Resurgence Of The 90’s Makeup Era

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2023 witnessed many swoon-worthy trends and makeup crazes. A makeup trend that profoundly knocked on our doors and left all of us startled is the comeback of 90s makeup. This autumn, look sprightly with the beauty’s best trends.  

Frosted Eye Shadows

Frosted Eyeshadow

Statement eyes have not only taken over the runways but have also flourished on social media. Complementing the summer aesthetics, the frosted eye shadow trend adds a pop of colour to your eyes. Captivating all the attention we could see many fashion enthusiasts embrace this vibrant trend including Hailey Bieber, Gigi Hadid and Doja Cat. This saga of playful colours was initiated during the 90s and was a cult favourite back then. The 90’s colour palette was a mélange of iridescent lilacs, vivid lavenders, frosted silver, icy blue and pale pink. Frosted eye shadow levels up the mermaid core aesthetic, a ravishing trend embracing the under-ocean princess. To achieve this look, sweep the shimmer eyeshadow only on the eye socket, middle under-eye or inner corners and contour with muted shades to give more dimension. Amplify your look by keeping the rest of the makeup sophisticated and minimal. 

WA Recommendations: Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Thessalonique and Jill Stuart Bloom Couture Eyeshadow Palette in 07 La La Hydrangea 

Brown Lips 

Brown Lips

Red pouty lips are fascinating but a classy shade of brown on the lips exudes elegance. 90’s era swung in the direction of brown, rust, and beige lip colours. This autumn season, we are opting for classic darker lips. Shades of brown like dark berry, mahogany, wine or coffee suit many people’s aesthetics, including the dark academia and fairy core aesthetics. Earlier brown lip colours were paired with smokey eyes and minimal makeup. You can achieve smacking hot lips and slay this trend by steering away from an uber matte finish and choosing a lip shade with a dash of shine in it. Apply the lipstick at the centre of your lips and blur it outwards for a ‘hastily applied’ look. 

WA Recommendations: Gucci Beauty Matte Lipstick in 605 Vienna Amaranth, Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 72 Mysterieuse

Monochromatic Makeup

Monochromatic Makeup

Monochromatic dressing dominated the year 2022, subsequently, monochromatic makeup will lead the charge in 2023. Monochromatic makeup involves applying colour of the same shade to multiple areas of the face to demonstrate a balanced and effortless look. The key is to mix and match the application on the cheeks, lips and eyes. You can match the colour of your lips to your eyes or cheeks to your lips to ace this look. For instance, apply a nude shade on your lips and a matching soft coffee-toned eyeshadow on the eyes or use lipstick as a cream blush and as your lip colour. An array of options are available in this look, from bold and bright to soft and subtle, you can choose this raging look according to your skin tone.

WA Recommendations: Urban Decay Naked Half-Baked Mini Eyeshadow Palette.

Grunge Smoky Eyes 

Grunge Smoky Eyes

An element aligned towards grunge and gothic style rather than soft and pretty hues, grunge smokey eyes are for the bold and daring ones. Grungy eyeliner was super popular in the 90s. From Gigi Hadid accentuating this look with bleached brows and Julia Fox acing the look with a spin, grunge smokey eye is the latest fad. You can effortlessly attain this smudgy effect by applying liner and then splashing your face with water for a messier look. For a cleaner finish, you can apply layers of kohl to line your eyes and then smudge it with a firm brush. You can cap off this look with a fresh, dewy complexion, bare shiny lips and slicked-back hair for a polished charm. 

WA Recommendations: Dior 5 Couleurs Couture in 079 Black Bow and Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Dramatic Eyeliner in Café Noir 

Bleached Brows 

Bleached Brows - 90's Makeup

The retro makeup trend saw the rise of dramatic eyebrows. 90s makeup was all about natural glam but explored unconventional eyebrows. ‘Barely There’ brows were de rigueur at the latest red carpets and runways. The 90s makeup craze was to transform the brows into oblivion but the skinny brows trend has elevated and showered us with the best of it. Dropping off the tweezers to avoid permanent damage, you can bleach your brows. Lighten your brows with brow mascara or bleach them one shade lighter to adept the look. Always on the top of the fashion curve, Kendal Jenner paired bleached eyebrows with a risqué gown at the World’s most prestigious and glamorous fashion event. 

WA Recommendations: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde and Cle de Peau Beaute Eyebrow Gel in 103 Blonde

Glossy Pout 

Glossy Pout - 90's Makeup

Barbiecore beauty has been on the rise this year, be it popping fuchsia pink attires, bold blushes or glossy lips, this trend appraises your feminine enigma. 90s obsession with lip glosses continues to have a moment in recent runways and red carpets. After grinding on matte lip products for years, we are now digging for juicy and shiny lips. Lip glosses have now become a staple in our vanity. This trend is quite practical and functional. Glossy lips make you feel alive and energetic. You can pair glossy lips with dewy makeup for that high-shine look. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t require a lot of precision, and draws attention to your lips effortlessly. 

WA Recommendations: Tower 28 Shine on Lip Jelly and Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment