Beauty Chronicle: The Swinging 60s
Our new weekly feature looks back at 60 years of beauty stretching from the Fabulous Fifties up to today.
Let's go back!
The 60s saw incredible growth in the beauty industry. Women wanted to look beautiful, and rightly so.
They cast off their shackles, which had imprisoned them in previous decades, and became consumers on an unprecedented scale. They were making their desire for independence known.
"Make love, not war"
In 1968, the sexual revolution was in full swing. Women now wore mini-skirts and vinyl boots, Mondrian dresses and thigh-highs. Fun coloured tights were worn instead of stockings.
Make-up became bold and poppy. The colours worn with this essential 60s look were bright pink, orange, violet, green and gold.
That said, eyes were the most important part of the look. The essential pieces of kit were black eye-liner and black eye-shadow, used togethr to create an intense look, and mascara, to lengthen eyelashes beyond anything ever seen before.
Jean Shrimpton, Jean Seberg, Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac were among the most beautiful pin-ups of the 60s. They weren't the only ones, of course.
We also had sexy Brigitte Bardot with her long blonde hair and fierce look. Her trademark was her made-up eyes, lined in black, and her pout, which knocked her audiences dead.
Twiggy, the more sensible but no less beautiful model of the time, wore her hair in a boyishly short cut. Her big blue eyes won the hearts of fans all over the world.
All about the hair
The aforementioned stars (and others) were responsible for the beauty trendsetting... including hairstyles!
Hairstyles, in all their guises, alternated between the asymmetric cut and [article=572]the bob, which was made famous by Mary Quant.
Another noteworthy cuts: Jean Seberg's boyishly short hair in 'Breathless', Mia Farrow's short crop in 1968 and, of course, Brigitte Bardot's beehive.
See you next week for the next installment in beauty's history: the Seventies!