5 most iconic make-up trends

In recent history there have been some really iconic beauty trends. It is a fact that some trends come and go, and then come back again. It shows that beauty trends are as cyclical as fashion. According to a study conducted by Superdrug, a beauty and health retailer, it was revealed that one in five women has copied an iconic look from a celebrity and nearly half said famous faces were where make-up trends originated from. Keeping this in mind, following are 5 iconic beauty trends that emerged from the survey. 

Bold red lips
 Actress Marilyn Monroe’s bold red lips have been voted the most iconic beauty trend of all time, with the sultry smoky eye following closely behind. Monroe sported the striking bright pout during the 1950s and 1960s, but most famously in her 1955 film ‘The Seven Year Itch’. Her look was later copied by musician Robert Palmer’s backing singers in the 1980s video ‘Addicted to Love’ and is favoured these days by celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Paloma Faith and Rita Ora .
Here are a few tips to wear the bold red lip colour :
  • It’s important to look for the right shade of red so that it complements your skin colour.
  • Using a lipliner is a must, it defines your lips making it easier to fill in with the lip colour.
  • Make sure that the rest of your make-up remains subtle, since red is bold enough.
  • The colour of the dress should also be kept in mind before applying the red lip colour.
Smokey eyes

The second most iconic beauty look was the classic dark smoky eyes as loved by  socialite Kim Kardashian and Cheryl Cole. Here’s a step-by-step guide to do smokey eyes and glam up your look
  • First, apply a thin coat of eye primer. It helps to make eye make-up last longer. Start from the eyelids all the way up under your eyebrow.
  • Choose the lightest shade of eyeshadow and apply it evenly on your eyelids.
  • Then move onto a darker shade. Work at the top of your lid by using your finger to blend it evenly.
  • Next, apply a dark eyeliner for the top lids. Blend it into the bottom lids for a smoky look. 
  • Finish the look by applying a eyelash volumising mascara. You could also curl your lashes if you wish.
 False lashes
 False lashes, which first gained popularity in the 1960s and are a must-have look even today, now worn daily by the likes of TV personality Sam Faiers, landed in third spot. How to do it:
  • All you need is an eyelash glue, eyelash curler and mascara to get the perfect eyelashes.
  • Selecting the right size and length of the fake eyelash is mandatory.
  • Apply glue on the fake lashes and then place it on your real lashes. They will stick to it and then apply mascara to further enhance them.
 Fake tan
The genuine looking fake tan bronzed effect that designer Victoria Beckham has mastered was fourth. This is quite popular with other Hollywood and now Bollywood celebs as well who like to look a bit darker than their real skin tone. It highlights their features prominently. Here are some tips to apply it:
  • There are fake tan parlours and as well as kits available. You can make use of them.
  • You can also buy bronzers matching your skin tone and apply them on your shoulders, cheekbones, etc 
  • Make sure you dab them properly for the desired effect.
 Heavy eyeliner 

And completing the top five iconic looks was heavy eyeliner, a look popularised by ‘Twiggy’ in the 1960s and is still as relevant today as it was then. Some tips: 
  • If you would prefer to enhance your eyes and keep the rest of your face understated, eyeliner is one item you should keep as a staple in your make-up kit.
  • If you don’t wear eyeshadow, your eyes can still stand out with the help of eyeliner, especially if you apply it in a heavier fashion.

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