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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 5: Add a little nude lip gloss for softness with a hint of shine, like Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot.
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.
Voila! C’est parfait. Cher would be proud.
As always, any questions or requests are welcome!