The 5 '90s Makeup Trends We Want to Bring Back—and 5 We Want to Forget for Good

Courtney Higgs
·4 min read

Makeup trends come and makeup trends go—such is life. From Twiggy's iconic eyelashes that defined the '60s to the neon blush that took hold in the '80s, there are more archived makeup trends out there than we can even count. But every so often we're reminded of those beauty-related relics from the past that feel like they could fit right into the modern zeitgeist without a second thought. When considering the '90s, in particular, there are a few instances where that's the case.

That's not to say that all of the makeup trends from that decade should make a comeback any time soon. (More on that later.) But, if you're as nostalgic as we are, then you'll appreciate this rundown of the five makeup trends from the MTV era that we would (and do!) wear right now. And to keep it all the way real, we're also pinpointing the five we really don't care to see again. Keep scrolling for the greatest makeup hits and the most epic makeup misses of the '90s.

Hit: Glossy Lips

Clear, colored, glittery, or matte, a glossy lip is an easy way to add a youthful pop to any makeup look. Shown here on Gwyneth Paltrow in a peachy hue, this high-shine look still translates decades later.

Must-Have Products:

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee ($4)

Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss in Unripe Cherry ($18)

Kevin Aucoin Glass Glow Lip Gloss in Crystal Cleas ($16)

Miss: Frosty Lips

The '90s were a frosty decade. From hair to eyes to lips, there was a serious trend of keeping things icy. Unfortunately, the look is dated and nowadays reads unsophisticated.

Hit: Bold Brows

Brooke Shields was the exception back in the day for rocking thick, bold eyebrows. When all of Hollywood seemed the glom onto barely there brows, this icon stuck with a more full look, and we're willing to bet she's so happy she did—full brows have made a triumphant return, and the looks just keep getting bushier.

Must-Have Products:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($23)

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Medium ($19)

Damone Roberts Eyebrow Powder Eyeliner Brush ($28)

Miss: Skinny Brows

It's no secret that the unfortunate lot of us who put our brows through this over-tweezed hell are still paying the consequences. This trend is a thing of the past.

Hit: Vivid Blue Eye Shadow

Vivid eyelid hues were certainly all the rage in the '90s, and we can see why. The potent dose of color, especially those in the blue color family, is so chic.

Must-Have Products:

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Grand Bleu ($5)

Nars Single Eyeshadow in Showgirl ($19)

Glamierre Neon Loose Pigment in Bora Bora ($6)

Miss: Frosty Blue Eye Shadow

Again with the frost—it's still a no from us. Sorry not sorry.

Hit: Glowy Skin

There's nothing better than a sunkissed glow to keep the skin looking as fresh as a daisy. We love the seamless dimension in '90s-era Beyoncé's face. It's soft and elegant and makes it look like she's glowing from within (which she definitely is).

Must-Have Products:

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop ($38)

Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Palette ($64)

Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone ($22)

Miss: Ultra-Bright Concealer

Let's face it: Makeup artists were concealer happy 20-something years ago. Everyone who was anyone back then has got their fair share of red carpet photos with a blinding flashback radiating from under their eyes. Pass.

Hit: Black Eyeliner

This may be a controversial pick, but we're big fans of black eyeliner on the waterline. Makeup has softened in many ways since the '90s, but we're still so into this particular memento from the grunge era. Done right, like it was here on Jennifer Aniston, the look delivers the perfect amount of drama.

Must-Have Products:

Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Black ($29)

Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Sleek Onyx ($6)

Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in Xtreme Black ($28)

Miss: Spider Lashes

We're not sure why this trend gained as much popularity as it did, but we're just not fans of the spider-leg mascara look. Call us crazy, but we'd rather lengthen and define our fringes, not clump them together.

Up next: I watched The Craft last night and now all I want to do is wear dark lipstick.

This article was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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