TWIGGY: 50 YEARS OF SUCCESS
To celebrate International Women's Day (Wed 08/03/17), MERUMAYA® are shining the spotlight on a series of inspirational British women. Stealing the limelight today is Twiggy Lawson, the world's first supermodel, who celebrates 50 years of success this year.
It’s hard to believe that she was repeatedly turned away for being too short and too quirky. Now a household name, Twiggy is a shining example that celebrating your unique beauty instead of trying to fit in is often the path to success. So what made Twiggy so unique?
Firstly, let's talk about those lashes!
While mascara was around in the 50s, it was still in a solid form that had to be mixed with water to activate it and applied separately with a brush. The 1960s saw the rise of the mascara in tubes that we’re used to today. This revolutionised both the industry and the culture, and the popular bold-lipped look of the 40s and 50s was swapped instead for dramatic eyes layered in mascara. Twiggy took this one step further by using false lashes on the upper eyelid and painting the lower lashes on. This statement doe-eyed look quickly swept the nation, with eyes rimmed in black liner paired with a defined crease.
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That iconic hair.
Twiggy’s game-changing pixie crop was done by the world’s first celebrity hair dresser, Leonard Lewis, better known as Leonard of Mayfair due to his huge salon in Central London. While hair in the 1950s was curled, permed and styled, Twiggy’s androgynous cut was minimal and sleek, paving the way for the new mod style.
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Next up, skin.
The 1950s base was full-coverage and flawless, with translucent powder to set. By the mid-60s, the ‘less-is-more’ approach took over. Skin was still matte, but foundation was lighter and women used concealer to hide redness and blemishes instead of using heavy foundation all-over. This is evident in photos of a young Twiggy with her freckles on show, not covered by makeup.
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