Before and after makeovers straight from the pages of the 1980s
We’ve collected a fabulous collection of vintage magazine spreads capturing the quintessential transformations of the time. From electrifying makeup to head-turning hairdos, this fun-filled photo journey of before and after makeovers is all about celebrating the (often audacious) creativity of 80s beauty trends.
Welcome to the world where more was always — unapologetically — more. Let’s have a look at the high-gloss, high-drama beauty trends of the 1980s and how they transformed the day-to-day style of these featured women.
Before and after makeover: Great cut that won’t quit! (1982)
Excerpted from Good Housekeeping magazine (1982)
Perfect for Judy Baer, an exercise instructor — or anyone who’s active. It holds its own all day, converts in minutes to a glamorous evening look. Her new makeup’s just as easy.
Judy before: Her hair was too full for her face, especially at cheek level.
Judy, after a feather cut — and an exercise class! We showed her how to dazzle for evening, with simple fluff-out styling, dramatic eye makeup.
Before and after makeover: Great performance! (1982)
That’s what Nancy Daniels, an actress, wanted in a hairstyle — she races to and from auditions, acting classes, and temporary office jobs in between — so we gave her a short, feathery, no-set cut that practically takes care of itself!
We changed her hair color, too, from a dull brown to a soft red, toned with tortoise shell.
Because of her “redhead” features — light green eyes and a fair complexion — Nancy had considered making the switch and loves the results. The new color instantly lights up her striking good looks.
So does the fresh makeup: heathery shade on eyes, rose and berry on cheeks, lips.
Nancy before: Hair was fine, split, unmanageable. New cut, color, gave her look dramatic dash.
Before and after makeover: 3 steps to sensational! (1982)
When Donna Famularo, a secretary, told us she wanted a more sophisticated look, we saw what she needed: shorter hair, wavy and full, swept back to show off her lovely eyes.
But her hair lacked the body needed for the new styling. The answer: a layer cut, followed by a new-way perm, both designed to add natural-look body and wave (we tell you how). Step 3: lively new makeup.
Donna before: Her hair was too long, limp, her makeup too minimal to bring out her pretty eyes, complexion.
Before and after makeover: Miss USA 1981’s winning new look (1982)
When Kim Seelbrede, Miss USA 1981, asked us to give her a glamorous new look that would be easy to manage, versatile too, we started by layering her long hair for quick-change styling, then created a glowing new ready-in-minutes makeup.
Kim’s “pageant” look: Picture-pretty but not practical for “real life.” Daytime, playtime, or evening, Kim’s long hair has short-hair styling ease. She can blow-dry it for a classic casual look (left), or create an elegant tousle of waves (above) with a curling iron.