History tends to repeat itself and the saying definitely holds true in the beauty and fashion world. The ‘90s may remind us of our favorite games, cartoons, movies, songs, toys, etc. But let’s not forget about fashion in the ‘90s. And lucky or unlucky for you, some trends are making quite a comeback.
Take a look at the beauty statements from yesterday that are getting a modern makeover.
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1. WINE LIPSTICK
The wine lip trend was popular as early as the 1920s and ’30s, spotted on stars like Clara Bow. The color is a dead ringer for the wine shade, and this trend will be in this year.
2. NUDE LIPS
From Brigitte Bardot to Kim Kardashian, a sexy flesh-toned lipstick is a trend that transcends bombshells of every generation. “A nude lip is always sexy,” Kardashian told us. We agree! The pale color is great for balancing a dramatic eye, but can make a statement worn on its own.
3. VOLUMINOUS NATURAL CURLS
In the midst of the disco era, Diana Ross formed her natural curls into a trendy rounded coiff, acting as a hair muse for women in the ’70s. Today’s version, as seen on Solange Knowles, packs the same amount of volume, but with a more effortless texture. “Natural hair has the versatility of being able to do so many things,” Knowles told InStyle.
4. THE TOP KNOT
It has been decades since she debuted her tiara-adorned updo in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but Audrey Hepburn’s timeless style choices continue to inspire the looks of today. Case in point: Jennifer Lopez’s oversized bun at the 2012 Academy Awards. Although the star went sans hair accessory and choppy fringe, the style’s Holly Golightly vibe was undeniable.
5. PINK HAIR
In the late ’90s, Gwen Stefani swapped her signature platinum cut for a high-impact pink flip, which she kept for the cover of No Doubt’s Return of Saturn album. While January Jones’s rosy highlights may not be as punk rock as Stefani’s full color, they’re a modern take on the look with a touch of runway inspiration. “I was following the shows for spring/summer and was looking for trends and colors when I came across rose gold highlights from the Peter Som runway,” said Jones’s colorist, Jennifer J., “I asked January to check out the trend online and she loved it!”
6. CASCADING WAVES
Although Jessica Alba’s ombre highlights are a modern trend, her defined waves act as a nod to silver screen icon Veronica Lake. “The key to this look is a flawless blowout,” said hairstylist Harry Josh, who works with Rose Byrne. “The waves need to be completely controlled, and any hint of frizz will disrupt the style.”
7. ’60S LASHES
Between the mod looks showcased by Twiggy and Ginnifer Goodwin, it seems that the only thing to change was each stars’ hair color! British model Twiggy was a trendsetter in her heyday, inspiring women everywhere to work a pixie cut with pieces false lashes. Her influence continues, with Goodwin trying her hand at the look. A swipe of peach shadow along her lower lashline added a modern touch.
8. THE CAT-EYE
Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick knew a thing or two about a statement eye. The actress was known to layer sets of faux lashes on top of her graphic, winged-out liner. Lauren Conrad serves as the modern queen of the cat-eye, and although the star went without the rows of falsies, the precise noir shape remains the same.
9. BLUE EYE SHADOW
The blue eye shadow often channels quintessentially ’80s looks like the multi-toned one seen on Olivia Newton-John, but today’s version is a softer take on the trend. At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Nicole Richie concentrated the bold shade just on her lids, then blended out the edges for a natural-looking fade. The azure feel continued with a swipe of navy liner along her waterline.
10. HALF-MOON MANICURE
The recent nail art surge has taken the beauty world by storm, and although the half-moon pattern Kerry Washington wore offered a new take on the traditional nude nail, the manicure is actually a throwback to the ’30s and ’40s when sirens like Joan Crawford lacquered up in the design.
11. FRENCH MANICURES
Next to the perfect red lip, nothing is more timeless than a French manicure. The white-tipped nails seen on Tallulah Bankhead seem to have been around forever, giving off a classic, elegant feeling. Celebrities have been getting creative with their manis lately, and Julianne Hough nailed the reverse-French look and added a modern color palette to the traditional pattern.
12. ’90S GRUNGE
All things in the ’90s seem to be having a renaissance these days and Drew Barrymore’s grungy look fits right in with today’s trends right down to her burgundy lip. Although Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had a slightly different style back then, the twins’ smoky shadow and tousled waves serve as a nod to the glory days of Nirvana and flannel shirts.