Recreate This Iconic 90s Makeup Look in 3 Simple Steps

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Everything was better in the 90s. The music was louder, the TV shows were funnier, and the style was on point. It’s no surprise that there are many beauty trends from this era that have made a comeback in recent years including dark lipstick, french tips and nude gloss.

One character who always gives me major nostalgia is Whitley Gilbert from A Different World. She was the ultimate 90s beauty and fashion icon; her makeup was always simple, but sharp like her personality. Whitley’s makeup bag consisted of three things: a brow pencil, nude gloss and eyeliner. Although the show ended over 20 years ago, her 90s style still inspires me.

Whitley Gilbert

90s lovers, rejoice! Here’s how you can incorporate this retro makeup look into your own beauty routine. The best part is that you can steal her signature look in three simple steps, with products you already own.

1. Give your brows an angular shape.
Whitley is known for having dramatically arched brows. Luckily, your brows don’t have to be as sharp. Go for a modern look by giving your brows a slight curve with a brow pencil. If you’re not a fan of how it looks, you can always erase the line and start over!

2. Go for a nude lip.
Sometimes, wearing minimal makeup makes a bigger statement. Instead of rocking your usual bold red lip, apply a nude gloss that compliments your skin tone, natural lip color. I always go for a rich mocha while Whitley’s lips are more of a berry.

3. Define your top and bottom lash line with eyeliner.
Gently trace an even line from the inner corner of your eyes to the outer edge. After doing this repeatedly, go over your bottom lash line. Make sure you steer clear of your inner rim so your eyes don’t tear up. This will really make your eyes pop!






29 responses to “Recreate This Iconic 90s Makeup Look in 3 Simple Steps”

  1. arra odeza (@acodeza) Avatar

    I love the 90’s too. the music (boy bands like backstreet boys), as well as the beauty and fashion. 90’s makeup look is pretty much simple but it projects timeless beauty. I am not into heavy makeup so I think I can wear the 90’s makeup until I get old 😀 LOL

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      The music, clothes and makeup were the BEST. Take me back!

  2. Laina Turner (@laina_turner) Avatar

    I love the 90’s. And the 80’s:) It’s so fun to look back and see what was so hot and then see where we are now. I love sharing the “old” looks with my daughter. She finds it hysterical:)

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I always try to pretend that the 90s were only yesterday so I don’t feel as old, ha!

  3. Familyearthtrek Avatar

    Agree about the 90s but the 80s was not to bad either. Wish you had pictures to go along because I am worthless with make up so some image would have helped!????

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I’ve got you! This is my favorite look of all time so I can do that 🙂

  4. Mayuri Avatar

    I am dying to find a good nude color. I love 80’s and early 90’s fashion 🙂

  5. eazynazy Avatar

    I love anything related to 90’s , I would really suggest you to include some pictures in this, that way it’s more easy to understand

  6. rhianwestbury Avatar

    90’s fashion is great, it was everything I remember about growing up and I do love a nude lip x

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      All I need is a nude lip and I’m good to go 😀

  7. Aditi Avatar

    I love the vibe of 90’s, both in terms of fashion as well as makeup. Your tips are really good for recreating this look but some pictures would have aided in visual understanding though.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      I’m on it! This has become such a huge part of my everyday look so I can definitely do that 😀

  8. roadaviator Avatar

    You have written a wonderful post. Even I like the idea of recreating the fashion that we had in 90’s. The fashionable cloths of 90’s and yes for ladies, the makeup.

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      The 80s and 90s were the best times for fashion!

  9. BonfireMom Avatar

    Loving this look! I adore the 90s vibe and you have it down to a T!

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Thanks girl! I’m obsessed with the 90s, kind of wish I could go back 😀

  10. Jassy Avatar

    Beautiful post! I’m absolutely in love with the 90s. Will try your steps out! ????

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      You’ll love it, PROMISE!

  11. Purnima Madaan Avatar

    I love the 90s too, will try your tips 🙂

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Let me know how it turns out!

  12. Shannicka J. Triplett Avatar

    Great post! The 90’s was a wonderful time for fashion, and who would turn a side eye to Whitley Gilbert’s wardrobe?

  13. justbrash Avatar

    This was fun to read! I’ve realized how old I am now though since the ’90s are considered retro! ????

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Haha that’s how I feel whenever I’m rewatching episodes of the show!

  14. helerinablogs Avatar

    I love the 90’s too. I’m so glad the brown toned lips are back in fashion from it. This is a great look. It’s so natural, quick and simple

    1. Cassandra Rose Avatar

      Brown lipstick has steadily become part of my everyday look 🙂

  15. zulemanall Avatar

    This look looks great on you

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