It’s safe to say a lot has changed over the course of beauty history. While there were several beauty fads (think: high side ponytails of the ’80s and over-plucked brows a la the ’90s), there have also been countless trends that still reign supreme in the 21st century (hello, red lips and winged liner!).
And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now couldn’t be a better time to try out many of the romantic beauty looks inspired by the last 10 decades. From voluminous lashes to glittery eyes, here are 11 different beauty trends that will inspire you to get all dolled up for February 14 — no matter how you’re celebrating.
The 1920s: Finger Waves Hairstyle
Ask any historian, flapper girls were synonymous with the roaring ’20s. Flappers were defined by their energetic personalities, their fashion, and of course, their beauty. One of the most recognizable trends of this era was the finger waves they donned. To recreate these iconic S-shaped waves yourself on V-Day, grab a mousse or shaping gel — such as the L'Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel — and head on over to learn How to Get a 1920s Hairstyle.
Pair your sleek ‘do with dark smokey eyes — using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow singlets in black and gray shades — and a heart-shaped cupid’s bow in red. Both are also trends of the time and look just as romantic and stylish a century later.
The 1930s: Half-Moon Manicures
Let your nails be the star of your beauty look on February 14. During the ’20s and ’30s, half-moon manicures were the nail design du jour. It involves leaving the rounded base of the nail bare and applying nail polish to the rest of the nail.
Fast forward to current times, the vintage trend is still frequently requested at nail salons but with modern twists. Regardless of the way you wear it or the color you choose, half-moon manicures always look chic and sophisticated — and are sure to take center stage in your overall getup.
The 1940s: Classic Red Lips
While red lips had been around since the start of the century, they really had their time to shine during the ’40s. And if you ask us, nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than timeless red lips. This rich hue is the key to a sultry and sexy-looking pout that’s also classy and elegant.
So, if you plan to pucker up in red on V-Day, make sure you reach for the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Red of Worth Satin Lipstick With Saturated Color. The ultra-creamy, satin lippie comes in six statement-making shades that saturate lips in luxurious color and leave them feeling super soft. If a matte finish is more your jam, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick. This matte lipstick intensely hydrates lips and is super comfy to wear.
Editor’s tip: For even more vibrant and long-lasting results, pair your lipstick with a lip liner, like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lip Liner - Smooth Application, in a similar shade.
The 1950s: Winged Eyeliner
The middle of the century saw a rise of the winged eyeliner trend, a look that still continues to be a go-to option for many. These days, there are many variations of the beloved style — from doubled-winged eyeliner to reverse cat eyes — that still look just as stunning on all eye shapes.
To nail the trend, you’ll need a really good eyeliner with a precise tip, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner. Featuring an ultra-fine felt tip, this liquid eyeliner makes it easy to draw a flawless line on your lids that lasts for hours on end. Best part of all? You’ll never need to worry about accidentally smudging your look as its formula is extremely budge-proof.
The 1960s: Dramatic Lashes
Half-up bouffants, flipped-out ponytails, colorful eyeshadow and pale lips were some of the trendiest beauty looks of the ’60s — but we’d argue that big, full lashes were the biggest trend of all. This Valentine’s Day, bat your eyes in the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara. Its nourishing formula is a must for creating that sought-after flirty fringe we all know and love. Just one shimmy of the brush takes your lashes to new heights and delivers a fanned-out look that never clumps, flakes or smudges.
The 1970s: Colorful Eyeshadow
Sure, the disco decade was all about shags and face-framing haircuts, but it was also a defining moment for makeup looks. In the ’70s, people were getting more creative with their glam and incorporating pastel and jewel-toned colors onto their eyelids.
If you want to add a bit of groovy flair to your Valentine’s Day look, your best bet is the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow as it has everything you need to really make your eyes pop. Whether you choose to go for a vibrant aqua or a vivid purple look is up to you — either way, all colorful shades are guaranteed to make you stand out in a crowd.
The 1980s: Bold Blue Eye Makeup
Makeup got even bolder during the ’80s, with color being more popular than ever before. That meant folks started dressing their eyes in striking colors (think: neon) and layering pink blush on their cheeks. If you want to hop on the ’80s beauty trends bandwagon, opt for a vivid blue hue for your eye makeup. While blue was once considered a controversial color to rock, it has since made a comeback on runways and red carpets.
The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof in Cobalt Blue is our top pick for creating on-trend graphic liners or just simply, lining your eyes. Finish off your look by sculpting your cheekbones with the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil and you’re good to go.
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