The '90s were the best-just ask any millennial. Aside from the music and style (hello, boy bandsВ and slip dresses), it was also a memorable time for beauty. Frosty shadows, brown lips, and defined curls reigned supreme.В But recently, whileВ traveling down the nostalgia rabbit hole, we realized that a lot of whatВ we wore decadesВ agoВ is on trend again.
Take brown lipstick. It's richВ and sultry, but more subtle than burgundy. While the idea of wearing such an earthy lipstick might seemВ like a bold move, it can be done in an elevated way.В So how can you pull it off in real life? We tapped beauty and fashion influencer Amy SerranoВ for the details. Her main tip? вЂњLayer! You can easily tone down any shade by mixing and matching,вЂќ she says.
Get your products ready (hit up NordstromВ if you're missing anything), and follow Serrano's leadвЂ¦
Before starting on your lips, complete the rest of your makeup look.В Since the focus of the look is on my lips, I like to keep my skin clean and fresh,В SerranoВ explains. She also adds a wash of copper to her lids and along the lower lash line to keep in the same color family as the brown lipstick.В
To start your lip look, begin with a rich brown shade. This won't be the final shade, as this look is all about layering.В Start at the center of yourВ upper lip, and apply the lipstickВ outward toward one corner; repeat on the other side. Press your lips together to transfer color to your lower lip, and fill in any spots that are missing. вЂњThis is such a beautiful, deep rich brown that packs a serious punch,вЂќ Serrano says. вЂњThe texture isn't drying at all and makes for a perfect lipstick to layer with.вЂќ
If you want the pigment to be less intense, you can tone it downВ by layering another lipstick on top. The key is using a different formula for a unique finish. вЂњThis is a softer brown that has mauve undertones, which makes it really flattering,вЂќ explains Serrano. вЂњI concentrate the application on the center of myВ lips, and blend it out for dimension and the illusion of fuller lips.вЂќ
вЂњI love all the warm tones and how they all complement each other,вЂќ shares Serrano. вЂњIt's a nice change from the classic lip shades that are seen year after year.вЂќ It's nostalgic, while still feeling very now.
If you're not ready to try out a brown lip, you can still give this season's berry lip trendВ a try or opt for glossy skinВ instead.MAC Lipstick in Photo $18ShopDior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Hypnotic Matte $35ShopCharlotte Tilburry The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick $35ShopSaint Laurent Touche Г‰clat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation SPF 22 $58Shop