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Nostalgic Beauty: 40 Movies Turning 40 in 2024

We don't want to make you feel old but these films are turning 40 this year and their beauty moments are still as relevant as ever.

Shock alert - these 40 films are turning 40 this year. Millennials rejoice! The nostalgia of childhood movies!

Film has always been a go-to reference point in hair and beauty, and looking back at films of this era is a refreshing way to get some 'new' inspiration. It seems 1984 loved dancing, ghosts, fluffy blow-outs (on both the female and male leads) and coral-kissed lips (including Miss Piggy).

There’s something about the simplicity of this era in film, where the key beauty looks don’t at all look out of place or that they over-shadow the talent. Rather the opposite - the hair and makeup sit so harmoniously on the face that it looks effortless. It could just be the millennial in me, but there’s something about these bouncy, buoyant blow-outs that feels seriously comforting in 2024.

Here are 40 key beauty looks from these 40year old films to re-invent your style this winter:

  1. 16 Candles
  1. Footloose
  1. Once Upon a Time in America
  1. Revenge of the Nerds
  1. This is Spinal Tap
  1. Splash
  1. The Karate Kid
  1. Purple Rain
  1. Gremlins
  1. Conan the Destroyer
  1. The NeverEnding Story
  1. Ghostbusters
  1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  1. The Terminator
  1. Beverley Hills Cop
  1. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1. Repo Man
  1. Paris, Texas
  1. Romancing the Stone
  1. Amadeus
  1. Falling in Love
  1. Police Academy
  1. Dune
  1. The Muppets Take Manhattan
  1. Bachelor Party
  1. Friday the 13th Final Chapter
  1. 1984
  1. Children of the Corn
  1. Startrek Three: The Search for Spock
  1. The Last Starfighter
  1. Breakin’
  1. Against All Odds
  1. Stop Making Sense.
  1. Cannonball Run II

35.Meatballs Part II

  1. Firestarter
  1. Hot Dog The Movie
  1. Breaking’ Electric Boogaloo
  1. The Cosby Show (OK I know these next ones aren’t films, but alas I couldn’t make it to 40 films from 1984!)
  1. Miami Vice
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