Am I the only one that remembers one particular girl in high school that was perfect? She was the girl that you wanted to be just like? Popular, super pretty, smart. I had one of those girls in my life. Her name was Stacy and I swear I had a total girl crush on her. She had blonde curly hair that never showed signs of frizz and it was a mystery how she pulled that off. She was also really sweet, totally pretty, everything that everyone wants to be in high school.
I also remember the day she completely re-invented herself by dying her hair black, letting it frizz up a bit, and started wearing ripped fishnet stockings, a plaid flannel shirt, and combat boots with her school uniform much to the horror of the nuns that ran our high school. It was like watching an episode of Daria when she strolled down the school corridors. All this never changed the fact I wanted to be just like her.
It was the 90’s, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins ruled the radio airwaves (this was when people actually listened to the radio and didn’t have Pandora pulling up their playlist of choice to stream), brown lipstick was totally a thing, and Kurt Cobain was a God (and still is).
For me it seemed a simpler time in my makeup life as I remember owning two blushes, wearing no eyeshadow, and being very natural with my look. I’d like to tell you I was as wicked cool as Stacy but I wasn’t. My grunge phase was all about the music, not the fashion or the makeup. Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, Hole, Bush, were pretty much the soundtrack of my high school years.
If I had half the makeup I do now back then my grunge look would probably be something along the lines of this:
Or maybe I’d do some sort of cranberry look because that seems a popular pick back in the day!
What would yours look like (or did look like)?
It’s weird how trends make a come back. I remember my older sister was always talking about trends coming back and I never really got it until I suddenly became a whole lot older. As we approach Fall it looks like sparkly metallic, grungy eye looks will rule the makeup world and of course, the customary vampy lip that never seems to go out of style when the cooler weather approaches. I mean who doesn’t remember Courtney Love and her love of bold lip look! Her red lipstick was always perfect but somehow it had the appearance of feathered, sloppiness. Maybe it was just the image Courtney portrayed. That mascara smeared, lipstick feathering I don’t give a hell attitude we all loved about her.
Speaking of vampy lips if you’re embracing them for Fall there are some great picks out there to get the look. If you’re on a budget NYX Pin-Up Pout in Revolution will set you back a mere $7.99 and is the perfect way to get a grungy vamp thanks to the deep, dark berry color. I reviewed this formula a few months ago if you recall! It’s a great texture with a lightly creamy formula that glides on easily with a hint of a shiny finish.
If you want to splurge a little go with Buxom’s newer Va-Va-Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick ($20) which has a shiny finish and I couldn’t be happier about that as I’m so damn over matte lip everything! Thick, creamy, easy glide, and tons of pigment with a shiny finish is the way to go with this formula. The shade Stay the Night is the perfect easy to wear burgundy to embrace that vampy look for Fall.
I remember brown and nude lipsticks being really huge but to this day I still can’t pull the look off without looking like a zombie. I attempted it below using NYX Liquid Cream Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm and as you can see my lips are looking a little meh but don’t let that stop you. My solution with brown or nude lipsticks is to reach for the clear gloss! I swear it makes a world of difference when it comes to shades like this! See my before and after clear gloss look and see what you think!
But back to grungy, metallic, and sparkly eye looks!
As we approach Fall sparkly metallics are bound to be a regular part of your makeup diet! I typically avoid metallics since they tend to look frosty on me but add in a little sparkle and instantly things look a lot better. Thank god for the Stila Vivid & Vibrant Collection as there are too many shades in that collection that are ideal for creating a sparkly metallic look! For my look below I used Stila Vivid & Vibrant Eyeshadow Duo in Smoky Quartz. The split pan has a metallic shadow on one side and a super sparkly one on the other that you can layer to create that perfect metallic sparkly eye look. Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Vivid Smoky Quartz is actually even better yet since you can get the same cool effect with half the work and none of the fall out. Pat this shade onto your lids for a super easy liquid metal look!
Now if you’re going full force grunge for your Fall looks minus the sparkle and metals you might want to haul the Morphe 35T Dope Taupe Eyeshadow Palette. This palette has 35 deep, dark, sexy AF sultry eyeshadows for a mere $23 bucks. I haven’t yet but I can’t wait to dig into this palette.
I completed my look with the NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette because when I was typing this I realized, “What the hell was a popular blush during the grunge years?” and I came up with a blank. Hell, when I was in high school I owned two blushes. One was a pot of blush by Revlon that was berry toned and the other was a Black Radiance marble blush which I broke and sobbed over! Times have changed because at this point in my life I own so many blushes I’d need 500 faces to wear them all. I guess blush never goes out of style no matter the current trend!
I don’t think the look I created embodies grunge but it sure does embrace sparkly metallics and it’s a look I can totally get on board with as we approach Fall 2018.
What are your fondest memories of grunge-y makeup?
What sort of looks are you embracing for Fall?
Any metallic ones?