Classic Rock-N-Roll Makeup Tutorial

From Pat Benatar, to Joan Jett, and Cyndi Lauper, we are all familiar with that rock-n-roll look. Even though it was at it’s peak in the 80’s, where bands such as Poison and Motley Crue even rocked the eyeliner, the term “rock-n-roll was coined over two decades before in 1954 (and at that time was often referred to as “the Devil’s music”). On any given day you can still hit one of the Sunset Strip rock clubs and see loyal 80’s fans sporting the bold eyeshadows and metal embellished gear that is a staple for that fashion era. In this tutorial I am showing how to achieve that classic 80’s rock-n-roll look.

Primer: My first step when applying makeup is ALWAYS my Tom Ford Illuminating Primer. It’s definitely my favorite primer and possibly one of my favorite products. It gives such a beautiful glow and makes my skin feel moisturized without making it greasy. A little goes a long way with this, so one pump is enough to cover my whole face.If you splurge on a product, make it this one!

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Foundation: For day to day makeup I prefer a more natural coverage foundation, but when I want complete coverage, this is my holy grail of foundations. Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme.

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Blend: I love my beauty blender, but this brush from MAC was my first love and I still use it often. One of it’s many uses is blending around the hairline, jawline, nose, and eyes.

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Setting Spray: I love using a setting spray to dampen my foundation brush for better blending with heavier foundations and concealers. This one from cover FX has been my go-to lately. It’s available in a matte finish and illuminating finish.

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Under Eye Correction: When I was researching under eye concealers I came across this. With amazing reviews, I could’t get my hands on it fast enough. I have horrible under eye circles, but not with this corrector. Becca to the rescue!

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Conceal: I have used this NYX concealer for a few years now and it’s my go-to for just about everything. I have used it for blemishes, contouring, under eye, and eyelid coverage. It’s creamy enough to spread smoothly, and the coverage is great.

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Blend Concealer: This angled brush from Real Techniques is great for getting in those tight spots all around the eye.

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Powder: My new favorite powder is the “Stay matte but not flat’ foundation powder from NYX. I am able to set my foundation without it looking cake, but still able have a glow by highlighting certain areas and setting it with a illuminating setting spray.

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Powder Brush: I love this brush because it get’s the job done, but with a lighter coverage, which I prefer.

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Setting the under eye: I Love this brush from Real Techniques to set my under eye with powder, and I also use it as a highlighting brush.

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Contour: Charlotte Tilbury has amazing contour palettes, one for a more natural look, also used for lighter skin tones, and one for a more bronzed look or darker skin tones. In this step I used the bronzed/darker one.

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Sculpting Brush: This sculpting brush from real techniques has form bristles that give a heavier coverage, better for blending out.

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Blush Brush: My exact brush is no longer available, but here is a great one from NYX that will get the job done.

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Highlighter: This flawless coverage highlighter found in the Charlotte Tilbury film star bronze & glow palette is a great everyday highlighter, but also buildable for a super glow.

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Eyeshadow: I used the “prime” shadow in the Golden Goddess palette by Charlotte Tilbury to prime my lids, followed by Daphne from Nars, then used the pink purple, and neutral shades in the Pat McGrath Mothership palette.

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Eyeshadow Brushes: I love, love, love these brushes from Tom Ford. This first one is great for an all over coverage and the second is my favorite for giving the eye a smoky liner. The Mac Brush is a great one for all over color as well, but my favorite use is for blending.

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Eyeliner: Pat Mcgrath’s permagel liner is amazingly pigmented, and glides on so smooth. I love using it to create a bold line to blend, smoke, or create a smoky wing with.

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Brows: This dual ended brow sculpting pencil from Tom Ford has a brush one one end and an angled pencil on the other. It makes brow shaping super easy and quick. I used Taupe for myself, but it’s available in various shades. The “Boy Brow’ brow mascara from Glossier is my new favorite brow mascara. It adds a hint of color while locking in your desired shape.

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Mascara: The “Legendary Lashes’ from Charlotte Tilbury defines and lifts lashes like I’ve never seen. Best of all, it does not flake! I used two coats for this look.

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Lips: I used “Sweet Pink” liner by NYX and also their xtreme lip cream in “Dolly Girl”

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Written by Holley Wolfe
I moved to Los Angeles 7 years ago for music but ended up in fashion. That's just how things fall into place, sometimes! I had always been in front of the camera, but I felt like I would be better utilized behind it, so that's how my love for fashion started. I started styling celebrities for events, then editorials for magazines, and eventually, major AD campaigns. My primary focus now is being the brand ambassador for Fashionisers, sharing my knowledge with the world to help each person be the best, fashion-forward self they can be.