Beauty Flashback: This Week's Retro Icon Is Twiggy To Celebrate The Launch Of London Fashion Week

15 February 2013 by

Way before iconic Brit babes Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and co ruled the runways it was all about Twiggy. As well as defining the look of the '60s her waifish body and elfin features made way for a whole new breed of beauty, without which the likes of Kate and Cara may never have been deemed 'model material' imagine that!! This season she's particularly relevant and is the ultimate inspiration for the tough 60s tomboy trend set to sweep through planet beauty. Think boyish beehives, 60s eye make up with attitude and punky pale lips. The Twiggy effect all began with an eight hour hair appointment back in 1966 at chic London hairsalon The House Of Leonard...

Beauty Flashback: This Week's Retro Icon Is Twiggy


1) Do Twiggy Style  Double Lashes

Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, the biggest shows sent model down their runways with a double lash. Twiggy and her doll like eyes are a perenial inspiration for the look, take a leaf out of her book and go for three coats of  jet black mascara on top and bottom. Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Mascara, £7.99 gives the most dollish, '60s effect and don't be afraid to let it clump. It's part of the appeal.


2) Try the '60s side sweep.

Twiggy knew that a side parting had a lot to offer a lady back then. As well as instantly adding volume to any hair style it gives a neat but boyish twist. Perfect for taking the edge of a more back combed style. At the time Vidal Sasson's iconic five point hair cut was ruling the runways but top Mayfair hairstylist Leonard wanted to create something slightly shorter. Her hair was dyed pale blonde to bring out her milky skin and doll shaped eyes, a process which back then took over eight hours would you believe!


3) Love those punky, pale lips

While the rest of the world was still getting their head around the red lipstick, Twiggy was one step ahead. The moment she was photographed wearing an almost skin colour matte lip it caused a frenzy of copy cats across the nation and is still much copied today. Thick foundation or panstick was used back in the '60s to get the look but luckily you'll have a lot more choice if you want to work this look today, MAC lipstick in Myth, £14 remains the best in the business when it comes to creating nude lips.


4) More Freckles Anyone?

Twiggy is the original poster girl for freckles and refused to cover up her fresh, freckled face despite  the trend at the time for a heavily covered , matte complexion. In fact she was often know to draw on extra freckles, a trick which make-up artists use today. It's also the fastest way to bring a boyish quality to your make-up, no matter how glamourous your signature look is.  Make up artist Charlotte Tilbury swears by MAC Lip Pencil In Hodgepodge, £11.50 to re-create the look backstage and dots the pencil across the nose and cheeks for the most natural effect.


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