The return of crop tops and floral print baby doll dresses has us feeling all nostalgic for the decade that brought us Clueless, My So-Called Life, and boy bands. However, just a quick jaunt down memory lane is all it takes to remind us of the less-than-fly beauty trends that dominated the decade.
Did someone say scrunchies and scented body glitter? Click through the slideshow to check out the ‘90s trends we hope to never see again.
Lip gloss really hit its stride in the ‘90s. But before super shiny Juicy Tubes ($18) lined the insides of every handbag (and tiny backpack) in the America, women turned to frosted hues. Why take a perfectly good pink gloss and add an icy silver sheen to it? That’s a question we can’t answer.
Slightly curled or stick straight and center-parted, no style was ever quite complete until two face-framing pieces were released from their expertly coiffed ‘do.
Lip liner has gotten a bad rap in recent years, and the ‘90s are to blame. The too dark, over-lined lip was a beauty staple back in 1994. And that’s where we’d like to leave it.
We’d rather not write off the French manicure entirely. A modern take with a punch of color can be appreciated, but the classic pale pink and white French manicure hardly feels as chic as the name suggests (even if Cher and Dionne rocked it back in the day).
Long before the days of balayage, ‘90s women presented their stylists with the unusual task of making their hair color look distinctly unnatural. For reasons we can’t quite fathom, chunky highlights, consisting of streaks of contrasting color (think Geri Halliwell, a.k.a. Ginger Spice, with platinum streaks sprinkled throughout her fiery red hair) was the color technique of choice.
If the thought of brick brown lipstick doesn’t conjure up images of vintage Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston circa season two of Friends, and Shannen Doherty as Brenda on Beverly Hills, 90210, then you probably don’t consider yourself a ‘90s girl.
Ladies of the ‘90s, let’s hear it—are you still hanging on to any of these beauty trends?