From frappuccinos to pool floats, unicorns continue to reign supreme with social media loving millennials thanks to their ability to instantly garner Instagram likes.
But Glamour magazine proved that unicorn make-up isn’t just for the under thirties only when they challenged six senior citizens to accept a unicorn make-up makeover.
Using looks created by YouTubers dope2111, Kayleigh Noelle, Michelle Phan, and glambygilly as reference points, the Glamour team showed the six seniors the looks they were hoping to achieve.
Glitterfest: Glamour magazine challenged six seniors to accept a unicorn make-up makeover, based on the Instagram make-up trend
Inspiration: Sisters Gloria (left) and Mary (right) were shown YouTube videos of what the makeover would look like before it got underway
Excited: Friends of 10 years Lillie (left) and Essie (right) shared that they were excited to be transformed
Nervous: Husband and wife Fern (left) and Jay (right) seemed hesitant as Ferm worried how she was going to get that much glitter off her face afterwards
First up, were sisters Gloria and Mary.
‘When I think of unicorn make-up, I think of something coming out of my head, Gloria admitted.
‘It has wings maybe, I don’t know,’ Mary added.
They also took the opportunity to reminisce on their own make-up looks over the decades. ‘In our day it was eyeliner, you lit your pencil with a match and slid on your inner eyelid. That was a trend,’ Gloria shared.
And Mary added that growing up in Brooklyn, they used to also used the light bulb in their family bathroom in place of a lighter or match to melt their eyeliner.
‘I used to have all kinds of black marks over my light bulb from softening them,’ she added laughing.
‘I hope this looks as nice as my imagination,’ Gloria told her sister when they were turned around to face each other and see their completed looks.
However, she didn’t seem too impressed and told her sister Mary that she looked like she was at a children’s birthday party, noting she didn’t look like a unicorn.
‘Studio 54, I’m coming back,’ she joked.
Another pair of volunteers, Fern and Jay, have been married for 12 years and also expressed concern when they saw what unicorn make-up actually looked like.
‘Do you know what’s going to be more interesting? Trying to get this cr*p off!’ Fern told the camera.
And as she had her unicorn make-up applied, she shared that she had never been a glitter person.
‘When I was selling make-up in the early seventies, they loved that shiny lip gloss, that was the big thing, that was the thing that used to fly off the shelves’.
Although she couldn’t contain her laughter when she turned around to see her husband Jay’s finished look, she did compliment him on his eyebrows.
Fern also seemed to approve of her own look, especially her ‘sparkly freckles’.
‘I love them,’ she said as she looked at her reflection.
Blast from the past: Essie explained that while she usually prefers a more natural look, the make-up reminded her of the eighties
Memories: Fern detailed how she used to work at a make-up counter when she was younger and reminisced on the trend for shiny lip gloss
Finished look: Lillie and Essie loved their looks and were pleasantly surprised by the finished product
Child’s play: However sisters Mary and Gloria seemed less impressed and Gloria joked they looked like they had just had their faces painted at a kid’s birthday party
All that glitters: Fern ended up loving her ‘sparkly freckles’ and told Jay she loved his metallic brows
The third duo Glamour called upon for their unicorn make-up experiment were friends of 10 years Lillie and Essie.
‘I’m ready to be transformed into a magical person’ Essie shared.
However, as she underwent her transformation, Essie admitted that she’s a fan of more simple make-up.
‘In the eighties, I think someone would actually walk down the street with this make-up on. Even more so today,’ she said.
‘People want to try something different so this is different,’ Lillie added.
But she also said that when she’s going to church, she’s careful to wear a more pared-back, ‘subdued’ look.
And when Lillie and Essie were turned around to see each other, they both agreed that they looked ‘fantastic’ and just like unicorns.
The seniors then put their looks to the test by video-calling family members who had mixed reactions to their looks.
Fern and Jay’s daughter said that Jay looked like actor Gene Hackman in The Birdcage, jokingthat she would run away from them if they tried to walk down the street with her.
Gloria and Mary’s family member told them they looked ‘fun,’ adding: ‘If I saw you ladies walking down the street and I didn’t know you, I would think, that’s pretty bada**.’
And Lillie’s niece said that while she wouldn’t be brave enough to try the eyebrows, she did love how they looked.