Ariana Grande stans, rejoice: the singer’s latest r.e.m. beauty chapter is now available at Ulta Beauty.
Alongside Chapters 1 and 2, Ulta customers can add the latest r.e.m. beauty Chapter 3 products to their carts. The newest collection features five lip products, including a balm, oil, liner, and two new formulas of the On Your Collar lipstick: a liquid version and a hydrating option packaged in a thin bullet.
“With Chapter 3, we blend the romance and retro-glamor of the ’50s’ approach to lipstick that I’ve always loved,” Grande tells InStyle. She says she’s “obsessed” with the new “high-performance” formulas, and shares a secret about the Essential Drip Lip Oil: “We brought a little skincare magic to your lips — the lip oil applicator was inspired by one of my favorite eye cream tools and really enhances the experience.”
The applicator of the r.e.m. lip oil and gloss hybrid has a unique design that includes a small metal ball at the tip, similar to eye cream products that are designed to de-puff the undereye area. The brand recommends using the metal part to apply the oil and then blending it in with the sides of the cupped applicator. Made with cocoglycerides, an emollient derived from coconut oil, the oil comes in four scents: raspberry, mint, lavender, and peach.
Fans are already fawning over the Essential Drip Lip Oil on r.e.m. beauty’s website. Shoppers love the “original design” and say the oil is “not sticky at all, has the “best cooling effect,” and makes their lips feel “10 times more moisturized.”
One thing’s for sure: You can count on r.e.m. beauty’s Chapter 3 for a plush and plump pout!
Cream bronzer is beloved among pro makeup artists because it blends seamlessly into skin, almost melting to become one with the complexion. But besides its ultra-simple application and the natural, skin-like dewy finish it creates, it’s also incredibly versatile: It can of course be used to, well, bronze, but, when applied strategically, it can also contour and sculpt the face, bring overall warmth to the chest, neck and shoulders or even serve as a neutral-toned eye shadow to build beautiful, subtle depth. What I’m really getting at here is that cream bronzer is truly the unsung hero of the makeup bag, and it’s time the product gets its due.
With that in mind, here’re some of my (and cult) favourite cream bronzers and contour sticks, with something for every skin tone, finish preference and price point. From sheer shimmers that illuminate skin, ultra-blendable mattes that create a natural effect and ingeniously designed sticks that can be swept beneath cheekbones or along the hairline with ease and precision. Look through the selection below to see them all.
SAIE Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer
Lys Beauty No Limits Cream Bronzer and Contour Stick
ELF Putty Bronzer
Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Bronzer
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Sculpting Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer
Tower28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer
Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Stick
Danessa Myricks Power Bronzer Cream Bronzer
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer
The eyes have always had it, but in the age of ongoing face mask-wearing, extra attention is being paid to the gaze. In lieu of red lips, it’s perennially classic and universally flattering cat eyeliner that’s receiving renewed focus. “Now more than ever, eyeliner is the most effective tool to instantly enhance the shape of the eyes, express our mood, and accentuate our unique individuality,” says Gina Brooke, who paints winged eyes on clients including Cate Blanchett and Sofia Boutella. From creating a flattering base to drawing on the perfect eye-elongating wing, here pro makeup artists reveal their tricks for nailing cat eyeliner.
Start by tightlining
To begin, make-up artist Emily Cheng, who works with Yara Shahidi and Laura Harrier, recommends tightlining, also known as the invisible eyeliner technique, which consists of “applying eyeliner in between the lashes” to make them appear thicker and fuller at the roots. It will create a base for a richer, longer-lasting cat-eye look.
Swipe on a natural eyeshadow
After pro Tasha Reiko Brown (who works with Alicia Keys and Tracee Ellis Ross) tightlines, she adds a sheer swipe of a light, natural eyeshadow on the lids for a clean backdrop to add contrast. “Use a domed eyeshadow brush to apply a warm natural brown in the crease,” instructs Brown. To double down on brightening the eye area, Brooke recommends adding a neutral, flesh-toned liner at the inner corners of the eye, as well as to the lower inner perimeter to instantly open the eyes and ultimately create the illusion of larger eyes. “Using a gradation for colour and smudging the liner away from the upper and lower lash lash line will widen the eyes and provide a fresh, wide-eyed appearance,” she says.
Find the right texture
While there’s power in choice, sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide what type of eyeliner — easy-to-apply pencil, precise felt-tip liquid, or creamy gel with a brush — will be best for your desired cat-eye result. “The right tools and texture can make all the difference,” confirms Brooke, who prefers to use a soft angled nylon fiber lip brush with gel eyeliner for application.
Often, Cheng will take a hybrid approach. “I’ll start a wing with liquid liner and blend up and out with a black shadow,” she explains. “This will also contribute to making the eyes looking larger without the eyeliner looking like one large block.” Brown has a similar dual-minded approach, laying the groundwork with a kohl pencil before adding a layer of liquid liner, concentrating it at the base of the lashes for “sharply defined liner with a diffused edge.”
No matter what, though, it’s about finding the right balance between what’s easiest to apply for you and your desired result.
Choose your shade
“The most flattering shades are the ones you feel most confident in,” insists Brown. That being said, universally you can’t go wrong with warm, rich, deep browns to bring warmth around the eye. “It defines the eye without pulling focus and has more of a subtlety than black,” she says. For a similarly soft effect, Cheng recommends deep maroon as an alternative for a striking pop. But for the most part, she tends to stick to the ultimate classic, a highly-pigmented black liner, for a “sharp and clean” effect.
Strategise shape and lift
The intention of winged liner is to elongate the eye. To do so with optimal results, “Start with liner at the innermost corner and drag out slightly past the end of eye,” instructs Brown. “The line should be ultra-thin at the inner eye and gradually become slightly thicker as you move outwards.” One point that Brown drives home is that the tail end of liner doesn’t necessarily have to flick upwards in a cat eye motion.
“The tail end should angle slightly upwards and out for elongated eyes with a gentle lift,” says Brown. Before actually drawing on the flick or wing, really think about what kind of “lifted” look you want to achieve in the end. “Following rules of thumb for certain eye shapes won’t necessarily work in your favour as each face is a unique creation and other facial factors come into play,” she explains. “Really take a moment to analyse your face and your desired results and plan your technique from there.”
Add the flick or wing
To keep steady and trace on your ideal shape, Cheng recommends keeping your eye open and looking into the mirror with a relaxed face before attempting to sculpt the shape. “Following the curve of your bottom waterline and sweeping upward is a good place to start in finding the angle of your eyeliner,” explains Cheng. “This way you’ll avoid going too straight or too angled upwards, unless that is the look you are going for. I find following the waterline to be the most natural and flattering.”
Another thing to consider is if you want a crisp or diffused edge — the latter, which Cheng calls a “soft baby wing” delivers a softer, sheerer finish. “It instantly defines your eyes and it’s an easy way to create shape,” she says.
Clean it up and refine
No matter what your desired effect is, a tapered point Q-tip will be your best friend to clean up errors, as well as sharpen lines and shapes. “When I have a liner that has gotten too thick or to correct any mistakes, I’ll take a pointed make-up Q-tip dampened with micellar water and refine the line,” says Brown, cautioning that you should be wary of using traditional Q-tips as the fibers can get caught in mascara on lashes and travel into the eye.
Additionally, eschew make-up remover, which can disturb the surrounding make-up around the line too much and leave an oily residue (stick to micellar water instead). Another tried-and-true technique is harnessing the correcting and contrast-creating power of concealer. “Finishing with concealer underneath will also accentuate the liner,” says Cheng.
Finish with mascara
The final touch is mascara. After liner has dried, curl the lashes if desired, then wiggle it on. “The end result will give you depth and definition around the eye, and lashes that standout against brightened lids,” says Brown. For an eye-widening, wing-accenting curve, Cheng suggests “concentrating mascara on the outer corner, which will help elongate,” she says.
Beauty trends tend to be cyclical. Everything has its moment, and what’s on-trend eventually falls out of style until enough time passes — then it’s back. Now, the latest trend to re-emerge from the vault is the grunge aesthetic.
Yes, the kohl-rimmed eyes, brick-colored lipstick, and matte complexions that were popular in the ’90s have returned, and they’re all over runways, Instagram, and red carpet events.
Celebrity makeup artist and founder of KIMIKO, Dani Kimiko Vincent, says this grunge aesthetic is all about “a bold, gritty, and imperfect makeup look that eschews popular culture with defiance.”
For her, the key characteristics of the look are messy, smoked-out eyeliner, “Like you’ve been partying all night,” she says, and a deep lipstick in a dark burgundy tone. “This is not a precisely-applied lip complete with liner; it looks more like it was reapplied at 2 am in the dark bathroom of a bar.”
For celebrity makeup artist and Haus Labs global artistry director, Sarah Tanno, grunge makeup is less about the individual elements and more about the collective energy it radiates. “Grunge makeup has a ‘lived in’ vibe — it allows for more freedom in the sense that there are no rules to follow and gives off an ‘IDGAF’ attitude.”
Ahead, eight grunge-inspired makeup looks to inspire your inner angst.
Smudged-Out Smoky Eye
During the most recent New York Fashion Week, models at the Nicole Miller show wore eyeliner looks that were as bold as they were imperfect. They also wore matte foundation and matte lip colors. It was the perfect makeup look to complement the brand’s grunge-inspired clothing collection.
Models in the Alice + Olivia’s FW22 NYFW show wore glam black eyeshadow which was complemented by velvety-matte foundation makeup and a simple neutral-pink lip. “2022 is all about drawing attention to the eyes with a bold eye makeup, and grunge fits right into that with a strong, dark eye,” says Tanno.
Brick Red Lips
Shay Mitchell’s take on grunge makeup involves some of the most classic elements — that is, smoky eyeshadow and a brick red lipstick. When it comes to the latter, Tanno’s favorite product to use is the Haus Labs Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon. Try the shade ‘Wine Mouth,’ a warm mahogany brown that screams glam grunge.
The grunge makeup trend is also Versace-approved. At the most recent Milan Fashion Week show, Gigi Hadid walked the runway wearing a bold swipe of charcoal eyeshadow with a nude matte lip. The look was kicked up a notch with bleached brows.
Dark Red Lips
With smoked-out eyes and a dark lip, this look is classic grunge. “A lot of people try to update grunge makeup by making it more precise with a tidy smoky eye and a well-lined lip, but to me, this loses the rebellious essence of the look,” Vincent says. “For an updated version that still maintains the essence of grunge makeup, choose a blendable eyeliner in black or deep brown and smudge it slightly with fingers or a brush. You can even add a little gloss over the lids for an undone eye. Finish with a black volumizing mascara — and don’t worry about perfect application because the look is meant to be a bit messy.” Accentuate the look with a dark wine-colored lip color, a fresh no-makeup makeup complexion, and defined brows.
Julia Fox took the grunge makeup trend and put an editorial spin on it, opting for a thick winged liner look that was rounded and upturned at her temples. True to theme, she kept her complexion and lips matte, choosing a powdery berry color for the latter.
Sydney Sweeney chose a grunge-inspired look for a recent karaoke night. Look closely, and you’ll see smokey, kohl-rimmed eyes and a velvet matte complexion. To achieve this look for yourself, all you need is a good eyeliner pencil. Tanno recommends the Haus Labs Eye-Dentify Gel Kohl Eyeliner, and recommends applying it all along the eyelids before blending it out with a brush. “This liner has a nice slip and blendability, making it perfect to create this look and it lasts all day,” she says.
Kourtney Kardashian has been channeling a punk-grunge look for a while now, and this is a glamorous version of that aesthetic. Notice her smokey eyeshadow, defined brows, and matte complexion. Her fluttery lashes and glossy neutral-brown lip are what elevate the look and give it a modern feel.
For a similar brown-neutral lip color, makeup artist Christine Cherbonnier recommends the MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Cork. “It’s a must-have for that neutral brown lip or a base to create a red or brown undertone for many skin tones,” she says. “Every ’90s fan or makeup artist needs this color in their kit. It’s classic and timeless.“
With a focus on the eyes this season, the beauty at the Giorgio Armani fall 2022 show in Milan on Sunday night complemented a collection full of plush velvets, reflective metallics and smoky hues. Statement eyes were paired with a sophisticated nude lip on the runway.
As per the brand’s Instagram page, Mr. Armani can be found “backstage before a fashion show overseeing every detail from the beauty to the runway,” so you can see his meticulous hand in every final touch. The show was staged in a small theatre, reminiscent of an intricate jewelry box, and models walked the runway in silence. The designer’s decision not to use any music in the show was a sign of respect in light of the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine.
To emulate the Armani look, try a smoky line of eyeshadow along the crease of the eye, applied using a small but dense smudge brush. That way, the eyeshadow pigment remains while giving you the freedom to draw your cut crease with the space to smudge out (or conceal) any mistakes. To soften the eyes and brighten the look, a matte white eyeshadow was used in the inner corners, giving an ethereal halo effect and adding even more dimension to the look.
A few individual eyelash extensions were applied on the outer corners of the eyes on a number of models to achieve the right amount of flutter and lift the eyes with minimal effort. Brows were filled and extended, but the focus was on the structured eyeshadow. Using Giorgio Armani’s Lip Power, each model wore their perfect nude. The pigmented yet satin finish of the lipstick left lips looking healthy and hydrated.
Meanwhile, models’ hair was styled in cornrows or combed back and saturated with product to create a cool high-shine wet look that perfectly complemented the dazzling metallics in the collection.
When Hailey Bieber declared 2022 the year of “glazed doughnut” skin, it was inevitable that it would become one of the year’s biggest beauty trends. A tasty term used to describe ultra-hydrated and plump, dewy skin, it’s the perfect trend to try for a fresh, youthful and healthy sheen, especially now that it’s springtime.
“When you are attempting to create the glazed skin look, I would say that one of the most important steps you can take is using good skincare,” says make-up artist Vincent Oquendo. “You have to make sure that your skin is hydrated and exfoliated.”
As a first step, gentle exfoliation is key to slough off dead skin cells, and create a smooth surface for ensuing shine to bounce off. Oquendo touts exfoliating wipes, such as Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel Pads, as easy options to keep in your make-up bag, as well as Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial mask, which he is “currently obsessed with”.
As well as having excellent genetics, Bieber achieves the look by layering her skincare, starting with exfoliation and following with hydrating serums and sheet masks (she multi-masks, where you apply different masks to different parts of the face), and she has previously discussed her obsession for barrier-boosting moisturisers to seal it all in, too.
A number of excellent hydrating skincare products have recently launched that promise to get you the right level of dewiness, while simultaneously nourishing the skin and keeping it in peak condition. A good all-rounder is Lancôme’s Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum, which blends hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, ferulic acid and niacinamide to illuminate the skin, while protecting it from external aggressors and improving its appearance over time.
Meanwhile, for those with mature skin, Revive’s new Targeted Skin Filler is expensive, but excellent at plumping, softening and filling in fine lines, for the kind of cushiony skin that dreams are made of.
The trick is to employ formulas – from essences to serums – that promise to deeply hydrate. After that, seal them in using an equally hydrating moisturiser. Top tip: Bieber always applies her serum to damp skin, so it “soaks in a little better”, as she previously revealed on Instagram.
To amp up dewiness in all the right places, melting a face oil into the high points of the face (namely the upper cheekbones), can help deliver a sumptuously healthy sheen in seconds. Of course, depending on your skin type and how well you get on with oils, make-up is also an option to create the same finish.
Important note: forget anything shimmery or pearlescent. Oquendo is a big fan of Kevyn Aucoin’s Glass Glow Face and Body Gloss: “It comes in a few different shades, so no matter your skin tone, it always gives an otherworldly shine,” he says. Other excellent glazing products to try include Chanel’s Baume Essentiel, and Glossier’s Future Dew.
The last thing to note is that glazed skin is all about clarity, so if you suffer from redness, blemishes or pigmentation, it’s a good idea to gently conceal them. “I would always follow skincare with a fuller coverage concealer on any blemishes or areas that need it,” says Oquendo. “And, if you need it, follow that with a luminosity-boosting tinted moisturiser.”
We turn to the ’90s for most things nowadays; from hair trends to styling tips and tricks, we simply can’t get enough what is now a golden era of fashion and beauty. But what about those that were there at the time, creating the trends? While some of our favourite supermodels were hard pushed to get out of bed for less than $10,000 each day – Linda and Christy, we’re looking at you – others knew how to party in style. Those were the glory days.
Here, British Vogue takes a look at some of the best ’90s supermodel beauty looks – from Claudia Schiffer’s full-glam hair and make-up to the mussed-up, more bohemian looks of Amber Valletta and Kate Moss – for your viewing pleasure.
While there are some straightforward styles, every expert that was interviewed said that the big theme for 2022 will be individualized beauty. So long are the days of contouring our faces the same way and doing our eyeshadow in traditionally “pretty” blends. Nowadays, they say makeup application is all about doing it in a way that makes you feel good.
“It’s so evident that [makeup] is about feeling it and an emotional connection to color,” says Lisa Eldridge, celebrity makeup artist and Lancôme’s global creative director. She notes that she’s seeing people wear several colors on their face without necessarily blending it the way we’ve traditionally been taught to: “It’s just color for color’s sake — there’s something so nice and playful about it.“
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“In 2022, we will see unconventional explorations of self through experimental makeup looks that are more about individual expression than achieving perfection,” predicts celebrity makeup artist Robin Black. To create this type of makeup look, she says to let your mood take control. “Try anything that pops into your mind,” she says. “It doesn’t need to be flawless, you don’t need to watch a tutorial or spend hours painstaking creating it — no rules, no ‘how-tos.”
Thanks to viral social media videos, people have learned techniques to make their makeup give their faces a lifted look. On TikTok, for example, we saw users apply concealers on the outer corners of their eyes up toward the edges of their brows to give the illusion of wide-awake eyes.
Another example is a technique shown by Eldridge above, where she applies lip liner tactfully to give the illusion of fuller, more lifted, happier-looking lips. To copy, she suggests first applying concealer to the outer edges of your lips to act as a guide, then over-lining the center of the bottom lip, and when drawing up toward the corners, she says to bring the liner into the natural lip and avoid the very edge.
HBO’s Euphoria planted the seeds of rhinestone-heavy makeup into our minds, and Pinterest predicts that the dazzling trend is here to stay. On its platform, it reported seeing a 110 percent increase in searches for crystal eye makeup over the last year, indicating that we’ll be seeing more sequins, glitter, pearls, rhinestones, and more in 2022.
As Serena van der Woodsen once famously said, “Lipstick lasts longer, but gloss is more fun.” Thankfully, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Makeup by Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, predicts that high-shine lips are expected to make a major comeback in 2022.
“It’s a look that’s playful and pouty, but can also have benefits when infused with skincare to treat lips,” he adds. To recreate, simply add your favorite lip gloss to either bare lips or over your favorite lipstick for an even bigger lip moment. Dedivanovic suggests his Pro Volume Lip Gloss ($22, sephora.com).
Instead of channeling a blast from the past, launch yourself to the future with this style of makeup. “This trend is all about making a statement,” says Black. “The best thing about this look is that faux tattoos, face stickers, and foils are easy to remove so there is no commitment.”
We recommend Paintlab’s Eye Stickers ($10, urbanoutfitters.com) to add some easy drama to your eyes.
We’ve all contoured, but strongly defined cheekbones and harsh contrasts are a thing of the past. “There’s a big difference between camera-ready contouring and real life, and I think the beauty world exhaled knowing there’s an easier way with products created to look natural, effortless, and do the work for you,” says Dedivanovic, adding that that’s why he launched his brand’s Soft Sculpt Collection. “I’m confident we’ll be seeing more of it and in gorgeous, skin-loving textures and formulas.”
Eldridge predicts that this baby cat liner will dominate makeup looks in the new year. “It’s very youthful, because it’s less heavy and less pulled-back than a heavy cat-eye,” she says.
Danielle Kimiko Vincent, celebrity brow artist and founder of KIMIKO, agrees that this trend will be everywhere. “Rather than very heavy tails, eyeliner will be more narrow, begin in the middle of the eye and be drawn outwards to create a natural lift — think slimmer tails with a subtle flick,” she says. To recreate, Eldridge suggests using a powder in the same color as your liner to give the tip a nice shadow.
Last spring, lipstick saw a surge in popularity as many of us removed our face masks in light of loosening COVID restrictions. Should the pandemic lessen in severity, Eldridge predicts that bright, bold lipsticks will come back with even more celebration than before.
“That’s what I’m looking toward — really fresh, summery-spring makeup that screams of us being able to get out in the world and just have fun,” she says. She predicts that shades such as bright pink, purple, and orange will have their moment in the new year and recommends the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipsticks in shades Rêve Toujours, Rose Cocktail, and Paris S’eveille ($32 each, lancome-usa.com) to be on-trend.
“The brow lamination look is sticking around as lifted brows that open up the eyes are flattering,” declares Kimiko Vincent. “However, this trend will take on a softer form than a lamination or soap brow, which have maximum vertical hairs throughout the brow that lay quite flat and can appear two-dimensional.”
“I feel that because most of our faces have been partly covered with the masks, that putting extra TLC in eye makeup application is where the rise of ’60s makeup trends comes from,” celebrity makeup artist Dominique Lerma previously told InStyle. “It only makes sense that the ’60s would make a comeback being as that there are so many creative ways you can use lashes and liner to express yourself.”
Multi-Functional Color Cosmetics
There’s no reason to have an eyelash-growth serum and a mascara when you can have a two-in-one product that does it all (such as the Talika Lipocils Mascara, $35, amazon.com) — and the beauty industry has taken note.
“We’ll see more color formulas across foundation, eye makeup, blush, lips, and even nails to incorporate treatment ingredients as consumers want to treat their skin 24/7,” predicts clean beauty chemist Krupa Koestline.
New Old-School Blush
Blush placement is a topic that’s been front and center on TikTok, and in 2022, Eldridge predicts that it’ll be found in an unexpected spot. “In a lot of vintage portraitures, you see that blush came down a little bit lower than we’re told we should, but it actually looked pretty fresh on the skin,” she says.
Eldridge says that splashes of unexpected, bold colors are going to be everywhere this year. “I’m seeing so much more yellows, purples, pinks, blues, greens — colors which traditionally have are considered quite out-there are becoming a lot more mainstream.”
This goes in hand with Pinterest’s predictions, which indicate that vibrant, feel-good looks are going to be a go-to trend. For newbies who want to step out of their comfort zone, Eldridge suggests applying a tad bit of color to the inner or outer edges of your eyes for a subtle, yet impactful, bang of color. “It’s always looks so nice and fresh,” she adds.
Whether it’s Victoria Beckham, Aaliyah, Princess Diana or Britney Spears, our favourite ’90s icons continue to inform the way we look. Thirty years on from the era that gave us the Supers, Friends and the Spice Girls – oh, what a decade it was – the beauty trends these women spearheaded are back, adopted by today’s hottest starlets, and therefore by us. Here,are the top ten.
Dark – often brown – lip liner was the thing back in the ’90s, with everyone from Naomi Campbell to Pamela Anderson sporting the look. Set against otherwise bare lips, adoptees of the trend often wore a slick of gloss over the top for a multidimensional effect. More recently, Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo have all tried the look.
2. Frosted eyeshadow
For old-school inspiration for the current frosted eyeshadow trend, see Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez, both of whom wore glimmering pastel hues up to their eyebrows way back in the ’90s. Now, it’s all over TikTok, and according to retailers, sales of frosted blue eyeshadow have surged.
3. A cropped ’90s bob
The bob has been all the rage over the past year, with many snipping off years of hard-won hair growth in order to embrace the trend. While there are myriad iterations, the ’90s bob takes its cues from Cameron Diaz in her There’s Something About Mary days – think jaw-skimming, boyish and low-maintenance.
4. Antennae hair
One person leading the charge when it comes to ’90s trends is Bella Hadid, who has almost single-handedly brought back the “antennae” or two pieces of face-framing hair. A big trend in the ’90s, Hadid wears hers with a slicked-back up do – the more gel, the better.
5. Skinny brows
Making its (in some cases, unwanted) return to Gen-Z faces everywhere, the skinny brow is having a renaissance. While those born in – or before – the ’90s have spent the decades since growing back their over-plucked tadpoles, the younger generations are channelling early Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani and Tyra Banks.
6. Blue eyeliner
From Princess Diana to Britney and Reese Witherspoon – plus, of course, schoolgirls the nation over – vivid blue eyeliner was practically a requirement in the ’90s. Now we’re wearing deeper hues, such as navy: Nicola Coughlan served up stellar cobalt shadow at the BAFTA TV Awards, and Iris Law went for a metallic winged look at the Fashion East X Browns party during London Fashion Week.
7. French manicure
The French manicure has been on a rollercoaster since its glory days in the ’90s, when it was the nail look to have, before its popularity faded. After overcoming its once passé reputation, it’s the mani of the moment again. The most flattering way to look is with a thin (rather than chunky) tip. Whether you wear it minimally or play with colours and nail art, it’s truly the trend to try now.
8. Obvious hair colour
Hair colour doesn’t have to look ultra-natural, you know. Obvious and overt hair colour has become de rigueur, with colour blocking a big trend favoured by Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid. Meanwhile, Billie Eilish’s acid green roots (R.I.P.) inspired a generation of fans to experiment with their own colour.
9. Lip gloss
Remember Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes? Everyone had one of those high-shine, scented formulas to top up plump, glossy pouts. They were discontinued, but made a return in 2020 to the delight of the millennials who loved them the first time round. Consider them the easy way to inject some luminosity into your look.
10. Poker-straight hair
Hair straighteners were deployed almost daily back in the day, given that poker-straight stands were very much in vogue. Now straighter-than-straight hair is back again – just see Lila Moss in British Vogue’s June issue – and you get extra ’90s points for throwing it up in a claw clip.
There was a time in the late ’90s and early noughties when blue eye make-up reigned supreme. In schools up and down the nation, eyes were ringed with the cool colour in every shade – inspired by Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, and Christina Ricci in Buffalo 66. While the craze did eventually die down, now blue is back and trending again. In fact, sales of the frosty blue MAC Tilt Eyeshadow ballooned to two and a half times what they had been between March and May this year, according to sales statistics from John Lewis.
“There is definitely a desire in beauty to wear less make-up but with more interesting shade choices, hence why a wash of fresh colour is becoming more desirable than heavily structured neutrals,” says director of make-up artistry at Mac Cosmetics, Terry Barber. “Blue eyeshadow is one of the shades undergoing a renaissance, and it’s being reinvented as something flattering and chic, rather than the kitsch, clownish image it might have had in the past.”
Whether it’s a sheer veil of a matte blue shade or a full-on molten blue disco hue, the world of blue eyeshadow is yours for the taking. A stellar recent example of the trend could be seen recently on Nicola Coughlan, who wore a striking cobalt blue to the BAFTA TV Awards. The make-up artist behind the look, Neil Young, previously told Vogue that he loved the shade as “it’s the perfect antidote to black and yet it still defines the eye, makes every eye colour pop ,and works on every single skin tone”. He added that you can wear it graphic and bold, or in place of a traditional black eyeliner.
So how to make the look work? Barber believes it’s all about creating a painterly, low-maintenance appearance, rather than anything too “structured” or overly technical. “That leads to an immediately retro ’80s look when there is blue involved,” he says. “It’s also important when wearing blue on the eyes that you don’t use colour elsewhere, as it can make it look garish or dolly.” He recommends pairing with a bronzed cheek and a fresh nude lip or clear gloss, to create the ultimate low key ’70s look, as well as several coats of mascara.
When it comes to colour, seek out tinted eyeshadows with a soft, shimmery finish and those with a more delicate colour pay-off (these are more likely to suit all skin tones and eye colours). While strong shades like cobalt are great for statement red carpet looks, Barber is a fan of soft, glamorous shades like duck egg, bluebell, Wedgewood and teal for daytime eyes, or for those who like to keep things minimal.
Below, British Vogue’s edit of the blue eyeshadow shades to try now.