My 90s Grunge Highschool Makeup
Man, I miss the 90s. I cringe when I think of all the great clothing I’ve gotten rid of, so many pairs of Doc Martens, the skin-tight nylon Buddah shirts worn with vintage slips, high-waisted jeans, and an absurd amount of backless shirts. Literally everything I wore in the 90s is back in fashion and I’m over here weeping at my lack of foresight.
My makeup was just as colorful as my wardrobe in those days, but I had two go-to looks that had heavy rotation, pink-and-brown and metallic blue. The pink and brown look (recreated above) was achieved with blush and whatever Revlon or Wet-n-Wild eyeshadow I could scrounge up. Pink-and-Brown was all about grunge, it was slapdash and all about the eye (no blush, no bronzer…no skintone). My metallic blue was quite polished by comparison; it was a beautiful shade in a metallic shadow palette from Wet-n-Wild and, when I ran out of it, I moved on to the silver shadow and did the same exact steps. I would wet my sponge applicator and put an opaque layer of the blue all around my eye, creating a subtle cat-eye effect considering there were no other colors used.
Typical hair was burgundy, and I (unfortunately) was all about the bantu knots after seeing Bjork wear them at the MTV Awards. There was no talk of cultural appropriation then, so I’m excited that cameras weren’t as ubiquitous as they are now. I am so glad Facebook wasn’t a thing, let me just say that.
Come wax nostalgic with me while I recreate my usual makeup look, the Pink-and-Brown.