10 Modern Beauty Products to Replace Your Beloved ’90s Faves
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Let’s face it: There comes a point when it’s time to graduate from the cutesie products that got you through your school days and upgrade to more sophisticated beauty solutions. Yes, you might still be loyal to your favorite '90s beauty trends, but it’s time to get your shimmer fix in a fresh, modern way. Read on for 10 swaps to help you adultify your lineup ASAP.
Glitter Eyeshadow: Yes, you can wear glitzy eyeshadow as a millennial — it’s just all about the application. The Pat McGrath Mothership III: Subversive Palette ($125) serves up beautifully pigmented, shimmery hues that are tasteful but still fun.
Toner: Your #TBT toner was, more than likely, overly harsh and filled with alcohol, and stripped your skin of healthy oils. A modern, cool (literally, your skin will feel instantly refreshed) alternative is MILK Makeup Matcha Toner ($26).
Locks Lightener: While the beloved hair-lightening product of our past might have worked, it wreaked havoc on our strands. A healthier, more mature — but still effective — version is Sun Bum Premium Hair Lightener ($15).
Hair Crimper: Remember that yearbook photo with crazy crimped hair? It belongs in the archives — but! — crimping is officially trendy again, so you have a second chance to slay this style with the ghd Contour Professional Crimper ($169).
Clear Lip Gloss: In middle school, slicking on the mirror-like shine of a sticky-sweet lip gloss was *so cool* but our pouts were often left parched. Glossier Lip Gloss ($14) is the grown-up version of our favorite OG beauty product.
Banana Clip: Throwing our hair into a trusty banana clip was a go-to decades ago, but a more polished alternative exists now. The Kristin Ess Working Texture Set ($14) contains her cult classic hair pin. It’s just as handy as that old banana clip but so much prettier.
Body Wash: We get it: Glittery, fruity body wash was it back in the day, but Frank Body Shimmer Scrub ($20) gives you a similar glow and is more age-appropriate. You’ll have total mermaid skin after you step out of the shower!
Press-On Nails: You were totally the talk of the town if you showed up to school with lengthy press-on nails, but Lime Crime Pop-on Nails ($14) give the same ease of application with an elevated, trendy look.
Mascara: Your first mascara might have been a basic black formula — and you might still be loyal to it. Elevate your routine and lashes by switching to a new version (that’s still affordable from the drugstore) like Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara ($9).
Lip Plumper: Boosting your lips with a tingly plumper in advance of the school dance might have been all the rage, but it’s time to move on. If you’re after a filled-out pucker, the NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate ($60) works insanely well.
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