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Modern Beauty from Eras Past

BlogFashion Trends | February 4, 2014

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.

The 20’s

Beyonce - Grammy's 2014

Silent Screen Star- Clara Bow

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.

The 50’s

50's makeup (source

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.

The 70’s

Madonna - Grammy's 2014

Taylor Swift - Grammy's 2014

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!

Buffalo Gals - (source -

Pharrell Williams - Grammy's 2014

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?


Megan Murray

Written by Megan Murray

Megan Murray is an Empire home office employee with a passion for make-up and pop-culture. She has been a contributor to various health and beauty blogs. At any given time, Megan owns at least 12 different shades of green eye shadow.

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