The ’80s-inspired Beauty Trick #1: Draping

80s inspired beauty

A precursor of sorts to contouring, except that it’s done with blush, the look has been credited to the late Way Bandy – makeup guru to the era’s style icons like Cher and Iman – whose philosophy was to shape the face to complement one’s own features. With individualism the new buzzword, its return not only feels current but has also been adapted to suit various tastes – from a stark reddish swash at Chanel to a soft, pretty flush at Simone Rocha. The latter (or any lighter-handed version) makes for a fashionable yet flattering way to add dimension to wide-cheeked Asian faces. Dab powder blush on the top of cheekbones and blend upwards and outwards towards the brows and temples – a tip from present day makeup maestro Pat McGrath.

Create the look with: 

80's inspired beauty
Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Lip Gloss in Rose Quartz, $60
80's inspired beauty
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black, $33, Sephora
80's inspired beauty
Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum, $90
80's inspired beauty
Nars Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation SPF23/PA++, $68
80's inspired beauty
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in #500 Lush & Libido, $45

Photography Veronica Tay Styling Imran Jalal Hair Michael Chiew/Hairloom Makeup Sha Shamsi, using M.A.C Model Noa/Mannequin Jumpsuit Miu Miu

The ’80s-Inspired Beauty Trick #2: Bold Blue Eyeshadow & Pop Red Lips

80's inspired beauty

How can the much-teased-about signature colours of the Singapore Girl become the new statement for evenings? When they’re worn bolder, more arty, and come across as unexpectedly modern. Cue the S/S ’18 runways of Chanel, which brought back the daring pairing with a strong yet skilful hand; Max Mara and Dolce & Gabbana, which punctuated fresh faces with a rich, painterly pout in rose or flame; and Marni and House Of Holland, which had graphic blocks of turquoise swathed lid to brow. One rule that SQ girls swear by remains: Use shades that complement your skin tone, with green-tinged blues best for Asian skin.

Create the look with:

80's inspired beauty
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint, $36, Sephora
80's inspired beauty
Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-conic Multi-finish Eyeshadow Palette in Smartorial, $69
80's inspired beauty
Diorshow Pump ’N’ Volume Mascara Black Pump, $54
80's inspired beauty
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Fluid Foundation, $68

Photography Veronica Tay Styling Imran Jalal Hair Michael Chiew/Hairloom Makeup Sha Shamsi, using Make Up For Ever Model Noa/Mannequin

The ’80S-Inspired Beauty Trick #3: Nail Art

80s inspired beauty

Drag queens and Paris Hilton types have helped kept this trend in the popular conscience, but the decade was when it first entered the spotlight for the right reasons. Extensions went mainstream, while square-meets-oval-shaped tips became a thing, which ultimately meant more space for artistic creativity – kind of like what we’re seeing in S/S ’18. From Tom Ford’s glittery ombre talons to black and white nails with simple yet graphic accents (Helmut Lang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and many others), the revival is glamorous yet sophisticated. In short, not your 3-D, Paris Hilton kind of manicure.

Photography Veronica Tay Styling Imran Jalal Hair Junz Loke/Hairloom Makeup Sha Shamsi, using YSL Beaute Manicure Zi/Auum The Honest Nail Spa Model Reni/Mannequin

 

The ’80s-inspired Beauty Trick #4: Add A Beauty Mark

80s inspired beauty

It helped defined Madonna at the start of her career (it’s now less visible, with rumours that she’s had it removed, though there are still forum pages and a Twitter account dedicated to it). And without it, Cindy Crawford might not be who she is today. One of the most popular ways of accenting one’s face from that diva decade was also idiot-proof to recreate. Bring it back the way Givenchy has for the debut of its new creative director Clare Waight Keller in S/S ’18: using a single crystal stud near the eye. As the show proved: However simple a woman’s overall look, she still has spark.

Photography Veronica Tay Styling Imran Jalal Hair Junz Loke/Hairloom
Makeup S
ha Shamsi, using Urban Decay Model Reni/Mannequin Dress Michael Michael Kors

The ’80s-inspired Beauty Trick #5: An “Imperfect” Perm

80s inspired beauty

Demna Gvasalia and co. have made bad ’80s hair cool in the past year, but if feathered mullets and rat tails are too alternative (unless you’re a model, just don’t), the latest reinterpretation is more feminine and easier to pull off. A more relaxed take on Meg Ryan’s messy When Harry Met Sally corkscrew ringlets (see Molly Goddard and Off-White), this mop of curls is like a more glamorous take on bedhead waves (plus the fact that they’re less “done” means less trips to the salon for maintenance)

Create the look with:

80s inspired beauty
Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, $50
80s inspired beauty
L’Oreal Paris Ever Curl Sculpt & Hold
80s inspired beauty
Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray, US$37 (S$50.30), www.net-a-porter.com
80s inspired beauty
Cream-Gel, $21.90 Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray, $39, Sephora

Photography Veronica Tay Styling Imran Jalal Hair Junz Loke/Hairloom Makeup Sha Shamsi, using Burberry Beauty Model Reni/Mannequin Sweater Chloe

This story first appeared in Female’s January issue.

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