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20 Vintage Makeup Trends That Need a Comeback

Red Matte Lipstick

Red Matte Lipstick

Marilyn Monroe,  Elizabeth Taylor, and Rita Hayworth -- what do all these lovely starlets have in common? Red lips! Matte red was the color of choice in the 1950s because it made your lips stand out and look utterly lusious. Now, it seems like there's an overabundance of nude lips on the red carpet. We're okay with the occasional nude lip, but we want something more refreshing. Matte red lips are striking, especially when there's no gloss to distract from the color.

Plus, they go wonderfully with a pair of red heels. We're all in favor for bringing back this bright, breathtaking color. Now, there's tons of brands that make a great liquid lip, so grab your favorite red and rock it like you're the new Elizabeth Taylor!

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Cut-Crease Eyeshadow

Cut-Crease Eyeshadow

Cut crease eyeshadow, which entails drawing eyeliner or dark eyeshadow onto the eyelid crease, grew to popularity in the 1960s.

Many women in that decade kept the rest of their look pretty simple to keep from overdoing it, but we could definitely see this trend looking wonderful nowadays with a touch of natural eyeshadow. 

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Coral Blush

Coral Blush

Coral blush made quite a splash in the 1960s as it gave the cheeks a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow.

Most blushes that you’ll find today are a shade of pink, but we think that, especially during the summertime, coral blush can give you that “just came from the beach” look that everyone would be envious of.

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Dual Lipstick

Dual Lipstick

One huge lipstick trend that emerged in the '60s was dual lipstick. Women fashionably applied one shade of lipstick to their top lip (usually soft red) and a different shade to their bottom lip (usually a shade of pink).

This one small makeup detail amplified these women’s appearances and gave them a completely unique look that we believe modern women would adore.

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Enhanced Beauty Mark

Enhanced Beauty Mark

Marilyn Monroe was the first woman to start the beauty mark trend, and because of her, many other '50s women used to enhance their existing beauty marks or create new ones with a bit of eyeliner.

This trend needs to make a comeback because a beauty mark is a subtle, classy way to draw attention to your face without being over the top. 

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Face Gems

Face Gems

When else would face gems become popular except during the disco era? In the '70s, women began applying circular gems around their eyes and hairline to create a look that (literally) sparkled and shined.

Now, less is more, so we would be completely satisfied seeing just a couple gems at the corner of someone’s eye to add a hint of glam. 

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Pastel Eyeshadow

Pastel Eyeshadow

Before you wore it (terribly) as a tween, pastel eyeshadow was a huge deal in the 1970s. Blues and purples ruled the color palette, and even though this trend is difficult to pull off, it can still be done.

A pastel purple eyelid would look simply stunning if it was paired with a little mascara and almost no other makeup.

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Graphic Liner

Graphic Liner

Graphic liner rose to popularity in the 1970s because of its bold, artistic nature. Graphic liner consists of eyeliner that is applied in a creative way, such as multiple lines above and around the eyes.

We see graphic liner as a fun way to add visual interest to your makeup routine, especially if you’re headed to a festival or concert.

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Rocker Eye

Rocker Eye

The famous rocker eye of the '80s was defined by thick, black eyeliner on both the upper and lower lids. While the original look was probably a little much, we could definitely see a lightened-up version making a comeback.

The black liner all around the eye creates an unparalleled definition that makes your eyes the star of the show.

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Orange-Red Lipstick

Orange-Red Lipstick

The '80s were all about bright colors, and lipstick was no exception. One of the most popular shades that popped up in this decade was orange-red.

This gorgeous shade goes wonderfully with gold eyeshadow, blond hair, and tan skin, so we would love to see some famous blondes bringing back this look!

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Long False Eyelashes

Long False Eyelashes

If done incorrectly, false eyelashes can look cheap and extremely fake.

However, if you can pull of the struggle of putting on these eye contraptions, you will have a flawless gaze just like the portrait models of the ‘60s. 

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Nude Lipstick

Nude Lipstick

While bold looks are fun, everyday makeup requires a more subtle touch.

The popular nude lipstick of the '90s adds the perfect touch of softness that is especially beautiful in the winter. 

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Purple Eyeshadow

Purple Eyeshadow

Used by itself in the '80s, purple eyeshadow needs to make a comeback as an alternative to a black smokey eye.

Purple adds definition without washing you out and narrowing your eyes. 

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Natural Brows

Natural Brows

Made-up brows may look flawless, but they seem to be more hassle than what they’re worth.

Slightly groomed brows looked amazing on the women of the '80s and would look just as great on women of today. 

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Guyliner

Guyliner

I know that eyeliner on guys is a touchy subject, but done correctly, it can add a hint of mystery to an otherwise all-american guy.

We all secretly want an '80s bad boy, right?

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Bright Lipstick

Bright Lipstick

Bright and creative lipsticks litter Instagram feeds, but they aren’t quite acceptable in public yet.

I’d love to see someone rock neon rainbow lips at the club! 

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Metallic Eyeshadow

Metallic Eyeshadow

Combined with other trends of the '80s, metallic eyeshadow can look tacky.

However, if it’s used as a highlight piece, metallic eyeshadow can help bring out the sparkle in your eyes. 

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Heavy Blush

Heavy Blush

Too much blush can make you look like a doll, but a fair amount in the right color gives you an innocent and fresh look like nothing else can.

It’s no wonder why the women of the '30s looked like they had the softest skin in the world!

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Matte Skin

Matte Skin

The days of contouring will probably never completely fade, but if you’re looking for a softer, easier approach to a beautiful finish, try a matte look.

Light foundation or BB cream patted lightly with powder keeps the shine away, everyday! 

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White Eyeliner

White Eyeliner

White eyeliner has almost made a comeback, but it needs a little extra push.

Adding this color under your eye can help add a width to your eyes that your shadow may be taking away. It really is a miracle worker! 

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