No other person embodied the classic 60s, mod style more than iconic supermodel, Twiggy. With her pixie-cut hairdo, thin body frame, round eyes and long, voluminous eyelashes, Twiggy channeled her own unique mod look with an androgynous twist.
Born as Lesley Hornby, Twiggy began modeling when she was 16 years old. Despite her short height (for a model) of 167cm, Twiggy’s attention-grabbing look made her the one to look out for in the fashion industry. Her large doe eyes soon landed her in pages of established fashion magazines such as Vogue and Tatler.
How To Channel Your Inner Twiggy
Twiggy’s famous big-lash look were the epitome of long and voluminous lashes. The exaggerated look is still recognisable today and is a makeup look that many beauty lovers attempt to recreate to this day, and you can do the same too (yes, even you with the short, straight lashes).
Just follow along to our guide and you will be channeling your inner Twiggy in no time:
Step One: Eyeshadow
Eyes as bright and round as the full moon defined Twiggy’s look, and fortunately for us who are not blessed with the supermodel’s huge peepers, there are certain makeup tips that can help to create the illusion of big eyes. Start off by applying a wash of eyeshadow that is a shade lighter than your skin tone all over your eyelid. Next, select a medium brown eyeshadow shade and using a small, flat eyeshadow brush, place the eyeshadow slightly above your crease in an arc shape. Start from the innermost corner of your eye (close to your tear duct) and brush outwards towards the outermost corner of your eyelid. This will create a sort of cut crease, a handy makeup trick to make your eyes appear bigger. Keep applying the eyeshadow in a wind-wiping motion to deepen the brown shade. To intensify the cut crease further, apply black eyeshadow on top of the brown in the same wind-wiping motion, but this time focusing on just the outer half of the crease.
Step Two: Eyeliner
Some might think one of the secrets to Twiggy’s voluminous lashes is by creating an elaborate cat-eye winged liner to create the illusion of thicker lashes, but a closer inspection of Twiggy’s iconic modeling photos will show otherwise. While there is a winged liner drawn along her upper lashes, the line is actually subtle and understated. The most important thing, however, is using the right kind of eyeliner. For this look, you will need to use a liquid liner in an intense black shade. You can use a gel liner instead if you are not comfortable with using a liquid liner, but you might not be able to get as intense a colour. Position your liner in the innermost corner of your upper lash line, and drag it out along your lash line until it reaches slightly past the outermost lash line. Extending the eyeliner past your natural lash line will help to elongate your eye shape and create the appearance of wider-set eyes. When drawing the wing of your liner, be careful to not curl it upwards too much — the wing of your liner should almost mimic the shape of your bottom eyelash. Keep building up the winged liner until you achieve a relatively thick line. As a guide, part of the eyeshadow you have applied earlier all over your lids should still be visible when your eyes are open, so take care to not draw your eyeliner too thick to the extent where the eyeshadow cannot be seen anymore.
Step Three: Lashes
Using your eyeliner, start off by dotting along your lower lash line from the inner corner of your eye all the way out until the outermost corner. This line of dots will serve as a guide for our next step, which is drawing on fake bottom lashes. Do this by drawing the dots out into tiny, upside down triangular shapes. Try to keep each “lash” slightly spaced apart to prevent them from melding into each other. Once you have completed drawing out your bottom lashes, finish off with a few coats of mascara on both the upper and bottom lashes.
Step Four: Base & Lips
Since the Twiggy look is one that focuses all the attention on the eyes, keep the rest of your makeup minimal to prevent the entire makeup look from becoming too messy. For your base, opt for something lightweight such as a tinted moisturiser or a light-coverage foundation and use a damp makeup sponge to apply. This will help keep the base looking natural and not cakey. If you need to hide any blemishes or reduce the appearance of marks, spot conceal them with a creamy concealer and blend the edges out so it melts into your base. For blush, choose a shade that will provide your cheeks with a natural flush and dab a tiny bit onto the apples of your cheeks. Finally, nude lips are the way to go with the Twiggy look, so go with a shade that is similar to your natural lip colour.