Woman wearing 1980s makeup

Fashions, beauty and hair of the 1980’s: either you love it or you hate it – but nobody can deny just how iconic the 80’s look has impacted the styles we wear today – nor can anyone deny the brilliant use of color or flair in nearly every style and look created during this time. Today, Lionesse would like to take a look at some of the most iconic celebrities and styles seen in the 1980’s in this brilliant slideshow, depicting legends and looks from the decade which will never be lost in time.

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Dame Vivienne Westwood
This iconic legend is best known for her work in the fashion industry as a designer, and for bringing light to the modern punk and new wave scenes.

Perms were an essential for every teen and woman in the 1980’s. Big, curly, wild hair was just something everyone had to have – the bigger, the better – and the best way to do this was with a perm. Spiral perms topped the list as the number one look for the era.

This legendary music superstar rose to fame in 1981 in a music world that was made up of mostly men, pushing her way to the top and holding a number one spot on the billboards for months at a time. Madonna has been known as the Queen of Controversy, as many of her lyrics and music videos have caused just that. We all know her, we all love her – and she’s still standing strong in the music world as one of the top-selling recording artists ever to grace the radio waves.

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was a household name during the 80’s. Her music career took off in 1985, and has since made history. She was chosen as Guinness Book of World Records most awarded female act of all time, and even after her untimely death in 2012, she is still one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Her single, “I Will Always Love You” has been recognized as her top single of all time, and still remains a favorite among millions worldwide in modern times.

What girl’s Caboodle makeup kit was complete without a few dozen headbands? Headbands were a huge hit in the 80’s, and were worn to keep the hair out of the face while still wearing it down and looking stylish. Normally, they would be color coordinated to suit the outfit you were wearing – just like in modern times – and were worn by girls, teens and women alike.

Dolly Parton
Country music superstar Dolly Parton was a pretty big deal in the 1980’s – but what’s changed? Her sweet southern drawl made her a top selling country music superstar with hits such as “9 to 5” and “Heartbreak Express” rose to the top of music charts, standing strong for lengthy periods of time. Today, nearly everyone’s heard of Dolly, and she even has a theme par, “Dollywood”, based in the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee that attracts millions year round.

Scrunchies were one of those staple items a girl just couldn’t live without in the 80’s. Their comfortable, large cloth elastic band made them suitable for everyday wear, and they were often times worn in a half-up half-down style to complement any outfit. The modern day spin on scrunchies would be hair ties, the thin elastic bands we use and see every day.

Pink/Purple/Blue Eyeshadow
What 80’s music video, magazine cover, or movie was complete without seeing the stars in pink, purple, or blue eyeshadow? This look crossed over into everyday life for many teens and women, and would go on to become one of the most iconic looks for a decade of all time. Every girl wanted to look like ‘Jem’ from ‘Jem and the Holograms’…or were we the only ones? Today, we still tend to wear highly pigmented hues such as these, but toned down in such a way that we look somewhat human. This look, however, is making a comeback!

What can be said about mullets that we haven’t already heard? This style comprised a shorter look on top with a longer look in the back – and was worn by men and women alike. Are we glad this look, for the most part, is over? You’d better believe it.

Side Ponytails
Side ponytails were equivalent to flat ironing the hair in modern days – everyone was doing it. Side pony’s offered a simple, easy way to put the hair up and keep it out of the face, while looking stylish. But no side pony was complete without the use of a big, fluffy scrunchie to keep it all locked in. We see the side pony has made a comeback – and Lionesse loves the style!