The ’60s are back. And with Sharon Tate being thrust back into the collective conscious in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the catalyst for the revival is a secret to no one. Throughout her tragically short but fruitful career, the actress and model epitomized the above-neck trends of her time, such as dramatic cut-crease eyeliner and va-va-voom bouffants. And whether in a referential ode to Tate herself, or simply capturing the spirit of the decade, ’60s-inflected beauty looks have been everywhere of late. From Lucy Boynton to Jorja Smith, here’s how five It girls modernized and put their individual stamp on the throwback looks.
In Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is based on Tate’s life, Margot Robbie transforms into the late actress to double-take-inducing effect. But it’s not just on screen that she’s evoking Tate. In May, at a Cannes Film Festival photocall, Robbie romantically reimagined the hair look Tate wore to the event in 1968 with a neat center part and quartet of thin braids. “We wanted that spirit and ease to everything,” her hairstylist Bryce Scarlett told Vogue. “The braids gave it a little bit of an unexpected twist.”
Let’s be real—Lucy Boynton always looks as if she’s been plucked from the ’60s. But at a screening of her new Netflix series The Politician, the actress nodded to the decade in more ways than one. “The ’60s was definitely the time period I was going for, but I wanted to update the look,” explains hairstylist Lacy Redway of Boynton’s twisted updo with plaited detail. “The texture made it feel more modern with loose and effortless volume at the crown.” And then there was her Twiggy-esque fluttery fringe, layered with jet-black mascara and enhanced with lash inserts by makeup artist Tyron Machhausen. “Makeup during that time was so new, daring, and playful at the same time,” says Machhausen. “There was an emphasis on big and exaggerated eyes!”
Since becoming Dior’s new global makeup ambassador, Jorja Smith has gotten more experimental with her look. While passing through Vancouver on her recent North American co-headlining tour with Kali Uchis, she imbued the ’60s vibe with her own tell-tale signatures. Smith’s dark raven mane pulled back into a voluminous, high-slung half-up style with her eyes accentuated by kittenish flicks, she completed the equation with a slick of clear lip gloss and a dewy complexion. “Skin is my main thing,” she tells Vogue. “As long as my skin looks natural, we can play with the rest.”
While ringing in her 20th birthday, Lily-Rose Depp looked to Tate’s trademark cat-eye gaze for makeup inspiration. To achieve an ultra-graphic effect, makeup artist Sam Visser extended each flick with a hook and slashed sooty pigment across the brow bones to punctuate the negative space. “Sharon Tate is a beauty inspiration for both Lily and me,” explains Visser. “The eyeliner shapes she would create with linear lines and geometric shapes are often seen in makeup today.”
Always one for taking risks, Shailene Woodley channeled the stylized, up-to-there hair silhouettes of the ’60s at the Big Little Lies season two premiere. Her chocolate brown waves teased at the crown into a Tate-worthy bouffant, she completed the look with swathes of dark mauve eyeshadow, proving that big hair and a smoked-out gaze will always be the ultimate ’60s bombshell combination.