I love the fashion and beauty industries. There really is very little new in either, just a recycling of old fashion and makeup trends that were once fresh and new. So I smiled when I read that for 2015, red-red lips are on trend and black winged eyeliner is in style. They’re from two different eras, of course, but what’s old is new again, in a fun kind of way.
Yes, that’s the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor whose full lips were painted red back in the day in striking contrast to her light complexion and dark hair. Do you remember Max Factor? It was big in Hollywood and of course, founded in 1900 by a Polish Jew cosmetician whose real name was too hard to pronounce so he made it easy. Proctor & Gamble bought the brand in 1991. They say it’s still around, but I haven’t seen much of it. Or have I?
Blondes also look terrific in red lipstick. Of course, Marilyn was a great beauty who looked fabulous in any makeup at all.
Taylor Swift carries the red lip off well in the 21s century, don’t you think? She’s quite cute. Oh Taylor, come out already, will ya?
Black women also wear red lipstick well. This beauty also shows us a bit of a winged eyeliner, so let’s move on to the next “new” trend: the cat eye or black “winged eyeliner.”
Black liquid eyeliner is the only way to do a wing!
This Maybelline model has the winged eyeliner, although it’s not too extreme. What IS extreme is the arch in her brows–holy moley! That arch practically hits her hairline.
Remember when the matte black winged eyeliner look was popular in the 1960s? My half a generation older cousin Angie’s black bouffant hair and black winged eyeliner defined the trend when I was a teenager. I can still see her today clear as day, although she is long gone.
Getting a perfect winged line is fairly easy. Here’s how we do it today (below).
And below, an Asian woman demonstrates it. Apparently, the outline is required. Filled in, it forms the wing.
I have to admit, the red lip and cat eye seem more appropriate for young. By midlife, those tiny lip lines mean that lipstick feathers and doesn’t look as smooth as the perfect cupid’s bow, below. And, of course, our little eye wrinkles make it difficult to achieve a smooth, matte black eye line. Not to mention how crazy we look with a winged eye after a certain age.
So how do you feel about makeup trends that go back in time? Do you think we can pull them off? Do you wear either?