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Glitter, Glitz and the Golden Years


Moonwalk with confidence at the club wearing these four modern renditions of ’80s makeup looks.

Carol Lee, Beauty & Style Editor

The ’80s. An era of powder, vivid eyes, powder, copious amounts of blush and more powder. You might shudder at the bright — veering on overpowering — signature makeup of an ’80s cool girl, but with a glossy twist and a few touches of glitter, you might just find yourself channeling Cyndi Lauper. After all, girls just wanna have fun.

For all of these looks, prepare your skin with a rich moisturizer all over and your go-to concealer wherever needed. Don’t forget to brush your brows up-and-out with some handy dandy brow gel, and top it all off with added drama from a volumizing mascara. We listed out specific products used for each look, but feel free to swap in some of your favorites.

A Little Extra — in a Good Way

Warm up your skin with Glossier’s Cloud Paints in “Dusk” and then layer “Storm” on top, blending both from the apples of your cheeks to your temples. Supplement your moisturizer-given glow by smoothing Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer Drops in “Moonlight” over the high points of your face, such as the cheekbones or brow bones.

Now on to what you’ve been holding your breath for: the eyes. Take the cobalt blue shade in Estée Lauder’s La Dangereuse Blue Dahlia Eye Shadow Palette and sweep it across your lid. Blend, blend and blend some more. Place “Bon” from the Masquerade Palette by Juvia’s Place along the lash line, making sure the two shades meet. Pat MAC’s Glitter in “Reigning Riches” over “Bon.” While the shining star of the show, Glossier’s Glitter Gelée in “Bijoux Bijoux,” should be placed wherever there is eyeshadow. For the lips, the goal is not to distract from the eyes. NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in “London” comes to the rescue.

Copper Evening Dust

Zesty! Create a neutral base with Glossier’s Cloud Paint in “Dusk.” Bring the warm nude shade from your cheeks to above the brow. With a light hand, delicately sweep “Cairo” from Juvia’s Place’s Masquerade Palette over the same areas, concentrating on the center of your cheeks. Next, smush Kylie Cosmetics’ Creme Eyeshadow in “Copper” all over the lids and lashlines, including the inner corners. Amplify the sheen using Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer Drops in “Moonlight” on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the bridge of your nose. Finish it off with Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Lip Color in “Bare.”

Emerald City With Gold-Tinted Lashes

Go peachy with Glossier’s Cloud Paint in “Beam” dabbed on your cheekbones, and add to the dew with Colourpop’s Super Shock Highlighter in “Flexitarian” on the high points of your face. Blend “Egypt” from Juvia’s Place’s Nubian 2 Eye Shadow Palette on your lids and lash line with a brush, and using your finger, dab the same shade on the center of your lid to get an extra metallic sheen. Coat both the inner corners of your eyes and all of your bottom lashes in Lush’s Eyeliner in “Fantasy.” They’ll be drippin’ in gold and finesse. The last touch: glossy nude lips courtesy of Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in “Fenty Glow.”

No-Makeup Makeup’s Older Sister

Layering is key. With your fingers, delicately dab onto your cheeks, temples and outer half of your lids Glossier’s Cloud Paint in “Dusk.” Next on duty is Glossier’s Cloud Paint in “Puff,” which you should place on the same areas. Apply Glossier’s same blush tint in “Storm” onto the apples of your cheeks and the outermost corners of your lids. Mix all three shades and tap the glorious result on your lips. Catch the disco’s light with Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer Drops in “Moonlight” on the cheekbones and Glossier’s Glitter Gelée in “Phantasm” on the inner half of your lids.

Email Carol Lee at [email protected]. A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, April 18, 2019, print edition. Read more from Washington Square News’ “Fringe: One Last Dance.”

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