Blondes Have Always Had More Fun

Surely anybody who follows my blog at this point has noticed that my hair has become considerably lighter. Yes, I have recently become a blonde and, in spite of some initial shock, the look is growing on me more and more. I am only keeping it temporarily, (I have started a bit of a hair adventure, which I have all kinds of plans for moving forward.) I figured, though, that it would be kind of silly for me to not take advantage of the situation by doing a post on iconic blondes throughout the ages!

Blonde hair is actually traced back to a genetic mutation which can be isolated back to the last ice age. Natural lighter hair colors occur most often in Northern Europe, related to the deficiency of sunlight in the region and the requirement of Vitamin D synthesis in order to develop the darker pigments in hair that create darker hair colors. Now that the science lesson is over, though, blonde hair comes in a variety of shades, including ash, yellow, platinum, golden, dirty, strawberry and, like mine, bottled! Blonde people come in a variety of shades, as well, from bombshells to comediennes to ingenues to icons to full-blown porn stars! For this post, I wanted to feature a variety of different types of blondes! So, I picked out an iconic blonde from each decade ranging from the 1950s to today to recreate a look from!

One sidenote I wanted to make here is the fact that, in some cases, I didn’t necessarily select the most iconic blonde from that particular decade for the simple fact that they have been featured here recently or will be soon. Some examples of this would be Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, who was featured 2 weeks ago, Madonna in the 1980s, who is featured in my monthly series, Paris Hilton in the 2000s, who was featured in September, and Lady Gaga in the 2010s, who has yet to be featured but, (wink wink, nudge nudge,) may be coming up here on Beausic soon. With that having been said, though, let’s get on with the artists I have selected for this post!

1950s

The blonde icon I’ve selected for the 1950s is the incomparable Brigitte Bardot, a classic sex symbol and beauty icon whose style and image has been recreated by some of the biggest stars in history, most notably to me personally in the promotional images and music videos for Kylie Minogue’s brilliant album, “Body Language.” She also inspired fashion houses to create the “Bardot Neckline,” (a wide neck that exposes both shoulders,) as well as being credited with popularizing the bikini, gingham prints, the “poof” hairstyle that is still popular today and popular vacation destination St. Tropez. She was also the subject of a painting by the infamous Andy Warhol and served as a muse, of sorts, to one of the world’s most renowned songwriters, Bob Dylan. Brigitte’s career in show business spanned from 1952 to 1973, when she retired, and starred in 47 films, performed in a number of stage shows and recorded over 80 songs. My personal favorite film of her career, one of the few that I have actually seen of hers, was “And God Created Woman,” directed by her husband at the time, Roger Vadim, the trailer for which I have included below. In her later years, Brigitte became known as an activist for animal rights and, even later, for generating a great deal of controversy for her criticism of the French government and has even been fined five times for “inciting racial hatred” against Muslims. Regardless of your stance on Brigitte’s political views, there is no denying that she was, and remains, a stunning example of beauty.

Brigitte definitely had a signature look throughout much of her career, which has been emulated or been an inspiration to many of the world’s biggest icons of beauty, including Kylie Minogue, Pamela Anderson, Faith Hill, etc. The main feature of this look is very full, overdrawn lips and really dark black liner around the eyes. I absolutely loved this look and feel like it is still such a relevant look today. I felt it was still such a relevant look, in fact, that I really wanted to film a tutorial for it! Check it out below!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Covergirl TruBlend Foundation in Natural Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in Teint Dore 03
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Original Chocolate
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Magic
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium

EYES:
NYX Eye Shadows in Purple and Deep Purple
Stila Eye Shadow in Chinois
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Pure White
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
False Lashes from Ebay
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Delish

1960s

The blonde icon I’ve selected for the 1960s was a very clear choice – Twiggy was actually known as “the face of the 1960s,” and is one of the world’s most successful and iconic models. Her modelling career began in the mid 1960s and by the time 1970 rolled around she was an international superstar, having appeared on the covers of hundreds of magazines, including the most iconic fashion magazine the world over, Vogue. Twiggy retired from modelling in 1970 and went on to find much success on television, in films, on stage and as a singer. She has appeared in over 18 films, appeared in 10 major stage productions, appeared on an endless list of television series, (most recently on the judge’s panel for “American’s Next Top Model,”) and released over 20 albums. Twiggy also remains a stunning woman to this day and one whose legacy in terms of style and beauty definitely lives on in many stars of today. Below I have included a clip that I found and thought was just one of the most adorable things in the world of Twiggy dancing and posing for photos! Check it out below.

Twiggy very much had a signature look throughout the 1960s, which included very sheer coverage foundation, (I used L’oreal True Match Lumi, which already has a lighter coverage, and applied it with a Real Techniques stippling brush to sheer it out even further,) a stark white or pale colored shade on the lids with a very dark black cut crease, which was one of the biggest trends in 1960s makeup, as well as very stark white eye liner and really strong, defined lashes on both the top and bottom. I would have used falsies for this look but I was getting ready for work and didn’t have the time to fuss with them!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in C3 Creamy Natural
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Original Chocolate
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fantastic

EYES: 
Sugarpill Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Tako
Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadows in Blackout, Freestyle & Kinky
Revlon Liquid Eye Pen in Black
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Pure White
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS: 
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
L’oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude

1970s

The blonde icon I’ve selected for the 1970s was actually not my original plan but was an idea that came from my Mom, who was a teenager at the time – Goldie Hawn. Goldie Hawn has been a favorite actress of mine since I was very young. Her career really got it’s start, though, on the classic television series “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In,” which made her an “it girl” of the era. It was also the start of a career which has spanned over 6 decades, in which she has appeared in over 30 films and television series, including several of my favorite films like, “Shampoo,” “Overboard,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “The Banger Sisters” and, most of all, “The First Wives Club.” She also released a really great album in 1972, “Goldie,” a country record which was not overly successful but was a lot of fun. Goldie has remained a major icon in the entertainment industry from “Laugh In” and remains so today, especially with her daughter, Kate Hudson, creating a pretty big name for herself in the industry, as well.

Goldie has had a very long career full of many different styles and looks but since her place in this post is as an icon of the 1970s, I knew I wanted to recreate her really fresh and beautiful look from the 1970s and her time on “Laugh In.” This look was really simple and mostly natural, featuring really neutral eyes and soft peach colors on the cheeks and lips. This actually turned out to be one of my very favorite looks that I recreated for this post.

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Calvin Klein Infinite Hydration Moisturizing Foundation in Toasted
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Original Chocolate
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Powder Blush in Parasol

EYES:
Too Faced Sweet Indulgences Eye Shadows in In The Buff, Teddy Bear & Marshmallow
Revlon Liquid Eye Pen in Black
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Pure White
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Delish

 

1980s

The blonde icon I’ve selected for the 1980s was a really clear choice, considering she fronted one of my absolute favorite bands of all-time, Blondie – the incredible Debbie Harry. Debbie has been a massive influence on me, personally, throughout much of my life. I first discovered Blondie when I was 15 years old and living in Arkansas. There was a local radio station that had “Nostalgia” weekends in which they only played music from the 1980s. Since I was only a child throughout the 80s, I discovered a lot of 1980s music that has influenced me so much throughout my life by listening to this radio station and one of the biggest influences I discovered was Blondie. Blondie shot to major success in the late 1970s but had more big hits in the 1980s, including “Rapture,” “The Tide Is High,” “Atomic” and, one of their biggest career hits, “Call Me,” the video for which can be seen below. Blondie broke up in 1982, at which time Debbie embarked on a very successful career as a solo artist and as an actress, appearing in over 30 films, (including my favorite film as a child, “Hairspray.”) In 1997, however, Blondie reunited and have been releasing successful music ever since, most recently their brilliant album, “The Panic Of Girls.” Debbie and Blondie’s legacy have lived on and been an influence on so many throughout the years, even inspiring an absolutely stunning new palette from NARS as part of their 2012 Andy Warhol collection.

The Debbie Harry look that I decided to recreate is one that I featured here on Beausic before, in one of my earliest posts, “Yesterday’s Icons, Today’s Trends.” The look was taken from the classic music video from Blondie, “Heart of Glass.” I absolutely loved the look but felt that my previous recreation of it could definitely be improved upon now that I have better lighting and my skills as an artist have improved so much. So, I was really excited to get the opportunity to do the look over again… unfortunately, I ran out of time to get it done and, rather than delaying the new post, I decided that it probably wouldn’t hurt too much to recycle the look I did back then. It’s also kind of fun to see how much my face and my skills at painting it up have changed over the past year! It’s incredible! I would still really like to recreate this look at some point eventually but, unfortunately, this just didn’t turn out to be that week!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Natural Beige
Clinique Quick Corrector Concealer in Moderately Fair
Maybelline Shine-Free Oil Control Loose Powder in Light
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (gold-toned highlight and deep contour shades)
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Tease

EYES:
Sugarpill Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Tako
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadow in The True Death
Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadows in Gunmetal and Creep
Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Liquid Liner in Jet Black
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Pure White
Clinique High Lengths Mascara in Black
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Brunette

LIPS:
Clinique Moisturizing Superbalm Gloss in Grapefruit

 

1990s

The blonde icon I selected for the 1990s was probably the easiest and most obvious choice – Pamela Anderson! As soon as I decided to do a post on iconic blondes throughout the ages the first look that came to mind was Pamela Anderson. I know it may seem strange, since her image is so built upon her appearance and her sexual appeal, but I have been a massive fan of Pamela’s for as long as I can remember. It all began with the iconic “men’s magazine” Playboy, in the early 1990s. Pam’s appearances in Playboy landed her a small role on the hit comedy, “Home Improvement,” which got her the attention of David Hasselhoff, who cast her in one of my favorite series when I was in my tween years, the international phenomenon, “Baywatch.” Below I have included a clip of Pamela really doing nothing but showcasing her best “assets” in that iconic red swimsuit from “Baywatch.” From there, Pamela starred in one of my favorite bad films of all-time, “Barb Wire.” She also went on to star in another series I was a big fan of, “VIP,” which was ridiculous in many ways but also hilarious, and the short-lived sitcom, “Stacked.” Pamela has also appeared in a number of silly comedies, including “Scary Movie 3,” “Superhero Movie,” “Blonde & Blonder,” and appeared in the climax of one of my favorite films of all-time, “Borat.” Pamela has also been very famous for her on-again-off-again romances with famous rock stars Tommy Lee and Kid Rock. Regardless of her questionable taste in men, though, Pam remains an icon for a more glamour-based, over-the-top brand of beauty, which is quite popular with stars of reality television the world over these days.

In selecting a look from Pamela Anderson, I knew that I wanted something that featured a smokey eye and a full, glossy lip, as this is what I always think of as the “Pamela Anderson look,” so I googled some images of Pamela and found these really stunning images of her that were taken, I believe, from a shoot she did for Playboy at some point in the mid-1990s. I just thought that the images and the makeup look she wore in it were absolutely gorgeous and I also knew that this look would also incorporate several of the products that I had picked up this past weekend at Sephora, so I put this look together and wore it in the Haul video I posted on Wednesday! I have gone ahead and included that video below, as well, in case you missed it!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in C3 Creamy Natural
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
L’oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in Medium
Covergirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Light
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Original Chocolate
Too Faced Sweet Indulgences Exclusive Bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in Angelic & Stellar
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Powder Blush in Carved Rose

EYES: 
Too Faced Sweet Indulgences Eye Shadows in Marshmallow, Nice Ash, Teddy Bear and In The Buff
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
False Lashes from Ebay

LIPS: 
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Precious Brown
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Brown Sugar

2000s

As I mentioned in the intro to this post, I wanted to feature a wide range of different blonde icons from different realms of the entertainment industry and, as I also mentioned in the intro, that did include one full-blown porn star – Jenna Jameson. Jenna Jameson started her career as a performer in adult films in 1993 and won several awards from all of the major adult film organizations during the 90s. It wasn’t until the 2000s, though, that Jenna skyrocketed to superstardom, when she became the founder of the adult film studio, Club Jenna. Though Club Jenna began as just a single website, she built the business up to a full network of sites for different stars in the adult industry and even began producing and directing films herself. By 2005 Club Jenna had reported revenues of $30 million. Jenna retired from appearing in pornographic films in 2008 but continues to run Club Jenna and produce films for others.  It was an interesting YouTube search to find a clip to include of Jenna Jameson at work, considering, however I did find this random clip showcasing her “acting skills” from one of her films, which is pretty hilarious and can be seen below!

In selecting a look from Jenna Jameson I wasn’t sure where to begin, except that I wanted a real “porn star” look. I am not a huge connoisseur of pornographic films, particularly the ones with women in them, but I have seen that the women in these films have a tendency to wear a very specific type of look. So, I was looking for a shot of Jenna in that type of look. I never really found that, however I found a shoot she did for Playboy in which she wore this really beautiful nude look, with neutral eyes and really nude, glossy lips and bronzed skin. I loved the look so much that I knew I needed to recreate it.

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in C3 Creamy Natural
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Original Chocolate
Too Faced Sweet Indulgences Exclusive Bronzer
Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Powder Blush in Feather

EYES: 
Too Faced Sweet Indulgences Eye Shadows in Malted Milk Ball, Lovey Dovey, Black Sugar, In The Buff & Honeymoon
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
Revlon Liquid Eye Pen in Black
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS: 
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
Elf Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume

2010s

The blonde icon I have selected for the current decade is an artist who is still new, (set to release her sophomore album next month,) but one who has made a major impact and been a huge influence on me personally in a lot of ways – Ke$ha! Ke$ha released her debut album, “Animal,” in 2010 and, thanks to the success of it’s Billboard number one lead single “Tik Tok,” debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts. That album spawned 3 more Billboard top ten hits before Ke$ha released an EP/re-release titled “Cannibal” later in 2010. “Cannibal” scored Ke$ha a second number one single with it’s lead single “We R Who We R,” and also featured another top ten single with the song “Blow.” Ke$ha is now getting ready to release her second full-length record, “Warrior,” on December 3, 2012, led by the brilliant single “Die Young,” the video for which premiered just last week and can be seen below. I love Ke$ha’s music for it’s irreverent, carefree tone and themes of fun, excitement and a “devil may care” sass and attitude, which I have channeled many times to get past holding back on things that I want to try out in life!

As soon as I saw the premiere of Ke$ha’s brilliant music video for “Die Young,” I knew that I wanted to recreate a look from it! I loved the fact that throughout the promotion for her first album and EP her look had a tendency to be on the unwashed side. She was often seen in makeup that it looked like she may have slept in, which all worked very well with her image. The video for “Die Young,” however, featured a still wild and over-the-top Ke$ha but one with a much more polished and refined look, which I absolutely loved! The look I recreated featured a really gorgeous brown and red toned smokey eye with an extreme winged liner! I also filmed a tutorial for this look, which can be viewed below!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in C3 Creamy Natural
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Covergirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Light
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Original Chocolate
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Powder Blush in Candy Cameo
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Angelic

EYES:
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadows in Sleek, Sexy and Serious
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
False Lashes from Ebay

LIPS:
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce
Elf Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude

Like I said before, I know that not all of these iconic blondes are the most iconic of the particular decade they represent, however I was really happy with the selection of blondes I did gather here and actually really loved every look I recreated for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed them, as well. As far as being a blonde goes, well… It is growing on me quite a bit. It’s still not a permanent plan or anything because I have all kinds of fun ideas about my hair, however I am probably going to keep it a little bit longer than I had initially planned because, yes, I do feel as though since becoming a blonde I have had more fun! Regardless of the color of my hair, though, I wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

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