Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY, HARRIET PUDNEY -

The 1980s gave us many gifts – The Break­fast Club, Aliens, INXS’ best al­bum – but many of the decade’s aes­thetic prin­ci­ples are best left be­hind. I’m hes­i­tant to draw a hard line against any beauty tech­nique, be­cause there’s some­one out there who can pull ev­ery­thing off, but I just don’t think we need to re­turn to matte blue eye­shadow from lash line to brow bone. Or to teased poo­dle perm hair that looks like a fire hazard. There are more than a few makeup looks from that decade that we can prob­a­bly leave on the cast-off pile with the neon fish­nets and shoul­der pads. How­ever, there is some­thing ap­peal­ing about that 80s grandios­ity. Big hair, bold brows and an un­apolo­getic vibe? I’m lis­ten­ing. Worn in a fresher, more mod­ern way, there’s noth­ing to say we can’t re­ha­bil­i­tate a few key style notes of the decade.

An un­de­ni­able 80s sig­na­ture must be a heavy re­liance on blush. Where we now stack bronzer, blusher and high­lighter, beauty fiends of that era stuck to the one el­e­ment. With a dra­matic ap­pli­ca­tion known as drap­ing, blush went right from the ap­ple of the cheek up to the tem­ple. Huge moves. If you’re keen to give that a go in 2018, try Mi­lani’s Baked Blush in Lu­mi­noso, $19. It’s a glowy, peachy pink that lends it­self well to most skin tones and will al­low you to build up slowly so you don’t give your­self a heart at­tack.

An­other clas­sic of the decade that gave us Fer­ris Bueller’s Day Off is metal­lic lips. I’ve spent years side-eye­ing the re­turn of this look, but of late, I’ve been forced to ad­mit it can look pretty in­cred­i­ble. Try the fuch­sia shade of Fenty Beauty’s three-piece Snow Daze hol­i­day set, $66, for a full Jem and the Holo­grams mo­ment, or Too Faced Melted Matte-el­lic Liq­uid Lip­stick, $33, in the crim­son Bitch I’m Too Faced or the cop­pery Give It To Me. Best worn with fresh skin and min­i­mal eye makeup.

If you’re chas­ing more of a Joan Jett look, you don’t need me to tell you it’s all about the smudgy eye­liner. For the money, Rim­mel Ex­ag­ger­ate Eye­liner Ex­treme, $18, is one of the best – it blends well, but stays put once it’s set. Put down some taupe eye­shadow first so you have some­thing to work this creamy pen­cil into. One caveat: I wouldn’t rec­om­mend wear­ing all of these looks at once.

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