Monday, 26 November 2012

80s Party Flashbacks

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would have noticed my excitement a couple of weeks back over an 80s party some of my awesome friends hosted. I've been meaning to post pics for a while, but now I've finally got around to it...



First up: the hair. My hair is usually quite stubbornly straight with maybe a few waves that can be coaxed out, but I had set my heart on a perm-like look. I was super impressed with how it turned out - these heat-free curls lasted all the way until my shower the next day. I based my technique on this tutorial - to get super tight ringlets, I had about 20 sections in total. I started with dry hair, dampened every section oh-so-slightly, then sprayed with Elnett hairspray top and bottom before twisting, twirling and pinning. Each pinned section then got a further spritz of hairspray. I let the whole thing set for about 5 hours before carefully undoing each section, separating with my fingers and then backcombing the roots to get some more volume.

As far as makeup goes, I wore my usual face makeup, with a tad more blush than I would normally use. I used three tones of blue eyeshadow: a marine blue on the lids, navy in the crease and turquoise up to the brow bone. I used a kohl pencil to softly frame the eyeshadow with a gentle wing, as well as to define the waterline. I lined my upper lids with black liquid liner and wore false lashes with two coats of black mascara. I wore two lipsticks: a pink-brown with the first outfit, and a bright pink with the second.

Yes, I had two outfits (which was key to my success in winning Best Dressed Dudette :-P ). The first centered around this gorgeous black and gold vintage knitted top (which was my mom's in the 80s). I paired it with some metallic pewter leggings (yes, I have some crazy things in my wardrobe!), black heels, large silver hooped earrings and plenty of black, gold and silver bracelets.

The second outfit (for later in the evening when I didn't want to risk anything being split on my beautiful vintage top...) was inspired by the dance/athletic trends. I cut the neckline of a grey cropped top of mine so that it fell off one shoulder. I paired this with some pegged acid-flecked jeggings and sneakers. I accessorized with huge (read: heavy!) pink and gold earrings (which came off when the hula-hooping showdown started), pink and gold bracelets and pink bows in my hair. (At some point, someone decided it would be better to tuck the top into my bra - I have no pictures prior to this point...)

Overall, it was a fantastic party! We sang and danced to 80s music, were thoroughly entertained by the variety and ingenuity of the costumes and outfits people wore, and had a crazy, unbelievable night. And when security knocked on the door sometime after midnight and told us to turn the music down or the police would, we took our 80s-clad selves into town and danced the rest of the night away. (Also, thanks to the hipsters/crazy people that were out, we actually blended in. Sort of.)




PS: I also did some 80s inspired nailart. I added some comic book-style black outlines later but forgot to snap a pic.

PPS: So, in the new year, 90s party anyone?


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