The 90s icons we’re glad are having a revival, and those that should never have returned

There’s a nostalgic beauty in reviving 90’s icons (as long as it’s not overplucked brows).

Oh the 90s…

Those were the days of Cher from Clueless, Gwen Stefani, the joy of Gameboy Colours. Remember needing to rewind your VHS tape so you could watch it again from the start? The weird beepy-noise of dial up internet?

Good times.

With Netflix, TikTok, and Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows, we have well and truly moved away from the trends of yesteryear, but it’s great to see Gen Z bringing back some of our old favourites. These are the trends we’re glad are once again getting their time in the sun.

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Bring it back!

Soap bars

Soap bars went well and truly out of fashion for a while there in favour of liquid soaps, but they’re having a renaissance. Not only are they MUCH better for the environment, but people are also now using them to do their brows.

Soap brows are one of the latest trends that offer that laminated brow effect with very little investment. You can pick up soap bars for as little as $3. Many recommend Pears Soap.

The Body Shop Body Butters

In 1992, The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick created one of the world’s most iconic beauty products (which now sells once every 3 seconds) from her kitchen bench!

From humble beginnings, The Body Shop’s Body Butters revolutionised the way we moisturized. Flash forward and they have a fresh new formula offering 96-hours of moisture, 100% recycled tubs and vegan certification with 95% ingredients of natural origin the Body Butters are here to help you love yourself, and the planet.

Barely-there foundation

Before the Kardashian-sculpting of the late 2000’s and 2010’s, barely-there foundation was a go-to look. Think a young Cameron Diaz or Kate Moss.

If you’re worried about coverage, double up on concealer where you need it but leave skin as natural as possible where you don’t. We’d recommend the La Roche Posay Uvidea Anthelios BB Cream, MAC Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation and Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator.

Lip liners

Okay so we’re well and truly back on the late 90s-early 2000’s gloss and liner combo but updated a little bit. The liner can be used to slightly overline the lip and should be in a colour that’s close to your natural lip colour (do not use a super dark liner compared to your skin tone, I repeat, do not!).

Charlotte Tilbury have a great range if you’re in the market. And if you’re not a fan of sticky gloss, you could try a lip oil ala Maddison Beer.

Freckles

Forget everything you just learnt in the last decade about having a ‘flawless’ base! Freckles, beauty spots etc. are super cute when peeping through a thin skin tint.

If you don’t have any – you can always draw some on with a very fine eyebrow pencil, such as this L’Oréal one. Just be sure to dab them in a bit so they don’t look too cartoon-esque.

Exercising for fun

Think spin class and rollerblading. We’re over slogging it out at the gym, so why not mix it up with something that gets your heart pumping and your smile widening. There’s so many online classes to follow that are sure to give you an endorphin rush!

Bin it!

While we’re ok with some trends coming ‘back to the future’, there are others from the 90s we would LOVE to stay there.

Low rise jeans

There’s been celebs spotted sporting low rise jeans and while we appreciate fashion will do what it will – we’d love to collectively keep that in the 90s. High-waisted jeans all the way.

Crappy fad diets

Along with the low rise jeans became the obsession with losing weight – which is something of yesteryear we would like to stay there. No more crappy fad diets please. Wholefoods and good nutrition is the bomb.com.

Sun tanning

Now that we *know* how bad the sun is for our skin we would like sun tanning to please never come back in style. Pick up the Bondi Sands if you want a little glow. It is way less hassle than lying in the sun for hours on end and giving yourself skin cancer.

Overplucked brows

We’ve been slowly moving away from giant block ‘Cara’ brows but are still not ready for the ‘basically sewing thread’ thin eyebrows of the 90s. There are many women from this era who have been fastidiously trying to grow back their brows and it’s not something we’d want to go through again. V traumatic.

Opt for fluffy brows with a tinted brow gel and use a fine pencil to mimic the natural look of brow hairs.