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90s Beauty: Best Throwback Beauty Trends & Products to Revisit Now

* 90s fashion is back – but so are the beauty trends of the decade
* From Rachel Green’s famous lipstick to scrunchies, these 90s staples are back
* Nostalgic beauty with modern updates

The 90s were a fun time for beauty products and makeup experimentation. From Bonne Bell’s Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers to Sun-In hair bleaching spray, these beauty must-haves definitely hold a nostalgic place in our hearts. Not all products were left in the dust, however. Below we have listed a few throwback beauty products that might be worth a re-visit.

1. Pond’s Cold Cream

is undoubtedly the original cleansing balm. Made from 50% moisturizer, this classic face cream dissolves all traces of makeup and deep cleans while infusing your skin with moisture in one easy step. Beloved since 1907, this cream has been has withstood the test of time.


2. Hair Claws

Yes, the hair claw clip is making a comeback this year, and if this accessory doesn’t transport you back to the 90s, then we’re not sure what will. As seen at the Spring 2018 Alexander Wang Runway Show, large claw clips were paired with sleek, slick-backed hair and dark black rectangular sunglasses, giving the claw an almost Matrix vibe. Goody has been a longtime maker of these clips and popular hair products in general, and even though they might be in style again, they actually are a great way to help hold your hair in place when you’re washing your face.


3. Scrunchies

Scrunchies are another former hair faux pas that might be sneaking their way back into style. Nothing was more popular in the 90s than the colorful, fabric-covered hair wraps. They disappeared for a while as many trends do but, according to WWD, they have reappeared in some unexpected places. Designers like Balenciaga and Mansur Gavriel both used them in their most recent fashion shows and retailer everywhere are introducing silk ones to help you achieve dent-free locks even while you sleep.


4. Elnett Hair Spray

L’Oreal Paris’s Elnett Satin is a legendary hairspray, that become known as the gold standard hair product for red carpet events and photo shoots in the 1990s. Launched 1960’s, this breakthrough hairspray has an ultra-fine mist that leaves hair feeling brushable and soft, yet offers strong hold that lasts all day. Up until 2008, this hairspray was only available overseas but because was so coveted, it was constantly being secretly smuggled by stylists nationwide backstage to photo shoots and red carpet events. Thankfully, you can buy this miraculous product online now without the hassle.

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5. MAC Clear Lip Glass

MAC’s Clear Lipglass is a unique lip gloss that creates a glass-like finish on your lips. A longtime makeup bag staple, it  can be worn on its own, over a lip pencil or lipstick and it is the best product for creating a shine that lasts. Formulated with jojoba oil, this gloss is less sticky than most and will soften and condition the lips. It can also be mixed with pigments or worn alone for that coveted “wet” look.

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6. Brown Lipstick

MAC Cosmetics was the place to brand to buy makeup from in the 90s and their lipstick options were unparalleled compared to other prestige label’s  offerings at the time. Brown lipstick and matching liner was hot in the 90s, with plenty of celebrities rocking the trend, including Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends. Now, the brown lips look look is back, and MAC is still one of the best companies when it comes to flattering shades.

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7. Tommy Girl Perfume

made its debut in 1996 and quickly became the must-have scent for cool girls everywhere. The perfume has fragrance notes of lemon, honeysuckle and lily with a sandalwood base. If you’re going to start pining for some 90s nostalgia fragrances, this one would be a great place to start.