It goes without saying that we are always looking for the latest trends. However, what you might not know is that many of the most fashionable trends at the moment have been around for decades.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into some of the most exciting vintage makeup looks that are coming back in style.

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1. Cat-Eye Winged Eyeliner

The winged eyeliner is probably the first thing you think of when we say ‘vintage makeup looks’. To draw even more attention to the eyes, you can extend the eyeliner into a point in your inner corner, creating a simple cat-eye shape.

For a more modern twist to take your look from day to night, pair your cat-eyeliner with a bright red lip and hit the high points of your cheek with a highlight that boasts max illumination and reflectivity. Or, experiment with the shape by popping the eyeliner in your crease too to make your eyes look larger.

2. No-Makeup Makeup

Think back to the feminist movements of the 1960s and 70s. In these times, women forewent stereotypical ‘feminine’ ideals in order to stand up against the everyday sexism they faced – and one of these things was makeup. However, cosmetic brands caught on to this and labelled the bare-faced look as ‘barely there’ makeup, which became a popular trend.

No-makeup makeup is now making a comeback – especially after the time spent bare-faced during the pandemic! It’s all about embracing your skin and practising some self-love, so don’t feel like you need to cover up with a full-coverage foundation.

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3. Bright Eyeshadow

In recent years, muted eyeshadows have taken centre stage, especially warm orange, brown and cream tones. However, once a mainstay of 1970s to early noughties fashion was brightly coloured eyeshadow – and, whether you loved it or hated it, it’s making a comeback.

That said, if you don’t fancy making such a bold statement as a bright turquoise eye, you can opt for pastel shades instead. It can still make the same impact, but just with a little more subtlety.

4. Deep Lipsticks

Berry shades with a purple undertone were the colours of choice back in the 1940s. Throw out those nude colours and go bold with a deep, dark and rich shade of lipstick instead.

5. Sunburn Blush

In the 1950s, women would pack on their blush, layering it until it was way brighter than what is commonplace in the modern era. These days, blusher tends to be more subtle, and blended into your contour.

However, if you have been on TikTok, you will have likely seen the viral ‘Sunburn Blush’ makeup trend.  Though our blush products have come a long way since this was first trendy, the sunburn blush still gives you that sun-kissed look without the risk of sunburn.

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6. Pencilled-In Brows

Thin brows in the 1930s to thick brows by the 60s – then back to thin brows in the 90s, thick again in the 2010s, and now thin brows have come back around… eyebrow trends seem to be an endless cycle!

If you don’t fancy plucking and regrowing your brows all the time, simply keep your brows the way you like them. The one vintage style that has come back recently is to pencil them in darker than you would usually.

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