Sure, nostalgia for the ‘80s isn’t exactly a new thing. Executive realness at Alexander Wang, supersized shoulder pads at Marc Jacobs and neon brights at Versace: the AW18 mood was a redux of the era’s more-is-more aesthetic. The beauty merry-go-round is also striking back, with layers of blush to big hair in the frame once more (see Versace).
Big bouffants, heavy powder blush and Club-Kid makeup throwbacks aplenty, @beautybook1985 is your new IG must-follow. “I started up Beauty Book when I moved to London and kept finding these INCREDIBLE 80’s reference books,” London-based designer and @beautybook1985 Laura Wingrove tells HUNGER. “I found myself searching Instagram for tutorials to do 80’s makeup for myself, but ended up only finding modern twists on the style. It wasn’t quite what I wanted, so after a quick eBay search I found my first book for £2.35 and had to share it!”
The OG 80s muse? “Grace Jones! Forever and always,” Wingrove says. “Her fashions were groundbreakingy gender-neutral; I absolutely love her attitude surrounding herself and her work. We all need a little Grace in our lives – go watch Bloodlight and Bami if you haven’t already seen it.
“The 80’s is a fascinating decade of contradictions- fashions in music and television were more daring and gender-norm breaking than ever before, yet homophobia was at a peak. The beauty and style of the time also reflects women making great strides in the workplace, with power dressing and more masculine style, while still being over the top feminine. It’s just a fascinating period of time, and I think the style is such a fascinating distillation of the era.”
From coloured brows to high-octane glamour pouts, here’s some vintage face inspiration you should try out this party season for extra impact…