Get The Look: ’90s Cool
What’s more ’90s than a perfectly lined brown lip? (Spoiler alert: nothing). From burnt red to chocolate, vampy brown lipstick paired with neutral makeup makes for a memorable beauty look.
The 1990s ushered in a whole new era of makeup: burgundy lipstick, smudged black eyeliner, matte skin and thin eyebrows were just a few key trends that emerged during the decade that put grunge on the map. It terms of beauty, compared to the excess of the 1980s – which included OTT glitter, bold colours and lots of blue eyeshadow – the’90s seemed to be considerably pared back, but that doesn’t mean the decade didn’t have its own distinct style and makeup looks.
One trend in particular really defines the makeup of the decade: brown lipstick. From actresses on the silver screen to supermodels on the runway and women experimenting with their beauty looks daily, brown lipstick quickly became the trend. From warm red to taupes to beige, all tones of brown were the shade du jour for most of the decade. Often paired with a swipe of black liner, matte skin and sleek, shiny strands, the neutral lip was the focal point of any beauty look. For a makeup tutorial on how to recreate this classic 1990s style, follow along with this step-by-step guide for all the makeup tips you need to get the look.
Steps for hair:
Step One: If you’re starting with wet hair, blow-dry with a paddle brush so hair is straight and smooth. If you hair is already dry, brush out any knots or tangles to prep your hair for the hair straightener. Ensure that hair is parted down the middle to capture the right vibe of the hairstyle.
Step Two: Plug in a hair straightener and turn the heat up about halfway. Once the iron has reached the right temperature, run small sections of your hair through to achieve straight, sleek strands. The ends of your hair don’t have to be stick straight; they can curl slightly inwards to still nail the look.
Steps for makeup:
Step One: Start this makeup look off with clean, bare lids. Using a fluffy blending eyeshadow brush, apply a taupe eyeshadow all over the lid. Try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nude Palette – 002 Beige #5 or #7 as they’re flattering neutral shades that have a slight shimmer texture to open up the eye. Buff the shade into the lid and ensure it’s evenly blended.
Step Two: To help define your eyes and make your lashes appear thicker, apply L’Oréal Paris Flash Cat Eye by Superliner in Black in a cat-eye shape. Begin at the outer corner of your eye and slowly work your way in to get a small, even line. The eyeliner should have a slight uptick at the outer corner of your lid to flatter the eye and pull it upwards. The in-built cat-eye stencil works really well to ensure you get the perfect flick every time.
Step Three: Mascara is a must for a full, fanlike fringe. Brush two coats of the L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Feline in Black through your upper and lower lashes to finish your eye look.
Step Four: The final step to get a true ’90s beauty makeup look is to apply a brown-based lipstick. Check out the NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick range for a deep reddish brown that perfectly reflects the look of the decade. Use the doe-foot applicator to help get a super clean, precise lip line.
And just like that, you’ve transformed into a ’90s video vixen. While this beauty look originated during that decade, many of the key parts of this style – brown lipstick, super-sleek strands and more – have made a huge comeback recently in the beauty biz and pop culture, which means that you’ll be perfectly on trend when you rock this makeup and hair in 2018 and beyond.