20 iconic rock-and-roll beauty moments
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Rock Goddesses1 of 21
By Laura Vogel
In this season of music festivals (and music-festival style), we're taking a look back at the most memorable rock-and-roll beauty moments of the past 50 years. Check out the heavy fringe, beehive 'dos and daring makeup trends that made a lasting impression.
Folk Ways2 of 21
Part of the folk band Peter, Paul and Mary, Mary Travers was known for her perfect, delicate features, flaxen hair and brow-skimming bangs in 1960.
Outer-Borough Girls3 of 21
The girl group the Shangri-Las, best known for their song "Leader of the Pack," hailed from a tough part of Queens. During the mid-'60s, they wore their hair in high beehives and didn't skimp on the black eyeliner.
Hippie Chic4 of 21
Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell helped popularized super-straight long hair with bangs. After the dramatic makeup of the mid-'60s, Mitchell's fresh-faced, no-makeup look was a major change.
Umber Waves5 of 21
Another folk-music goddess, Joan Baez wore her long curtain of dark hair parted down the middle. Once the girlfriend and musical collaborator of Bob Dylan, Baez's long locks represented the anti–Vietnam War counterculture of the late '60s.
Lush Locks6 of 21
"Miss Ross"—legend has it, she insisted on being addressed that way—was famous for her huge, beautiful eyes, and she always played them up. Another key to her beauty was her hair (from the beehive era of the Supremes to the long, flowing locks she wore to Studio 54 in the '70s).
Wigging Out7 of 21
A stunning woman who's created a style all her own, Dolly Parton is best known for her enormous blond wigs and heavily made-up face (from false eyelashes to pink lip gloss) and for embracing the power of beauty embellishments.
Country Strong8 of 21
This "Coal Miner's Daughter" may have left the hills of Kentucky, but Loretta Lynn's country-girl roots are strong. She became famous for her fresh-faced beauty and bouffant hairstyles in the late '70s and into the early '80s.
Downtown Darling9 of 21
Patti Smith could be the poster child for the '70s downtown scene in New York. She's best known for her androgynous shag haircut and dramatic black-lined eyes.
Blond Ambition10 of 21
Blondie's Debbie Harry helped define the look of the punk/New Wave movement in the early '70s. Her lithe figure, bleached-blond bob, and dramatic blush and eye shadow were a powerful counterpoint to her role as hard-working musician.
On the Edge11 of 21
She began in the all-girl group the Runaways, but Joan Jett's career exploded in 1979, when she went solo. Over the years, she has stuck to her iconic black shag haircut, dramatic eye makeup and dark, cheek-sharpening blush.
Drama Queen12 of 21
British import Siouxsie Sioux, front-woman for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees, never shied away from makeup. Her eyes and brows were always heavily lined, she favored dark lipstick and dyed her hair every hue from magenta to inky black.
Pop Goddess13 of 21
Pat Benatar—a pop sensation in the '80s—was famous for her shaggy cropped 'do, deeply colored blush, bright blue eye shadow and dramatic lip color.
Leggy Lady14 of 21
Tina Turner became famous for her fabulous voice, killer gams—and for her controlling husband/collaborator Ike Turner. She left him in 1976, and in the 1980s she had a renaissance and a whole new generation got to witness her sexy performances.
Gender Bender15 of 21
This female half of the Eurythmics radically changed her look often—sometimes within the same video. Annie Lennox's bottom line was always androgyny (cropped hair included), though often she kept her makeup refined and feminine.
Fun Times16 of 21
Another '80s maverick, Cyndi Lauper blazed many style trails. One of her most famous and enduring looks included choppily cut, scarlet-red-dyed hair teased and braided randomly.
Blond Ambition17 of 21
One of the first female artists to unabashedly own her sexuality, Madonna was very much a modern pin-up with a knowing wink. The look that first put her on the map included bleached-blond teased locks and dramatic makeup that included very defined brows.
Grunge Girl18 of 21
The iconic female rocker of the '90s, Courtney Love epitomized the grunge aesthetic. Her classic looks include platinum blond, just-out of bed hair (sometimes topped with a tiara), super-pale foundation and smeared red lips.
Retro Rock19 of 21
No Doubt's Gwen Stefani debuted her signature look in the '90s: white-blond hair, matte skin and poppy red lipstick. Since then, her style has evolved, but she's stayed true to her retro-inspired vibe.
Pretty Impeccable20 of 21
Whether she's embodying Sasha Fierce, Mrs. Carter, or plain old Bey, Beyoncé has a radiance that is rare. Her skin is luminous, and whether she's at the Met Gala, performing, or courtside at a Brooklyn Nets, her hair and makeup are perfection.
Never a Dull Moment21 of 21
Mother to thousands of Little Monsters (as she calls her fans), Lady Gaga is famous for making ugly beautiful—and vice versa. She has an enormous amount of fun with conventional notions of beauty—sometimes obscuring one eye with red crystals, other times wearing her hair in an exaggerated ladylike French twist.
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