Makeup Inspired By: ‘90s Grunge Beauty Icons


Though many of us were too young or too inexperienced to truly appreciate how hot the hair and makeup (and fashion, kind of, sometimes) were in the ’90s, I think there is something to be said that we continuously see fashion diving back towards it like the douchey kid at a pool party trying to impress everybody by snagging stuff from the bottom. Sure, it’s often gross and weird and requires not showering (or putting enough product in your hair that you look like you haven’t showered, though that’s cheating). But does that mean it wasn’t sexy?

No. The best ’90s makeup looks were hot, but not because they tried to be, and not in that “effortless, natural beauty” way — they were just fun, experimental looks, and whatever the wearers found hot or interesting or desirable at the time.

From Courtney Love‘s scarlet lipstick that seemingly melded perfectly into her face to Kim Gordon‘s occasionally thick pencil liner to Kathleen Hanna‘s wonderfully thick brows to PJ Harvey‘s awesome…well, everything, the 90s were full of amazing looks that were all its own.


Obviously, I could just do the zero makeup look and wet my hair, but then this wouldn’t really be a makeup tutorial, now would it? Plus, I like dark eye makeup. I rarely ever wear it out anymore and today, I’m taking a bus up to see my parents. I’d like them to imagine, however briefly, that I have started reverting back to the makeup stylings of my 14-year-old self.

Plus, many well-respected men wore makeup and dyed their hair without getting insulted about their supposed lack of masculinity (thereby enforcing the requirement to “be” masculine) nor being declared “emo,” because having emotions publicly apparently became a comical thing somewhere down the road. To be fair, I’m sure people criticized men who wore makeup then, too, but the music scene itself did it far less than it tends to nowadays.


As you can see, the ’90s was full of awesome beauty (and I didn’t even get started on Daria or the rest of the awesome television world’s looks around then!). Let’s figure out how to do one.

Step 1: Get drunk, go to sleep without removing (all) makeup, wake up looking believably hungover. Because you are.*

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    • Jade

      Your skin is beautiful