I believe in truth, though I lie a lot

My makeup inspirations.......

"Dare" was the first vinyl I ever bought for myself with my very own (pocket) money, and I spent hours practising Joanne and Suzanne's makeup!
That was the beginning of my road to ruin...


I was always fascinated with how big ballet dancers eyes could appear, and as my eyes are on the small side, I was rather inspired...


60's eyes are pretty much my favourite...


Drag queens are so uber adventurous and outrageous...when I was in my late teens I was going to drag shows on Oxford St and in Kings Cross, Sydney, and this pretty much changed my life...and then  I started getting into Goth...


No prizes for guessing whom my main makeup inspiration was and still is!
Siouxsie's own inspiration was the silent film stars, such as Theda Bara.


And last but not least, Strawberry Switchblade, and not just for makeup!
Their style was so unique, very flamenco and they adored polka dots, and I freakin' loved it!

I still have a couple of my original posters from the 80's, somewhere, of Strawberry Switchblade and Siouxsie.


My look, amalgamated from all these sources; this is in 1989.
Ah, nostalgia!

I've done plenty of damage to the ozone layer, and been through countless black eyeliners in my time.....

I tend to do a softer, more 60's version when I feel like getting a bit frocked up these days.

X

33 comments:

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I always love your eye makeup. You seem to be so good at the eyeliner thing. I think I need some tips! I've messaged you via facebook in the hopes you get this one! Xx

Trees said...

Wow - you have the best eye make-up Helga, I seriously need some help with mine xoxo

Annie said...

Catching up, and just in time for a post featuring the fabulous Human League!

Your 1980s style was wonderful, but just a taste of things to come.

I don't always spend enough time getting my eye makeup right, but I've just won a book on retro makeup, so time to raise my game! xxx

c... said...

Siouxsie , Nina Hagen.. Old favorits ! Still looking like a 1000 bucks "!My boyfriend used to think Siouxsie was the girl back in the 80 ´s.. Memories.

edie pop said...

I still love big-eyed inspired make-up, my main inspiration is Edie Sedwick for the black eyeshadow and even if sometimes I do a mess and almost everybody says that I look better natural I'll be into eyeliner cult forever..
Now I have another icon to copy: you!OMG you are so gorgeous then and now that I forgive you even for the ozone hole!
xxxxxx

Misfits Vintage said...

FARKING GORGEOUS!!! Never mind Siouxsie - YOU are MY inspiration, amor! I absolutely LOVE seeing old pics of you - you get more beautiful every year. Thank fuck for you, actually! Love you more than eyeliner! Sarah xxx

pastcaring said...

I love your Goth action! I am always delighted when you post Helga-of-yore pics, you are gorgeous as a Goth, and even more gorgeous now.
Dare was a really significant album for me too, I loved those girls in their vintage frocks and amazing make up. Siouxsie is always an inspiration, love the 60s eyes, and you can never go wrong with a bit of Divine!
I believe in me, I believe in you, and you know I believe in love - and mascara! xxxxxxx

Melanie said...

Oh my, you look gorgeous! Absolutely wonderful! Strawberry Swichblade had the best image, I was always in awe of them.

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

You look gorgeous! I have hair envy!

I always wanted to do hair like yours, but my hair was too damn curly and it would never cooperate. You have super eyeliner skills. My only eyeliner skills is poking myself in the eye with the eyeliner pencil. In my goth days, I did a very heavily powdered face with a lot of black mascara (because of my poor eyeliner skills) and lots of bright red Coty lipstick. I miss those days!

thorne garnet said...

Don't you want me baby? Why, of course I do! That album brings back some memories, my BBF played it to death when her first husband and her broke up. You look so different as a goth, yes, the power of make-up!

Vix said...

I always wanted to look like those Jolene singing Strawberry Switchblade girls ever since Boy george said he loved them, I thought I was in with a chance!
Liz and I used to buy The Face and try and copy Toyah, Steve Strange and Siouxie's make up for school discos and always make a total balls up of it!
You were the queen of goths!
Love! xxxxxx

menopauselsupermodel said...

WAIT....WTH??? that's YOU??? I honestly thought it was an 80's New Wave/Punk band star!! You definitely looked like a STAR!!!

It can't compare to the fabulousness you have become!!

Ah...Divine and the oh-so subversive John Waters. Being a Maryland gal they are local legends around here!!
Pink Flamingo Baby!!!!
PS--I thought John Travolta was a TRAVESTY in the Edna Turnblatt role in the Hairspray remake. No one can tough Divine as Edna..NO ONE. It was Blasphemy!!

{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}
Tamera

MistressCatgirl said...

Wow I love your goth make up. It's a lot more interesting then your basic dark eyes and dark lips.

seƱora Allnut said...

wooouuu, you're a rock star, so eighties gothic queeen! I would loved your style and still love it!, sometimes I miss some of that crazy free style! oh, that hair and fabulous make up!
besos & nostalgie

Penelope Cat said...

Wow! I didn't realise that was you either. You look fantastic. Quite a few Vintage Bloggers seem to have been Goths at some point. I wanted to be a corset-y, Victorian-type goth in my teens but I could never afford it lol!

Thanks for posting that pic of you, I'd love to see a timeline of how your style developed year on year (in fact there's so many bloggers I'd love to see do that).

I love Siouxsie and I'm going to check out Strawberry Switchblade - I've heard the name but not the music.


Nikki x

Style Sud-Est said...

God Sake! you are stunning! a vision girl! wow!

Style Sud-Est said...

Me again! i looked at all the posts i have missed! i so enjoyed them -you are always in my heart darling -

Ariane xxxx

Melanie said...

Anti-gravity hair has ALWAYS been a favourite. I agree that you get more gorgeous every year. Edie, such a winsome woman. I have tried to do an eye like hers but I end up looking like I've been partying all night and people worry. You were, still are, Queen of the eye wand.

lady liquor vintage. said...

Oh.my.god! How friggin' amazing did you look in the 80s! Not that you'd dont look even more so now ;) 60s make up is definitely my favourite, even when I try to mix it up a bit, I always go back to my trusty 60s eyes. XO

Vintage Coconut said...

You looked like a total Rock star!!!

Terri said...

I would never have recognized you if I hadn't seen it here. Believe it or not, I wore cat eyes in the late 60s and early 70s...and have worn almost NO makeup since.

Dashfield Vintage said...

Ha ha wow look at you! You totally owned the 80s in the last photo! I once learned a tip from a make up artist friend who did some 'day of the dead' magic on me. The trick to concealing your eyebrows a la drag queen style is to smear glue stick glue on them! Then once it has dried you can easily cover them in make up and re paint different eyebrows on... without ever having to shave them off. I thought that was quite clever. anyway I always love your bright make up. I'm a sucker for some great red lipstick but that's about as wild as I get. I blame it on my mum being a total tom boy and me therefore not having make up to experiment with when I was young. x P.S thank you for your sweet comment regarding my little person!

Krista said...

I love seeing and learning about where your make-up inspiration has come from. I also love how you have changed over the years. That picture from 1989 is totally bad ass, you look amazing and I would want your autograph! Oh Nettie I just love you so much and I really love seeing this old photo. I gotta show Chris, he will trip out big time!
Loveyoubabay!
Krista

Frocktasia said...

I so love that picture of you and I agree with menopauselsupermodel you totally look like a star in it...that pic is record-sleeve worthy!

Forest City Fashionista said...

You did a fecking fab job of channeling Siouxsie Sioux in that photo! My eyes are on the small side too, but as many times as I tried to do the cat eye or smoky eye and it failed miserably. I need a makeup lesson from you! Thanks for sharing your makeup inspirations.

Maria said...

tall hair and eyeliner magnificence, my heart is full of pride - i especially loved strawberry switchblade and nicked their hair stylings, excessive flowers and what not ahh x

Miss Simmonds Says said...

you look amazing!!! I bet everyone was scared/in awe of you. I'm dying to go to a drag. Awesome inspiration. I love Strawberry Switchblade. Worryingly whilst you were buying dare I was busy being two months old!! ARGH! I love that album - I need to wear blue eyemake up again. XXXXXXX

CityScape Skybaby said...

Love the 80's pic of you Helga, I always wanted to be that kind of girl but I think I looked more like the Jesus and Mary Chain boys in the end up. Dare was one of my first proper LP's too so that cover brings backa lot of memories, funny how evocative old record covers are. And I loved Edie Sedgwick so much. I found the Jean Stein book about her in the library when I was 14 and I took it out so many times, that in the end I just, um, kept it, which is bad I know but I felt me and it were meant to be together. xx

Perdita said...

Oh I do love dramatic eyes, too. Colour is my biggie- I love eyeshadow.

karensomethingorother said...

That's you in that last pic, Helga? How freaking fun! Share more! Share more!

Stacey said...

That was the kind of Goth that I always wanted to be! Unfortunately for me, I don't have the control of a makeup brush, or a hairspray can - my aesthetic always ended up much more "gutter punk", haha.

StreetChic by Eriel said...

i love your blog! this post is so cute
do u want to follow each other?

The Pink Flamingo said...

wow!! your 89' photo is fantastic, you are beautiful and I like very much your make up!!