6 beauty icons of the '90s

Uma Thurman in <i>Pulp Fiction</i>

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction

The nineties wasn’t all just overplucked eyebrows, obvious lipliner and ‘The Rachel’, thank gawd. Stumble with us through the ruins of nineties nostalgia to find the beauty looks worth revisiting...

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
There’s a reason people still dress up as Mia Wallace for Halloween almost twenty years after the release of this movie. Her neo femme fatale appeal consisted of a blunt bob, dark nails and some killer dance moves.

Do it now: Chanel nail colour in Rouge Noir $39, www.chanel.com

Winona Ryder in <i>Reality Bites</i>.

Winona Ryder in Reality Bites. Photo: Universal Pictures



Winona Ryder in Reality Bites

As Lelaina Pierce in this slacker classic we were taught the value of perfect skin, a strong lip and ridiculously good hair. She basically spent the entire movie looking so hot it encouraged us to request an ill advised and rapidly regretted shaggy crop from our hairdresser. And watching Lelaina again now we can’t say we’re not tempted to do it all over again...

Courtney Love rocking that 90s lipstick.

Courtney Love rocking that 90s lipstick.

Do it now: The Body Shop texturising wax for hair $14.95, www.thebodyshop.com.au


Caroline Besset Kennedy for Vanity Fair in 1999.

Caroline Besset Kennedy for Vanity Fair in 1999.


Courtney Love

With her Kinderwhore dresses, bleach blonde mop and perfect rock star snarl - these striking attributes are why Miss World was blasted through the slammed shut doors of teenage girls everywhere from 1994 onwards. We bow down to our patron saint of smeared lipstick.

Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson

Do it now: Bite Beauty crème lipstick in Pomegranate $36.95, www.stylepatisserie.com


Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

Her striking bone structure and glowing skin made Bessette-Kennedy a paragon of nineties minimalism. Sadly her life was cut short in a plane crash tragedy, but her refined aesthetic of less is more remains timeless.

Do it now: People for Plants Rosehip Ginkgo Shea day cream $29.95, www.peopleforplants.com.au

Shirley Manson, singer from Garbage

The Garbage frontwoman’s goth lite stylings still retains its charm for us wannabe rebels. She was also a proponent of highlighting her eyes and lips simultaneously (giving a middle finger to that classic beauty rule), a look that’s gained momentum on runways recently.

Do it now: Eyeko London liquid eyeliner $18.95, www.meccacosmetica.com.au


Jane Lane from Daria

Yes, we’re aware she is only 2D, but damn the girl had good hair. Daria’s arty, multiple earring-ed sidekick always had the perfectly blown out angular bob and we never once saw her toting a hairdryer. Stupid cartoons giving us hair envy.

Do it now: Aesop Shine hair oil $35, www.aesop.com