Everything was better in the 90s. The music was louder, the TV shows were funnier, and the style was on point. It’s no surprise that there are many beauty trends from this era that have made a comeback in recent years including dark lipstick, french tips and nude gloss.
One character who always gives me major nostalgia is Whitley Gilbert from A Different World. She was the ultimate 90s beauty and fashion icon; her makeup was always simple, but sharp like her personality. Whitley’s makeup bag consisted of three things: a brow pencil, nude gloss and eyeliner. Although the show ended over 20 years ago, her polished makeup routine still inspires me.
90s lovers, rejoice! Here’s how you can incorporate this retro makeup look into your own beauty routine. The best part is that you can steal her signature look in three simple steps, with products you already own.
1. Give your brows an angular shape.
Whitley is known for having dramatically arched brows. Luckily, your brows don’t have to be as sharp. Go for a modern look by giving your brows a slight curve with a brow pencil. If you’re not a fan of how it looks, you can always erase the line and start over!
2. Go for a nude lip.
Sometimes, wearing minimal makeup makes a bigger statement. Instead of rocking your usual bold red lip, apply a nude gloss that compliments your skin tone, natural lip color. I always go for a rich mocha while Whitley’s lips are more of a berry.
3. Define your top and bottom lash line with eyeliner.
Gently trace an even line from the inner corner of your eyes to the outer edge. After doing this repeatedly, go over your bottom lash line. Make sure you steer clear of your inner rim so your eyes don’t tear up. This will really make your eyes pop!