The 90s are back and soon, they’ll be all over your face…
“The nineties are making a big come back.”
Those are the words of Claudia Smith, a Priceline Pharmacy beauty advisor. She’s way too young to have actually worn makeup in the nineties, but for some reason, I believe her.
Flashes of Cindy Crawford’s dark, luscious lips and Claudia Schiffer’s pale, flawless skin pop into my brain as I try comprehend exactly what this means for us mere mortals who try and try and try again to keep up with all the trends – only to have to go back to what we were doing when we were teenagers.
Sure, it doesn’t have to be quite as dramatic as that. Claudia is patiently waiting for me to ask my next question. I have several and by the end of our conversation I suddenly know exactly how I’m going to change up my makeup routine, without looking like an accidental Zombie Bride (as photos of me as a teenager often remind me).
Just as an FYI, this post is sponsored by Priceline Pharmacy. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
LISA: What do you mean the nineties are making a big comeback?
CLAUDIA: Matte lipstick like the darker, grungier colours, browns and plums are very on trend.. My mum has worn brown lipstick for twenty years and I’ve been trying to get her out of that. Now they’re back. I haven’t told her about the comeback yet!
LISA: What if it’s too scary to do something so bold – where is a good place to start?
CLAUDIA: Find a colour that is a couple of shades deeper than your usual nude lip colour. I’ve been able to find a couple of colours that are a deeper nude and they look better on me than the real deep browns that look almost black. Start slowly and then once you feel comfortable, you can decide if you want to move to an even deeper shade.
LISA: What’s another beauty trend?
CLAUDIA: Matte skin. It’s the natural look but a matte skin finish. If you’re using liquid foundation you can set it with powder or there are some great liquid foundations available now that give a matte finish.
LISA: But doesn’t matte makeup make everyone look older?
CLAUDIA: It can on some people. For mature skin, I wouldn’t set the whole face with powder, maybe just around the t-zone for a semi-matte finish. I’d choose something more appropriate, not a complete matte look, a semi-matte.
LISA: Okay, so we’ve got brown, matte lipstick and matte skin. What else is trending?
CLAUDIA: Nineties hair. Sleek, low-fuss ponytails or texturised, volumised waves.
LISA: Does anyone know why the nineties are back, by the way?
CLAUDIA: It’s an influence of the international runways and high profile celebrities, and now it’s all over Instagram and social media.. I follow a lot of American makeup artists, which is a great way to see what looks are trending three to six months ahead of Australia.