Be a Total '90s B (All Over Again)

by Shannon Ray


courtesy of ABCcourtesy of ABC You guys, the Jurassic Park rerelease (in 3D, natch) was last week, and it's really got me ruminating, Carrie Bradshaw-style, on the cycle of beauty trends. The OG movie came out in 1993--I'll pause while we all slather on anti-aging products now--and so many of the things that every chick on the block was rocking at the time are back like Backstreet, in full force.

Bold hair color, à la Angela Chase. If you are finding yourself totally clueless (Get it? '90s?) at this reference, I'm talking about Claire Danes's angst-ridden character on My So-Called Life. In the pilot episode, Angela throws caution to the wind and dyes her hair a deep, crimson-y red, like the bad b that she isn't. But homegirl wore the hell out of that bold color, and you totally can, too. If you ever wanted to try an out-there hair color, now (or 1993) is the time. I even recently had my own love affair with a dab or two of Manic Panic. If you're scared (or smart, unlike my ass), go see a professional so you don't eff up your hair game. I just happen to be an insane DIY lifer--I'm such a Rickie Vasquez.

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Brows for days. The late '80s/early '90s were the gateway to big-ass, bold eyebrows. And while thin brows have definitely had their moment (the Pam Anderson era), dramatically-there eyebrows have been back in for a hot minute all over again. And because I'm working toward having "Big Ol' Eyebrow Aficionado Magazine Founder" (there would be roughly one issue) written on my tombstone, I say hear, hear to the big brow moment staying around. But let's get one thing straight: Bold does not equal unkempt, you lazy flocks of my feather. Groomed bold brows are hot. Unibrows need not apply. If you are the lucky naturally endowed eyebrow sort, just keep things simple and stay groomed with a brow gel. If your days of tweezing to hell and back have come back to bite you in the butt, some lighthanded brow pencil and powder might be in order. Think Brooke Shields, not Noel Gallagher from Oasis. Those things haunt my dreams.

Take it to the matte. Matte, dark lips were all the rage in the early '90s and are really hot again for spring. Take it to that next level deal and try a bright fuchsia in a matte finish. Or, if you are more of the edgy type, go for deep reds, wines, and burgundy, and let's meet in the mall food court so we can scowl together at passersby. I mean, look at Kat Dennings--she looks superfly flawless in her deep matte lips. Viva la scowl-y, matte lips! Now I can officially never write the word "matte" ever, ever again. I'm pretty sure I've summoned some Candy Man/Beetlejuice-type lipstick demon with amount of times I've used it.

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Grunge lite. So maybe we aren't living a remake of Reality Bites or anything, but beauty isn't so fresh and so clean (clean) as it once was. Day-old hair, or three-day-old hair, is crazy sexy cool right now. You don't have to tame every last hair with the ol' flatiron every day, and hallelujah for that break, because ish gets time consuming. Let your Olsen-twin-esque hair (not) shine and get a little grungy. If you are a very shiny-haired lady (you poor, poor soul), you can get more of an undone look with a few passes of texturizing spray or dry shampoo. And smudging up the eyeliner never hurt anyone--just ask (kind of) current day Jared Leto. AND we've come full circle, back to My So-Called Life, so clearly my work here is done. I feel like I just played a rousing game of Six Degrees of Jared Leto: Beauty Edition. Thankfully, we skipped the "shave off your eyebrows" round. You're welcome.

Shannon Ray was the winner of the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and is now contributing to the Daily Beauty Reporter.

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