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1980’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Carol Alt

Mademoiselle Carol Alt cover

Most of the time when I think of 1980’s makeup, I cringe. I think about terrible contouring and frosty finishes and dry, lifeless skin. But, it seems that most magazine covers in the 80’s had great makeup like this 1981 issue of Mademoiselle magazine featuring model Carol Alt (who is still unbelievably gorgeous). This is an 80’s makeup look that one could wear today…and not to a costume party. I love Carol’s brows, eye makeup and glowing complexion. Here’s what I did to get a similar look:

FACE: With my fingers, I applied Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation in Beige Clair and blended with a sponge. Under my eyes, I applied MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20. On the apples of my cheeks, I applied Benefit High Beam, a soft pink peal highlighter. I then blended a small amount of Benefit Benetint, a rose cheek stain, on my cheeks, mixing the 2 products. With the brush provided, I applied a light dusting of Lancôme Color Ideal Pressed Powder in Medium 10.

1980's eye makeup
Trying to get a close-up of the eyes with a flash.

EYES: I love Carol’s brows. If you have thick brows like me, all you have to do is set brows with a wax like Smashbox Brow Tech Wax after brushing them upward with a spoolie. For the eyeshadow, I’m using L’Oreal HIP Duo in Flare, MAC Crystal Avalanche, and MAC Handwritten. On the lid, I applied the shimmery honey shade in the L’Oreal duo. In the crease, I applied the orange bronze shimmer in the L’Oreal Duo. I blended with my eyes open. I blended MAC Crystal Avalanche, a shimmery white, under the arch of the brow. In the inner corner of the eye, I blended the L’Oreal orange bronze shimmer with MAC Handwritten, a matte chocolate. I lined top lash line, top water line and bottom water line with MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee. On the outer “v” of the top and bottom lash line, I lined with Dior Waterproof Eyeliner in Iridescent Khaki and blended. I’ll never have lashes like Carol’s but I’ll try and fail. I curled lashes and applied a few coats of Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara to top and bottom lashes.

1980's makeup look
Colors look darker since photo was taken sans flash.

LIPS: Directly from the tube, I applied Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart, a pink coral. I blotted applied again with a lip brush and blotted. I then applied Smith’s Rosebud Salve (not shown) over it for a sheen.

Carol Alt makeup instruction

For the fragrance, I wanted something sheer and peachy with pretty florals so I went with Fresh Sake.

I think this is a great makeup look for those with hazel eyes, blue eyes or those with warm complexions. This really is wearable today. I like it. It has just the right amount of shimmer.

Most of these products can be purchased at Nordstrom or Sephora. 

What are your weekend plans? I don’t have anything on my agenda right now. I got a crazy idea to wallpaper the foyer in this amazing raspberry chinoiserie paper. I’ll be prepping for that. And I need to clean out/purge items from my closet. Oh, joy. I hope your weekend will be more fun than mine!

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8 thoughts on “1980’s Fashion – Get the Makeup Look of Carol Alt

    1. Isn’t it modern? I was looking through some of the old magazine covers and I was surprised by how “not 80’s” all of the 80’s glamour magazine covers were. Album covers are when the makeup gets crazy!

      Thank you, these Clinique shades are exciting but they really are great lipsticks for daily wear.

  1. Really lovely look on you,Victoria! That Chanel lippy is gorgeous. Nothing special for the weekend on my list. You must share the foyer redo…you had me at raspberry chinoiserie,lol! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

    1. Thank you!
      I’ve ordered the paper and I’m waiting on it. This weekend I’ll prep. Slowly all of the rooms in my house will be pink.

  2. This weekend we’re steam cleaning the carpet (joy). Also working on wedding stuff – have a bunch of things to get done. Finally, I’m going to Saks/Sephora to see if they have new smellies. haha!
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    1. Wedding stuff always sounds fun…if you aren’t the one doing the stuff 🙂
      I’m already being bad. I’ve decided to head out to Nordstrom and NM to smell stuff, lol.

    1. Thank you. This length drives me crazy but it’s almost long enough to pull back.
      Benetint is a great product. It was my first blush ever and one of the few products that I keep coming back to.

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