Beauty

Beauty Trend: 90’s Grunge


Messy plaids, patchwork and the overall look of 90’s grunge is back for Fall 2010, and we aren’t just talking about the fashion.

The beauty industry is taking its cue from the Courtney Love days of dark, red lipstick paired with overdone, smoky eye make-up.

It’s a look that’s been updated for the runway, but still has that 90’s feel.

A disheveled plaid tee layered under a floral dress and dirty boots are the perfect balance with a dramatic “I don’t care” make-up look.

However, for 2010, heavy, 90’s make-up is applied with a little more technique and implication than its previous decade.


Alexander McQueen will live on, as shown in his Fall 2010 preview collection of 90’s grunge-influenced designs with a pale face, vamp lipstick and dramatic, dark eyes (left). At Zac Posen, a smeared upper and lower liner, shades of color, and rubbed on red gloss show off a 90’s make-up look that’s updated and fresh (right).

Nude lips, messy, thick brows and heavy raccoon eyes are lit up with a little aqua shadow on the corners at Rachel Roy (left). Color blocking in eye shadows? Derek Lam uses a jewel tone make-up palette to darken his grunge girl’s eyes and messy, copper lips (right).

Jean cutoffs and hiker boots, the original Beverly Hills 90210, and self-loathing, rock music…What better way to show your alliance to a decade than to explore new approaches to the original trends that inspire us to return to them.