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Recreating 12 Popular 90s Rave Makeup Looks

Recreating 12 Popular 90s Rave Makeup Looks

From body glitter and those pencil-thin eyebrows to blue eyeshadow, 90s rave makeup looks were certainly iconic. Here are 12 of our favorites that will make you want to put on some Britney Spears and reminisce about the days of AOL Instant Messenger! As a bonus, we’ve included tips to help you recreate these looks for a throwback party, or just for a trip down memory lane.

Ten Popular 90s Rave Makeup Looks and How To Recreate Them

1. Blue eyeshadow

Popular with celebs and nightclubbers alike, there was a time when you couldn’t look anyone in the eye without being dazzled by blue eyeshadow.

Besides, who can forget those pale blue highlights on Angelina Jolie’s wide, beautiful eyes? This is simple enough to recreate, just pick from our favorite blue shades!

Blue eyeshadow

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2. Pencil-thin eyebrows

Let’s admit it, a lot of us went around sporting those pencil-thin, highly arched brows in the 90s.

Believe it or not, this trend is actually making a comeback!

If you’re interested in trying this trend a second time around (without shaving or plucking) here’s a neat product to try.

If you’d like to achieve this look with makeup here’s a tutorial and a popularproduct for you!

Pencil-thin eyebrows

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3. Body glitter

This trend shot into the spotlight with Britney and then took on a life of its own. Before we knew it, shimmering body makeup was just the finishing touch that every outfit needed!

It’s safe to say that body glitter was a pop teen’s ultimate accessory. A classic 90s rave makeup look!

Body glitte

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4. The ‘wet hair’ look

Aided by copious amounts of hair gel/ mousse, the wet look was often complemented by matte brown lipstick.

Don’t forget to add a black choker neckpiece to complete the look.

The wet look actually stayed long after the 90s and made its way to the 2000s. It was a trend that also seamlessly translated to men’s style.

The 'wet hair' look

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5. Match everything!

Destiny’s Child matching their outfit to their makeup is a common practice for their red carpet appearances. The four stunning ladies didn’t just match their outfits with their eyeshadow and shoes. They also matched each other. They weren’t the only ones!

Who can forget Tyra Banks’ pale blue coordinated look? From glistening blue eyeshadow to statement blue jewelry and that shimmering body-hugging slip dress, she was a 90s vision in blue. Going match-matchy with your outfit is a simple way to pay homage to 90s fashion.

Match everything!

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6. Pink lips and clothes

Hang on! We’re not done with matching looks just yet. It wasn’t just eyeshadow that fashionistas matched to their clothes.

Christina Aguilera (yes, the Genie in the Bottle herself!) decided to take things to the next level. She matched her pink tee with her hot pink lipstick. Glimmering eyeshadow, a medallion choker, and that spikey bob completed her look!

Pink lips and clothes

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7. Spikey updos and deep red lips

The 90s were the heyday of the sensuous red lipstick. No other shade has managed to make the same kind of splash as the deep red lip. Spikey updos were all the rage and often complemented the red lip.

Spikey updos and deep red lips

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8. Neon hairstyles

Gwen Stefani has always had a reputation for being unforgettable. In the 90s, she gave us all #hairstylegoals by coloring her flowing locks neon pink!

In fact, this trend has not been relegated to the archives yet! One still sees neon manes in street fashion today. If you’d rather not dye your hair, there are excellent wigs you can pop on instead!

Neon hairstyles

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9. Glossy lips

Lip gloss was essential to every makeup drawer in the 90s. Nothing completed a look better than a swipe of clear, glistening lip gloss.

Muted enough to be worn every day and yet, elegant enough to pair with an LBD, lip gloss was a favorite for everyone from the average American high-schooler to JLo and Gwyneth Paltrow. If there was a glittery tint to it, all the better!

Glossy lips

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10. Contrasting lip liner

Define the curve of your lips with a contrasting, deeper shade of lip liner. This trend is easy to recreate, just grab your purple lip liner (mahogany or burgundy will do just as well) and outline that cupid’s bow!

Contrasting lip liner

11. Floral hair clips

Hair accessories were fun, floral, and preferably in some shade of pink. Do you prefer dainty plastic butterfly clips trailing through your braid?

Or Phoebe’s (yes, of course, Phoebe Buffay!) clunky flower hair accessories?

Your hair simply wasn’t ready until you’d clipped on a few of these, so take your pick!

Floral hair clips

12. The long high pony

If you don’t have streaming, long hair as JLo did back then, you may need hair extensions for this look.

Ideally poker straight. Gather it all up in a high ponytail and try not to cause too much damage when you whip around to talk to someone.

The long high pony

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All time fav 90s fashion wardrobe essentials

Now, if you want to go all out and wear outfits to match your 90s rave makeup looks, here are a few staples from this decade –

All time fav 90s fashion wardrobe essentials

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Tube tops

Tube tops that Britney Spears and Tyra Banks helped make popular were inspired by beachwear from a few decades before. These figure-hugging pieces were given an updated look with sleeker fabrics and muted shades.

Crop shirts and capri pants

We’re seeing crop tops and shirts making a strong comeback today. If you’d like to give your outfits a vintage flair, just pair them with baggy cargo pants and maybe a bucket hat.

Jelly sandals

Clear plastic shoes or sandals that showed off your latest pedicure were a big fad in the 80s and 90s. They were available in translucent shades and often accessorized with floral motifs.

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