If the title was enough to make you shiver with fear at the thought of revisiting the 90s, rest assured that these trends have been updated! You don’t have to pluck your brows any more than usual, and brown lipstick? It’s not exactly the same this time around. Here’s 8 90s style trends that have made a comeback:
Nude lips used to be opaque, matte (though sometimes topped with clear gloss), and often drained the color right out of the wearer’s face. This time around, choose a creamy, light-reflecting shade that lets a bit of your natural lip color show through, or create depth on a more opaque shade with a lighter gloss in the center of the lips. Check out L’Oreal’s Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes (Ulta, $7.99), which consists of six nudes for a range of skin tones.
Everyone seemed to rock the traditional French tips in the 90s, and they’re still around. Not everyone’s using the regular nude or pink nails with white tips approach, though. Try a metallic rose gold with black tips or a creamy mid-tone blue with navy tips instead. The nail art products on the market make it easy to experiment. If you’re doing it at home, pick up the French manicure tip guides sold in drugstores and Ulta (usually less than $5.00) and then use your favorite colors to create new combinations.
What you don’t want is chunks of glitter all the way up to your brows. Keep the metallic finish smooth, subtle, and below the crease for the most eye-catching, updated spin on this 90s trend. Give the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow (Sephora, $32.00) a try. They come with a primer that keeps them in place.
“The Rachel” was a hit for a while, and we’ve come back to that type of hairstyle. This one’s just much easier to manage. The new style is a long bob with layering. If you want to shake up your hairstyle even more, add some subtle highlights to play up the layers and then wear it wavy. It somehow hits that magic place between sophisticated and casual, which means you can wear it anywhere.
Remember the ubiquitous CK One? You may not want to go for that particular unisex fragrance anymore, but there are newer ones on the market to fall in love with if you enjoy scents that aren’t too feminine or masculine. Try Bvlgari’s Eau Parfumée Green Tea (Sephora, $65.00 for 1.33 oz.), which contains notes like Italian bergamot, Spanish orange blossom, Ceylon cardamom, Egyptian jasmine, green tea, and smoked wood.
Vampy Berry Lips
Vampy berry lips look especially sexy these days with eye makeup that balances them out (think subtle smoky eyes instead of bare lids and lashes). Just as with the nude lip trend, look for a shade that’s creamy and at least semi-sheer. The heavy, opaque, matte berry shades are best left to the past. Consider Yves Saint-Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Color in Mouthwatering Berry (Sephora, $36.00).
Bet you never thought you’d see this one come back in a big way. This time, the shades are a little darker (mid-tone to dark blues instead of frosty and pale), light-reflecting without glitter or intense shimmer, and stick to the lids with a matte neutral brown in the crease. Mix things up by using a mid-tone blue on the inner half of the lid blended with a darker shade on the outer half. Blend a warm brown in the crease and a shade that’s just barely lighter than your skin tone on the brow bone. Try the Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Collection in Blue Had Me at Hello (Walmart, $4.68) and any medium toned matte or satin brown shadow.
Frost Finish Lipsticks
Look for just a hint of frost and a semi-sheer finish. It’ll be enough to reflect light and make your lips look plump without looking like you stepped back in time for a while and came back with your favorite lipstick from 1995. A light application of MAC’s O or Angel (MACCosmetics.com, $17.00) will give you a slightly frosted golden berry or medium pink lip, respectively.
Even if you said you’d never revisit those 1990s trends you’ve looked back on in photographs with a cringe, these may make you want to rethink your decision. The new textures and application methods have been updated just enough to look fresh while still invoking that 1990s vibe.