While the Grammys were missing their usual rebel-fashion (see what happens when you don’t invite Lady Gaga?!) What did grace the Grammy stage were definite callbacks to eras past. If you have ever dreamed of being a flapper, a pin-up princess, or a disco diva, here are some great beauty tips and tricks for going retro.
This was the decade that gave us, arguably, the most iconic hair-do…the bob. Beyoncé dripped of 20’s glamour, but still managed to look fresh and modern. Her dark red lips and wavy bob gave her silent-screen siren drama. This look is easy, chic, and works for any occasion. If you aren't brave enough for a bob, add a long strand of pearls to dark red lips and a fancy barrette to give a nod to the roaring 20’s.
From the Grammys to the Golden Globes, the mermaid dress was everywhere this year. This look is all about old-Hollywood glamour. Now, a gown is just not practical for every day (or, maybe it is…you “do you”), but old Hollywood glamour is easy to achieve. Softly curled hair, defined orange-red lips, and a choker of large beads will make any outfit Elizabeth Taylor worthy.
There were so many 70’s inspired outfits on the Grammy stage, you could have mistaken it for Studio-54. Madonna’s Ralph Lauren suit and floppy hat, the gold sequined dresses, and Taylor Swift’s Farrah Fawcett hair were all modern takes on the 70’s most definitive looks. Give your look a little disco with some blue eye shadow, a middle part, and some large, gold hoops. You get extra points for glitter!
Now…let’s talk about that hat. Many people were perplexed by Pharrell William’s Canadian Mountie cap. It was a rather odd choice, but he may have been honoring a fashion trend from the early 80’s. In 1982 British designer Vivian Westwood created a look that was known as “ Buffalo Gals.” This look was extremely influential to the fashion world. In fact, you can see people still working this look today.
Speaking of eras past, here is a fascinating video on the science of make-up used in the 1930’s. While I don’t know if today’s client would like to be measured and drawn all over with a black grease pen, the ideas of proportion still ring true!
So, what era inspires your look? Did you watch the Grammys? Again, what was up with all the velvet suits?