Different Eyeliner Styles over the Decades

When it comes to makeup, highlighting the eyes is the first thing that comes to our mind, right? And what better way to make our eyes look prettier than a dash of eyeliner?!

Bollywood actors have sported the most versatile styles of wearing eyeliner which became in vogue during that time. Starting from the winged, bold, and smudged to graphic eyeliner, this eye makeup has evolved over the years to emerge as the perfect way to enhance your looks.

A simple stroke of eyeliner can give you a dramatic, flirty, bold or chic look. Take a look at how this classic eye makeup has evolved from the yesteryear to the modern times.

1940/50s: During this time, actors like Madhubala and Meena Kumari made very simple and classic style statements. Where Madhubala chose to go with just a whiff of kohl on her lower lash line, Meena Kumari started the trend of the elaborate winged eyeliner. The kohl-lined eyes of Madhubala gave the doe-eyed and sweet look whereas that of Meena Kumari’s made her eyes more expressive and pretty.meena-kumari1

1960s: The 1960s saw the advent of the dramatic dual winged eyeliner which was sported by actors like Sharmila Tagore and Asha Parekh. This style was all about the strong extended wing which gave a very sultry and sensuous look to the eyes.


1970s: This period saw the soft yet strong eye makeup look on actors like Rekha and Parveen Babi. Using the minimalist approach, the eyeliner on the upper lash line was light whereas that on the lower lash was heavy.image-4dde439c72ae1-rekha3_620

1980/90s: With actors like Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Urmila Mantondkar and Sridevi ruling the screens, the eyeliner also became bold and more appealing. Thick lines of eyeliner were adorned on the upper lash and gave out a very feminine yet sensuous look.086

2000s: With the turn of the century, the eyeliner also evolved significantly. Bipasha Basu and Celina Jaitley in the first half of the decade showed off some heavily smudged eyeliner look. In the second half was seen the understated and light eyeliner styles sported by movie stars like Katrina Kaif.celina-jaitley-Tamil-Queens1

2010s: The most versatile styles of eyeliner have been seen in this decade. The graphic eyeliner worn by celebs like Kangana Ranaut and Sonam Kapoor along with the edgy and fierce often sported by Kareena, this decade is yet to offer some even more dramatic looks in the coming years.Lakme-Absolute-Monochrome-collection-Day-look-1

So how do you wear your eyeliner? The classic winged eyeliner or the chic graphic way? Whatever your style might be, these looks are classic and will never go out of fashion!

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