Trending: Y2K Beauty

Trending: Y2K Beauty

TRENDING:

Y2K Beauty

Fashion and beauty trends have a habit of recycling themselves. In the last year alone we’ve seen a resurgence of the ‘70s aesthetic (thanks to the release of Daisy Jones and The Six) and a newfound love for ‘90s beauty, spurred on by the revival of the ultimate It girl, Pamela Anderson and the the OG Supers. But the aesthetic that has the beauty world in a chokehold? Y2K. To date, #Y2K has racked up 23.5 billion views on TikTok, and our love for all things Noughties is going nowhere. With the 20th anniversary of The O.C., aka, the Holy Grail of the Y2K aesthetic, and the upcoming memoir of a miss Britney Jean Spears, Y2K fever is going nowhere. If anything, it’s just getting bigger.

From frosted lids and ultra-straight hair to excessive lip liner and a high-gloss pout, all the trends we thought we left in the Noughties are back. Of course, (thanks to Gen Z), they've been given a new lease of life and we’re obsessed. From tips and tricks to the best products to use, we’re breaking down the hottest Y2K beauty trends you need on your radar.

FROSTED LIDS AND GLITTER

In 2023, we’re coveting beauty looks that look like they were pulled out of a Noughties nightclub. The reason? Well, ‘00s beauty was all about having fun and we can’t get enough of that right now. This time around, the looks are taking a softer approach. Think baby blues, pale pinks and minty greens, with a tiny bit of shimmer for a frosted finish. And, last but not least, glitter.

HIGH-GLOSS LIP

Lips that you could spot from a mile away... Think thick, sheeny formulas (without the stickiness), that effortlessly glide over lips for an eye-catching finish. Pro tip? Get your hands on a clear lip formula, like Iconic London’s Lustre Lip Oil, so you can layer it on top of your go-to lipstick for a high-shine effect. Get ready to layer up and prepare for a seriously glossy finish.

LOT'S OF LIP LINER 

The ‘90s were all about a minimalist, barely-there makeup look, but the turn of the century saw a more-is-more approach take hold. Cue excessive amounts of dark lip liner, with pouts outlined in rich brown shades that didn't necessarily match your lipstick. From Y2K poster girl Bella Hadid to perennial hot girl, Megan Thee Stallion, this trend is everywhere again. Top tip? Focus the lip liner on the centre of your lips, keeping it soft in the corners, then go over with lipstick.

SUPER-STRAIGHT HAIR

We love a bouncy blow-dry and natural curls but there’s something about dead-straight hair that just hits the spot. Maybe it’s because it’s easier to manage on a night out? Or maybe it’s generally just easier to achieve. Trying to nail smooth, sleek hair? Opt for a pair of Hair Straighteners from GHD and comb down any baby hairs with Larry King’s Flyaway Kit. A sleek, manageable blow-dry with little effort required? You can thank us later.

HAIR SLIDES

 In the mood for a major throwback to the aughts? You need to invest in some hair slides. Ultra-nostalgic, they also have the benefit of being super practical. Growing out a fringe? No time to restyle your hair? A cutesy little clip will be your new BFF. This time around, it’s a little less Mallrat and a little more luxe. Top of our list this season are Miu Miu’s Glitter Clips and Versace’s Galaxy Clips. Complete with icy, glitzy gems, they go big on Paris Hilton party energy. Extra points for Prada’s Tessuto Flower Hair Clip which nails both the Y2K and the corsage trend.

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