The '90s was considered as the alternative era, a time when both grunge dressing and the all too colorful butterfly clips existed together. And as fashion insiders know, what goes around comes around. While there were a lot of cringe-worthy makeup fads we’d like to forget, we can’t deny that the yesteryear also inspired today’s beauty trends. So hop on the déjà vu train and recreate the best of the '90s makeup looks without looking dated.
EASY: Deep berry lips
Rich rubies and sangria-hued lips will never go out of style. Channel your inner vamp and sport some dark reds. Skip the full liner like the '90s gals and blot your smoochers for a lived-in look instead. Veer away from the full face makeup and let your vixen lips do the talking for you. Add some gloss if you’re feeling extra sultry for a more glammed up look.
IMAGE MAC, Nyx
MAC Mattene lipstick, Rustan's Department Stores; NYX Full Throttle lipstick in Nightcrawler, SM North EDSA
MODERATE: Blue eyeshadow
Mermaid lids are back! Avoid looking like a face-painted clown with blue eyeshadows by choosing a matte formula over frosty ones like what they sported in the yesteryear. Remember that less is more when it comes to applying some periwinkle to your peepers. Aim for a watercolor wash by diffiusing the formula with a fluffy brush. Add a slightly darker shade of blue on the outer corner of your eyes for dimension.
IMAGE NARS, BYS
NARS matte eyeshadow in China Blue, Rustan's Department Stores; BYS 5 Palette Eyeshadow Moonlit Shores, Rustan's Department Stores
HARD: Brown palette makeup
You can achieve the '90s makeup look by wearing just one shade—brown! The grunge year made chocolate hues cool. From eyeshadows to blushers and lips, it enlightened us that browns are flattering for everyone. But don’t get stuck in the last decade by using their old techniques. For your lids, opt for a lighter shade of brown. Keep it glossy by adding a little petroleum jelly if you want a sleek look. Ditch the brown blush and pile on the highlighter on your cheekbones instead. Control your look’s intensity with your lips. Skip the gloss and go matte for a full and luscious pout!
IMAGE MAC, Maybelline, NARS, Makeup Forever
MAC Viva Glam Ariana I, Rockwell; Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds lipstick in Chocoholic, Watsons; MAC Eyeshadow X 9: Amber Times Nine, Rockwell; NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Tan Lines, Podium; MakeUp Forever Pro Light Fusion Undetectable Luminizer, Rockwell
Main image and photos from Mac, Maybelline, NARS, Makeup Forever, BYS, Nyx