Let’s be real: It can feel a bit frivolous to write about beauty trends in a time of so much uncertainty. Perhaps a little bit of frivolity might be just what we need these times?
We are entering a new year with many unknowns. Although we cannot predict all things, we can give you a little bit of certainty: Y2K-inspired looks won’t be *everywhere* until 2022. Lol is correct, but we won’t turn down a guarantee any time we see it.
TikTok, Depop and other popular resale platforms have helped Y2K looks (e.g., frosted eyes, hairbandanas, and even thin brows), to continue to flood our feeds and appear on red carpets throughout the year.
Grab your bucket hats, take a sip of SunnyD, because we’re going to be taking a trip down the memory lane together.
1. HAIR BANDANAS
Bandanas were an essential part of the early millennium, and have been worn by everyone from Lizzie McGuire to Aaliyah to Britney to Beyonce. Hair bandanas can be worn low on the forehead, tied in the back, or higher up with bangs peeking below it. They’re also high fashion, according to Chanel, and will be in style by 2022.
Make the look with Madewell Silk Bandana ($25).
2. SNAP CLIPS
What would you pair perfectly with that sweater vest, you ask? (Yes, they are back.) You can use a snap clip to secure your hair on either one or both of your sides. These colorful accessories will be a lasting memory if you are a Chumbawamba fan. Snap clips can be used for more than just aesthetics. They are great for keeping baby hairs under control and overgrown bangs under control.
Make the look with Lufute Hair Clips ($9) and Kitsch Mini Rhinestone Snap Clips ($12)
3. GLITTER EYESHADOW
Yes, you can have all the shimmery, frosted eyeshadows that you want. Your eyes are your most important resource for glam in year two of wearing masks. Layer shadows in different textures and shades to create maximum impact. This is what Allan Avendano, a makeup artist, did for Vanessa.
Make the look with Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow ($24) or Urban Decay Naked Cyber Eyeshadow Palette ($49)
4. MAKEUP FROSTED
You can also focus the shine on specific areas, such as the inner corners of the eyes and the center area of your lips. This will make your look more subtle but still impactful. To give your look a true Y2K feel, you can keep the colors neutral and bronze.
Get the look with Maybelline Nudes New York Eyeshadow Palette ($14) or ColourPop Nude Mood Palette Eyeshadow Palette ($14).
5. HIGH-CONTRAST LIPS
We have spent many years in the industry and can confidently state that fashion and beauty trends are always changing. Even the trends you thought you would never wear again will eventually return and force you to reevaluate your position. High contrast lips are a great example. While visible lipliner was a common faux pas for many years the popular ’90s/early 2000s look is back. It has been embraced by everyone, from Megan Thee Stallion to Laura Harrier.
Get the look with MAC Lip Pencil ($19) or MAC Lipglass ($19).
6. RETURN OF BLING
Do you remember the painstakingly attached crystal “tattoos,” and other embellishments to your body before a school dance. This was glamour at its peak back in the day, and it seems to be still so today. Simihaze Beauty and other buzzy brands have been bringing back festive bling lately, and we aren’t mad about it.
Make the look with ColourPop Mixed Crystal Face Jewels set ($8) or Simihaze Beauty Eye Play Gem Pack ($38)
7. THE FACE-FRAMING STANDS
We would think that the picture of Jennie from BLACKPINK was taken twenty years ago if we didn’t know better. It’s the perfect throwback look, with the matching velour tracksuit, aggressively tinted sunglasses, and two strands in the front.
8. THINNER BROWS
People with naturally thin brows may feel relieved that they are seeing a revival after years of trying to achieve full, bushy brows. No matter how curled or thick your hair is, we recommend that you use a flexible eyebrow gel to keep it in place.
Make the look with Kimiko The Brow Seni ($35).