'90s Lipsticks To Make Your #TBT Dreams Come True

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
It’s no secret that '90s trends — both beauty and fashion — have made a bigger comeback in the last year than Britney Spears in the late aughts. And, while we love ourselves a skin-baring crop top and pair of denim overalls, we’re especially giddy about the throwback lips. Mauve is having a moment. Burgundy and brown are so now.
The best part? These once fear-inspiring shades are perfectly on-point for fall. So, now that you’re pumped to hop on the bandwagon, it’s time to figure out which hue is perfect for you (unintentional rhyming is fun).
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As much as we wish picking out lipstick were a one-color-fits-all process, it’s a wee bit more complicated than that. To help you find your '90s-pout soulmate, we enlisted Avon global celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen. Needless to say, she’s quite the matchmaker. Ahead, find the one that'll suit your skin tone — and, undoubtedly, bring out your inner Jennifer Aniston, circa 1994.
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Photo: Via Avon.
Fair Skin
“Fair skin works well with a variety of '90s lipstick colors,” says Andersen. “However, it also makes your lip color the focal feature on your face, so it's important not to go too pale or too dark.” To avoid a washed-out or overly harsh appearance, she suggests a dusty pink with cool undertones.
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Photo: Via Bobbi Brown.
Medium Skin
For medium complexions, Andersen recommends colors with blue undertones to brighten the visage. “Try a desert rose or burgundy for something deeper,” she says.
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Olive Skin
In order to keep this look in the '90s-chic realm, don't go too bright with the hue. “I like playing with plums, mauves, and burnt pinks with olive skin tones,” says Anderson.
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Dark Skin
Andersen says shades with warm undertones, like dark browns, wines, and rich reds, look amazing on deeper skin tones. Don’t be afraid to get your '90s vampy-grunge on — after all, isn't dark lipstick one of the best parts of fall?
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Photo: Via Laura Mercier.
Tan Skin
Tan-skinned gals, you’ve got it good. “Any lipstick with a purple base, as well as most brown colors, will complement tan skin tones,” says Andersen. Never thought you could pull off brown? Now’s the time to try.
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