Women's Makeup & Hairstyles in the 1960s

Cat-eye eyeliner was worn in the 1960s.
Cat-eye eyeliner was worn in the 1960s. (Image: Ralf Nau/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The beauty of the 1960s reflected the changes in society during the time. Gone were the sedate looks of the 1950s and in their place were bold hair and makeup. In fact, the beginning of the 1960s brought in voluminous hair and big lashes. Whether you are attending a 1960s themed party, or you want to paint on a retro makeup look for a special event, you'll need classic 60s hair and makeup ideas à la Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn or Donyale Luna.

Flip Your Hair

The flip hairstyles became popular in the early and mid 1960s. It was an elegant style that kept the hair out of the face. There are variations of the hairstyle. The standard length was chin length to mid-neck length. There was volume at the top, and the hair was flipped backward. The bottom of the hair flipped upward dramatically, all the way around.

The Eyes Have It

The makeup of the 1960s was all about the eyes. In particular, the eyelashes were the focus for opening up the eyes. The eyeshadow was often bold, in colors such as blue. The 1960s were the beginning of the cat-eye eyeliner trend. Using liquid eyeliner, the women of the 1960s lined the top eyelids and the ends winged outward. Black eyeliner was most common. Women applied false eyelashes for a bold look. Black mascara further opened up the eyes.

Bouffant Beauties

The bouffant hairstyle, also known as the bubble, epitomizes the style of the 1960s. The hair was shorter on the bottom, with the top and crown backcombed to extraordinary heights. The bouffant hairstyle was popular, as it made the rest of the body look slimmer. The front of the hair was often swooped across the forehead. Hairspray kept the bouffant from moving.

Bold Blush

As the 1960's makeup trends were ultimately focused on the eyes, the rest of the face was somewhat subtle. A matte look was popular, created with both foundation makeup and/or powder. Blush, or rouge as it was called at that time, became popular in the 1960s. The beauty ideals were such that the blush indicated the look of color on the skin, which indicated health.

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