Makeup Tutorial: 80s Brooke Shields

Hi, guys! I’ve been studying makeup icons and period makeup recently in school and I’ve found it so fascinating. I love learning about makeup trends, icons, and products of the past. For me, one of my favorite makeup periods is the 80’s. I just love the bold colors and brows! When most people think of icons or the 80s, I’m sure they think of Brooke Shields. For anyone that doesn’t know, Brooke is a very popular American actress and model. Her career really took off in the 80s and some people even think of her as the face of the 80s. This look isn’t as filled with color as most 80s looks but I do think it was very popular then, especially the brows. I really, really love the outcome and would wear this anytime from an everyday look to going out to dinner. I hope you guys enjoy this – let me know what you think of it and if there are any other icons you’d like a tutorial on!

This is the picture of Brooke that really inspired me/this look.

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Brooke’s eyes are so, so lovely in this photo and it’s why I decided to recreate the look. It’s quite a cool, mauve, natural look but the winged out shape really takes it to the next level. Start the eyes by applying an eye primer then setting with a loose powder or a matte eyeshadow similar to your skin tone. Once that is done, apply a nude eyeliner to the lower waterline. Next, go into a matte eyeshadow a bit lighter than your skin tone and highlight your brow bone + inner corner. After that, apply a matte mauve eyeshadow all over the lid. Now apply a matte brown eyeshadow to the outer crease/corner. Blend with a circular motion and wing it outward. You can see the photo above what I mean by wing it out. The easiest way to do this is by building up the color gradually and winging it out by following your lower water/lashline. Next, add a matte dark purple eyeshadow over the brown, blend with circular motions. After that, apply the same matte dark brown eyeshadow to the lower lash line, keeping it to the lash line, do not blend out.

I think Brooke’s most signature feature is by far her eyebrows. They are very full, bushy and perfectly ungroomed. I already have full brows so I went in with a bit of powder on a smudge brush and brushed it through my brows. To fill in sparser areas I used a detailer brush. Finish the eyes off by curling your lashes and applying black mascara. If you’d like you can add lashes, Brooke didn’t seem to be wearing lashes in the photo and I preferred the look without false lashes.



Brooke’s complexion is definitely perfected and well contoured, so I went for the same look. Start off the look by priming your skin with your favorite primer. Next, apply a light to full coverage foundation, depending on your preference. I applied a medium/full foundation using a sponge to give it a lighter, less matte, coverage. Afterwards, apply a full coverage concealer where needed. Set your face with powder in places you get oily/tend to crease.

Next, apply powder contour to sculpt your face. I focused on the cheekbones and also contoured the temples and jawline. Warm the contour up with a touch of bronzer. Finish the cheeks with a bit of apricot brush, from the cheekbone to the apples of the cheek. Brooke didn’t seem to be wearing any highlighter so I didn’t apply any, but this look would be lovely with or without a highlighter, so do whatever you prefer.


Brooke’s lip color with this look is quite an unusual color, at least one I’ve never seen achieved from just one product. It’s a bit of a nude, pinky apricot. Start the look by applying a nude lipliner. Next, apply a nude lipstick. Afterwards, apply a dark nude gloss. Finish the look by dabbing on a bit of pink lipstick.









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Foundation: Lancôme – Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation in 215 Buff N.

Concealer: tarte – Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Light.

Loose Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in Fair Light.

Setting Spray: Urban Decay – All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.


Primer: Wet n Wild – Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer.

Nude eyeshadow: 2*.

Mauve eyeshadow: 4*.

Brown eyeshadow: 9*.

Dark purple eyeshadow: Define from Kat Von D – Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Plum.

Nude eyeliner: Wet N Wild – Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil in Calling Your Buff!.

Eyebrows: 9* and Essence – Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in 02.

Mascara: tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara.



Nude liner: Styli-Style Flat Lip Liner in Soho, this had been discontinued but may be available on eBay etc.

Nude lipstick: Revlon – Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Flirtation.

Gloss: Revlon – Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Smoky Quartz.

Pink lipstick (dabbed on very lightly): NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Let’s Go Crazy.



Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics – Hoola Matte Bronzer.

Contour: Wet n Wild – MegaGlo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche.

Blusher: tarte – Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Vibrant and Pop, both are limited edition and no longer sold.

*shadows from Wet n Wild – Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette in Rosé in the Air.


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