Ultima ll’s “The Nakeds” is noted as one of the most groundbreaking color collections in cosmetics history, due to its inclusion of a full range of skin tones and the shades that naturally complement them. Designed by Kevyn Aucoin in the 80’s, it’s also been credited with influencing many of the makeup lines that followed in the 90’s and who expanded further on this color concept.
The Nakeds- Sliver was a promotional item given as a gift with purchase and is only the size of a credit card. It holds a small amount of four shades from the collection:
- Lipchrome #4
- Cheek Color #5
- Eyecolor #3
- Eyecolor #5
The Sliver also has a sponge tip applicator tucked neatly into a slot in the card and a mirror for on-the-go touch ups. I found this adorable gem tucked away in my mother’s vanity and you can imagine how my heart fluttered upon seeing it. Still untouched and unused, it waited ever so patiently for me to find it, take it away and make it part of my treasured archives.
Looking through my home library is hours of fun no matter what I’m researching, but there’s no doubt I’m partial to the 80’s and “winged” eyeshadow. Extending color past the natural lid is a great way to add drama to your eyes so why not try it for your next party? Shown here are photos from “The Complete Beauty Book” published in 1985, which means there’s no shortage of over-the-top makeup ideas inside.
By the way, I also must confess my undying love for “press-on nails” because to me, they are just the same as putting on a pair of heels or lashes. My heart broke when Revlon discontinued theirs because they had the best, and although they still make “glue-on’s”, I just can’t be bothered dealing with nail glue and I also haven’t found any others I like as much. So, instead, I’m waiting patiently for someone to introduce new and improved versions which will hopefully include stylish oval tips and, if my inside sources are correct, it won’t be long!
These gorgeous illustrations are only one reason I love “Making Up” by Rex (makeup artist Rex Hilverdink) published in 1986. While older books might have dated information trend-wise, they offer a wealth of knowledge when it comes to corrective techniques- which is really what distinguishes between a good makeup application and an amazing one. I especially adore “Rex’s Realistic Beauty Rules” because, while I personally don’t believe in rules, I find these two right up my alley. Call me old fashioned, but I’ll never understand the notion that you must choose either the eyes or lips as the focus (NEVER!) and of course, anyone who thinks being predictable is a look that “really goes with nothing” is working an attitude I can only admire!