If you saw my December favorites post, you may have spotted the Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993. Some of my favorite beauty bloggers and vloggers, such as Claire Marshall and Jay from Just Jay Beauty have featured it, and I found myself being drawn to shade, despite having very pale skin. I won’t lie, I was intimidated when I swatched it in Sephora, but felt I couldn’t let the chance to experiment slip away. The 90s trend is still going strong, and after getting my hands on this lipstick and loving it, I thought I’d show you all how I like to wear it.
When I think of 90s makeup, I think minimal: natural, warm, with bold brows, and winged liner. Since I wanted to base my look around 1993, everything else had to be fairly simple. For my base I started off with my Rimmel Lasting Finish primer, and buffed in the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover foundation. This foundation has a demi-matte finish which I really associate with 90s makeup. I’ll have an in-depth review of this foundation real soon! I set my foundation and concealer with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.
I always tackle my brows after I finish applying my base. Since I needed a bolder brow to balance out my dark lip, I used my Daiso brow pencil in Dark Brown. This pen is quite waxy, and while getting the hang of this pencil takes some practice, I like that if I use a lighter hand, the color is lighter, and darker if I apply more pressure. The triangular tip also is great for mimicking hairs. I filled in the rest with brow powder and my Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Angled Brush. To top my brows off, I used my Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Brow Coloring gel. For the rest of my eyes, I used my Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige all over my lid, and popped a bit of MAC‘s Phloof! in my inner corners for a bit of brightness, since it’s a frost shadow. Up in my brow bone, I highlighted with MAC‘s Blanc Type, a light, matte flesh-toned shade. I’ve been getting back into winged liquid liner, and Tarte‘s Precision Longwear Liquid Liner has been just the ticket. I definitely prefer a felt tip to a brush tip, so I find this liner very easy to control as I’m lining my lash-line and creating my flick. I don’t like sporting bold lashes if I am aiming for minimal eye makeup, especially if I have liquid liner on. Thus, I opted for the Max Factor Masterpiece mascara, which adds excellent length and definition.
Since I haven’t been seeing a lot of sun this month, I warmed up my skin with the Body Shop Honey Glow Bronzer. It’s not only matte, which looks a lot more natural in this weather, but the shade is very suitable for my fair skin tone. The 90s were’t big on flushed cheeks, which contradicts a lot of my winter makeup manifesto. The Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve has a very warm nudey-pink tone that not only compliments my simple eye makeup, but also my medium-brown lip color.
For the finishing touch came 1993. The color has been surprisingly flattering and I’ve received a vast number of compliments on it. The formula is quite creamy, though I would recommend applying lip balm and exfoliating your lips before applying it. If you’re not fond of matte lips, or you feel that the shade isn’t quite your cup of tea on its own, feel free to layer a gloss over it. I have also loved layering the NYX Butter Gloss in Gingersnap over top, since it’s a cooler-tone brown that suits the outfits I like to wear this look with; Lot’s of greys and light blues.
What’s your favorite 90s-inspired lip color?