Kate Bush – Iconic Looks

August 1st, 2022

August 1st, 2022

British music icon Kate Bush celebrated her birthday at the weekend.  Thanks to the most recent season of Stranger Things, the singer songwriter is having a resurgence – what a birthday present.  With her legendary 80s song, Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), hitting the top of the charts just about everyone is Kate obsessed again and we love it.

To pay homage to the music legend, and to celebrate her most compelling beauty looks over the decades, we asked the beauty experts at HD Brows to choose their favourite Kate beauty moments.


80s Power Makeup: Hounds of Love Album Cover, 1985

Kate’s stunning 1985 Hounds of Love album featured classic 80s bold makeup. This signature kabuki-esque look is one of power –  boasting a wild purple streak in the hair and pastel organza wrapped around her. The powerful pose along with the lilac colour scheme between her makeup and the background complements the compelling tracklist of songs such as Running Up That Hill, The Big Sky and Cloudbusting.


Ethereal Beauty: Wuthering Heights Music Video, 1978

Sporting big hair, silver eyeshadow, feathered brows and a long white gown, Kate looks as divine as can be in the Wuthering Heights music video. The subtle glam along – with the long, wispy hair and poofy fringe – makes a statement, with Kate looking both stunningly elegant and playful.

The only other of Kate’s songs to hit number one along with Running Up That Hill, the video boasts an aesthetic that can be described today as fairycore, whilst Kate makes it appear effortless.


Bush Brows: Under The Ivy, 1990

If you were a teenager of the 90s, you’ll remember the skinny brow. Bush’s brows (pun intended) were a staple of her beauty looks over the years, and she rocked a skinny brow like no other.

This ethereal cover was released for the B-side of Running Up That Hill, Under The Ivy in 1990. Her thin pencilled brow is reminiscent of old Hollywood stars of the 20s, and Kate embodied what was the current trend, as grunge became more popular. Her thin, dark brow and smokey eye complimented this perfectly, whilst staying true to her cottagecore aesthetic.


Wonder Woman-esque: Babooshka Music Video, 1980

If you’re on the discovery train to Kate Bush’s music right now, then you’ve probably seen the iconic Babooshka music video. If Alexander McQueen met Wonder Woman, you’d get Kate Bush serenading in the role of an embittered wife in this 1980s piece of cinema.

Sporting a bright blue eyeshadow and nude lip that wouldn’t look out of place today, this look proved that you can never have too much of anything when it comes to Kate.


High Fashion: The Kate Inside, 2016

Kate makes a great photographic subject, and the limited-edition book The Kate Inside features hundreds of unseen images filled with drama, romance and mystery. This shot in particular is compelling as she shows off intense, coal-rimmed eyes, smudged with a cut-crease and gradient lips.

The dark, smudged makeup has appeared today on high fashion runways such as Chanel, and stars such as Julia Fox on the red carpet. Smudged and ombre makeup strays from traditional, much like everything else Kate encapsulates.


Grunge Glam: Hilversum Performance, 1978

It’s easy to see why Kate became such an experimental icon, mixing grunge, power and femininity into her beauty looks through the course of her career. This performance of Wuthering Heights featured a powerful look, only fitting for the first woman to hit number one in the UK charts.

She resembles a pre-Raphaelite going through a punk phase, giving us the definition of drama.


Whimsy and Wonder: Photoshoot by Claude Vanheye, 1978

Kate was very much hitting her peak in the late 70s and 80s, when she was photographed in Amsterdam by Claude Vanheye in this stunning red riding hood-esque look. Almost childlike in its whimsy and wonder, Kate rocks a classic red lip which only appears more bold as the cool, purple toned blush brings it out.

The red lip remains one of the most versatile looks today, adding an extra layer of seduction, rebel and chic to any look.



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