I went to a 60s-themed black tie dinner last weekend, and while I deal in vintage clothing for a living (and wear it every day), I had some trouble figuring out the best way to go all out classy for such an affair. Luckily the Internet holds the answers to all dilemmas, and I used it for inspiration to put together the look you see above. Here the four products I discovered you need to look like a glamorous 60s socialite!
1. A Bumpit. Snicker all you want, Bumpits are the easiest way to get that 60s poof without lots and lots of teasing. Since I am completely inept at styling my hair, it was very nice to get a classic look just by brushing my locks back over some plastic.
2. Fake nails. I went all out for the party and donned fake French tips that were “medium length.” I had wanted long ones but Target didn’t have them, and thankfully so; the medium nails made it near impossible to text, type or do much of anything in. Luckily they looked awesome and glamorous, so being mildly inconvenienced for a night was worth it.
3. False eyelashes. Most of my look was fake as Dolly Parton, but sometimes that’s a fun way to go. This was my first experience using false eyelashes, and it wasn’t easy. I messed up their application about eight times (and somehow got adhesive all over my face), but when I got them on and applied some mascara, I had the perfect 60s supermodel lashes.
4. Sparkles, sparkles sparkles. Nothing says “60s socialite” like a beaded dress or shell top, both of which are too glitzy for everyday wear. So I got to break out the above eye-catching dress for the first time in years, and it was so much fun to waltz around in! I also nabbed some color-changing aurora rhinestone earrings, to add one last touch of sparkle.
The party was absolutely wonderful, everyone looked dashing and I had a great time being dressed up all night. Why can’t people host black tie events more often? But I was surrounded by good food and good friends, which means the event would have been a success even if the attire was “black garbage bag.”
Do you have any beauty advice for getting a retro look?