So I’ve been running around on here and Tumblr and whenever I hear someone talk about Edie Sedgwick or Twiggy’s style, I almost always hear them say:
“I love her makeup, but I could never pull it off.”
I wont lie, heavy eyeliner like these girls wore isn’t for everyone. But I believe one way or another, anyone can have Sedgwick or Twiggs inspired makeup.
Now if you have a nice round face and big eyes, the 60s dolly eyes I can almost 100% guarantee, you can pull off. A lot of peoples worries is that its ‘too much makeup’. Let me tell you a thing, folks: I wear Twiggy dolly eyes every single time I go out, it is my everyday makeup, and I only ever get compliments. And its not like someone is going to walk up to you and tell you “You’re wearing too much eye makeup”. No one cares enough.
Another worry I hear is that people think the makeup is difficult, the cut crease and the drawn on under lashes. While it can be weird the first few times you do it, after you learn your eye shape, its so easy!
Theres only things to keep in mind when doing 60s makeup:
1. The line doesn’t go up like a classic 50s cateye, it the line either goes straight out or even down. But if doing Edie makeup, the line can go up. Her line didn’t always go up, but for her more well known eye makeup looks, the line was more 50s looking.
2. The cut crease should follow your natural socket line.
3. white eyeliner on your waterline is optional, but makes magic happen for making your eyes look bigger.
4. Now Edie Sedgwick often just put a heavy black line under her bottom lashes that connected to the top eyeliner, and Twiggy drew on lashes. Drawing on these lashes takes time, and deciding whether you prefer thicker or thinner lashes. Twiggs kept hers rather thin and slanted hers.
Edie is most well known for her heavy filled in, thick eyebrows. Just about anyone can look good with big brows as long as you find a good shape.
Her makeup was obviously surrounded by the eyes. This look here is probably one of the, if not the most, well known styles. She made herself very pale, very little to no blush, natural or pale pink lips and very black eyes, white eyeshadow was used for contrast. Edie’s short hair was a very dark, rich brown that she sprayed silver, not bleached like most people think. Her whole purpose of her style was to basically look like the girl Andy Warhol.
Edie’s career as an actress and socialite ended around 1969-70ish and she married in ’71. Edie died at 28 years old.
Twiggy used this look almost through out her whole career as a model. In fact, when you mention 60s fashion or makeup, just about anyone will think of Twiggy’s iconic eyes.
Twiggy and Edie, while both had the same basic idea, had rather different makeup. Twiggy’s cut crease was higher and much rounder than Edie’s, Edie’s almost actually was rather straight. Instead of going straight out or up, Twiggy’s upper eyeliner went down, her cut crease went down with it. She normally only ever had about 9-10 lashes she would draw on the bottom, she used white eyeliner on the water line every now and then it seems.
Her eyebrows were very lightly filled in to look more natural, and she never seemed to wear lipstick or blush. Twiggy’s career eventually switched to BIBA looks in the early 70s, which was very 20s flapper inspired.
Deep plums, and brownish reds, olives, pinks, yellows and many more were BIBA colours. Very thin, round eyebrows, dark deep rich eyeshadow, dark eyeliner, blush and dark lips. BIBA is one of the most iconic 70s makeup and the basic idea is quite often used in runway and editorial magazines. The fashion consisted of mostly 20s and 30s fashion, long beautiful silk, satin dresses and skirts. Long, big hair with scarves was very BIBA as well.
Twiggy’s most iconic model career ended in the 70s, around after having her first child. but she is still the most well known model of the 60s, who changed makeup forever.