The Most Elegant Beauty Tutorial You'll Ever See

NOWNESS, a must-see destination for the culturally curious, has lived in our bookmarks tab for eons. Now, the innovative hub for everything from renowned gastronomes to Norwegian craftsmen is coming to R29.
Advertisement
Dissecting each decade from the 1960s to the 1990s, London-based makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver and filmmaker George Harvey give an elegant take on the phenomenon of the makeup tutorial video. Starring Li Wei, winner of the NSR Model Look Competition in China, the short offers tips to mastering everything from a 1960s Jane Birkin-esque eyeliner flick to Jerry Hall-inspired brow-high eye shadow over a soundtrack from trippy London band Desert Mountain Tribe. Hailing from Perth, Australia, De Kluyver has so far assisted makeup artist Ayami Nishimura, worked on a career-making Dazed & Confused cover with Nicola Formichetti, and helped create Florence Welch’s ethereal beauty looks after a fortuitous Glastonbury meeting. “My favorite decade for makeup is the '90s,” he muses. “That’s when I was a kid and my older brother was into grunge music: Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, and Kim Gordon are my icons.”
Head to our Facebook page for Thomas de Kluyver's 1980s and 1990s tutorials.
Credits
Look One: 1960s
Beauty: NARS Black Orchid eye pencil; Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner; Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate intensity 1; MAC eyebrows in Fling; Dior lipstick in Nude Grege.
Clothing: JW Anderson dress.
Look Two: 1970s
Beauty: Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Pencil in Chocolate; NARS Portobello Eyeshadow Duo; YSL Pure Chromatics Quad Eyeshadow no. 12; Lancôme Éclat Lumiere; Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile; Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder; Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabrielle; MAC Clear Lipglass.
Clothing: Carven polo neck.
Advertisement
Look Three: 1980s
MAC Feline Eye Pencil; Nars Lili Marlene Creme Eyeshadow; MAC SS14 Trends Eye Palette; MAC Eyebrow in Stud; NARS Lipstick in Manhattan.
Clothing: Pleats Please by Issey Miyake.
Look Four: 1990s
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder; MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil; Tom Ford Lipstick in Black Orchid; Shu Uemura Colorless Loose Powder; MAC Blush in Strada.
Clothing: Lucas Nascimento dress.
Skin, all looks: Diorskin Nude Foundation; BECCA Compact Concealer; Clinique Airbrush Concealer; Diorskin Loose Powder.

More from Makeup

Anyone who has been to Sprinkles knows its cupcakes are so delicious that you wish you could taste them all the time. Now, you can — or at least you can ...
Attention royal family fans: There's a new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in town and it's regal AF
“I love cleaning my makeup brushes,” said no one, ever. Okay fine, some people do get great satisfaction from washing their beauty tools, but we're not ...
When I was eight years old, I knew nothing about makeup. Did that stop me from collecting palette upon palette of colorful shadows and sparkly tubes of ...
Pat McGrath posted three photos from the Versace fashion show to Instagram that tease a new product she's working on. The first shows Gigi Hadid with ...
Every morning, before I steep my morning tea, I scroll through my Instagram feed taking note of all the standout swatches, 60-second videos, and ...
Contouring can, as we've shown before, look scary. But, enhancing your cheekbones or jawline doesn't have to be frightening — or require the skill of a ...
(Paid Content) Some beauty trends from decades past always manage to circle back — they’re just too good to keep locked away in a previous era! Now you can...
Here's the good news about brown eyes: They're easy to play up, since brown is a mix of the primary colors. This most-common of eye colors is a gorgeous ...
I don't consider myself a vain person, but when I think of my #goals, having Cate Blanchett levels of skin perfection is right there at the tippy-top. Well...
Base makeup is one of those notoriously hard beauty products to shop for. Like picking out jeans or bras, the process takes time, commitment, and patience...
Three months ago, if you offered me a liquid lipstick, I'd give it a hard pass. I've tried a few before, and saw little advantage to applying lipstick from...
If there’s one thing King Kylie has conquered, it’s the art of the Snapchat selfie. Oh, and she seems to know a thing or two about lipstick, too. We’ve ...
If you haven't heard about rainbow highlighters, then you have some serious catching up to do. This year, a magical unicorn of a highlighter popped up on...