Current Obsession: ’90s Makeup
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Current Obsession: ’90s Makeup


Ah, the ‘90s. Back then you couldn’t flip a page in a fashion magazine without coming across some starlet or supermodel raving about Benefit Benetint or Stila Convertible Color , sporting matte skin and lips in various shades of cocoa and beige.

I remember desperately trying to copy the the makeup I saw on shows like 90210 and in TLC’s ‘Creep’ video, but despite spending tens of dollars in the Bonne Bell/Wet ‘n Wild section of the local Phar-Mor, never quiiiiite achieved the look.

Around 8th grade, I got bold and splurged on Guerlain Terracotta, giving the elderly lady behind the counter at Lazarus a reason to eye me suspiciously and wonder why this little black girl was spending $30 (a lot of money to me at the time!) on bronzer, of all things.

Surprisingly, there are a few products from that era that I still use–my Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and MAC Spice Lip pencil still get some play, and Chanel’s classic Vamp (aka Rouge Noir) is on my shopping list for Fall.

Am I being overly nostalgic or do you have a favorite makeup trend from the ‘90s?

  • Lisa

    August 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I remember when Chanel’s Vamp was launched. It was before I was a nail polish fiend, I couldn’t understand what the hype was about.

    • tamia

      August 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Haha, I didn’t get it then either! Why pay $20+ for nail polish when Wet ‘N Wild was 99 cents?

  • pemora

    August 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    yes! i definitely remember trying to re-create the ‘creep’ looks. LOVED that makeup and chili’s hair do. love.

    i also still use clinique black honey. when i run out, i forget to get a new one…but then someone mentions it and i go out running! (like, right now!)

  • Tamu

    August 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I know it was late 90’s but I still love that violet lipstick look that Nia Long used to wear, like in The Best Man. I remember Halle Berry was selling it for Revlon. I think I had 2-3 shades. I could definitely see revisiting that for the fall.

    • tamia

      August 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      I remember that! I loved Nia’s look in Love Jones, too.

  • DJ

    August 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out the lip color that T-Boz was wearing…lol

    • tamia

      August 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Still looks good, right?

  • Julie

    August 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Oh man, late 90s. I think my mom still uses Benetint (it is WAY too pink for my fair skin; I look like a doll and not in a good way). I still, to this day, love the whole Gwen Stefani look (red lipstick, black eyeliner, kinda retro) and rock it on the regular. I also adore Vamp-ish nailpolish– it was the first real high end purchase I ever made with my first Big Girl Job. I’m wearing a sparkly version of it, Sephora’s “I’m with Brad”.

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