Twiggy – The Original Model: a Modtastic Makeup HowTo
Signaturely thin to the extreme – almost androgynous – with a boyish frame and hairstyle, her pretty, pouty lips and irresistibly cute expressions dominated fashion magazines of the 60’s. Twiggy’s beautifully spiderish eyes and simple, mod style greatly influenced fashion in Britain and America at the time and continues to do so. Even today, she is still the face of the 60’s in the U.K.
Twiggy’s mod wardrobe consisted of mini- and micro-mini skirts and dresses with simple and bold patterns, shapes, and colors. This style is attributed to Mary Quant, a British fashion designer credited with the invention of the mini-skirt. Quant is also known for bright, bold shades on eyes, lips, and nails – a style sometimes referred to as “Paint Box” makeup.
As an ode to the infamous eyes of Twiggy, I’ve put together a how-to on how to create the striking look. This eye makeup is great if you want to stand out at a party, maybe not so great for work, as I unfortunately discovered.
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1. PREP & POWDER – Wash face and apply concealer, powder, and a light peach blush if desired. Lightly brush a bit of powder underneath your eyes. This will help keep stray eyeshadow from messing up your look, as it will be easier to brush it away, (oh-so-gentley), with a makeup brush. You may also want to refine and thin out the shape of your eyebrows first.
2. SHADOW – Though Twiggy did not always do this, a pearly white or light shade of eyeshadow can be brushed over eyelid to minimize darkness. Applying a bit of pearly shadow or eyeliner in the corners and underneath the eyes is also optional but recommended to enhance and enlarge the eyes.
3. CREASE – With a small eyeliner or angled shadow brush, line just a smidge above the natural crease of your eyes with a dark brown, grey, or black shadow.
Loose powder works best, a pencil may even be used very lightly if accuracy is an issue, just be sure to smudge it so it’s not just a solid line.
4. LINER – Now it gets tricky. You may want to have a damp Q-Tip at hand in case you mess up so errors can quickly be erased because it’s harder to take off dry liquid liner.
As for the type of liquid liner, I recommend Physicians’ Formula. The cheaper brands don’t line evenly, streak, and are generally not worth it.
5. LIDS – Start at the outer edge of your eyelid as close to your lash line as you can. Make the line gradually thin out as you get to the corner of your eye. If you can’t handle it, you don’t have to line all the way to the corner, just get a little past your iris at least. Twiggy’s lid liner extends past the corner and outer edge, forming “wings” on both sides that end and meet the eyeshadow crease line.
6. LASHES – This for me is the most irritating step. If you absolutely can’t stand them, get a really good lengthening mascara and brush on coat after coat, blinking on a tissue or your finger between coats to avoid clumping. Better yet, get Imju Fiberwig mascara for the illusion of false lashes.
The false lashes should be very long, thick, and exaggerated as possible. I like the Halloween ones, but get whatever you’re comfortable wearing. To apply, very carefully peel both lash sets off plastic. Very gently squeeze a thin line of glue along the edge. Be sure to apply the lashes to the right eye, (the longer side goes to the outer edge, smaller to the corner).
It may help to use tweezers to hold the lashes or to press them onto your eyes as the glue will make your fingers stick and pull them off. This can get very frustrating, but once again, take your time. Press them on as close as possible to your natural lash line, it’ll look silly otherwise. You may have to reapply liner if the glue takes some off or smudges it.
7. LOWER LASHES – To further exaggerate and dramatize her eyes, Twiggy paints on her lower lashes. If you’d rather tone it down, you can use false lashes or multiple coats of mascara instead, but to create the authentic look you need to paint them on with liquid liner. This is very difficult, but it can be done with a lot of practice and patience. Don’t get discouraged if you mess up the first time, just keep trying – you’ll get it eventually!
Starting at the outer edge and working toward the corner, evenly space about 8 small dots as close as possible to your eye. These are the starting points for your lash lines. The first should be right underneath the “wing” at the outer edge, following the same shape, curving slightly up toward your ear. Each line is thicker at the top near your eye and tapers to a very fine point. You will need a really good, preferably new liner brush for laser accuracy.
8. MASCARA – Brush on a light coat of mascara to blend natural lashes in with the false ones if desired.
9. FINISHING TOUCHES – You’re done! Now clean up any stray liner or shadow and apply a pearlescent, pale pink shade to your lips. If lipstick is used, gloss over it for those pale, shiny, retro lips. Mod-tastic!