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Lined Lips Or Pink Eyelids? I Tried 2 Throwback Fall Makeup Trends
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Lined Lips Or Pink Eyelids? I Tried 2 Throwback Fall Makeup Trends

Tap into the decade of sultry-sexy neutrals and over-the-top everyday glam.

Beauty & Fashion

Beauty trends of the late '90s and early 2000s are back, and I'm here for the full-circle nostalgia. Growing up, I was entranced by the Black women who graced the covers of magazines, walked runways, and served on red carpets with a goddess-like persona from head to toe.


From fashion models to video vixens, Black women have always set the tone when inspiring generations. In today's market, beauty brands have widened their scope when it comes to inclusive colors and matching tones for Black skin but that wasn't always the case back in the day. Even then, leave it to Black women to make do by leading creativity and style even when excluded from the beauty industry.

Looks of the '90s are projected to lead Fall 2021's top makeup trends, with a range of easily recognizable trends that defined beauty more than 20 years ago.

Highlighting pronounced features and fully lined lips, this was the decade of both sultry-sexy neutrals and over-the-top everyday glam. Inspired to create a fresh take on throwback makeup trends this season? Keep scrolling for my take on the iconic looks inspired by my childhood. Dark and sultry, or fun and flirty: Which '90s sweetheart are you?

Dark And Sultry

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When the '90s supermodel ruled the world, there was a mix of both sexy-sultry with an ultra cool-girl exterior. Two of my favorite icons, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, were the leading ladies of beauty and makeup trends during the decade.

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Never shying away from a beat face and stunning looks to match, I was inspired to recreate a combination of two looks using a glossy lined lip and dark undereye pair.

Along with the '90s lip and undereye liner, I went for a sultry shadow for more of a neutral fall vibe. Perfect for an evening out, I absolutely loved this look.

Fun And Flirty

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This dreamy '90s-inspired makeup look is a fun and flirty combination when going for a bit of drama. With a pop of pink lips and eyeshadow to match, the iconic combination, inspired by Clueless, is a super fashion-forward look that should be worn sparingly.

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Although impressing myself, there is such a thing as overdoing it. Wearing brighter colors felt a bit out of my comfort zone, but I still loved it. In my opinion, go for both a lighter lip and eyeshadow for a daytime look.

Of the two looks, I gravitated toward dark and sultry. Confident and chic, I truly felt like a '90s bombshell.

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When the NYT posted an article this week about the recent marriage of a Black woman VP of a multi-billion-dollar company and a Black man who took her on a first date at the parking lot of a Popeyes, the reaction on social media was swift and polarizing. The two met on Hinge and had their parking lot rendezvous after he’d canceled their first two dates. When the groom posted a photo from their wedding on social media, he bragged about how he never had “pressure” to take her on “any fancy dates or expensive restaurants.”

It’s worth reading on your own to get the full breadth of all the foolery that transpired. But the Twitter discourse it inspired on what could lead a successful Black woman to accept lower than bare minimum in pursuit of a relationship and marriage, made me think of the years of messaging that Black women receive about how our standards are too high and what we have to “bring to the table” in order to be "worthy" of what society has deemed is the ultimate showing of our worth: a marriage to a man.

That's right, the first pandemic I lived through was not Covid, but the pandemic of the Black male relationship expert. I was young – thirteen to be exact – when Steve Harvey published his best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Though he was still just a stand-up comedian, oversized suit hoarder, and man on his third marriage at the time, his relationship advice was taken as the gospel truth.

The 2000s were a particularly bleak time to be a single Black woman. Much of the messaging –created by men – that surrounded Black women at the time blamed their desire for a successful career and for a partner that matched their drive and ambition for the lack of romance in their life. Statistics about Black women’s marriageability were always wielded against Black women as evidence of our lack of desirability.

It’s no wonder then that a man that donned a box cut well into the 2000s was able to convince women across the nation to not have sex for the first three months of a relationship. Or that a slew of other Black men had their go at telling Black women that they’re not good enough and why their book, seminar, or show will be the thing that makes them worthy of a Good Man™.

This is how we end up marrying men who cancel twice before taking us on a “date” in the Popeyes parking lot, or husbands writing social media posts about how their Black wife is not “the most beautiful” or “the most intelligent” or the latest season of trauma dumping known as Black Love on OWN.

Now that I’ve reached my late twenties, many things about how Black women approach dating and relationships have changed and many things have remained the same. For many Black women, the idea of chronic singleness is not the threat that it used to be. Wanting romance doesn’t exist in a way that threatens to undermine the other relationships we have with our friends, family, and ourselves as it once did, or at least once was presented to us. There is a version of life many of us are embracing where a man not wanting us, is not the end of what could still be fruitful and vibrant life.

There are still Black women out there however who have yet to unlearn the toxic ideals that have been projected onto us about our worthiness in relation to our intimate lives. I see it all the time online. The absolute humiliation and disrespect some Black women are willing to stomach in the name of being partnered. The hoops that some Black women are willing to jump through just to receive whatever lies beneath the bare minimum.

It's worth remembering that there are different forces at play that gather to make Black women feast off the scraps we are given. A world saturated by colorism, fatphobia, anti-Blackness, ableism, and classism will always punish Black women who demand more for themselves. Dismantling these systems also means divesting from any and everything that makes us question our worth.

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