Timeline: 50 Years of Beauty

Timeline: 50 Years of Beauty

The art of makeup has transformed so much in the past several decades. Lets look back in time!

The world of beauty has certainly changed dramatically over decades of influence. Let's look back 50 years ago and see how we got to where we are today!

The 1970's: Punk Rock

Pictured: Debbie Harry (Blondie)

The 70's were all about the eyeshadow! Bright colors or simply jet black shadow was meant to grab attention. Messy hair was also a feature of the time. As the punk rock movement was gaining popularity from bands like the Ramones and Blondie, the look eventually transitioned well into the 80's.

The 1980's: Dance Pop

Pictured: Madonna

As we see punk fashion creep into pop music, an edgier style starts to form. Sporting bold lip colors, controversial symbolism, and a clash of classic and risque attire, Madonna's influence left the 80's in liberating expression.

The 1990's: "Au Naturale"

Pictured: Jennifer Aniston

The makeup of the 90's was either a "no-makeup makeup" or in reference to the grunge movement. Most women leaned towards a routine of powder foundation, brown mascara, and a nude lip. Grunge makeup was typically worn by singers like Courtney Love, usually had smokey black eyeliner and a dark lip.

The 2000's: Bubblegum Pop


Pictured: Britney Spears

Lip gloss, shimmer, and foundation that was way too dark for out skin was typically worn by women such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson. Harsh and chunky highlights were often a popular look as well. Despite these looks being as they were, everything changed when social media came into the public eye.

The 2010's: Instagram Makeup


Pictured: Cara Delevingne (Below)

There really is no unifying theme when it comes to the makeup of this decade, this is because of social media outlets such as Instagram. On here, the exchange of beauty idea/tips are more frequent and the final products are often diverse in nature. As shown above, a cut crease is often a more glamorous and bold look, while the more subtle look that Cara Delevingne is sporting is more common among the average makeup wearer. Experimenting with colors, textures, and shapes is all what makes this decade stand out.

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The Revolution of Crocs: The Best Ugly Shoes There Ever Was

"WHAT ARE THOSE?!?"

Admittedly, world fashion is hard to fathom at certain times and this is surely one of those times. The rubberized shoe that took the world by storm suddenly has become a staple on college campuses across the nation. And yes, has even hit the runway - bringing a fresh perspective on what it means to be comfortable. That’s right, we’re talking about Crocs!

Crocs have been around since 2002 and were originally marketed as a boating shoe staple and later, in 2006, the company obtained a patent that prohibited any other companies from developing a shoe with their similar breathable technology. Of course, as it’s true for any good idea, there were some unoriginal creations of shoes that strikingly resembled the famous Croc style.

Strategically, the Croc company set out to market these shoes as comfortable footwear suitable for almost any occasion! Whether you are throwing on a pair of shoes to run to go get groceries, or spending a day at the beach, Crocs will definitely bring your the comfort and convience you desire.

Now, you may be thinking, what on earth made this silly looking shoe go global? No one really knows. The Croc Craziness has stemmed from several different outlets that have opened doors for self expression.

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Let's be real, people rave over whatever they can get their hands on just so that they have something to rave about... even I am guilty! But sporting this style has quickly become a status symbol, not only about ones lack of care to go against the flow, but being a trendsetter at large.

The recent Croc runway debut attest to this! Check out some of the photos that perfectly represent how the footwear is versatile and unique. For Heavens sake, this is a Balenciaga, high fashion, runway show! I think it's safe to say that Crocs have officially transcended all boundaries.

It does not stop here! Crocs have taken over college campuses across the globe - no lie. They're even being lumped in with famous leisure brands like Chaco, Uggs, Rainbows and more. Is part of it due to convenience? I suppose, but people are wearing them, and that can be credited to both great marketing and good timing (and some luck, of course.)

Just recently, the Croc company has been in a lawsuit over their infamous patent. Viewers wonder why they are willing to fight so hard to maintain the integrity of their 'ugly brand', and with still no answer from the CEO, Andrew Reese, I think it is safe to say we won't be getting one.

The point here is, this famous footwear is not going away anytime soon. Are you on board the Croc revolution? Get onboard! Don't miss out.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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The Generation Of The Tattoo

A time of accepting self-expression.

For the longest time, people have considered tattoos to be improper, with reason. These painful and permanent markings on the skin have often been considered religiously and socially inappropriate, especially in Western civilizations. From the times where slaves were forced to have markings on their skin for identification, to the Bible telling us not to change our appearance, tattoos in the United States have been looked down upon.

There is not only a stigma derived from history but also common sense. Why would you want to go through such a painful process in order to permanently mark your skin with a belief or ideal that might change someday?

A Brief History of the Tattoo

The word tattoo comes from the Polynesian word “tatau” which means to write. Tattoos have been found on the oldest mummified corpses and have existed through time in many places and cultures for different reasons. They have symbolized rights of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations of bravery, pledges of love, protection, and punishments. They were mostly brought to America by Japanese and Polynesian armatures and became popular during the American civil war among soldiers and sailors.

First a status of wealth, tattoos became cheaper and easier and became more prevalent for rebels and criminals. That’s where the stigma comes from today. Now, as history has developed, The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has concluded that Generation X and Generation Y (aka us) are not afraid to express themselves through their appearance, and tattoos are a popular form of self-expression. Today, people choose to be tattooed for artistic, sentimental, religious, or personal beliefs and encourage this form of self-expression.

When I walk into my hair salon, my stylist runs her hands through my hair and I can see the small black markings on her wrist and fingers. The stylists around her have on the most daring, creative outfits and they too have tattoos. They have red, pink, or black hair with hats, skirts, and bright makeup. When I sit in my digital design classroom, my young teacher has tattoos scattered over her arms as she talks about artistic pieces I don’t quite understand.

As I exit the plane to Hawaii, I see the owl on my aunt’s wrist as she hugs me, and tribal shin tattoos on my uncle when we go fishing in the ocean. Some of my sorority sisters have coordinates, roman numerals, and short sayings written on different places on their body.

We are all trying to express ourselves. The reasons tattoos interest me is because they are daring, artistic, and meaningful. They are outward expressions about how we feel and who we are on the inside and I think that's becoming more acceptable for the whole world to understand.

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