Those Were The 90s

Summer 2013 will mark a pretty major milestone for me – my 30th birthday. It’s a lot to think about, turning 30, and it’s kind of daunting in a lot of ways. It’s really weird to me to think that I’ve almost been alive for three full decades. It’s especially weird seeing so much of the stuff from my childhood, which honestly doesn’t seem like all that long ago, popping up as nostalgia. I still remember the first time I saw “Roseanne” as part of the Nick at Nite lineup and thinking, “No, that can’t be right, that show’s practically new still!” Then realizing, “Oh wait, that show was on 15-20 years ago!” On Black Friday last year a bought a t-shirt at Target with Tiffani-Amber Thiassen as Kelly Kupowski from “Saved By The Bell” on it labeled as a “retro” tee. MTV2 even plays “Saved By The Bell” and “Boy Meets World” in an afternoon “Throwback” programming block. It’s the strangest thing in the world to me because I still feel like the 90s were only yesterday! Still, 90s nostalgia is happening in a pretty major way these days and, since the 90s were such a huge part of my development as a person, it only seemed appropriate to reflect on some of my 90s experience here at Beausic!

As I briefly discussed in Monday’s “My Most Influential Music” post, in the 1990s I went from 6 years old to 16 years old and I truly believe that the events of that period in your life really stick with you and shape the person that you are and will become moving forward in your life. The music of the 1990s has been a massive influence on the person that I am today. Monday’s post featured the music that I consider the most influential of my life, however there was a lot of other music in the 90s that was a major influence on me in many ways and really helped to shape my taste in music today. One of the things that I have found the most fascinating about that particular decade, looking back on it, is the fact that there was such a wide variety of musical genres that really exploded during that period – hip-hop and rap music hit the mainstream, the basis for the dance-infused pop of today, by top artists like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, as well as pop-country crossovers, rock and the birth of the whole concept of “alternative” music as a genre. Since it was such a varied musical landscape during this time I really wanted to feature artists in this post from each of the genres that were kind of the primaries of the 1990s! With all of that having been said, let’s get to it!

LISA LOEB

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Lisa Loeb began her career in 1994 with her debut single, “Stay (I Missed You,)” which was featured in the Ben Stiller directed film, “Reality Bites,” which starred Lisa’s neighbor, Ethan Hawke. Ethan actually took Lisa’s demo to Ben for consideration for the film. Little did he know that the song would actually go on to become the first Billboard number one single in history by an unsigned artist. From there, Lisa’s career took off and she has gone on to release five hit albums, as well as starring in two of her own reality television series, releasing two children’s albums and even recently releasing her own line of eyewear, inspired by her signature cat-eye glasses that she has been wearing since her career began. Most recently, in January 2013, Lisa released her newest studio album, “No Fairy Tale,” featuring what has become one of my favorite songs of her career, titled aptly for this post, “The 90s.”

My Lisa Loeb look is kind of an odd thing because it is really only a Lisa Loeb look in an abstract sense. You see, Lisa is rarely seen wearing much more than a neutral brown eye shadow and generally a fun, bright pop of color on the lips and, sometimes, the cheeks. As I was looking through pics of Lisa for this post I noticed that her look was very similar to the makeup that I do when I wake up late or am in a rush. I had done an “In A Rush” Makeup Techniques video before but the look that I do when I’m in a rush has kind of changed with different products that I’ve picked up over the past few months. One great example is that I used to always use a BB Cream when I was in a rush but since picking up Revlon’s Nearly Naked Foundation, I always use it because it is so easy to apply in a rush and also gives a much better coverage than any BB Cream I have tried before! Also, ever since getting the Naked Basics Palette it is pretty much my automatic go-to when I am in a rush. So, I thought it would be fun to throw together a tutorial for my “in a rush” look, loosely inspired by Lisa Loeb.

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PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Natural Beige
Boots No. 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Medium
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Magic 

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, Blackout & Venus
Rimmel London Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Light Blue
Wet N’ Wild Mega Volume Mascara

LIPS:
Rimmel London By Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 17


LEANN RIMES

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LeAnn Rimes hit the music scene in a huge way in 1996, when she was only 13 years old, making her the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in the early 1970s. Her debut single, “Blue,” was one of the biggest selling singles of 1996 and helped her to earn a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1997! Her sophomore album, “You Light Up My Life” found success not only on the Country charts but on the Pop charts, as well, making LeAnn one of the earlier examples of Country music crossing over into Pop and Top 40 radio, which has been huge over the past 15 years or so. LeAnn has also spent most of her career walking that line between Country and Pop and has released 10 studio albums worth of amazing music in both genres! LeAnn is set to release her next studio album later this year, preceded by her current singles “Borrowed” and “What Have I Done,” both of which are brilliant and have gotten me very excited for the album that is yet to come!

In searching images of LeAnn, I found the most beautiful images of her at ACAs, (Academy of Country Music Awards, I believe,) that I just fell in love with! One of my favorite things about this look is the fact that the look allowed me to use one of my most neglected shades from one of my very favorite palettes, the deep red shade called Sexy from the Nude ‘Tude Palette from TheBalm, which added that really beautiful warmth through the crease in the look!

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PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Natural Beige
Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer in Light/Medium
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in Teint Dore 03
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Peony 

EYES:
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadows in Selfish, Sophisticated, Sassy & Sexy
TheBalm Meet Matte Eye Shadows in Matt Gallagher & Matt Smith
Rimmel London Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Brown
L’oreal Voluminous Extra Collagen Mascara in Black Brown 

LIPS:
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Peony

COURTNEY LOVE

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Courtney Love has been called “the most controversial woman in the history of rock,” by Rolling Stone magazine, a title that she has definitely earned throughout her career! Courtney emerged on the music scene in the early 1990s as front woman for the incredible Hole, whose debut album “Pretty On The Inside” made a major impact in the grunge rock scene of the early 90s. Courtney also married the king of the grunge rock scene, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Kurt and Courtney skyrocketed to superstardom as the druggie King and Queen of grunge until Kurt committed suicide, mere days before the release of Hole’s sophomore album, “Live Through This,” and Courtney became the center of the world’s attention, even being suspected by many Nirvana fans to accuse her of murdering him. Aside from a brief stint as a Hollywood Glamour Girl in the late 1990s after starring in one of my all-time favorite films, “The People Vs. Larry Flynt,” Courtney’s mainly been notorious for her outrageous behavior, controversial statements and well-documented drug abuse. It’s really tragic, in my opinion, because what nobody seems to recognize is the strength of the music that she has created over the years. I have loved each of Hole’s four albums, as well as Courtney’s ill-fated solo record, “America’s Sweetheart.” Hole released their most recent record, “Nobody’s Daughter,” in 2011, which was absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to hear what else she has in store moving forward!

Last year I did a whole post on women of rock, in which I recreated looks from several of my favorite female Rick stars which, of course, included Courtney. In that post I recreated her signature look from her early grunge days, so for this post I really wanted to do one of Courtney’s slightly more glam looks from later. After her glam turn in the late 90s, while Courtney’s cleaned up lifestyle didn’t last beyond that period, her appreciation for beauty and fashion remained intact. So, throughout the 2000s, Courtney had a tendency to kind of mix her grungy look and more glam look, which I kind of loved! So, I recreated a look from a 2009 Elle Magazine cover, a look that I just adored. It features a really beautiful, smokey cut crease with very soft peach on the cheeks and lips. I especially loved that this beautiful cosmetic look was combined with really messy hair and kind of a dazed look on her face. It’s unusual, for sure, but it’s just very Courtney!

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PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Medium Beige
Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer in Light/Medium
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Gerbera

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Crave & Venus
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Rimmel London Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude
L’oreal Voluminous Extra Collagen Mascara in Black Brown
Jordana Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe

LIPS:
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Gerbera

ACE OF BASE

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Ace of Base were a Swedish pop group consisting of Ulf Ekberg and siblings Jonas, Linn and Jenny Berggren, who hit the international musical landscape in a massive way in 1993 with the release of their debut album, “The Sign,” known internationally as “Happy Nation.” “Happy Nation/The Sign” remains one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, and was certified nine times platinum in the United States. It was also the first debut album to produce three number 1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart: “All That She Wants,” “The Sign” and “Don’t Turn Around.” I was completely obsessed with this album, as well as it’s follow up, “Beautiful Life.” Ace of Base remained faded from popularity in the US after this but released a third and fourth hit album internationally before Linn Berggren left in 2007, then shortly thereafter Jenny Berggren left the group, as well, to pursue a solo career. She released her debut solo album, “My Story,” in 2011, which was really a beautiful album! The two male members of the group remained together and recruited two new female vocalists for the band, releasing their first album in the new lineup, “The Golden Ratio,” in 2010, which was also a decent effort, although it very much did not feel like an Ace of Base record at that point.

I knew immediately that I wanted to recreate a look from Jenny Berrgren for my Ace of Base look and, since most of the images I am recreating here are not actually from the 90s, I decided to recreate the look worn on the cover of her first solo single, “Here I Am,” which I thought was a really beautiful, elegant look with a nice touch of shimmer at the inner corners and lots of black built up on the outer corners! Just a beautiful, classic smokey eye, which I loved recreating! I also loved the lips, which were just the simplest thing in the world with a clear gloss with a really beautiful reflective shimmer – Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Crystal Water, (which, oddly enough, was the name of the singer behind one of my very favorite 90s dance tracks, “100% Pure Love.”)

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PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Natural Beige
Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer in Light/Medium
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Clinique Blushing Blush in Afterglow 

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Foxy, Naked 2, Crave & Venus
Jordana Fabuliner in Black
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
L’oreal Voluminous Extra Collagen Mascara in Black Brown 

LIPS:
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Crystal Water


TONI BRAXTON

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Toni Braxton emerged on the music scene in 1993 with her chart-topping self-titled debut album but found even more international success and critical acclaim with the release of her sophomore album, “Secrets,” which featured number one singles, “You’re Makin’ Me High,” and Toni’s signature single, “Un-Break My Heart.” In spite of huge record sales, Toni filed for bankruptcy shortly after the release of “Secrets,” although she managed to bounce back in a major way in 2000 with the release of her third album, “The Heat,” which spawned the international hit single, “He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me,” which she followed up with another number one album, “Pulse,” in 2007. Still, in 2010 she filed for bankruptcy again. In true Toni Braxton fashion, though, she has managed to bounce back again with the massive success of her WeTV reality show, “Braxton Family Values,” alongside her sisters, who had also formed an R&B group in the 90s, The Braxtons. With the success of this show Toni has yet to relaunch her music career, however the series has launched her sister, Tamar, into the music scene in a major way!

In January 2013, Toni took part in the Heart Truth Red Dress Campaign fashion show benefitting a heart disease charity and worked the runway in a beautiful red dress and an absolutely flawless makeup look that I just fell in love with! At my work this past week we had what I refer to as a “Fancy Dress Day,” but what they refer to as a “Dress for Success Day,” in which we were all required to dress in our “Fancy Pants,” and dress and behave like we work in a professional environment, (what a novel idea, right?) and this was the makeup look that I wore on that day, which was an absolutely perfect look for the day!

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PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in 20
Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer in Light/Medium
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in Teint Dore 03
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Orchid 

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked2 Eye Shadows in Foxy, Bootycall, Tease, Snakebite, Verve, YDK & Busted
Jordana Fabuliner in Black
Revlon Grow Luscious Lashliner in Brown
Wet N’ Wild Mega Volume Mascara
Jordana Fabubrow Pencil in Taupe

LIPS:
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose
Wet N’ Wild Center Stage Collection Mega Last Lipstick in Fergie Daily

LIZ PHAIR

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As you all know by now Madonna is my very favorite singer of all-time, however my second favorite singer of all-time is definitely Liz Phair. Liz Phair emerged in 1991 on the male-dominated Chicago indie rock scene self-releasing audio tapes under the name Girly Sounds, featuring some of the most unique, interesting, edgy little tracks that had horrible sound but were impressive enough to get her signed to one of the biggest indie labels at the time, Matador Records, where she released her epic masterpiece of a debut album, “Exile In Guyville,” which was critically acclaimed, adored by fans worldwide and really set the stage for women in the world of indie rock. Liz continued on to release 2 more albums with Matador, “Whip Smart” and “whitechocolatespaceegg,” before finally being signed to a major label, Epic Records in 2001, at which point her music took on much more of a pop sound. In spite of a successful debut single from that major label debut, one of my favorite songs of her career, “Why Can’t I,” both albums she released under Epic flopped and she was eventually dropped from the label. She then signed to ATO Records and re-released “Exile In Guyville,” but after several conflicts with the label Liz kind of surprised the world in 2011 by self-releasing her sixth studio album, “Funstyle,” through her website. The album is absolutely brilliant, completely off-the-wall, experimental sounds, many of which are chastising the music industry and Hollywood society, in general. It is absolutely brilliant and I highly recommend everybody check it out!

The look I recreated from Liz is from a photo shoot she did for some men’s magazine somewhere between the release of “whitechocolatespaceegg” and her self-titled debut with Epic Records in 2003. I don’t know which magazine they were for or anything but I had seen these images for years and years and have always felt that they kind of perfectly captured Liz’s style throughout her career – provocative but not really done up or put together. She has always had a very sexy but grungy vibe and I have always felt that these images, and the makeup look in them, just captured that perfectly.

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PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Natural Beige
Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer in Light/Medium
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Smashbox Double Exposure Lip & Cheek Cream in Speed Racer

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Naked 2, Faint & Walk of Shame
Revlon Grow Luscious Lashliner in Brown
Rimmel London Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude
Wet N’ Wild Mega Volume Mascara
Jordana Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe

LIPS:
Smashbox Double Exposure Lip & Cheek Cream in Speed Racer
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Brown Sugar

AMANDA LEPORE

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Amanda Lepore is, as she puts it herself, “The Number One Transexual In The World,” who has served as a model for campaigns with major brands like MAC Cosmetics, Swatch, etc., as well as serving as muse to famed photographer, and my personal favorite photographer, David LaChappelle. She has created a cosmetic line with Camp Cosmetics, appeared in a number of films and in 2011 released her full-length debut album, “I… Amanda Lepore,” which I couldn’t be more obsessed with if I tried! Amanda had also featured heavily in the work of brilliant LGBTQ Hip-Hop/Dance artist Cazwell. I especially love the fact that Amanda kind of truly symbolizes that we all have the option and ability to become whatever we can dream up in life – she went from a plain young boy to the utter definition of glamour and man-made beauty!

Amanda has taken much of her inspiration over the years from Marilyn Monroe, even writing a song about her on her album, so her signature look is very clearly inspired by Marilyn. The look I decided to directly recreate comes from a shoot she did with Terry Richardson a few years ago, which I think was really beautiful and was very much like a Marilyn Monroe look taken up a notch – that means lots and lots of shimmer and gloss! As soon as I decided to include Amanda in this post, I knew I wanted to do a tutorial for her look. You can check out my Amanda Lepore tutorial below!

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PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in 20

Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer in Light/Medium

Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in Teint Dore 03

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Wet N’ Wild Center Stage Collection To Reflect Shimmer Palette in RosĂ© Champagne Glow
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Stellar

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadows in Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Crave & Venus
Urban Decay Naked2 Eye Shadows in Bootycall, Verve & Suspect
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Shimmer Eye Pencil in Black
Jordana Fabuliner in Black
Rimmel London Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Light Blue
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
L’oreal Voluminous Extra Collagen Mascara in Black Brown
False Lashes from EBay
Jordana Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe 

LIPS:
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Sedona Red
Wet N’ Wild Center Stage Collection Mega Last Lipstick in Old School Glam
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Fire

Like I said before, the 1990s were definitely one of the most defining decades of my life and the music from the period, including that of each artist included in this post, has really helped in the development of not only my personal taste in music but also in the development of the person I am today. This has made this a really powerful post for me to put together, as well as the post from Monday, so I really appreciate getting to share it with you guys! So, there you have it! I wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

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