Along with combat trousers, wide-leg jeans and mini bags, ‘90s beauty trends are back in a big way this season. While some are better off leaving firmly in the past (think frosted lips, skinny eyebrows, and OTT blue eyeshadow), there are some that we’re welcoming back with open arms. From lip liner to velvet skin, smudged eyes and the return of the nudes, this is how to work ‘90s beauty trends in 2021.
While our obsession with dewy skin is going nowhere fast, flawless, buffed skin is starting to make its return. Go for long-lasting matte foundations that give a soft-focus finish. Blend away any imperfections and dark circles with a creamy concealer. And finish with a soft powder applied to the t-zones and brushed lightly across the skin.
Lip liner has slowly been making a resurgence as we ditch the face masks, but this time we’re all for soft browns and fresh pinks. Trace the edges of your lip with a pencil to give a defined outline to your pout – you can even use it to extend your natural lip line for a fuller effect – and merge with a clear gloss or balm applied to the centre of the lips. Easy.
The New Nudes
From J. Lo’s peachy shades to Drew Barrymore’s soft brown tones, the ‘90s were synonymous with the nude lip. But for 2021, things have moved on a little. Charlotte Tilbury’s pinky Pillow Talk is said to pair with every skin tone, while Natasha Denona has created a range of over 17 nude shades, taking you from a barely-there Michelle to a rich Lala.
With the addition of masks to our everyday lives, there came a renewed focus on the eyes. From lashings of mascara to graphic liner trends, amongst the ‘90s eye trends to make a comeback was the smudged, kohl look. The most important tool in your makeup bag? An old school soft liner. Use it to blend, smudge and line your lids in one. The quickest route to keeping the look 2021 fresh? Pair with dusty pinks on the cheeks and lips to ensure skin looks healthy and flushed, not pale and pasty.
Matte Brown Lids
The key here is to keep things soft and natural. Think Calvin Klein CK One adverts from the ‘90s: a mix of satin and matte textures in warm browns and peaches. Apply a palette of brown eyeshadows to the lids and blend out to the crease with a fluffy brush. The finishing touch? A nude, peachy lip that leaves lips looking naturally healthy.