'90s Beauty Is Back & We're Ready to Rock These Old-School Trends (PHOTOS)

'90s Beauty Is Back & We're Ready to Rock These Old-School Trends (PHOTOS)

lupita makeupEverything old is new again -- is that how the saying goes? It certainly applies to a lot of those '90s beauty trends we used to know and love ... they're baaaaaaack! But they're better than before. Honest.

I was a teenager in the '90s, and I vividly recall the lengths to which I would go to achieve the perfect, uber-matte lipstick. It involved a trip over the Golden Gate bridge to buy a special red lipstick at vintage haven American Rag in San Francisco, and then layering it on my lips with face powder. (Yeah. That trend isn't one we're psyched to revive.)

But some of the really pretty ones are, with tips for updating those looks for the new millennium!


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  • The Dark Berry Lip


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    Here we have model Poppy Delevingne demonstrating not one, but two '90s trends that are back with a vengeance: the dark berry lip ... and the choker! Thank you, Poppy! This vampy lip looks more va-va-voom than vampire, since Poppy's also sporting bronzed glow and a soft smoky eye -- and not a pale, matte face.

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  • Get the Dark Berry Lip Look


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    Wearing dark lipstick can be tricky -- you don't want to look like you're dressing up for Halloween (or like you just ate something dark red -- yikes!). Choose a formula that's not too matte, because a moisturizing, glossy effect -- like Sephora Collection Rouge Cream in Truth or Dare ($12.50, sephora.com) -- is easier to pull off. To keep your dark lipstick in place, lightly line your lips with a nude liner before you apply!

  • The Updated French Manicure


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    We're not talking about those French acrylic tips your BFF's mom had in high school! (Or was that just me?) We're talking updated, super-chic takes on the classic look, like this dreamy design created by butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes for the Creatures of the Wind Spring 2016 Fashion Week show.

    Recreate it yourself following Katie's steps:

    1. Apply a base coat like butter LONDON Nail 999 Rescue Basecoat ($40 for topcoat and basecoat, butterlondon.com) to add shine to the nail.

    2. Then apply an opaque, warm gray creme like butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Over The Moon ($18, butterlondon.com) to the tips of each nail.

    3. Apply a shiny, platinum like butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer ($15, butterlondon.com) with a finger to create an ombré fade, which allows the darker shade to come through softly for added dimension and an ultra-modern effect.

    4. Lastly, top the nail off with a topcoat like butter LONDON Nail 999 Topcoat ($40 for topcoat and basecoat, butterlondon.com).

  • Or Get a Colorful French Mani


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    Created by nail artist Ashley Crowe for Local Eclectic, this geometric take on a French manicure looks even more on-trend with a cool midi-ring. You can check out the surprisingly easy-to-follow nail art tutorial to recreate the look yourself!

  • Shimmery Eyeshadow


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    Does anyone else here find Lupita Nyong'o painfully pretty? Like, I can barely take how gorgeous she is? Here she is looking ridiculously beautiful as always, with shimmery, slate gray eye shadow. This is how to take a '90s trend (remember shiny, white eye shadow?) and bring it into the next century!

  • Get the Shimmery Eyeshadow Look


    For a rich, pigmented look like Lupita's on the previous slide, a cream eye shadow like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Galaxy ($26, bobbibrowncosmetics.com) is your best bet. It'll look luxe, not cheap and powdery.

  • Visible Roots


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    Think back to the days of Drew Barrymore or Courtney Love, with their super hard roots and their bleach-blond hair. Edgy! Now, visible roots are completely acceptable once again, but in a softer, gentler way.

    The ombré trend has hit its peak (for now), but Khloe Kardashian here shows that dark roots that blend into golden blond, for example, still look stylish and sexy. She's also demonstrating another '90s beauty trend, which we'll get to in a second. Thanks, Khloe!

  • How to Work Your Roots


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    There's absolutely no need to fear roots, or pull a Kim Kardashian and run to the salon three times in as many weeks if you go blond. (I read that, so it must be true! Also I'm pretty sure it's documented on Instagram.)

    The key is not having that harsh line between roots and the rest of your hair, which is why balayage or hair-painting is so great. "This looks really nice paired with the long, beachy wave look," says Melissa Kaufman, color director of Robert Gold Salon & Spa in Evanston, Illinois. "It also gives a great amount of movement and dimension to hair, without seeming so deliberate."

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  • Blue Eyeliner


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    Remember that shiny, light periwinkle eyeliner you totally loved in junior high? Yeah. Emma Stone shows how to rock blue eyeliner today: go bold and electric.

  • Get the Blue Liner Look


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    With any eyeliner, but especially a brightly colored one, what you don't want is smearing. First, start with a great eye makeup primer. I love Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20, sephora.com). IT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE! I swear! Then, choose a deeply pigmented eyeliner designed to stay put, like Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Majorelle Blue ($19, sephora.com). It really lives up to its promise of being "creamy and long-lasting."

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