Makeup Through the Ages Blog Collab | 1990s Grunge | theLittleScottishCorner

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Yay to another collaboration! Brittany from the Beauty Deputy organised this collaboration where we all post pictures of a makeup look inspired by a certain era. I chose the 1990’s. I was born in the early 90s, so never really paid too much attention to the makeup or hair. Looking back the fashions were also spectacular. Anyone remember adidas popper trousers? Initially the end of the rave era sprung to mind and then grunge/rock creeped in. I thought I would do a fusion look, but I didn’t like it. I really liked how my grunge-esque look turned out, so decided to post on that! Lazy gals, you will love this. I hope nobody is too judgemental of my look – I know I look very tired, work has been 13/14 hour days every day, Monday to Friday, except today where I only did 11! It has really started to take it’s toll on me.

Any true 90s kids will absolutely love the next few images 🙂 You will know what I mean! The 90s was a simple childhood – barbie dolls, sharing a gameboy with your older brother, tape players, board games, books and climbing trees. Ah the nostalgia.

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All those 90s memories

Anyway, I decided to do a simple, yet quite striking modern grunge look. I was never really too rocky as a teenager, so was really keen to try something like this out. In terms of outfit, which I couldn’t photo myself I wore jeans and some military style boots, along with my kitten rock baggy tee from Henry Holland. Not too exciting or edgey.

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Preview of my look

Grunge is full of messy and dark eye makeup, with neutral lips and face. The idea is to look second day or slept in, with natural and unwashed hair. This was the bit that scared me the most! I went for a minimal base, just a dab of concealer under my eyes and a little foundation to even everything out. I used very few products and found this look really easy to create. I’ve included links to my previous reviews and where possible the price of the product and where to buy in brackets. Hope you enjoy!

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Step 1 : I applied Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Stormy Grey (£2.99 from Boots) all over my lids, where I wanted my shadow to be. I blended this out using an old eyeshadow brush. Don’t worry if things look messy right now, that’s the whole point! Colour outside the lines baby!

Step 2: Using the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette, I applied a layer of poison, mixed with lovesick. Any black eyeshadow, or very dark grey would do. I used my old brush for this as it was already dirty from the grey.

Step 3: Again using the Vice 2 palette, I applied derailed to the crease and blended up to my brows with the gorgeous matte habit.

Step 4: On the inner corners of my eyes, I lightly brushed a layer of shellshock for some added sparkle using my Mac 217 brush (£18 from Debenhams).

Step 5: Using a very dark black eyeliner, I lined my waterline and the top lashline. Using a line diffusing brush from Bare Minerals, I smudged this out. I used the perversion eyeliner from the Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case.

Step 6: Clean up any fallout from underneath the eyes using a cotton wool pad and makeup remover.

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Up Close of my eyes

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My eye open up close

Step 7: Apply some under eye concealer in the form of Benefit FakeUp (£18.50 from Debenhams) and blend using fingertips. Set in place using Bare Minerals Original Foundation (£25 from Debenhams). Buff in using a fluffy brush.

Step 8: Apply a layer of mascara quite messily. I opted for soap and Glory thick n fast (£10 from Boots), not pictured. Dab some around your eyes and smudge for more drama.

Step 9: Add a slick of a neutral lip shade, such as Mac Shy Girl (£15 from Debenhams).

In terms of hair, I didn’t wash it after working all day and cycling home, I just roughed it up a little to make it look like I just got out of bed! For eyebrows, I didn’t pluck them for a week to look nice and messy and combed them upwards to add a little bit of rough.

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Final Look

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My Final look

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Showing my super messed up hair all natural and wavy

Sorry about the bad photos, I really don’t do selfies and I hate taking them! What does everyone think?

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Why not check out the other Lovely Bloggers:

Egyptians/Cleopatra Angela

1920 Soph from Little Bit Soph

1930 Meagan from A Beauty Obsession

1940 Olivia from Eye Have A Lot of Feelings

1950 Heather from Coconut & Cotton

1960 Brittany from The Beauty Deputy

1970 Michelle from Pretty in the East

1980 Christina from a casual beauty

1990 ME 🙂

2000 Stephanie Wright

Present Day Barbe from Fashionista in Surburbia

Futuristic  Becky from MakeupandFreckles

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34 thoughts on “Makeup Through the Ages Blog Collab | 1990s Grunge | theLittleScottishCorner

  1. I love that grungy look! Yeah, i can see you jumping around to Nirvana in this look! loving your Urban Decay palette, your eyes look amazing – those colours are right up my alley. (Note to self, must look for that palette.) I think you have nailed the grungy, slept in look of the 90s. xo


    • Not sure if my comment replied yesterday, but that means so much to me! Thank you! I’ve never worn anything like this and i’m not really a rocker, so to pull it off is great. The palette is so versatile but sadly was limited edition. I bet they will bring a number 3 out though. Xx


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  6. I love this. There are so many 90s looks you can go with from the late 90s teen pop scene to the early grunge and I really love what you did 🙂


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  8. I still haven’t got over your eyelashes. They are so beautiful! In the pictures where you’re looking downwards they look so nice and thick.
    As for the look and the nostalgia: fabulous, of course. I love the mussed up hair and how you dabbed mascara around your eyes to create that slept in look. I always find it really hard to give dark shadow any depth too, but you really pulled it off with the mix of colours you chose. Grunge suits you! xx


    • My lashes are not thick. It’s all soap and glory thick n fast mascara. Initially I loved it, but it’s started getting a bit thick and dry now. It’s worth a look next time your in boots. Plus 3 for 2! But thank you.
      Hehe thank you. I literally mixed every black I owned for this. I’m so glad Brittany convinced me to buy vice 2, otherwise I wouldn’t have had many colours to do this! It was really cool doing this as its not my normal look. Woody told me I had smudged mascara and couldn’t contemplate I had done it on purpose ha. Maybe I will became a rock chick xx


      • Haha yes you can go through your 2004 emo phase 10 years late! Ahh MySpace 🙂 Brittany is great at convincing us to get nice stuff haha. I thought the 3 for 2 was just on skincare? Xx


        • I still haven’t had time to read your post yet, I’ve got up to the 1940s, so will do the rest over the day. I never had my space, I was the opposite type! She is so naughty, I want the too faced chocolate palette now! Three for two was on makeup too, I got some sleek things a few weeks ago and a cc cream. Why I bought that I’m not sure, it’s actually Orange xx


          • I’ve had issues with the colour ranges on bb and cc creams too. Annoying! Which ones did you get? You’re gonna love the s club party when you get round to reading it hehe. I had MySpace but didn’t really get it, we used bebo much more! I tried emo (eyeliner and being a grumpy shitbag) but never really pulled it off and just listened to 90’s indie and Brit pop instead. Such a fail hahaha xx


            • I got the loreal nude magique one in anti fatigue. It’s actually a lovely formula, very flawless, good coverage and wears very well. Shame it’s so Orange. I can’t wait to read the sclub party! I can’t imagine you pulling off emo very well, or were you dark haired in those days? Xx


            • Haha yes I only went blonde about 2 years ago, and that was the first time I dyed my hair. I still didn’t pull it off though, I only did halfhearted emo because I was a bored teenager and wanted something to talk about. Classic hehe. Nude magique always sounds nice, shame about the colour! Xx


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  11. Great job! Loved Gameboy and CatDog. I was born the end of the 80s, but I am totally a 90s kids. You really brought up good memories! It is cool seeing pictures of you on your blog, cuz you never want to post any. I really like your makeup look. It is a good going out look. You’re putting your new Vice 2 palette to good use. 🙂 I have never used the shadows that you used in this look from my vice 2 cuz i just didn’t know what to do with them, but now I really want to use them and will recreate this look. You have some amazingly long eyelashes. Sorry it took so long to read and comment. Work, sleep, and work was my weekend so I am finally getting time to read and comment on all the posts. Thanks for taking part in this collab with me. It was a lot of fun!


    • Yes gameboy was amazing! Did you have Tetris? I loved it. And Mario. Oh and pokemon too. He he. I liked dog the best because he was so silly and not very clever.
      Oh gosh, I absolutely hate photos of myself, selfies make me cringe a lot. I’m glad you liked it, it’s not something I would normally go for, but I actually quite liked it. Yeah the vice palette is actually really good because it’s so versatile. I don’t really have many dark shadows, especially black so the vice was a life saver for this.
      I know the feeling with work, last week I was doing 8 until midnight or 1 am and it was awful. By Friday I was dead. Today I managed to do 7 to 7 and it was much better. Hopefully the busy wave of needing to get stuff sent out is over. We are such workaholics aren’t we? Did you get everything moved and sorted out from your house now?
      And thank you for organising the collaboratio, it was great fun.


      • Yes we had tetris. Mario games were a favorite! They still are! My favorite character is Yoshi. He is a pretty awesome sidekick for Mario! Your schedule sounds disgusting! That is way too long to be at work! I am glad that I get my days off! Yes, I did get moved out of my house. Everything is done with that. I closed about 2 weeks ago on the house! It is such a weight off my shoulders!


        • Mario is awesome. I used to love Mario kart when I got a bit older. Yes, he is so cute isn’t he? Love yoshi. Peach used to annoy me though.
          That’s good, are you back with your parents or did you find somewhere new?
          Yeah, I’m moving department again in a few weeks, so it should be back to the Monday to Friday 8 to 6, which will be nice. I say that now, but maybe it will be as busy there


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