The best 90's hair and makeup trends that are back
While some of the beautyhaven team were still in nappies during the 90's, a group of us have been reminiscing over some of our favourite trends and laughed over some of the ones we would rather forget (thank goodness there wasn’t social media back then – our pencil-thin brows wouldn’t be able to handle the influx of mockery). But, we did all agree on some of the looks that have had a trend-revival and graced some of the hottest celebs of late – we round up some of our faves - prepare to catapult back in time as you glance over these looks, all the while humming a Whitney Houston track.
Back in the day, no lily-white complexion was complete without a slick of brown lipstick - teamed with harsh lip liner of course. One of the most steadfast trends for this era was wearing a dark lip and we didn't care if the shade of brown was right for our skin tone or not, we wore it proudly. Fast forward to now, and the brown is back baby! Thanks to the likes of lipstick mogul, Kylie Jenner and her world-famous makeup collection, Kylie Cosmetics, the shade True Brown is an updated and current version of the shade that adorned many a teenger girls lips.
You haven't lived unless you've experienced rocking crimped locks. Think Christina Aguilera and you're on the right track to how they used to be worn - of course always combined with multi-coloured streaks and woven in extensions, not to mention faux dreads. A trend we really didn't think would make it back onto the scene, but we're digging it. And, we're sorry, but if the holy grail of heated hair tools launches a crimper, then it's gotta be cool again right?!?! Thanks ghd and Gigi Hadid for helping to bring this iconic 90's trend back to into our lives - we thank you from the bottom of our crimped ends.
Can we get a 'hell yeah' for the baby buns, or space buns as the 2018 version is referred to. These little pint-size horns made their way onto the scene in the 90's with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Bjork and how could we not mention Baby Spice, all wearing their hair in this cute-as-a-button style. And, they're back with a vengeance and looking as gorgeous as they did back then. With the #spacebun hashtag coming in at over 220,000, there's no denying that girls everywhere are throwing their locks into this fun and equally adorable hairstyle again.
Gwyneth Paltrow did it best in 1996 at the premiere of Emma, so much so it sparked a feature in Vogue titled, 'The 12 times Gwyneth Paltrow sparked 90's hair envy'. And then of course you have the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Aniston and how could we forget Alicia Silverstone who all embraced the trend with full force. Those two lifeless sections of hair that hung on either side of our faces became a much-loved style for all and no up-do was complete without them. The updated version of this sees celebs and the likes revisiting the style with a more relaxed take on the tendrils. Soft pieces of hair pulled out all around the base brings a youthful, lived-in feel that Khloe K shows off so well here.
The shag cut
The memo to hairdressers when it came to this cut was 'the shaggier the better'. Back in the 90's, this cut reigned supreme in the sexy-stakes. And it's back with Chloe Moretz being one of the brave ones to give it a whirl. While Chloe favours a natural look to her makeup she set tongues wagging when she revisited the cut that made the likes of Meg Ryan so famous. Short and choppy, 'the shag" as it was so lovingly called had haidressers snipping and shaping like crazy back then, lopping off locks left, right and centre in the bid to achieve this sassy cut. Blunt lines and bold bangs are the essentials for rocking this iconic cut.
And last but by no means least, how could we not have a slide for all the trends we hope never come back!
Excess body glitter had its time and place, but we're pretty stoked that sparkly, sticky, glue-like gel has stayed in the 90's where it belongs. A trend which has many women my age cursing is the emaciated brow phase - thick, lustrous arches were obliterated and made into a shape that resembles the famous fast food golden arches. Thankfully LiBrow and other brow products are in our lives to undo the damage the 90’s did to them. Chunky, fake looking highlights anyone? Luckily we still love Ginger Spice enough to forgive her for bringing this hideous hair look in to our lives. We’re all for a bit of crazy when it comes to our hair, but hair knots and twists to create fountains and a million and one spiral hair clips is not on our list of trends we ever want to see making a comeback. And finally, the frosted, iridescent whitey-blue eyeshadow that adorned all of our eyelids – what were we thinking?! We’re happy to keep that one reserved for the old photo albums at Mum and Dad’s.
Which one of these trends take you right back to the 90's.
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