I’ve been in love with the 1970s for as long as I can remember. For me, this decade offered the ultimate examples of incredible music, fashion and beauty. Platforms will always have my heart over flats, and give me flared jeans over skinny styles any day. And when it comes to ’70s makeup looks, well, it doesn’t get much better than that.
While ’60s graphic liner has had a major return in the past year, the ’70s has had its influence on current beauty trends more than most of us realise. No makeup makeup? The era was all about enhancing natural beauty. That Matilda Djerf bronzed-babe glow? It’s got California surf written all over it. Super-flushed cheeks? Just look at 1970s Cher.
With the upcoming release of Daisy Jones and The Six, ’70s fever doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon (it’s no secret I’m thrilled).
To help get your groove on and channel your inner Stevie Nicks, I’ve rounded up the very best ’70s makeup inspiration, including looks from the content creators I go to time and time again for their creative looks. Enjoy!
The best ’70s-inspired makeup looks
Whether you’re heading to the disco or dancing at an outdoor festival, here are 10 of the most stunning ’70s-inspired beauty looks.
Swimming pool blues
This shimmering blue and green eyeshadow screams Studio 54.
Blushed to perfection
Big curls and big blush were the ’70s beauty motifs, so don’t be afraid to go for a vibrant shade.
A mix of hot pink and bright orange tones perfectly captures the classic retro design of the era.
If there was anything more XL than the boots in the ’70s, it had to be the eyelashes.
Whoever said you have to choose between statement eyes and lips clearly didn’t embrace the ’70s aesthetic, but this look proves once and for all you don’t need to listen to them.
This look adds glam and glitter by the bucket-load, adding a sultry twist to a silver metallic eye.
Glossed to glow
A naturally glowing base and glossy lips can’t be beaten for ’70s-inspired pared-back perfection.
White eyeshadow and mega lashes make a statement eye with minimal effort. Keep the rest of the look minimal with a touch of bronzer and concealer and let the eyes do the talking.
Put it in neutral
Who better to give us ’70s makeup inspo than one of The Six? Suki Waterhouse’s bronzed makeup is a masterclass in earthy, neutral tones.
Soft, pastel shadows were a staple of the decade, but no shade proved to be more popular than a powder sky blue. Pair it with a nude, glossy lip for the ultimate ’70s look.