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90s Rave Makeup Revival

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

90s Rave Makeup Guide

This was a decade of bright, neon colors, glitter, and bold graphic designs. The rave scene was relatively new in the 90s but it quickly became a place for an iconic form of self-expression, playing off the decade's trends and defining rave makeup and outfits in its time.

Women Wearing 90s Rave Makeup
90s Rave Makeup Aesthetic

As we find ourselves in a cultural resurgence of all things 90s, the rave makeup looks of the past are experiencing a well-deserved revival.

People Wearing 90s Rave Outfits
90s Rave Outfits

Unfortunately, digital cameras were still rare and iPhones were non-existent so there wasn't much documentation of the early days of the 90's rave scene. But social media platforms are becoming a canvas for the reinterpretation of '90s rave aesthetic, with makeup artists and enthusiasts sharing their modern takes on these nostalgic trends. FYI - some of these links are Amazon affiliate links which means I receive a small commission (at no cost to you). It's just one way you can support my blog 💖

Neon Color Palette

Neon was all the rage in the 90's, while the trend at the time wasn't too common in makeup looks at the time we now have a sea of neon makeup palette to play off of the neon trend. Opt for neon shades like hot pink, electric blue, lime green, and bright yellow. Bonus points if your makeup compliments your rave outfit.

FYI - Liquid eyeliners were also all the rage in the 90s as well whether you go for a liquid neon liner or a black liner over neon eye shadow either look will serve.

Neon Colored Eyeliner for 90s Rave Makeup

Glitter Everywhere

If there's one word that encapsulates 90s rave makeup, it's "glitter." Ravers embraced the art of sparkle with open arms, applying glitter generously on eyelids, cheeks, and even lips. The glitter gels were even used on shoulders, arms and legs. This glittery trend was more than just a makeup choice; it was a statement of individuality and a celebration of the unconventional, playful and fun.

Experiment with different types of glitter, like holographic, chunky glitter or matte neon glitter to create different effects. Side note- please only purchase biodegradable glitter.

Adhesive rhinestones were also a popular choice to add some sparkle to your face. These of course are still popular in the rave scene today but got their roots in the early days of the rave scene.

Bold Lips: The Darker, the Better

While the eyes can be the canvas for neon and glitter, the lips are a playground for bold experimentation.

Dark, moody lip shades like deep purples, blacks, and blues became the hallmark of 90s rave makeup. Matte lipsticks, often in unconventional colors, were favored for their longevity during hours of non-stop dancing. The juxtaposition of dark lips against vibrant eye makeup created a harmonious and edgy balance, amplifying the overall rave aesthetic.

Another look is going for a dark lip liner on a nude lip. Choose a pencil two shaders darker or cooler than your natural lip tone. The classic 90's lip pencil was a shade of brown but on a darker skin tone, a soft grey or ashy plum will look great.

Women wearing 90s Rave Makeup

Fresh Faced and Ready to Party

When it comes to the rest of your makeup, you want to keep it relatively simple to let your rave makeup take center stage. Opt for a light foundation or BB cream, and keep your brows natural-looking - avoid the pencil brow trend of the 90's.. shm

Bold Accessories

Finally, don't forget to finish off your look with some bold accessories. Neon jewelry, colorful hair extensions, visors, scrunchies, butterfly clips and funky sunglasses are all great options to complete your rave-inspired outfit.

90s Makeup Guide

  1. Start with a Neon Base: Begin with a vibrant, neon eyeshadow palette. Create a base with bold colors, extending them beyond the crease for a truly 90s aesthetic. There are tons of neon makeup palletes available on Amazon

  2. Embrace the Glitter Revolution: Select holographic and iridescent glitters to capture the essence of 90s rave makeup. Apply glitter strategically on eyelids, cheekbones, and even along the temples for a dazzling effect. Unicorn Snot offers a wide range of glitters to achieve that perfect sparkle.

  3. Lips That Speak Volumes: Opt for dark, moody lip shades in unconventional colors. Matte lipsticks with long-lasting formulas ensure your lips stay bold throughout the night.

  4. Experiment with Face Decals and Paint: Unleash your creativity with face decals, temporary tattoos and UV-reactive face paint. Check out Pinterest for inspo.

  5. UV Reactive Makeup: Elevate your rave makeup with UV-activated products. Explore UV-reactive eyeliners, lipsticks, and mascara to capture the enchantment of the dance floor.

As we navigate the present, drawing inspiration from the past, the neon colors, bold lips, and glittery magic of the 90s rave makeup continue to resonate with a new generation of ravers and beauty enthusiasts.

The revival of 90s rave makeup is not just a trip down memory lane; it's a celebration of individuality, creativity, and the timeless allure of the rave culture. It's all bout being bold, colorful and creative with these tips you can recreate the iconic 90's rave outfit.

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