The 90s makeup trend that's back in a big way
No longer reserved for an iconic #tbt or #fbf to icons of the era, beauty looks that were BIG in the 90s are now also considered peak 2020.
The decade that brought us Friends, the Spice Girls, scrunchies, Brad and Jen, scarf halters and the like (all regaining their place in the spotlight more recently) also bought us Supers like Helena Christensen, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and of course Cindy Crawford, each with their own beauty quirks that were adopted en mass. Think BIG hair, fine brows, tendrils and brown lipstick.
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Weirdly enough they are all on our radar right now! It’s not really surprising, as we do tend to cycle back around to the 90s for style inspiration periodically, but there’s one look in particular that's becoming unavoidable everywhere - and for good reason.
Lips that look slightly bigger and more lush are high on our beauty agenda and achieving them thanks to fillers is totally doable, but there are plenty of us wanting to get the look without the needle (nor the expense!)
The answer? Sculpting lips to perfection with a brownish lip pencil to make your pout look plush, byo gloss.
bhs loves: Rimmel Oh My Gloss in Crystal Clear, $15.99; Australis Grlboss High Shine Lip Gloss, $18.49; Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip Scrub, $16; MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Stripdown, $38; Bareminerals Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liner in On Point, $28
Here are a few easy steps to making the look work:
Step one: This is not a trend to try with dry lips, so get a good lip care regime and prep before starting by removing any dry skin by massaging a gentle lip scrub over lips and removing with a tissue or damp flannel.
Step two: Arm yourself with the perfect brown-ish lip pencil in a shade slightly darker than your natural lip tone. Some people already have this variation in their lip tone naturally, so it's just a matter of playing it up! If you have a pale complexion a more rose-toned pencil might work and if you have deep complexion try a deeper chestnut hue. According to makeup guru Huda Kattan, overlining is key. “The 90s makeup trend was to have super symmetrical-looking lips, so the top and bottom lips would be of equal size. Start by overlining your lips with a long-lasting lip pencil and draw just slightly over your natural lip line, trying to make the width of your lips as similar as possible.”
Step three: Instead of filling in your lips entirely with pencil, concentrate the colour in the outer corners, sketching it slightly towards the centre but fading it out in an ombre effect, so the contrast between the liner and your natural lip colour is still visible.
Step Four: Fill the centre with gloss in a slightly lighter shade or even a clear gloss to let your natural lip tone show.
Voila! Now get gouting! The same approach can be taken with slightly more pink or rose-nude shades if you’re going for a less throwback look and gives the same lip plumping effect.