While nude dusky pinks were the lip fashion of choice throughout the 90s, a red-brown lip (think Mac Taupe or Film Noir) was 'a la mode' for those trying their hand at something a bit different. Sported by young celebrities from Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston, to Christina Aguilera and Victoria Beckham, the brown lip was particularly striking when paired with pale skin and a thinly lined eye. Translated onto the city streets, this trend was often worn with a bootlace or tattoo-style chocker necklace - both of which should definitely stay in the 90s too.
Famous as part of the 'organic eye colour' trend, matte grey eyeshadow was a popular pick for a paired down look when blended as a single colour up to the crease of the eyelid. Winged out to the sides and with nothing under the eye, this shadow emulated a 60s vibe which hasn't yet gone out of fashion. However, as a single colour I sincerely hope the dull grey hue won't be making a comeback.
Flat Matte Skin
For anyone too old to star in Saved By the Bell, the 90's skin style was all about the matte look with a barely-there hint of the dewiness we opt for today. Powdered down to prevent any shine, the trick was all in the contouring rather than highlighting. While matte skin in itself isn't a punishable offence, a face so matte it looks flat and lifeless is a world away from the more realistic radiant glows that have been developing over the past few years.
A stark contrast to the other trends of the decade, if you were secretly practising Spice Girls dance routines in your bedroom there’s a good chance you would have had some form of glitter in your makeup drawer. Glitter was everywhere. Literally: in hair sprays, body roll-ons, lipglosses and even in loose pots that were applied to the face. Luckily the chunky glitter of the 90s has been ditched in favour of subtle highlighters, reflective eye dusts and bronzing body shimmers.
The Real Grunge
Nirvana's over-casual fashion legacy was a fundemental part of the decade and the 90's grunge style showed none of the glam that it does today. Taking inspiration from Courtney Love, black eyeliner was messily smeared around the eyes (with the intention of looking like you'd slept in your makeup,) while blood-red lipstick was worn to strongly contrast against a pale complexion. With the grunge fashion taking its name from the American slang 'grungy' (which literally meant filthy,) the unwashed hair and day-old make up look can definitely stay in the 90s, in favour of this year's updated and purposeful trend.
Which 90s trends do you hope won’t be making a comeback?
Written by Kirsty Paterson