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Makeup Inspired By: Cher’s Epic Eyes & The 1960s

cher 60s beauty tutorial

Cher in 1967.

You may have already seen this coming, given Cher was featured as my number one stylish senior citizen earlier this week. As I said before, I absolutely love Cher’s hair, clothes, voice and — of course — her makeup. While she has had a ton of iconic looks throughout the past several decades, my favorite is definitely all the gorgeous eye makeup she did throughout the 1960s. In particular, the look above and this one:

cher 60s beauty tutorial

So, how can we do this type of crazy liner and sleek locks?

Step 0: Start hella fresh, friends. This is more important than ever because nothing looks worse than super sleek eye makeup on an unwashed face. I made sure all my eye makeup was removed using S.W. Basics Makeup Remover, then washed with Amala Purifying Cleanser. I spritz a bit of Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic for added moisture and applied a bit of moisturizer overtop.

Cher 1960s makeup tutorial

Step 1: Use a great primer, such as Smashbox‘s, then do your base makeup very, very smoothly. I used a flat concealer brush (which I do not normally do, as I prefer my fingers) to ensure I covered up blemishes but didn’t get too much product elsewhere. I picked CoverGirl Whipped Creme Foundation for my base makeup, used Smashbox High Definition Concealer on my most uneven areas and used a big fluffy brush to apply Shiseido Translucent Face Powder. While I opted for a loose powder, if you have a great pressed powder, that will likely work better for this look (I just ran out of mine, sad face). Be sure the powder is blended into the face; anything too dusty will look overdone, not modern.

Cher 1960s makeup tutorial

Step 2: I used the teensiest bit of blush here (namely, Besame Crimson Cream Rouge). I would recommend using only a small touch of color, if any at all. The primary reason I did is because people always ask me if I’m sick when I wear none.

Cher 1960s makeup tutorial

Step 3: Apply a product like like Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer so everything stays where it’s supposed to. Brush a little bit of matte bone-colored eyeshadow, like Smashbox‘s in Butter. Take a very thin eyeshadow brush a draw a soft crescent into your crease using a dark blue or black eyeshadow. It will look weird.

Using a liquid eyeliner — my favorite, as always, is Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion — draw a line along your top lashline that tapers to a little thicker in the middle, then taper it out and downward. Then, do smooth, nearly straight line underneath the eye that tapers outward along the top line.

As a side note: Normally, if the line were as shaky as it was initially in this tutorial, I would just redo it. Unfortunately, my hands are uncontrollably shaky this week (it’s a physical thing; I’m not experiencing crack twitches or something), and it would’ve only made the line worse. Lo siento in advance.

Cher 1960s eye makeup

Step 4: Curl lashes. Apply a mascara base, like Tarte Lash Primer, then a lengthening + thickening mascara like CoverGirl Lash Blast – two coats on top and one of the bottom. Cher would’ve used false lashes but I kinda hate falsies, so here we have it. Define your brow with a then pencil, such as It! Cosmetics Your Brows But Better, then apply gel to keep them in place.

Cher 1960s eye makeup

Step 5: Add a little nude lip gloss for softness with a hint of shine, like Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot.

Cher 1960s makeup tutorial

For your hair, start off with clean, shiny locks. Use a prep spray like White Sands UnderCove Styling Spray before you blow dry, then apply a little oil at your ends to ensure they’re protected and will stay as smooth as possible. Then, use a straightener — mine is the Solano Sleek Heat 450 — to get hair flat. It doesn’t have to be pin straight; just smoothed down. Use a hairspray like Eufora Finishing Spray to keep the look.

Cher makeup tutorial 1960s Final 2

Voila! C’est parfait. Cher would be proud.

Cher makeup tutorial 1960s Final 2

As always, any questions or requests are welcome!

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  • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

    I am coming over so you can do mah face! You look gorgeous, as usual.

  • Niamh

    Looks delightful! I love doing this look – I add a tonne of white eyeliner on the waterline too; it really makes your eyes look ginormous. Great with false lashes as well for maximum dramz.

  • MR

    Yeah, I don’t know makeup, but as I said before you always photograph well. ’60s vs her ’80s films?: ‘Mask’ and ‘Moonstruck’. I didn’t see them til winter break ’89, when I was in grad school – hanging out with my brother when he was living in Pittsburgh. Case’s cheesy Italian-american (Carroll Gardens) Brooklyn accent. Cher had the real one down – and she and her mom and dad lived (and were filmed) in Brooklyn Heights. You should check it out. Steroid flashbacks of the women I slept with in Colombia, but they were only 5 to 8 years older than me. Cage was close to my age at the time in the film.