From Cleopatra’s kohl eyeliner to the pixie cut plus babydoll lashes of the ’60s, some beauty looks stand the test of time. The best of these references last through the decades, inspiring each successive generation. Highlighting this, Saks Fifth Avenue New York Flagship is currently celebrating iconic beauty — the timeless looks that today feel as current and alluring as they always have.
Pulling from this canon of classic makeup, we learned how to create two of the most iconic beauty looks of all time — a disco-glam moment, and an Old Hollywood bombshell look — with the help of the Saks beauty concierge. Watch the video above to see how to achieve each surprisingly wearable look in just a few easy steps. Then, shop all the products we used below.
Step 1: Apply Shadow to Your Entire Lid
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Underworld
Start with complementary shades of blue-gray eyeshadow, applying the lighter color all over the base of the lid. Use the deeper color to define the eye, applying it along the top and bottom lashline with a flat brush.
Step 2: Boost Lashes
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Flash Primer
Apply a lash primer, which will enhance how your mascara looks and help it adhere better. Wait a few seconds to let it dry.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils The Curler in Rebellious Black
Generously swipe on a volumizing mascara to add depth to both top and bottom lashes.
Step 3: Enhance Your Angles
Guerlain Terracotta Light Powder in Deep Cool
Define the cheeks by blending a terracotta blush from the apples of the cheeks up to the cheekbones — a classic, ’70s-style application.
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Addiction
For added dimension — and that signature disco shine — sweep a shimmery powder highlighter on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and your brow bone.
Step 4: Hydrate Lips
Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in 001 Pink
Complete the look with a pink-ish lip balm for a light tint and a little shine. This one not only conditions, but also reacts with lips’ natural chemistry to develop a natural, custom shade.
For an Old Hollywood look, try this fail-safe cateye and red lip combination.
Step 1: Sculpt Your Brows
Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Taupe 02
Use an angled brow stick to define your eyebrows, keeping the weight heavier toward the inner ends. Also pay attention to shaping the tails, which will help guide your cat-eye in the next step.
Step 2: Craft Your Cat-Eye
Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eye Liner in Black
Angle a gel liner upward toward the end of your eyebrow. Then draw your tail, dragging the color inward along the lashline. Stop at the center of your eye; then start again at the tear duct, moving inward to complete the line.
Step 3: Vamp Up Lips
Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick in 400
Choose a classic matte red lipstick to draw an “X” on your cupid’s bow. Define the rest of your lips with the same color, then fill them in.
Step 4: Create a Natural Glow
Chantecaille Lively Cheek Gelée
Tap a fresh-looking cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks, blending for a lightly flushed effect.
Decorté Dip In Glow Cream Highlighter in 001
Finally, add a touch of cream highlighter to your brow bones, bridge of your nose, cheekbones, and cupid’s bow. Try this luminous, high-impact one from Saks-exclusive brand Decorté.
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