25 Years Of American Beauty Trends
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Signs of the Times1 of 10
As part of their 25th anniversary celebration, ELLE put together a round-of of the best American beauty trends over the past 25 years. Here are some of our favorites. -Glo
1980s: Bold Brows2 of 10
Ugly Betty gave caterpillar eyebrows a bad rap, but in the 1980s they were actually super cool — and the trend is coming back (see the fall and spring catwalks for evidence). While some opted for full au naturel arches like Brooke Shields’ others went the way of Paula Abdul, sporting filled-in brows shades darker than their highlighted manes.
1980s: Contoured Makeup3 of 10
Sculpted cheeks paired with expertly shaded eyelids and brow-bones were the norm in the 1980s. And if you were Cher, “working girl” Melanie Griffith, Debbie Harry, or Boy George, you embraced this trend like there was no tomorrow.
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1990s: Boyish Pixie Cut4 of 10
Besides ushering in the era of waif-like models (see Kate Moss), the ‘90s also brought a new wave of androgyny. Instead of making a statement with a shoulder-padded ‘80s power suit, you could chop your locks into a boyish crop. Popularized by Linda Evangelista, Winona Ryder, and Demi Moore, the ’do was a cut above the rest.
1980s: Flatironed Tresses5 of 10
In the late-’90s flatironed strands were the way to go—and God forbid you tuck them behind your ear. Hair could be pin-straight (Gwyneth Paltrow), flipped out (Sandra Bullock), or curled under (Jennifer Aniston) but if it wasn’t hanging flat against the sides of your face, forget it.
1990s: Light-Colored Eye Shadow6 of 10
To play up your eyes in the latter part of the ’90s, you’d naturally reach for a lightly-hued shadow (think baby-blue, soft white, or lavender) — one that was preferably frosted and sparkly. See Britney Spears, Ashley Judd, and Claire Danes for pointers.
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2000s: Cornrows7 of 10
Combine the mainstreaming of hip-hop music with MTV’s repetitive broadcasts of cornrow-sporting spring-breakers partying on sandy beaches, and it’s no wonder the hair trend caught on. Stars like Jessica Simpson, Beyoncé, and Fergie wearing the plaited style only served to boost its popularity more. …
2000s: Aysmmetrical Bob8 of 10
2007 might as well been dubbed the Year of the Bob. After Victoria Beckham debuted the asymmetrical cut everyone — including her then-B.F.F. Katie Holmes and Rihanna (pictured here) — followed suit.
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2000s: The Cat-Eye9 of 10
Credit Dita Von Teese and Amy Winehouse with bringing back the classic cat-eye — which is now more prolific than ever (see Nicole Richie’s recent Oscar look, the ladies of Mad Men, this season’s runway shows, etc.). To pull off this trend, a slight tick at the outer corners of the eyes is all you need. …
2000s: Ombré Hair Color10 of 10
Now you don’t have to worry about your roots showing! The graduated hair-color trend we told you about in June is still in for fall, according to celebrity hair gurus Ashley Javier and George Papanikolas. Whitney Port and Rachel Bilson are both fans of the ombré look.