Beauty Blasts from the Past

Beauty Blasts from the Past


Classic beauty trends are coming back in a big way as men and women seek re-create these old-school looks in their daily grooming routines.

Do you recall watching your favorite 90s sitcom and noticing the horrendous fashion trends of the time?  There were colorful hair scrunchies, floral bucket hats, crushed velvet mini-dresses, and of course we can’t forget those outrageous “hammer pants.” But as you flip through the channels on your TV, you can’t help but notice these very SAME fashions being worn by the famous family everyone loves to hate, the Kardashians.  Those trends aren’t so atrocious after all, huh?

Much like the world of fashion, beauty trends come and go – and come back again. Many of today’s mainstream beauty trends are actually old beauty trends that have resurfaced and regained popularity. From cat-eye eyeliner to the hi-top fade, both men and women’s beauty styles have seen modernized versions of these old-school trends. Remember when women were sporting the half-shaved head? Well, it’s back again!

Decades past have produced a number of memorable trends, but only a handful have survived the ever-changing world of beauty. Below is a list of classic beauty trends that have made their way back into the spotlight and onto the faces (and heads) of men and women alike.

Deep Wine Lipstick
Wildly popular during the 1920s and 30s, deep wine lipstick made a comeback last season on the fall and winter catwalk. According to, the deep hue is a dead ringer for the wine shade Anne Hathaway flaunted at the premiere of “Les Miserables” in New York City.

Darker shades like this one are usually worn during the cold winter months, but lately women have been donning them during the spring and summer seasons as well.

“I love dark lip shades, from berries all the way to black” said Tea Johnson, a student who loves doing her own makeup. “As far as the springtime, I love dark shades, as they can provide a nice contrast from the usual pastel and bright spring fashion trends. Think all white with a dark plum lip!”

Winged Eyeliner
If you want eyes that scream “look at me,” winged eyeliner will do the trick. The bold statement eye gained popularity back in the 1950s and has been the go-to look for an air of noire and dramatic flair ever since.

“My favorite old-school beauty trend to re-create would definitely have to be dramatic winged eye-liner,” Johnson said. “I live for a good cat eye! This beauty trend of graphic and dramatic eyeliner…is a staple in my makeup routine.”

Although winged or “cat-eye” eyeliner is a fun look to sport, it can be a bit cumbersome to achieve. Maintaining a steady hand to effortlessly  glide the eyeliner across your lid in a straight line can be tough and novice makeup enthusiasts often find themselves struggling to get the look just right on their first try. Simply put, re-creating this timeless beauty trend isn’t as easy as it looks.

To achieve a flawless cat eye, Johnson recommends deciding what kind of eyeliner works best for you: cream, gel or liquid. She also suggests looking at pictures or makeup tutorials to determine your ideal eye shape versus your actual eye shape.

“Practice! Practice! Practice!” she said. “Cat eyes and winged eyeliner take practice and even the pros mess up from time to time.”

Sleek, Straight Hair
Inspired by the hippies of the 60s, straight, polished hair has been a recurring look on the red carpet. According to an article published by, “the long, sleek hair seen on Marsha Brady of “The Brady Bunch” began to emerge as the sought after style” closer to the end of the decade.  Parted down the middle and flat-ironed for a smooth finish, this simple hairstyle is perfect for practically any occasion.

“When I want to rock a super straight, long, sleek look, I reach for my clip-ins,” Johnson said. “I usually do that when I’m going out on a date or just a night out with my friends.”

Makeup artist Tangi Taylor said she wears her hair in a sleek, straight style very sparingly.

“The last time I actually recall straightening my hair was literally a year ago today,” she said. “That was because I wanted a different look for a particular occasion. After that, I haven’t even attempted to straighten it again.”

Afros and Voluminous Natural Curls
Amid the flared out bell bottoms and deep V-necks of the disco era was the sky high afro. Acting as a model for hair-spiration during the 70s, singer Diana Ross shaped her natural curls into a neat, rounded fro. Today, afros and other natural hair styles provide women with a new level of versatility when it comes to hair styling.

The natural hair trend re-emerged among African-American women as they opted to ditch their chemical straightening agents or “relaxers” and embrace their natural hair texture.  According to a report by, “relaxers account for just 21 percent of black hair care sales” and the sector has seen a 26 percent decrease since 2008.

“I always found myself trying to go back and add body and curls that were literally already there before I chemically processed my hair,” Taylor said. “So, about seven years ago I said ‘why not?’ I’d been relaxed since I was very little and maybe trying something new wouldn’t hurt.”

Solange Knowles, singer Janelle Monáe and Ross’ own daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, are just a few celebrities that can be seen rocking afros and voluminous natural hair.

The Hi-Top Fade
When it comes to beauty and grooming trends, of course we can’t forget about the guys. The hi-top fade was a unique hairJaredcut worn during the 1990s, made famous by rappers Big Daddy Kane and “Kid” of the hip-hop duo “Kid n’ Play.” Characterized by very low-cut hair on the sides and longer hair on the top, this box-shaped cut symbolized the height of hip-hop and urban music.

The style has now made a comeback particularly among young, African-American males.

“They see these trends worn by most of the NBA players and the rappers on TV,” said barber Mikchel Johnson. “That’s where they get it from. It seems like every few years the hi-top comes and goes.”

The Half-Shaved Head
Another popular hairstyle among women in the 90s was the half-shaved head. Celebrities like Cassie, singer Toni Braxton, Jada Pinkett Smith, and former Spice Girl Mel B are just a few women who have been seen rocking this trend as of late.

“I think that everything style-related is always on a perpetual recycling mode, and now is just the 90s time to make a reappearance,” Taylor said. “I think people are always searching for something new, something different, something cool, fresh and hip. Sometimes that ‘something new’ has already been done and it just has to be brought back to the forefront.”

In an article titled “Would you shave your head in the name of…fashion?” Herbal Essences celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan offers three key pieces of advice for those considering the unique hairstyle: consider the re-growth process, don’t rush into it and have fun with it.

Bold Brows
“Brows on fleek!”  You may have heard this expression lately, but what exactly does it mean? This new (and slightly annoying) phrase is used to describe an individual with flawless, manicured eyebrows.  But bold, defined brows have been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, so why is the trend gaining so much attention now?

Fashion magazine Marie Claire credits model Cara Delevingne for the bold brow’s comeback.  So for those with naturally thick eyebrows, you’re in luck! Gone are the days of staring in the mirror plucking away at your brows or wincing through a waxing session at the beauty salon. According to today’s standard of beauty, the thicker the brow, the better.

“I only do my brows when I’m doing a full face of makeup,” said budding makeup artist Jasmine Spells. “I’m not the type of person who gets up, does her brows and walks out the door because I already have brows.  I just think they enhance my beauty.”

Spells said she does think people are beginning to go overboard with their brows, however.

“They’re starting not to look real,” she said. “I feel that your eyebrows can be defined and still look like eyebrows versus looking like you’ve just pasted them on.”

Full beards and Facial Hair
Times are changing and gentlemen are opting to no longer bear clean-shaven faces. A report published by Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) stated that the growth of facial hair among men has resulted in fewer consumers purchasing male grooming products.

This growing trend among men has gained momentum as celebrities like Idris Elba, Jake Gyllenhaal and George Clooney debut their new “mountain man” looks.

For average joes however, the full beard may not be a smart move and could even affect employability.

“For a lot of men in the work environment, their jobs require them to cut [their beards] off,” said Johnson. “It’s good to keep your facial hair lined up and groomed so it doesn’t look too crazy.”

When it comes to beauty and grooming trends, essentially everything is a remix. Trends may come and go, but there will always be a few that are here to stay.


The Do’s and Don’t’s of Beauty When Preparing for a Job Interview

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Beauty When Preparing for a Job Interview

Most young adults assume they know the basics of preparing for a job interview: dress professionally, show up on time, and greet the employer with a firm handshake. But what about the other aspects of your appearance? How should you wear your hair? Should you go in with a full face of makeup or opt for a more natural look? Cologne or no cologne? And what about accessories?

Many don’t stop to consider their beauty and grooming habits when prepping for an interview because they assume employers don’t notice them. But, they do. Simple elements from your haircut, to your shade of lipstick, or your choice of earrings can impact the likelihood of landing a job.

In today’s corporate environment where employers aren’t thrilled about hiring millennials, it’s important that recent college graduates know how to go into an interview with their best foot forward.

When deciding how to wear your hair to an interview, it’s important to choose a style that’s neat and age appropriate.  According to Popsugar Beauty, colorful, child-like hair clips, bows or barrettes should be avoided. While you don’t want too look too young, you don’t want to look too old either. Steer clear of outdated hairstyles like mullets and beehives. Lastly, for those with voluminous or naturally curly hair, Popsugar Beauty suggests pulling out your flat iron. Big hair is frowned upon, as it is distracting to the person conducting the interview. You want them to focus on you, not your hair.

Now, for the guys. Men should keep their hair neatly trimmed, making sure it’s off of the ears and shirt collar.

“Some employers don’t like facial hair,” says Karen Marks, associate director of career services at Kennesaw State University. “They [the candidate] may have to shave their beard or goatee if that’s the case.”

Also, if you’re balding, do not comb longer pieces of hair over the bald spot.  As the case with big hair, you want the employer to be focused on you instead of your bald spot.

Accessories add the finishing touch to an ensemble. Not all accessories are acceptable in a professional setting, however. When going in for an interview, Popsugar Beauty urges women to avoid wearing flashy or gaudy jewelry. You shouldn’t wear any jewelry that dangles either, such as bangles or hoop earrings. A simple pearl or gold  necklace or bracelet is acceptable.

For men, large rings and watches aren’t appropriate. Men should opt for a watch with a smaller face or not wear one at all.

Accessories, especially those worn on the hands and wrists, are most noticed by employers when you’re writing or speaking.  Therefore, it’s important not to wear too many pieces of jewelry.

“There is what they call the rule of seven,” says Marks. “You count to see how many accessories you have on. This keeps you from looking too busy.”

A good manicure, or lack thereof, is another aspect of grooming that employers notice. Both men and women should have clean, neatly filed nails. Also, no chipped nail polish whatsoever. This indicates a lack of attention to detail. Excessively long nails and child-like nail colors are inappropriate as well. Popsugar Beauty says classic colors like red and tan are acceptable. However,  you can never go wrong with a few coats of clear nail polish.

When it comes to doing makeup for a job interview, less is more. Ladies should choose to wear a more natural look, rather than a full face of heavy makeup.

“Natural doesn’t mean no makeup,” says John Hernandez,  beauty team artist for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. “It means the right makeup for the woman.”

Dark eye liner and lip liner should be avoided, as they are too harsh and draw too much attention to specific parts of the face.  Hernandez suggests wearing lip stick however, as lip gloss is too casual for such a formal interview. As with nail polish, loud or glittery lipstick shades aren’t acceptable.

“Keep it clean, polished and looking like yourself, not someone else,” Hernandez says.

Cologne and perfume
If you’re thinking about spritzing on a little cologne or perfume before heading to a job interview, don’t! The employer may be turned off by your scent, so it’s best not to wear any at all.

“If you happen to be in a small room, that’s all the employer is going to notice,” says Marks. “You don’t want to put someone off because you don’t know if they have allergies or something.”

A professional appearance is key, but many forget that good grooming is an important part of it. First impressions are almost always based on looks, so why not put your best foot forward? It’s critical that millennials are able to make a positive first impression with their appearance before they’re asked to speak at a job interview.

“You want to be at an advantage,” says Marks. “If you look like someone I want to hire that I think could be in my organization, I’m already gong to give you a break.”

In Celebration With Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Artist

In Celebration With Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Artist

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is launching their new beauty counter this week at Macy’s in the Perimeter Mall. In celebration of the opening, Atlantans can book a complimentary, customized makeup lesson of their choice with Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Artist, John Hernandez. Before he and his team get busy teaching season techniques to hundreds, Hernandez shared some one-on-one time with Chispa Magazine, along with encouragement and his personal tips.

Of the 12 years you’ve been at Bobbi Brown, what has been your greatest accomplishment? I love that I have been able to travel to different countries representing the brand, training artists and echoing Bobbi’s philosophy, “makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.” I am honored to be part of our new counter opening at Macy’s in the Perimeter Mall, in my home city of Atlanta. The new counter is a beautiful space in a high-traffic mall and I look forward to helping the team excel here.

What’s your definition of natural beauty? I define natural beauty the way that Bobbi does—a woman who feels confident in her own skin and knows what makeup to wear to enhance her best features.

For someone who is new to makeup, what tips would you give them on enhancing their natural beauty? I would start with the right skincare regimen, as hydration is the key to healthy-looking skin, and great makeup starts with great skin. Bobbi always says to hydrate from the inside out and drink plenty of water. For gorgeous, glowing skin, apply a lightweight hydrating cream first and then layer a richer balm on top of it.

Besides makeup artistry, do you have any other passions? I love to travel, especially to warm weather locations with a beach.

Chispa knows that Bobbi is involved in every aspect of the company. How are you able to contribute to the formulation of the products? I mainly work in the field, which means I spend a lot of time with clients and other makeup artists, so I bring their suggestions and feedback to the product development team and sometimes even to Bobbi herself.

For you, how much makeup is too much makeup? Bobbi always says that makeup is about options, not rules. I echo her belief that every woman is different and makeup should make them feel pretty—that could be a pop of color on the cheeks, a dramatic eye or bold lips.

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