How Beauty Has Changed Through the Decades

Discover How Beauty Has Changed Through the Decades

AD | It is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift from the ‘heavy’ makeup looks of the 2010s. Heavy looks championed by celebrities and influencers like Kylie Jenner and James Charles. Now a more natural and ageless beauty focus is favoured.  

How Beauty Has Changed Through the Decades

While K-beauty has been flying the flag for flawless skin and rejuvenating skin treatments for a few years, more time spent at home has certainly sparked a drive for better skincare habits and less labour-intensive makeup routines. 

Beauty from the 1980s to 2020s

A spokesperson for Transform Hospital Group explained: 

In the 2010s, there was a much greater focus on lip fillers, rhinoplasty, and facelifts – procedures that can alter the shape of your facial features for a more dramatic look. And while these treatments continue to be popular, we’ve also seen a lot more demand for skin rejuvenation procedures in the last 12 months too. 

Having flawless skin is fast becoming a status symbol – a sign of natural beauty. But it can take quite a bit of work to maintain a ‘perfect’ complexion! Treatments such as HydraFacial’s and derma roller, which are designed to brighten and hydrate skin for a healthier and more glowing complexion, can largely replace heavy face makeup over time –  if your skin is flawless, why cover it?” 

Beauty through the decades

the 2020s 

The 2020s saw the rise of flawless skin and barely-there make-up. With the added influence of the pandemic, people have been forced to stay inside. So, with less time ‘going out’ the focus has been mainly on skincare rather than makeup. 

How Beauty Has Changed Through the Decades

The 2010s

In the 2010s, dramatic and heavy make-up with full lashes, contouring and highlighting to “fake” a dewy complexion were the trend. Lip fillers, nose surgeries and facelifts were becoming more popular. Plus, procedures that change the shape of your face were on the rise.  

The 2000s & 1990s

The 2000s saw the rise of celebrities like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton. Hence, this meant that the fashion was feminine but not quite “statement” makeup, blue eye shadows and glossy lips. This contradicted the looks of the 90s. Which were fresh-faced but with smudgy eye make-up and burgundy lips. Nose surgeries were also the main alteration of the 90s.  

How Beauty Has Changed Through the Decades

The 1980s

The 1980s saw the first lines of anti ageing skincare, with collagen being cited as a wonder ingredient. Think Debbie Harry and Madonna as the main influencers of the time.  

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How Beauty Has Changed Through the Decades
How Beauty Has Changed Through the Decades

Sarah loves creating beauty content but also writes about health & lifestyle. She has several chronic illnesses that impact her life in many ways. It's made her a big mental health advocate.