How to Do '60s Hair & Makeup, From Winged Liner to a Cute Headscarf

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
16 Materials
30 Minutes

Even if you weren’t even born yet in the 1960s, you can still love the style from that decade. This '60s hair and makeup tutorial was inspired by the swinging '60s looks featured in this year’s movie, The Last Letter from Your Lover. Follow along and get your swing on!

Tools and materials:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Face powder
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • False eyelashes
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler
  • Lipstick
  • Assorted makeup brushes and sponges
  • Curling iron
  • Medium-hold hairspray
  • Hairbrush
  • Headscarf
Applying a natural coverage of foundation

1. Start with foundation

Use a foundation that covers your skin but still looks natural and apply it with a makeup sponge.

Applying concealer under the eyes

2. Apply concealer

In the '60s, the concealer application was not as subtle as it is now. Add concealer below your eyes with a small makeup brush.

Mattifying skin with face powder

3. Mattify your skin

Matte skin was all the rage in the 1960s. Apply matte face powder all over your face using a makeup sponge.

Filling in eyebrows with a light powder

4. Get '60s eyes

Start by filling in your eyebrows with a light eyebrow powder and an angled makeup brush.

1960s hair and makeup tips

Then brush out your eyebrows, stroking upwards with a rounded brush.

1960s hair and makeup tutorial

Use a fine-point eyeliner to fill in any spots that need more attention.

Applying a light shade of eyeshadow

Apply a bone-shade powder eye shadow to your mobile eyelids up to the crease line.

Applying a flesh-toned liner to the waterline

Make your eyes look bigger by applying a light flesh-tones shade of coal pencil to your waterline.

'60s-inspired winged eyeliner

Use a deep black liquid eyeliner to create a winged line on your eyelid.

Make the line thinner toward the inner side of your eyelid, and thicker as you move toward the outer edge. Then, make a thin upward wing beyond your eyelid.

Tip: to get a good wing and ensure both eyes match, apply the eyeliner slowly and look directly straight into your mirror.

Applying a darker eyeshadow to the crease

Now, go back to the light eyeshadow you first used to fill in your eyebrows and use it to fill in your eyelid crease. This gives your mobile lid a more almond shape. Make the outer corner a little darker than the inner corner. 

Use a clean blending brush to buff out the line and then add another layer of the shadow and buff again.

Blending dark eyeshadow on the eyelid

Add one more layer using a darker shade. Start at the outer corner and only go halfway across. Then use a clean blending brush to pull it the rest of the way across.

Applying black eyeshadow to the lower lashes

Use a pointed eyeliner brush and a little black eyeshadow to make a thin line under your lower eyelashes as close to the root as you can get.

Applying false eyelashes for a 1960s look

Apply false eyelashes for that '60s glamor look. Place the lashes just above your natural lash line so it overlaps the eyeliner. This will give a much more lifted look to your eyes.

Curling lashes with an eyelash curler

Use an eyelash curler to add extra drama to your false eyelashes.

Applying mascara from the base of the lashes

Add mascara to the base of your upper eyelashes and to your lower eyelashes

1960s inspired hair and makeup

5. Onto your cheeks

With a large fluffy makeup brush, apply bronzer along the line of your cheekbone.

Applying a light pink blush to the cheeks

Then use a pinky-toned blush and apply a light wash of color to your cheeks for a natural look.

Drawing on a freckle with liquid eyeliner

As I'm recreating a look based on one of the scenes from the movie, I thought I would add a freckle just like the character Jennifer Stirling (played by Shailene Woodley) has.

I used a brown liquid eyeliner to add a single freckle at the top of one cheekbone.

Applying a peach-colored lipstick to lips

6. Finally, '60s lips!

Use a muted matte blushed peach lipstick on your lips.

Curling sections of hair towards the face

7. Now for '60s hair

Make a side part in your hair. Then use a curling iron to curl large sections of hair, curling toward your face.

'60s themed hair and makeup

Leave each section of hair in the iron for about seven seconds and then release it to cool.

Spraying hairspray onto a hairbrush

Apply a medium-hold hairspray by first spraying it onto a hairbrush and then brushing it through your hair.

Sectioning hair for the hair scarf

8. Add a '60s scarf

Separate a small section of hair from in front of each ear and pin the rest of your hair back, out of the way.

Tying a hair scarf at the side

Place the scarf over the top of your head and tie it at the side, with the sectioned bits of hair in front of it.

'60s hair and makeup

'60s hair and makeup tutorial

Here’s the whole 1960s-inspired hair and makeup look. Now do yourself a favor and go watch the movie, The Last Letter from Your Lover, to see what inspired me to make this tutorial!

Leave me a comment about how this look worked for you and what other eras of hair and makeup you like!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Face powder
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2 of 3 comments
  • Marlene Marlene on Jan 05, 2022

    You look absolutely Gorgeous, but I don't like the scarf look. Ur hair is beautiful so show it n u don't need it!!!!!!!!!!!!! A natural beauty!♥️

  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 07, 2022

    Well done, you did your homework :)♥️