In life, there are some things that get better with time (wine, cheese, Julianne Moore); some that are best enjoyed when fresh and shiny (the thrill of opening a gorgeous, brand new lipstick is matched by few); and others that stay timeless and elegant, no matter the time or occasion. Today, we’re highlighting three makeup looks that fall in the latter category – these are the looks have withstood the test of time and emerged as bright and beautiful as ever. Because as much as we love our ombré eyeliner and neon lips, going with the tried-and-true will never steer you wrong (read: they’ll save you from any “What was I thinking??” moments years down the line).

iconic beauty looks

Look #1: Cat Eye + Red Lip 

We’re just going to put it out there – nothing will ever be more classically glamorous than a perfectly lined cat eye and a bold red lip. The two go together like two peas in a (very beautiful) pod, and will be spotted at many stylish soirees for years to come.

Face:
Makeup artist Tara Shakespeare dusted Jouer Highlighter in Camellia above model Faith’s cheekbones for a pearly glow.

Eyes:
Shakespeare filled brows with a soft brown powder and angled brush. For the perfect cat eye, she used a pointed eyeliner brush and black cream eyeliner – we’re fans of Yves Saint Lauren Effet Cils Crème D’Eyeliner in Deep Black for ultimate precision and staying power. Finish off the eyes by curling your lashes and swiping on a curl-enhancing mascara like Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara to really make your cat eye pop.

Lips:
For a velvety-matte, ruby red pout, Tara used Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400.

 

iconic beauty looks

Look #2: Soft, Romantic Neutrals

Soft, smoky shadow, long lashes and a pale pink lip – we’re swooning over this romantic, date-night ready look.

Face:
Makeup artist Jessica Scantlin
used Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera and Jouer Highlighter in Camellia to give Allison a peachy glow.

Eyes:
Using the brownish-purple shade Snakebite from Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, Scantlin softly lined Allison’s eyes and smudged the color into her crease with a fluffy brush. To add dimension, take a lighter brown shimmery shadow and blend along the top and bottom lash lines. Finish with a lengthening mascara like L’Oréal Telescopic Original Mascara.

Lips:
Scantlin lined Allison’s lips with a soft nude lip liner and filled them in with Lime Crime’s lipstick in Coquette.

 

iconic beauty looks

Look #3: Bold Brows + Flawless Skin

We’re all about a good bold brow here at MDC. Gone are the days of harsh, super-skinny, overplucked eyebrows – nowadays, it’s all about soft lines and full, face-framing arches. Paired with glowing skin, this look is one that will stay gorgeous for years to come. 

Face:
For glowing, even coverage, Scantlin applied foundation to model Alicia’s face using a stippling brush and a sponge.  Taking a matte bronzer (we love Yves Saint Laurent Terre Saharienne in Terre Ocree), she contoured Alicia’s face and set everything in place with a dusting of translucent powder. (No idea how to contour? We’ve got you covered here).

Brows:
For statement-making brows, Scantlin used a pencil like Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in a medium brown shade to softly fill in Alicia’s brows. For a more natural look, use a spoolie to brush out your brows and soften any harsh lines.

Lips:
Since the focus of this look are brows and glowing skin, Scantlin kept things simple on the lips by using a nude lip liner and a swipe of Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child.

 

Which of these classic looks is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

 

Hair and Makeup: Tara Shakespeare and Jessica Scantlin for Contour Fossa

Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography

Models: Faith Xue, Allison Norton, Alicia Baker