80’s Beauty Trends Back for 2018

What do you think of when you think of beauty in the 1980’s? You probably picture the poodle perm, the overly-gelled, crunchy curls, the feathered mullet —business up front, party behind. And what about the bright blue eyeshadow teamed with hot pink lips, and glitter just about everywhere? Some may be better left in the 80s with leg warmers and ra-ra skirts, but many vintage-inspired trends are making an appearance in current looks.

Bold Eyeshadow

Bright and bold eyeshadow shades are set to be one of the biggest beauty trends of 2018 —even the blue shades are back! Just this time around, they are applied just along the lash line, along the crease of the lid, or on the outer edges of the eye as opposed from lash to eyebrow like they were worn in the 1980s.


Pops of color were seen all over the 2017 catwalks with bold blues looking fantastic on the models like Victoria Beckham, particularly when teamed with bare lips and neutral makeup. Mustard yellow was the shade of choice of Salvatore Ferragamo, swept along the eyebrow crease in bold strokes. And Louis Vuitton fully embraced color with shades of blue, purple, and green blending towards the temples.

Strong Blush

The Kardashian’s may have made contouring famous, but their boring blending technique is so 2017. Back in the 1980s, if you wanted to accentuate those cheekbones, you made sure they were sharp enough to kill —think Grace Jones or Debbie Harry. To get these super sharp and strong cheekbones, a bright streak of blush is swept across the cheekbones, up to the temples, and blended around the outer edges of the eyes.


Not only does this 80’s way of applying blush really draw attention to the cheekbones, it gives a fresh and youthful glow to the skin. Kenzo absolutely nailed the strong blush trend on the catwalks, with bright pink blush blended up the cheekbones and across the eyelids —it was stunning. Adam, Selman, and Chanel, also embraced strong blush, with beautiful pinks bringing life to their model’s natural makeup.

Big Beautiful Curls

Flat, sleek hair was something girls in the 1980s truly feared… it took a lot of crimping, teasing, and curling to get the voluminous locks they desired. Whilst the poodle perm hasn’t made a comeback, big hair with curls is definitely a current hair trend. So get that teasing comb ready, warm up the crimpers, and embrace some bombshell big hair.

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Balmain was a little more subtle with the big hair, going for tousled beachy waves any cheerleader in an eighties movie would be proud of. Topshop Unique is an Ogle School favorite with tight and messy curls that were boosted with mega volumes and swept to the side. And Reem Acra gave retro curls a contemporary feel by gathering them onto the top of the head in a messy bun.

So there you have it, the top 80s-inspired beauty trends that are going to be big throughout 2018. To create your own retro style, check out our visual for making the most of those vintage locks.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.