Summer 2023 Bright Colour Palettes

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We’ve already spoken about how 80s style is having a moment this year, and it’s not just the fashion. Summer is the perfect time to embrace the 80s makeup trend, and there are catwalk and celebrity references all over social media for you to check out. Think fuschia lips, neon eyeshadows, bold blush and frosted lip colours: it’s time to go big or go home! Here, I’ll run you through a few of the main 80s makeup trends to think about tapping into, and then round up a few products to invest in to get you started. This one is all about having fun, so if you have a holiday coming up or a festival or two in your diary, that’s the perfect time to give it a go.


80s Makeup Trends To Try This Summer

Eyes & Lips

While traditional makeup ‘rules’ (though I don’t agree with sticking to them!) suggest you should choose between statement eyes or lips, 80s looks follow a more is more philosophy, so a bold lip and a statement eye can be worn together for full effect. Check out Jo Baker’s Instagram for inspiration.

Blue Eyes

Blue eyeshadow was the colour of the 80s! The brighter the better, so choose a colour that pops against your skin tone and sets off your eyes (if in doubt, a neon cobalt will always stand out from the crowd). Check out this look I created on my Instagram to see how to combine blended blues and greens with blue lashes.


The 80s brought with them more pigmented makeup formulations and new tones and textures, which meant an increase in popularity for metallic shadows. For a bold party look, add metallic shadow to the inside corner of your eyes and smudge out below, like this green smoky look on my Instagram.

Bold Blush

Hot pink and red blusher had a major moment in the 80s, so take a maximalist approach to your cheek colour to nail the 80s makeup trend. Rather than clashing against different colours on your eyes or lips, wear the same blush on your lids and leave lips nude and glossy or add a velvet matte colour.

Perfect this technique by reading my guide to draping.

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