I don’t think anywhere in L.A. signified the ’80s more than the Valley. As a grad of Birmingham High School, I can, like, totally honestly argue as to why our campus was a fashion and music mecca for the Valley girls who made the after-school trek to Judy’s in the Galleria. We listened to Wham on our bulky boomboxes. We wore our bangs curled and Aqua-netted. I got my streaked hair permed and teased. I used up more double-winged blue eyeliner than any anime video on YouTube today. I was so cool, pairing my bedazzled jean jacket with my fluffed-up miniskirts and always had an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt to toss over some acid-washed denim. You could say I was like a virgin when it came to beauty. I mean, we used to actually go to the beach to catch some UVs, the very same rays I fight with SPF every day.
I’ve grown up since then. I became a “corporette” and traded in the clownish shoulder pads for sleeker suits. And, while times have changed, doesn’t it seem like everything old is new again?
Named after chart-topping hits, Deborah Lippmann’s 80’s Rewind Summer Collection is a nod to that rad decade when pops of radical color were actually a new thing in beauty. And I’m not talking about those super-bright neon colors that remind you of city traffic cones. I wouldn’t go so far as to say the six wickedly cool shades—like Walking on Sunshine (a Pac-Man yellow) and She Drives Me Crazy (an aquatic green)—are entirely sophisticated, but you can really wear these acidic, fully pigmented shades.
Give your hands a welcome break from flowery nail art. Two coats of any Lippmann lacquer are all you need for a streak-free manicure. I’m stoked to say that her polishes can last up to two weeks without a touch up. But maybe refrain from adding rhinestones. We hit the limit of that look back in the day.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.