The iconic ’90s makeup look is unmatched. Brows may have been thin, but we can look past that, especially since that era gifted us with the most timeless lipstick shades. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see which lipsticks made headlines – and where you can find them today!
Revlon was one of the most beloved makeup brands of the ’90s. In fact, it has seen a hefty resurgence of popularity in its Super Lustrous Lipstick Line because it kept so many of its notable ’90s shades, including:
This creamy, super-pigmented lipstick with a pearlescent finish and slight shimmer brings us back to the days of butterfly clips and low-rise jeans. The base shade of this lipstick is a warm copper – very supermodel-meets-grunge!
Toast of New York is a quintessential ’90s lipstick shade. The burnt red look is a classic, especially when paired with orange undertones. The shade is a bit sheer, so the color is buildable, depending on what look you’d like! A single swipe gives a nice flush of color, while the full pigment looks more like copper.
If you’ve been on the search for ’90s shades, you’ve probably come across this shade, which we think best embodies what people think of when they imagine lip colors in the ’90s – a deep, plum tone that looks very striking on the lips. Think: Monica Gellar in the early seasons of Friends!
We can’t talk about the ’90s without mentioning the punk movement! The music, fashion, and attitude of the followers of this subculture meant business – so their lips had to match. This cool-toned vampy shade is a dark burgundy with that notable pearlescent finish.
This shade made strides on social media after a viral TikTok explained how Liv Tyler wore this shade on Lord of the Rings. While the color may look a bit overwhelming in its packaging, this deep raisin tone actually goes on quite sheer, making it universally flattering and buildable. We love this shade for a bitten, flushed look: the perfect homage to the ’90s that you can wear every day.
If you’re looking for a lip liner to go with any of the lipsticks on this list, look no further than MAC’s Spice, the go-to liner of the ’90s. Not only is the formula super-creamy and pigmented, but the cinnamon shade with pinky notes goes well with all the popular shades of the time.
Did we do the ’90s justice with this list, or are we missing your go-to shade? Let us know in the comments!