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‘90s Beauty Trends Are Making A Comeback

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(Photo : Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) For inspiration, look to '90s beauty icon and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Even in beauty trends, everyone seems to be subconsciously escaping the crazy and chaotic 2020s. Nostalgia is playing a big role in fashion and beauty that even the '90s trends that we used to laugh about are inching their way back into the spotlight. Last year, we saw the mullet on major celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Zack Efron, Billie Eilish, and Rihanna. Chrissy Teigen also bought back the "Rachel" haircut, popularized by F.R.I.E.N.D.S. alum Jennifer Aniston. Let's take a look at other '90s beauty trends that are making a comeback in 2021.


All Kinds of Bangs

Curly bangs, curtain bangs, and micro bangs were all the rage last year, and celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger tells Bustle that the bang trend will continue. This year, she says that bangs will be more on the voluminous, blown out, and full side. Reach for a volumizing mousse when you're heat styling your bangs for major body. 

High Contrast Hair Color

Look to Bella Hadid's Ginger Spice-inspired highlights or even Billie Eilish's trademark green color. While balayage, reverse balayage, and other subtly blended highlights have taken over hair trends in the past few years, this year will be bolder with neon colors, color blocks, and highly contrasting shades. Professional hair colorist Jeremy Tardo says that if you're going the DIY route at home, one way to incorporate this trend is to isolate a large section of your hair and dye it with your selected bright shade.

The Dark Lip

Donning dark lipstick ala '90s supermodel Naomi Campbell is back. To choose a flattering shade for your skin tone, celebrity makeup artist Quinn Murphy shares with Who What Wear that those with warm complexions should look for brown shades with a yellow or orange undertone while those with cool complexions should go with browns that have a red base. For universally flattering brown lipsticks, try Nyx Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in Dubai, and Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Protector, Nars Audacious Lipstick in Aya, Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Matte Lipstick in Diva/Mocha, and Glossier Generation G in Leo.

Also read: Celebrity Makeup Artists Predict That Lipstick Will Make A Comeback in 2021

Brown Makeup

Like brown lipstick, brown eye and face palettes will take over 2021. Chanel makeup artist and groomer Tasha Reiko Brown tells Bustle that it's all about the casual and natural glamour seen on '90s supermodels and actresses. Think Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell.

Skinny Eyebrows

While full and fluffy brows are still in demand, skinny eyebrows will also be making a statement this year. Makeup artist Erin Parsons, who's been giving Bella Hadid slimmer brows lately, says that if you want to try this trend, shave instead of tweezing. Tweezing will make hairs harder to grow back and if you're not feeling the skinny brow look, you'll end up with it for longer than you'd like.

Hair Accessories

As Who What Wear predicted last year, '90s hair accessories are back with a vengeance. The claw clip was seen on Bella Hadid and Hailey Beiber last year, and other accessories will soon follow. Oversized scrunchies, bucket hats, wide headbands, driving scarves, Western hats, braided headbands, mini jaw clips, hair pins, and barrettes will take their share of the limelight. Tardo says Etsy is a great source for these hair accessories.

Related article: The Top Hairstyle Trends You Can Expect to See in 2021

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