous lashes for the top and some slightly thinner and shorter lashes for the bottom lash line. Trim any excess length off the false lashes before you apply them so that they fit along your natural lash line.

Apply the lashes with a thin line of lash glue along the base strip, allow the glue to get tacky for a few seconds. Gently press the lashes into your lash line, using tweezers to press them into place. Let them dry for a few minutes. Leave your eye makeup this way for a modern take on the look.

If you want a more intense eye makeup look, repeat this eyelash process on your lower lashes using the slightly smaller lashes. Line them up below your real eyelashes for a smooth, seamless finish.