How to Apply Mod Eye Makeup

In the mid-sixties, the mod movement skyrocketed onto the fashion scene. It-girls like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick rocked minimalistic and modern style. One of the key factors of the look was the makeup, characterized by a simplistic yet dramatic eye.


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    Prime your eyes. This look will crease easily if you don't apply a primer, so don't skip this step. Use your fingers to sweep the product over your entire eyelid.
    • Urban Decay's Primer Potion is a great option for eye primer.
    • For a more affordable product, try elf's Essential Eyelid Primer.
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    Use a white eyeshadow as a base for your look. Using a shading brush, apply the shadow generously over your lid and up to the crease. Make sure that this color looks opaque and clean. You can also use an eyeshadow base for this step.
    • Nyx Cosmetic's Eyeshadow base in white works well for this look.
    • Any bright white eyeshadow is fine as long as it is matte.
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    Using a matte black eyeshadow on a small angled brush, carefully trace the line of your crease. Make this line as clean and thin as possible. This part may take practice, but if you mess up, just use a q-tip dipped in makeup remover to fix it. You could also use a gel eyeliner for this part.
    • Mac's Carbon is a great black eyeshadow.
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    Using a pencil, liquid, or gel liner, draw a black line on the lashline. Don't wing it out at the end; just let it follow the downward curve of your lashline.
    • Bobbi Brown's gel liner gives a smooth line and is easy to apply.
    • Rimmel London's Professional Liquid Eyeliner looks great with mod makeup.
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    Line your bottom lashline with the same black eyeshadow you used in the crease. Do not go into the waterline for this part.
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    Use a white pencil eyeliner to line your waterline. Be generous with this product so that it is a bright white color.
    • Nyx Cosmetic's Retractable Eyeliner in white is great for the waterline.
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    For an extra sixties touch, draw on "eyelashes" coming from your bottom lashline. Use a black eyeliner to trace small lines on the outer part of your eye.
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    Curl your lashes and apply a few coats of mascara.
    • Benefit's They're Real Mascara gives a thick, full look.
    • L'Oreal's Miss Manga is perfect for the mod look.
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    Apply doll-like false lashes to your top lashes. Squeeze a bit of lash glue onto the band and then wait about twenty seconds for the glue to get tacky. Then, using tweezers or your fingers, place them onto your lashline and secure them gently.
    • Eye lashes have a large range of styles.


  • Make sure the rest of the skin is pale and matte.
  • Use concealer under your eyes after you finish the makeup to clean up any fallout.


  • When drawing in the crease, use one clean line to start with. Then if you need to you can build on that.

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