It’s safe to say that the ‘90s are back in full force. Lisa Frank pajamas just launched at Target, people are sipping on Clearly Canadian again, and Hulu will start streaming our fave throwback sitcoms next month. But one of the most noticeable tributes to the epic decade is in retro beauty. Trends, products, and looks that emulate the grungy, funky, tomboyish vibes we remember from way back when have been blowing up recently. Check out the six ‘90s beauty trends that are back in the spotlight.
1. Silver Eye Makeup
Frosty, silver lids used to be nothing more than a beauty blast from the past, but a 60 percent increase in searches on Pinterest prove that people are here for the look again. Celebrities including Jessica Paré of Mad Men and The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay have proudly rocked the lustrous hue on their eyes. If you want to wear the bold version of this tried-and-true trend (as Lindsay did on the July 17 episode), apply a shimmery silver shadow like L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeshadow Metallics ($9) in Aluminum Foil all the way up to your crease. To channel a more muted look like Paré at the Summer 2017 TCA Tour, layer a soft wash of a deep silver shade like MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20) in Evening Grey on your lid and underneath your lower lash line. (Photo via JB Lacroix/Getty)
2. Hair Clips
Nineties ‘dos required a slew of tiny, shiny clips in pastels, metallics, or (wait for it…) sunflowers to pull back wispy bangs, but celebs including Bella Hadid have recently resurrected this style. If you’ve been stalking Hadid’s Insta (who hasn’t been, TBH), you’ve probably noticed that lately she looks like she was ripped from a Delia’s catalog — baby tees and light wash denim included.
3. Lip Gloss
Slicking on a shiny lip gloss was everything back in the day, but matte lipstick and a more minimalist approach to makeup has muted high-shine formulas — until now. Glassy lips are back and they’re more reflective than ever. Mandy Moore went all in on the ’90s at the premiere of 47 Meters Down in June, sporting clear, shiny lip gloss and a satin spaghetti-strapped dress. To get a sense of the trend in action, just take a peek at Selena Gomez’s music video for “Fetish,” in which she’s wearing the nude Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss ($28) in French Tickler. (Photo via Paul Archuleta/Getty)
Tousled, beachy manes have seen steady popularity, but it’s time to re-familiarize ourselves with the ultra-throwback appeal of crimped hair. Teeny, tiny, uniform bends in the hair leave behind a unique look and texture that’s unmistakably ’90s era. You can opt for looser crimps like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen wore at the 2017 CFDAs, or go full-on crimp like Bella Thorne or Gigi Hadid. (Photo via Taylor Hill/Getty)
5. Vampy Lips
If you want to channel a little nostalgia, throw on a vampy lip. The moody colors of our past have made their way back into the spotlight thanks to celebs including Taylor Swift (how can we forget her 2016 Met Gala get-up?) wearing daringly dark hues on the red carpet. In early July, Karlie Kloss stepped out during Paris Fashion Week with a fierce brown lipstick that instantly transported her back to the ‘90s, complete with a black velvet dress! A couple swipes of ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5) in Grunge will give you instant edgy color. (Photo via Marc Piasecki/Getty)
6. Hair Wraps
Accessorizing your strands with stylish wraps is no longer a thing of the past. Halle Berry wore a modern version of the old trend to the premiere of Kidnap in July, which was jazzed up with neutral-hued wrapped strings and tiny gold hoops adorning one piece of statement hair. Get creative with this style and throw in some pops of color, or keep it sleek, monochromatic, and modern. (Photo via Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty)
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