When it comes to 90s style, there were so many beauty trends (both good and bad) that we thought we left in the past—overplucked eyebrows, shimmery makeup, and brown lipstick to name a few. But since everything seems to circle back, the one beauty fad that’s making the rounds in 2021 is the 90s brown lip liner trend. As much as we loved the look back when Jennifer Lopez and the Spice Girls were wearing it, the iterations sweeping the ‘gram right now are ultra-glam and are a great way to elevate even the most basic makeup look.
From Ariana Grande to Shay Mitchel—so many celebs are playing up this retro trend. And as for pairing it with certain makeup looks, there’s a lot of versatility with brown lipsticks. You can wear it with a daytime look or for a big night out. Ready to take a time machine back to the ‘90s? Follow our step-by-step guide to master the now modernized old-school lip trend along with liner-lipstick duos to ace it like a pro!
Pull Off The Ombre Lip Trend Like A Pro
Prep For A Flake-Free Pout: Start by using a lip scrub because it’s the perfect way to buff away the dead skin accumulated. It will make your lipstick application so much smoother and make your pout look super stunning. You’ll also notice that your lipstick won’t crack or flake even after a few hours.
Line It Like A Pro: Focus the liner on the outer corner of your lips before lightly feathering it around the rest of the mouth. Be sure to select a darker shade of brown to get that perfectly plump look. Fill it in with a peachy-nude hue that serves as a 21st-century take for this throwback trend.
Coat It With A Gloss: If you want to go for high-shine lacquered lips, switch it up by layering it with a gloss in a neutral brown hue—the contrasting textures will make your look eye-catching.
The Prettiest Liner Lipstick Duos To Pull Of The Trend Like A Pro
Dark Browns: Best For The Bold Type
If you are a ’90s kid or have loved watching movies and TV shows from that era, you probably already know that browns dominated the ’90s girl aesthetic. If you want to go all out with this trend, then this lipstick duo is pretty much your calling card—pair your LIT Matte Lipliner Pencil in the shade E Girl with Ultimate Long-Stay Matte Lipstick in the shade Trophy.
All you need to do is line your lips and then fill the lip colour in the centre for more accentuated and plump lips. You can also coat it with a gloss to take your glam quotient a notch higher.
Nudes For A Cult-Favoured Look
Yes, it’s 2021, but there’s hardly a day that goes by when we don’t mine our favourite decade for style inspirations. If you are ready to hop on this 90s lip trend but want to stick to the pinky nude aesthetics of 2021, we recommend opting for Huda beauty power bullet cream glow in anniversary lined with lip contour 2.0 in muted pink. An outlined barely-there lip looks gorgeous when paired with natural makeup. So team it up with feathery brows, some BB cream, nude eyeshadow, and a champagne highlighter for an effortlessly pristine vibe.
Pinkish Browns: For An Ultra-Glam Look
Hear us out: ’90s lips are having a moment right now and if you are looking to make a head-turning statement, we recommend pairing Kay Beauty Matte Action Lip Liner in the shade hype together with Maybelline New York Colour Sensational Matte Creamy Lipstick in Seductress. To take this gorgeous lip from a.m. to p.m., apply the liner over your entire lip or coat it with a high-shine gloss. You can also add a bit of shimmer to the centre to maximize highlights.
Do you love this 90s lip trend as much as we do? Let us know in the comments!
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