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1980s before and after makeovers: new hair and makeup (1982)

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Before and after makeovers straight from the pages of the 1980s

Grab your shoulder pads and hairspray, we’re hopping in the time machine back to the unforgettable era of big hair, bold colors, and over-the-top fashion — yes, we’re talking about the unabashedly glamorous 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.

Eighties before and after makeover haircut that won't quit (1982)

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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.

Eighties before and after makeover from 1982

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.

Retro 1980s before and after makeover - Hair and makeup

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.

Before and after makeover: Miss USA 1981's winning new look (1982)

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