Beauty

4 classic beauty looks you can never go wrong with

As our vintage Weekly covers show, these makeup looks will never go out of style.

Trends come and go but true style never gets old. Inspired by classic covers from The Weekly, these four iconic but classic beauty looks have truly stood the test of time.

Here’s why and how you can recreate them at home…

The red lip

“Red lipstick is a staple in pretty much every fashion era in the last 150 years. It’s glamorous and bold.”

Sarah Laidlaw, Priceline Hair & Make-up Director
timeless beauty: red lipstick

“In the early 1900s, red lipstick was a way to show power without saying a word,” says Sarah Laidlaw, Priceline Hair & Make-up Director. “And in the 1940s it signified optimism.”

A century later, it has become the Little Black Dress of beauty – a timeless classic that signifies confidence. The modern way to carry off a bold hue is to slightly overdraw the lip line at the centre top and bottom to create fullness, but to slightly underdraw on the outer edges to ‘lift’ the lips.

“I like using a long-wearing formula applied with a lip brush to create a precise shape that stays put,” says Sarah.

The winged eye

“Winged eyes are an iconic statement. It frames the eyes and there is no-one that it doesn’t suit.”

Rae Morris, celebrity makeup artist
timeless beauty: winged eyeliner

One of the oldest make-up tricks in the world (Queen Nefertiti of ancient Egypt was a fan), the cat eye was popularised by Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s and became Sophia Loren’s signature look in the 1960s.

“Liner on its own is such a statement. Even the thinnest line really frames and defines the eye,” says Rae Morris, celebrity makeup artist. “If black seems too harsh, chocolate or grey works too.”

The smoky eye

“Smoky eyes are to makeup what high heels are to fashion. Super chic, classic and elevates everything.”

Rae Morris, celebrity makeup artist
timeless beauty: smoky eyes

Made fashionable by the likes of Marlene Dietrich in the 1920s, the smoky eye went rock ‘n’ roll chic in the 1960s, had a colourful moment in the 1970s and 1980s, and has matured to a more flattering neutral in the now.

“Bronze and caramel brown is a great alternative to traditional black,” says Rae. A pop of gold or copper on the centre of the eyelid adds subtle sparkle for special occasions. “Just have fun with it!”

Natural brows

“Brow trends change with fashion and style icons, but the modern brow is all about your natural shape.”

Amy Jean Linnehan, celebrity brow artist
timeless beauty: natural eyebrows

Brows were needle thin in the roaring twenties until movie stars like Lauren Bacall and Grace Kelly made a fuller arch popular, a look that Audrey Hepburn immortalised in the 1960s (it’s still the most requested brow look today).

The 1980s more-is-more was also true for brows (think Brooke Shields and Madonna) before enthusiastic over plucking in the 1990s left its permanent fishtail-shaped mark on many a visage.

“Natural brows are always an elegant baseline,” says Amy Jean Linnehan, celebrity brow artist. “Take a conservative approach and make minor adjustments like tinting and lightening to enhance their organic shape.”

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