Beauty Through the Decades – The 1980s

Welcome to a fun collaboration! I have teamed up with some fun, and fabulous beauty bloggers to represent make up of certain decades. You will find them and links to their AMAHZING posts at the end of this post.

The 80s.

Big hair, big boom boxes and even bigger shoulder pads.

This was the decade that seemed to have flipped the bird at the term “less is more”. The 1980s mantra was: more is more.

The 80s were not for the fainthearted, and I had a wonderful time celebrating it. If the shoulder pads weren’t big enough, I would double them up with another pair and some safety pins. ย I loved Madonna, and I was one of the “girls that wanna have fun”, Gender boundaries were pushed with Boy George, Flock of Seagulls, Human League and Spandau Ballet. The girls in the videos had the same hairstyle and make up as the boys. Let’s not forget lycra, leg warmers and headbands. But there was also a powerful glamour brought by the ladies of Dynasty.

dynasty 80s make up


Eyebrows got bushier. Not one, not 2, but 3 or more bright colours were applied on the eyes. ย And to top it off, bright eyeliner (usually blue) graced our waterlines above and below, partnered with coloured mascara (usually blue). Blush was piled on. Clash or match those lips with your orange, pink or red blush/eyeshadow colour as glossy as possible, and of course there had to be a darker outline.

The hair.

Crimped. Teased. The bigger the better. Push back the sides with hair combs, add a side pony.

I just realised, I really miss those days!

Anywho, enough reminiscing. (I am listening to The Pretenders – the Hits whilst writing this!)

Let’s get to business.

I wanted to take elements of what some might say is tacky (not me!), over the top (not me either!) looks of the 80s, and this is what I came up with:

Beauty through the Decades - the 80s

Beauty through the Decades - the 80s


Beauty through the Decades - the 80s


Beauty through the Decades - the 80s


This is what I used:

Beauty through the Decades - the 80s
Face: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. Hourglass Blush, L’Oreal Brow Artist Sculpt and False Lash Butterfly Wings Mascara Eyes: BH colours Foil Eyeshadow, Stila Pencil Lips: Napoleon Plum Rose Lipliner, Lime Crime Pink Velvet and Chantecaillelipgloss


Here are the other beauties writing about Beauty through the Decades:

1920 with The Fanciful Fungirl

1950 with Temporary Princess

1960 with Made Over and Me

1990 with Aussie Beauty Talk

Futuristic with Sweetaholic Beauty


And just remember,

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you…


Linking up with the beauties over at Monday Make Up Madness!


Til Next time,


About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

27 thoughts on “Beauty Through the Decades – The 1980s

    1. haha rub it in why don’t you Shell! It was an anything goes era and colour was embraced. No “no make up” look or nude lip to be found! x

    1. Dem were the dayz Beth. Sigh. Gone back to more natural colours today and packed the crimper away until October when I will be going to an 80s night!

  1. Oh my god Barbe you rock this! Love it xx

  2. Love the 80’s look on you Barbe , you captured it beautifully

  3. Yes, finally a look I can wear everyday haha! But seriously this is awesome Barbe! Thanks so much for hosting this (again) ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thanks Mel! It was a load of fun to do, and your 1990s look was awesome. I have been using my brown lippy since the 90’s and I am not stopping any time soon x

  4. All HAIL Barbe! You’re making me want to play with colours – these are stunning! Well done to you! And the hair to go along with it!

    1. aw Thanks Leah, after trying to make everything as natural as possible it is fun to just throw all those rules out the window and just go for it: clash, match it doesn’t matter, there are no rules, only bright colours. Thanks for playing along too x

  5. You look amazing Barbe! While I was born in the 80’s I wish I could have ‘lived’ in the 80’s and experienced all the fashion and fabulousness for myself! I love how your eyeshadow makes your eyes pop too – so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ x
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    1. Thank You Ingrid, it was fun to do! However, it is not really a favourite look of mine to be honest. Maybe it will come back one day but not this year! x

  6. Oh Mah Gawd Barbe!!!! I LOVE IT! Somehow you pulled off the 80s look WITHOUT looking like you’re stuck in time!

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