There are plenty of cringe-worthy moments from our youth and, we’ll be honest, a lot of them involved our beauty routines. Too much hairspray? Guilty. Nails so long they looked like weapons? We don’t want to talk about it. Eyebrows plucked within an inch of their life? You betcha. If you too grew up in the ’90s, you know the decade was a virtual free-for-all of beauty dont’s. Luckily, we’ve managed to turn things around as we’ve grown up thanks to more experience, improved taste (see: Pinterest) and innovative products. Getting older is actually good for something.
Then: Too Much Mascara
Remember the term spider lashes? We'll never know how many tubes of mascara we went through in the '90s.
Now: We want our lashes to look naturally longer–not like we're wearing too much mascara. Thanks to eyelash extensions, we can skip the mascara but still have full flutter.
Then: Over-Plucked Eyebrows
We have come a long way since the days when barely there brows were the trend.
Now: We're letting our brows grow out and are even using pencils and tinted gels to make them look bushier.
Then: Dark Lip Liner
Remember when a your lip liner was darker than your lipstick? We do.
Now: We're skipping the liner altogether and opting for a natural-looking lip stain.
Then: Wrong Foundation
There was a time when almost every woman–including us–wore the wrong shade of foundation and caked it on.
Now: BB creams give us natural-looking coverage and a dewy glow.
Then: Acrylic Nails
Our mani session used to consist of sitting in an acetone-scented salon to get long, French-tip nails practically cemented onto our fingers.
Now: We still want long-lasting manicures but prefer the look of gel polish on our natural nails.
Then: Loads Of Hairspray
It wasn't unusual to get caught in a cloud of hairspray every morning before you left the house.
Now: Since we like being able to run our fingers through our hair, we ditched the hairspray and instead use a texturizing powder to get a lift from the root.