Hey there, Fashion Bombers! Danielle here giving you a trip down Black History Beauty memory lane.
Ahhh…the 90s. The music, the fashion, the makeup. OMG, the makeup. Remember the super-matte foundation? Or the super sculpted eye makeup where it seemed no one had a MAC #224 blending brush to blend out the harsh lines? And who could ever forget black lip liner. Though we wish we could, it was definitely a defining (no pun intended) look in the black community in the 1990s.
It’s unclear as to when and how this trend first hit the scenes, but it was popularized by supermodel Naomi Campbell (shown above in Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet” video) who traced her lips with the ebony shade. Funny thing was there wasn’t really an actual black lip pencil, folks were using black eyeliner to line their lips.
Nowadays you’ll get a fine and a six month jail sentence should you lose your mind for a second and try to rock this look (unless you’re a chola/chonga–as Sandra Bullock is fashioned above by George Lopez on his late night talk). Ms. Campbell now sports a more conservative and modern version of the look every now and then these days with her MAC Chestnut-looking dark brown lip liner (see below).
Now confess—did you wear black lip liner? Spill it in the comments!