3 of the Most Iconic Eye Looks from the '70s, '80s and '90s

Farrah, Madonna and Courtney!

Last month, I put together a trio of iconic eye looks from the past century, highlighting '20s beauty Clara Bow, '50s dream girl Audrey Hepburn, and '60s babe Twiggy. I asked if you wanted a continuation of the series, and the xoCrowd voted in favor of such an endeavor, and so here I am today.

This time around, I'm focusing specifically on the latter half of the century, so prepare yourself for some color and grunge.

1970s: Farrah Fawcett

We'll start this rodeo off nice and slow with Ms. Farrah Fawcett, who was basically personified summer sunshine. This blonde bombshell was a no-brainer for my '70s pick, especially since her look is still so wearable to this day. It's very natural and goddess-y, and particularly ideal for these hot and lazy summer days.

For this look, I opted for a dewy foundation courtesy of SkinFood Peach Sake BB Cream. I followed up with a generous dusting of Napoleon Perdis bronzer under my cheekbones, across my forehead and down my nose. The dewier and the bronzier, the better.

For my eyes—the star of the show—I applied Urban Decay Potion Primer in Greed, which provides a shimmery base. I created the rest of the look with my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, starting with Naked 2 (matte brown) up to my socket line, then adding Faint (medium matte brown) to the crease to create depth. I blended this out, then finger patted Venus (shimmery cream) to the center of my eyelids.

Next, I applied a very thin line of liquid black liner courtesy of Stila Stay All Day, then used a black pencil liner on the outer corners of my lower lash line, blending out with an angled eyeliner brush. Finally, I swiped on some Benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara in black.

Farrah's brows were thick, but natural-looking. Unlike today's super arched brows, they were more horizontal and subtly rounded. I used Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil to create this shape.

To maintain that bronze-y vibe, I smeared a thin coat of Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lip Gloss in Just Glow on my lips.

1980s: Madonna

I had way too much fun recreating this Madonna look. The key is to not think too hard about what you're doing, and to blend like a MOFO.

For my base, I went with Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation, which provides a clean, matte effect. With a heavy hand, I applied highlighter on my upper cheekbones to create some dimension.

After applying Benefit Air Patrol shadow primer to my entire lid, I grabbed my Urban Decay Electric Palette and a fluffy shadow brush. I started with Savage (pink) on the upper, outer corner of my eye, then moved in with a mixture of Freak (green) and Thrash (yellow) to the interior corners. I was pretty messy and generous in the application process.

Next, I applied Gonzo (electric blue) to the interior lower corners of my eyes, then applied Jilted (orchid) to my outer lower corners. I blended all these colors together with a clean, fluffy blending brush. For more dimension, I patted on Revolt (shimmery silver) on top of the blue.

Next, I applied black pencil liner on my upper and lower lash line, then went in with an angled eyeliner brush to soften. I picked up a little more blue when blending out the bottom lash line for a subtle effect. Finally, I applied a healthy coat of black mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

Madonna's brows were messy AF in the '80s, so I went in like a whirlwind and drew on haphazard, scraggly, thick brows. I'm wearing Milani Matte Orchid on my lips, and also drew on Madonna's beauty mark with a brown eyeliner pencil.

1990s: Courtney Love

Oh Courtney, grunge darling with eyes that gave Medusa a run for her money. This look was actually very simple to create. I started by applying a thick and messy coat of a pliable, jet-black pencil liner on my upper and lower lash line (Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner). I blended it out with a Q-Tip and the tiniest bit of baby oil. I reapplied and smeared several times to get that lived in look, and also extended the liner to my outer corners.

Once I was pleased with the smear, I applied a thin, but messy, coat of liquid eyeliner to my top lashes, then swiped on some mascara. For brows, I filled in just enough to create a natural-looking, but unkempt, look.

To maintain that Courtney vibe, I was slightly messy with my lipstick application, too. I applied Burt's Bees Napa Vineyard, then went in with Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids lipstick in Orange Edge on top.

  • Which is your favorite look of these three?
  • Would you wear any of them out of the house?