80’s beauty: Key takeaways from Tina Turner’s EPIC MAKEUP FAIL in ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ video clip
My sleepless night occurred in the wee hours of Friday morning, and was brought on thanks to my frequent night shifts working in a newsroom.
Even on the days I’m not rostered on, it’s hard to kick that sleeping pattern.
So there I was, wide eyed at 4am, and I decided that switching over to Smooth (channel 806 on Foxtel) would help calm me and put me to sleep.
Well, the opposite happened.
Instead Tina Turner’s 80’s classic ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ started to play and I couldn’t help but openly LOL at her epic hair and makeup fails seen throughout.
Let me detail what I saw shot by shot and why, even though this is an old video that we’ve seen a billion times, can still serve us as a ‘what not to wear’ when it comes to todays makeup application.
The opening sequence has Tina joltily walking beside the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, and to be quite frank – she looks like a lady of the night.
Wearing a black leather skirt, opaque stockings, heels, a denim jacket and a hair style that can’t even be placed in the ‘bed hair’ basket.
Her makeup – my god – is applied thick and in the most grotesque colour combination. Tangerine lipstick has been smeared on so heavily handed that I swear it’s drawn waaay over her natural lip line.
Dark blue eyeshadow has then been blended all the way up to her eyebrows.
Her hair – do I dare get started – has been teased to within an inch of its life and her hair cut made her look like she’d been expelled from KISS before taking on her own solo venture.
No wonder she’s moaning about being loveless in this clip – I’d be scared to date her as well with this disastrous beauty look.
Moving on to her backup dancers – after a little research (see what insomnia does!) I found out that the main female street dancer is Bruce Springsteen’s sister Pamela.
Wearing a few sheer and torn outfits throughout the clip, Pamela’s embarrassment doesn’t end there.
The makeup artist on location for this clip has obviously tried to make her complexion 5000x darker than her natural skin tone, and she didn’t even bother to blend the foundation into her neckline.
I’m even going to go as far as to say the makeup artists just used Tina’s foundation on Pamela’s pale skin.
Later on you can see how white her neck is and how overly contoured her cheekbones are.
Lucky radio was big back in the 80’s, making this song a US number one and Tina’s biggest hit, because her video clip was one hot mess.