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90s makeup is the easiest for me to recreate because I witnessed and wore it with so much passion. 90s girl here babe! Brown matte lips, matte face, matte smudged eyeshadow, even greasy out-of-bed-hairstyle. Of course don’t forget the fashion staples then: cool kids wear Doc Martens, pants got to be Girbaud, hipsters wear Benetton, trendsetters flash Pop Swatch, it’s Guess shirt or nothing. I was a diehard fan of Beverly Hills 90210 mainly because of Luke Perry a.k.a Dylan! And yeah, I danced to hip hop and went gaga over alternative rock. Seriously the best era.
90s makeup is a trend right now albeit with different interpretations. I’m sticking with what I know and how I wore it back in the day: everything matte. Here’s a quick tutorial down memory lane…
1) Apply matte foundation and concealer as you normally would. I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation and NARS creamy concealer. Estee Lauder dries to a matte finish so I didn’t set it with finishing powder. However for my under eyes, I used BECCA mineral powder to set the concealer.
2) Apply matte nude eyeshadow from lids up to brow bone. I used Stila in the Know palette
3) Apply matte brown on crease, build the color slowly and blend out (same palette)
4) Line upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner (Marc Jacobs Blacquer), then smudge with black eyeshadow.
5) Apply a coat or two of mascara (deluxe size Dior, part of Sephora 500 points perk)
6) Apply matte bronzer. I used Guerlain Terracota Sun Celebration
7) Line lips with brown or mauve lip liner (MAC Soar)
8) Fill in with matte brown or mauve lipstick. I used Laura Geller Creme Couture Mocha Mauve
From the archive: Moi channeling Posh Spice hairdo, circa 1995
What are your memories from the 90s?
43 thoughts on “90s Makeup Tutorial”
I was a teen in the 90s, but I'm having a senior moment about my favorite parts. Mostly because my mother made me keep that high hair poof waaaaay too long after it was considered cool, lol!
LOL! tell me you used Aqua net, gotta be the strong hold!!!!
YAY for the 90's! I love the look you created!
90s running thru my vein, lol
Loving that lip color on you!
I LOVE that picture of you! Also… I kind of never stopped wearing my makeup like this!
Yeah same here. I think it's in our system since we're 90s girls
LOVE this look on you!
That flashback picture is so CUTE! And I love your modern day interpretation of the 90's.
That flashback picture! LOVE IT! Posh Spice hairdo! EXTRA LOVE! I love this modernized makeup look from the 90s! Gorgeous.
yay to posh spice!!!! thanks Valesha
I did the raisin brown lipstick!
I believe yah!
rock on in the 90s! I was a teen mostly… LOVE your flashback picture 🙂
same here, teenage years…
You were so cute! Your retro look is great. I can hardly remember the nineties! I was married, working my ass off and raising a young son, hardly had time to breathe. LOL
Thanks Erika. I had so much memories from the 90s,maybe I'll do a separate throwback post 🙂
Very pretty, I like the subdued lippie on you.
I must be old because I don't see any difference in the '90's to today. LOL! You are still a beautiful woman!!!
LOL! Thanks Kimberley. I agree not much difference although modern-day version is a bit more polished
I really don't remember how I wore makeup in the 90s.. I like this look, though. It doesn't feel dated to me, though I miss your bright lippie!
LOVE that photo of you! I'm glad the 90s are back in style because I was only a wee little girl in those times 🙂
enjoy the return of 90s 🙂
La la love this look! That lippie is EVERYTHING!
This makes me want to get out my senior pictures lol. You have such a modern take on the 90s makeup look!
We would have been bffs back in the day! I love the 90s and brown lipstick will always have a special place in my heart. I went gaga over the Ultima II collection curated by Kevyn Aucoin that my mom bought (and I wish she still had) back in the 90s.
Yes I'm pretty sure we can be BFFs, play w/ all the makeups and laugh at our own naiveté
Woohoo for the 90s. Girl… you look fabulous 😀 That lip color is BOSS
You look amazing ! I wish I could play with your collection since you have so many amazing goodies!
You make the 90s look good!! But I was there and I know the truth. Hahaha. That decade was a disaster.
I am dying for that lip shade right now! Gorgeous look!
Yay for the 90s! I remember my cross colors jeans, body suits and grungy hair!
Love 90s makeup. I basically never stopped wearing it.
the 90's look good on you girl!
My version of 90's makeup would be black lip liner lol! Yours is so much better.
You look so much better in these shades than I do! Love it on you!