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How to: 90s makeup

Supermodels of the 90’s were the coolest chicks in town. From Cindy Crawford’s luxurious brunette locks to Claudia Schiffer’s iconic nude lips, if there’s one look to champion it’s 90’s makeup. And that means all glam everything, dramatic lips, contoured cheekbones and perfectly fluttery eye lashes.

Our beauty editor shows you how to recreate a Claudia Schiffer-esque 90’s makeup look with just a few stalwart products.

The base

The secret to 90’s makeup begins with a flawless finish. Forget a dewy finish, 90’s makeup was all about matte coverage – and go heavy. This full coverage foundation from Vichy provides you with a barely there finish that melts effortlessly into the skin. Lasting up to 16 hours, it’ll provide you with a base all night long.

The blush

90’s makeup is all about the blush when it comes to the cheeks. To adopt the supermodel-approved look go for a subtle shade of pinky-gold like this Ciate London’s Glow-To Illuminating Blush. Dapple onto the apple of the cheeks and build as required for ultimate evening glamour.

Read more: How to get perfect red lips

The eyes

Supermodel eyes are smoky. To create a modern sultry eye you’ll need the right tools. I love this Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duos from Chantecaille. Housed in a beautifully chic case, it’s highly pigmented metallic shades make for a liquid-metal shade that is both timeless and modern. Plus, this easy to use compact is a perfect clutch essential.

The lips

90’s lips are nude, nude and more nude. Think Bridgette Bardot in Contempt. To create the ultimate bare lip choose a lip liner that is the same colour or slightly darker that your natural colour. I recommend the Lord & Berry Ultimate Lip Liner in shade natural. Then, apply your lipstick. Blend your lipliner into your lipstick to keep it modern or make it slightly darker to stay true to the iconic look.

The lashes

To complete the look you’ll need super fluttery, long lashes. Create extra-long lashes with this High Definition Volumizing Mascara. Enriched with nourishing emollients, it maximises length and density for fuller looking lashing. Then make them super fluttery by curling them with the Japonesque Pro Curler Ergo Grip.

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