The '70s Album Cover Look That Totally Holds Up In 2014

Forty years later and this Roxy Music look is still hot as hell. (Also: NSFW alert)
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Forty years later and this Roxy Music look is still hot as hell. (Also: NSFW alert)

Roxy Music has a history of featuring extremely beautiful women on their album covers. Amanda Lear posed for 1973's For Your Pleasure, Playboy playmate Marilyn Cole wore a shredded dress for that same year's Stranded, and Jerry Hall appeared as a mermaid on the cover of their 1975 album, Siren

But the Roxy Music album cover that always stood out to me was 1974's Country Life, which features German models Constanze Karoli and Eveline Grunwald scantily clad in lace lingerie, with glossy red lips, contoured cheeks, and statement eyes. 

Eveline is on the left, Constanze is on the right. For a long time the album was sold with censorship via black stickers. 

Eveline is on the left, Constanze is on the right. For a long time the album was sold with censorship via black stickers. 

Since the album sticks in my mind as such a glamorous moment in '70s rock and roll culture, I decided to recreate it, focusing mainly on Eveline's pool blue eye makeup. 

I tweaked it a little to feel more 2014 than 1974, and the result is a look that I can definitely see myself wearing out this fall.

Here's What I Used:

a makeup tutorial on how to achieve roxy music country life album cover look

L-R: Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Around Midnight, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Color Concentrate in Cavu Blue (top) and Jubilee (bottom), Tarte Lights Camera Lashes! Mascara, NARS Matte Multiple in Altai, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 08 Iconic Red, Wet N Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in I Red A Good Book, Davines Momo Cream.

a makeup tutorial on how to achieve roxy music country life album cover look

L-R: Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Around Midnight, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt, OCC Loose Color Concentrate in Cava Blue, OCC Loose Color Concentrate in Jubilee.

I started by applying Essence's Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof in Around Midnight, an inky navy, along the outer two-thirds of my upper lash line and the outer one-third of my lower lash line to create a defining base to build the smoky blue eye on.

Next I drew the winged shape with my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt. It's a bright blue on the deeper side, with shimmer packed into its cream formula. I blended using a stiff-bristled brush at an angle along the outer edges of my lash line, up towards my brow bone, and along my lower lash line as well.

Then I used OCC's Loose Color Concentrate in Cava Blue, a shimmery cyan, and blended it in the middle of my lid where I had already applied some of the NYX pencil. I grabbed the same product in Jubilee, a baby blue shimmer, and dabbed it on the inner corners of my upper and lower lash line for some disco shimmer.  

a makeup tutorial on how to achieve roxy music country life album cover look

From top: Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof only; NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil added; OCC Loose Color Concentrate in Cava Blue added; and OCC Loose Color Concentrate in Jubilee added.

A few coats of Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara (great for thickening) and my eyes were finished. 

Moving on to the rest of my face, I used NARS Matte Multiple in Altai, a rose brown, to add depth to the most hollow point of my natural cheekbones.

For my lips, I used one of my favorite longwear lip formulas, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 08 Iconic Red. It's ideal for nights when you plan on drinking, dancing, sweating, and whatever else without having to touch-up your lips in between. Iconic red is a perfect true red that's totally timeless. 

Those bright red nails were achieved with my favorite cheap-o polish, Wet N Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in I Red A Good Book. One-coat opaque red nails for less than $3? Yes, please.

I kept my hair simple and side-parted my air-dried waves, but warmed a bit of Davines MOMO Cream between my palms before smoothing it over the lengths and ends to keep everything shiny and frizz-free.

a makeup tutorial on how to achieve roxy music country life album cover look

What do you think of this blue shadow/red lip combo? Too dated or due for a comeback? Oh, and while you're here, tell me your favorite record cover babe beauty moments.