Let me be the first person to say that my hair looks absolutely BONKERS in these pics, and that’s even AFTER trying to actually do something with it.
I am one YouTube video away from hacking it off! Note to self: next time a global pandemic approaches, book a hair appointment before the world shuts down.
Sigh… Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I was thinking about a Monday Poll question from a while back (’80s or ’90s?) before I started doing my makeup, which is how this ’90s-inspired plummy pink look came about. Everything I’m using is drugstore makeup because I’m still riding a may-jah budget beauty wave right now.
A drugstore dupe for an iconic ’90s lipstick
My main inspiration was an old-school ’90s standby that’s still around called Clinique Black Honey Lipstick. It’s a sheer, ever-so-slightly shiny lippie that all of my college friends wore back in the day. There used to be a Clinique counter inside the UC Davis bookstore, and every quarter when it came time to buy books, we’d all go to that counter to get our books so we could avoid the regular long lines. The only thing you had to do to use that line was buy at least one piece of Clinique makeup, which is how every girl I knew ended up with countless tubes of Black Honey.
Anywho…I recently found a drugstore dupe for it in Honest Beauty Plum Drop Lip Tint, and it looks exactly like Black Honey! To keep with the plum theme, I paired it with an awesomely affordable plummy-pink eyeshadow palette I found over at Covergirl, and pink cream blush cheeks (which I did with a Revlon lipstick).
Covergirl So Saturated Eye Palette in Posh is so good!
The palette is the Full Spectrum So Saturated Eye Shadow Palette in Posh, which comes with eight powder eyeshadows in pink, plum and burgundy tones. The powders are on the fluffier side, so there’s definitely some fallout if you aren’t careful and forget to remove any excess from your brush head, but, on the flip side, the colors are rich and practically blend themselves.
Just a few wrist flicks and you’re good. These are long lasting too. I wear mine without a primer, and it’ll last the day. Posh is $13.49 over at Ulta, if you’re interested.
That layered liner life
To break up all the pink and plum tones, I layered two liners on my upper and lower waterline — a matte black and a sparkly purple. The purple didn’t really show up on its own, which is why I drew the black liner on first, then layered the purple on top. If you ever have a liner that doesn’t deposit as much pigment as you’d like, starting with a layer of black liner beneath it is the fastest way to ramp up the intensity. You can also do this trick with white liner, by the way!
Layering two shades adds a little something extra to your lash lines. Try it with your jewel-toned liners when you get a chance. Blues and greens work especially well.
Makeup worn in this look
- Eyes: Covergirl So Saturated Palette in Posh, Covergirl Full Spectrum Defining Moment Liners in Blackest Black and Deep Plum, Maybelline the Falsies Mascara, Covergirl Easy Breezy Brow in Medium, Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Pen in Medium Brown
- Cheeks: Revlon Creme Lipstick in Pink Velvet
- Lips: Honest Beauty Lip Tint in Plum Drop
- Base: Covergirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk in Tan mixed with Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Golden, Covergirl Trublend Minerals Loose Mineral Powder in Banana, Covergirl Moisturizing Trueblend Base Business
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,