Beauty trends are always evolving, which is what makes it so fascinating to see where today’s looks originated. Celebrities like Cher and Farrah Fawcett had recognizable hairdos that impacted the style of today. Donna Summer and Princess Diana weren’t afraid to experiment with vibrant makeup, which today is the norm. Brooke Shields and Diana Ross knew how to embolden their brows and lashes, resulting in more pronounced styles. From Christie Brinkley’s voluminous mane to Diahann Carroll’s cut-crease eyeshadow, these vintage styles show how much today’s trends rely on the creativity of past decades.
Cher’s Bangs Put A Spin On ’60s Long, Straight Hair
Long, straight hair was all the rage in the hippie era. The effortless look reflected a desire to pull away from the picture-perfect housewife look and evoke a more carefree disposition– think of Yoko Ono or Michelle Phillips.
Cher put a unique spin on the look when she emerged in Hollywood, sporting thick, blunt bangs that hovered just over her eyelashes. Nowadays, celebrities like Tyra Banks, Jessica Biel, Taylor Swift, and many others have all pulled off the look, but Cher is the one who popularized it.
Farrah Fawcett’s Feathered Hair Showed What Layers Can Do
Farrah Fawcett was one of those actresses who was known almost as much for her hair as she was for her talent. The woman knew a thing or two about voluminous hair, something she achieved with feathered layers.
The look was perhaps the most popular hairstyle of the ’70s and was practically owned by the Charlie’s Angels star. Though feathered hair isn’t quite as popular today as it was then, it did popularize layers, a feature many haircuts of today would be lost without.
Princess Diana Made Blue Eyeliner Acceptable
When you’re a part of the royal family, following mainstream fashion trends isn’t really an option. Princess Diana went against the advice of her makeup artist and doted blue eyeliner anyway.
In doing so, she proved that black eyeliner isn’t the only classy option. These days, there are a variety of colored eyeliners that would compliment a spectrum of looks. Will Smith’s daughter Willow has started popularizing white eyeliner, a bold move that mimics that of Princess Diana decades prior.
Brooke Shields Proved That Bold Eyebrows Are Gorgeous
Brooke Shields was a child actress and model whose trademark look became her eyebrows. Even as she grew older, she refused to wax away her thick brows, which enhanced her strong features and contrasted her bright eyes.
Though many trends have led to women plucking away most of their eyebrows, Brook Shields proved that sometimes the bigger, the better. These days, waxing studios warn against overplucking because the hair does wonders for shaping the face and drawing attention to the eyes.
Donna Summer Made Bright Colors A Makeup Must
Deemed “The Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer knew how to make her makeup as bright as her music. The singer-songwriter sported colorful eyeshadow and bright lips that stood out without looking clown-like.
In a time when looking like you had no makeup on was the fad, Donna Summer proved that discrete makeup isn’t the only way to go. Her multi-hued looks paved the way for the colorful beauty trends of today. The rainbow makeup trends of today have Donna written all over them.
Mia Farrow’s Pixie Cut Was One Of The Most Iconic To Date
Mia Farrow’s pixie cut was so groundbreaking that it’s still iconic today. Just think of actress Jaimie Lee Curtis and singer Pink. Many female celebrities have at least given the hairstyle a try, from Charlize Theron to Katy Perry.
The 1960s actress emerged with the do in Rosemary’s Baby, and audiences loved it. If you’ve ever seen young Mia Farrow with long hair, you may argue that the pixie cut suited her much better. The soft look let her big eyes and impressive bone structure steal the show, which is likely why stars still try out the hairstyle today.
The Ending Of Grease Gave Way To “Bad Girl” Curls
Grease is a timeless classic, and so are the big curls that Olivia Newton John’s character sports in the grand finale. The updo is part of a “bad girl” look that protagonist Sandy puts on to show off to her love interest, Danny.
The wild and unleashed hairstyle is perhaps what’s responsible for the perm rage of the ’80s. Even Madonna sported bad girl curls in her early days as a celebrity. The look proved that curly hair is just as valuable as straight hair and everything in between.
Diana Ross Wasn’t Afraid To Go Big With Her Lashes
These days, long eyelashes are such a beauty staple that eyelash extension studios are popping up left and right. One celebrity who wasn’t afraid to go big or go home when it came to lashes was Diana Ross.
When the ’60s encouraged a more natural, understated makeup look, Diana Ross raced in the opposite direction. By the early ’70s, the singer had made dramatic eyelashes her fashion statement. Nowadays, even minimalist makeup looks often showcase long lashes.
Liza Minnelli Made Her Pixie Shaggy
The daughter of Hollywood giants Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli was bound to be an icon. Liza Minnelli established herself as a leading lady in the film Cabaret, during which she found her trademark hairstyle.
Liza’s pixie cut was longer and more full than traditional ’60s versions, giving it a shaggy look that fans started mimicking. Jennifer Lawrence and Kaley Cuoco are two actresses who have tried the shaggy pixie cut in recent years, and Liza still rocks the hairdo now, in her 70s.
Michelle Phillips Brought Back The Center Part
As we previously mentioned, Michelle Phillips was known to rock the long, straight hairdo of the ’60s. During her time with The Mamas & The Papas, she not only kept her hair well past her shoulders but was also sure to part it down the middle.
Many of her early modeling photos feature this middle part, which she held strong to for much of the ’60s and ’70s. Something about Michelle’s soft facial features suited the look, which celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Chrissy Teigen have since mimicked.
Twiggy’s Famous Bottom Lashes Had Their Own Name
Many makeup artists stress the importance of applying mascara to both the top and bottom lashes, and that’s all thanks to Twiggy. The iconic model made her bottom lashes just as dramatic as the top so that they were equal in volume.
The look was so famous in the ’60s that it was called “Twiggy lashes.” These days, there are countless tutorials online that teach how to achieve those standout lower lashes, proving that the trend is still in fashion.
Jennifer Aniston’s Iconic Look On Friends
Friends is one of the most successful sitcoms out there, so it’s no wonder that beauty trends started to follow the show. Perhaps the most prominent example is the “Rachel cut.” The hairstyle is the one Jennifer’s character Rachel wore in season two.
It consists of shoulder-length hair with lots of layers and highlights. The look blew up in the mid-90s and remained popular for years. Kelly Clarkson even had the Rachel cut on the cover of her first album, Miss Independent.
Christie Brinkley Made Big Hair All The Rage
With the power of hairspray, Christie Brinkley transformed her straight, flat hair into a lion’s mane. The ’80s look was responsible for many embarrassing school photos as students attempted to mimic the voluminous do.
Not all of us can achieve the impressive hair height that Christie loved to show off. However, many of us have flipped our hair upside down, sprayed it with powerful hold hairspray, and flipped it back over. We have Christie to thank for the widespread attention to hair volume.
Brigitte Bardot’s Twist On The Bouffant
Bouffant is the hairstyle where the hair is raised on top, often by backcombing, and then pinning the hair up. Legendary french model Brigitte Bardot often did her hair this way, but she put a whispy spin on it.
Her hair was often curled so that the short bands around her face gave texture to the bouffant. The style is still around today and is arguably what gives Zoey Deschanel’s characters so much charm, especially in the show New Girl.
Naomi Campbell Lets Her Lip Liner Show Beneath Her Lipstick
Model Naomi Campbell was highly sought-after from the start of her career in the ’80s, so it’s no wonder that she’s a trendsetter. In the ’90s, she started pairing dark lip liner with lipstick that was a few shades lighter.
The result is a subtly visible lip liner that emphasizes the shape of the lips without appearing offputting. The technique also creates a shadowy, fading effect that makes the lips appear even fuller. More recently, Kylie Jenner, reality TV star and owner of multi-million dollar company Kylie Cosmetics has utilized this trick to show off her plump lips and make a fortune.
Elizabeth Montgomery’s Flip Hair Stood Out In Bewitched
“The Flip” is a hairstyle not to be confused with the act of flipping your hair. The style gets its name from the deep curve that goes all the way around your head at the bottom of your hair.
The bouncy and lighthearted look gained popularity in the late ’60s since it was the trademark look of Elizabeth Montgomery’s character in Bewitched. Before that, first lady Jackie O would sometimes sport the hairstyle. These days, it’s still a popular pick among women with shoulder-length hair.
Diahann Carroll’s Cut-Crease Eyeshadow Was Defining
Applying eyeshadow consists of much more than just coating your lid in a single shade. Actress Diahann Carroll showed just how defining eyeshadow can be with her 1960s cut-crease look. As the name implies, cut-crease is an eye makeup technique that places bold colors in the crease surrounded by lighter shades to emphasize the fold.
Similar to eyeliner, the cut-crease eyeshadow makes your eyes appear bolder and makes the irises really pop. Some artists do the crease too bold, while others overly blend the colors. Diahann always seemed to find just the right balance.
Kate Moss Made Frosted Lips Designer
Frosted lipstick can make you appear to have lingering sugar on your lips from a glazed donut or vanilla cupcake, so picking the right shade is key. Model Kate Moss had a flair for pulling off the look, popularizing it in the ’90s.
Though frosted lipstick can be hit or miss, the thing that makes it appealing is the shimmer. Ever since the product emerged, other makeups, like cheek highlighter, have sought to achieve a similarly dewy effect.
Drew Barrymore Preferred Thin Brows
Though Brooke Shields convinced fans that thick eyebrows were the way to go, many women still wanted to adapt the thin brow look. One celebrity who popularized this trend in the ’90s was Drew Barrymore.
Not only did the actress have thin brows, but she also made them pop by leaving them brown and dying her hair bleach blonde. Earlier in the decade, her style, brows included, was more similar to that of Brooke Shields. Drew returned to the thick-brow look later in life.
Cyndi Lauper Made It Okay To Wear Avant-Garde Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow is one of those things that can be barely noticable or a major standout depending on how it’s used. In the case of Cyndi Lauper, she opted for the latter category every time.
The singer was known for wearing loud patterns and vibrant colors, and she mimicked these styles in her makeup. Rather than blending the eyeshadow shades together, she would let them standout and create patterns on her lids. Such bold eye makeup looks are still around today.