Beauty Guru: Beauty Inspiration Drawn from Mad, Mod 1960s

I have a great love of retro beauty looks, including 1950s lady-like glam, 1920s cinema smolder, and 1970s earthy elegance. They all provide a great source of inspiration. The decade that has been the greatest source of inspiration to me lately has been the mod looks of the 60s. The big lashes, the dramatic eyeliner, the understated lips, I Iove the whole look. The other great thing about the mod beauty look is it's a deceptively simple look to achieve. My favorite feature to play up is always my eyes and the eye drama of the 1960s matches my makeup personality perfectly.

My gorgeous friend Samantha volunteered to model this 1960s inspired beauty look, and it looks amazing on her. To get Samantha's mod beauty look, check out the product recommendations and follow the steps below.

What you will need:

- A light foundation or BB cream to even skin tone. One to try would be Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream.

- A quad eyeshadow set with a light white and a pure black. Try e.l.f Brightening Eye Color in Drama.

- A intense black liner, such as L'Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Black.

- A nude color lipstick, like L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude.

- An intense black mascara, such as Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Very Black

- An eye crease brush and eye liner brush, like the ones found in the Eco Tools 6-piece eye brush set

Other extras, if you please:


Brow Powder

Fake lashes


1. Apply foundation all over starting in the center of the face and blending outward.

2. Brush the lightest color eyeshadow all over the lid.

3. Using the crease brush blend darkest color into the crease of the eye. For a more intense line, wet the eyeliner brush, dip it in the shadow and create a sharp line in the crease of the eye.

4. Draw a sharp line across the top lid of the eye winging the line out at the end of the eye.

5. Draw the eyeliner on the bottom lid just below the lash line, making the line heavier towards the outside corner of the eye and bringing it to a fine point just under the the inner corner.

6. Apply a heavy coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes, starting at the base and wiggling the brush through. Repeat two to three more times until lashes are satisfactorily thick and dramatic.

7. Finish with a coat of nude lipstick; top with gloss for a little sheen.

Remember practice does make perfect, so try this look out when you have lots of time to play. To see the inspiration behind this look check out my Pinterest board.

So what do you think, will you give this beauty look a go? Do you have a favorite beauty decade that inspires you?