80s Makeup and Videos – Makeup and Beauty Blog’s Guide to Smart Clubbing, Part 3

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This week Makeup and Beauty Blog is up in the club, giving you tips on how to make your makeup and beauty routine better for those late nights out.

Today we’re taking a break from the usual tips and product reviews to flash back to the 80s. These videos are some of the best club hits of the decade, and all are stellar examples of what 80s makeup and beauty was all about.


No matter what clubs you usually frequent – whether they be techno, hip hop, jungle – you have to go to at least one 80s night. You can’t beat dancing to cheesy music from your childhood!

Janet Jackson, When I Think Of You
How many legions of young people learned how to do the snake while watching this video? I know I did. While Janet has gone through many visual transformations, her look in this video is one of my favorites. The big spiral perm hair, the huge shoulder pads, the hoop earring with the key (… I actually did this after the video came out. I put my house key on my big silver hoops, LOLOLOLOLOL). It’s late-80s fashion and beauty at its finest.

Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance With Somebody
“Ohhh … I wanna dance with somebody. I wanna feel the heat with somebody!” Don’t we all, Whitney. This song is like a battle cry for the masses! We all want to dance with somebody who loves us. And I loved me some Whitney – pre-Bobby Brown Whitney, that is. It’s no secret that the girl can’t dance to save her life but she somehow makes that purple dress and bad weave (why is it blatantly three shades too blonde?) look okay. Her makeup in this video is bold! She’s doesn’t shy away from a colorful palette of aquas and pinks. It bears a striking resemblance to the “Cultured” look from MAC’s Strange Hybrid collection.

Madonna, Lucky Star
I used to know the entire dance to this song. I’d dance around my parent’s living room with a big black bow around my head and pretend to have back up dancers. I was ten. My parents never said anything but in hindsight after watching this video I suspect that either they were 1.) totally blind or 2.) totally convinced I was doing Jazzercise.

Madonna rocks this vid with her classic 80s combo of fishnets, black bracelets, big hair and fingerless gloves. The black eyeliner and the magenta lip stick inspired droves of young girls at my elementary school to emulate the look with Wet & Wild products “borrowed” from older sisters and cousins.

Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

While I am neither a fan of asymmetrical haircuts or burnt orange frocks Cyndi manages to make it work for her. There’s an Asian-looking girl in this video with really blue hair. Can you find her?

Prince, Kiss
This video showcases probably the best use of dark eye/pale lip on a man ever. While the midriff belly shirt is questionable, there is no doubt that Prince + Smudgy Eyeliner is equivalent to Chocolate + Peanut Butter. The combo is just right. You know when this plays in the club you can’t help but dance.

After I got home from hip hop class last night I indulged in my not-so-secret pastime of watching America’s Next Top Model. The marathon for cycle 8 was on this weekend on VH1 and I was rendered motionless on the couch after I started watching it. Last night’s finale was sort of anti-climactic; I knew Jaslene was going to be the winner after the episode where they go on all of the go-sees happened and all of the clients wanted to book her. Unfortunately I have suckered my husband into watching the show and now he keeps referring to his walk as “fierce.”

Anyway I hope you have a groovy Thursday and that something unexpectedly good happens to ya.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. I’m really not sure that I’d agree that these are the biggest club hits of the 80s — and I think you’d have to state what kind of clubs you’re talking about. They were definitely huge *pop* hits & still good markers for 80s style.

    Some club hits of the 80s that I can remember… “Two of Hearts” by Stacey Q, “This Corrosion” by Sisters of Mercy (like I said, it depends what club you’re talking about!)

    If you can get your hands on it, the movie “Modern Girls” (w/ Virginia Madsen & a few others) is a very strong “80s style” movie. So is “Liquid Sky” from earlier in the decade, but that’s kind of a terrible movie… (eh, so is “Modern Girls,” just in a different way).

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