The Y2K look is back, and increasing numbers of people are adopting the style when it comes to their makeup routine. Embrace glitter, gloss, and blush, and take advantage of the very best 2000s makeup. Here, we’ll look at how.
What is a Y2K look?
First of all, what is Y2K? It stands for the Year 2000 and was a phrase often used in the run-up to the new millennium in 1999, when some people were worried about the Y2K scare or bug, i.e., the idea that there would be serious problems with programming and computers as the date changed from 1999 to 2000.
While there were no major issues, the Y2K problem lent its name to the fashion and makeup of the turn of the millennium and early 2000s. This style of makeup was influenced by bright, glossy colours and the tech and sci-fi trends that were popular at the time, which paved the way for some memorable looks.
Popular Y2K makeup looks
Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular Y2K makeup looks. From glitter eyeshadow to bronzer and blush, why not incorporate them into your makeup routine?
Glitter eyeshadow is one of the most popular early 2000s makeup looks, and today you don’t have to worry about the glitter falling out as you go about your day (or night). With products like our 24/7 Moondust Shadow eyeshadow, you’ll get sparkle, colour and a shimmery finish for up to 16 hours.
The velvety vegan formula is infused with caffeine too. Simply blend with a brush for a diffused glow or use your finger for an intense shimmer. There are four different shades to choose from, so you won’t be short of choice.
Of course, you’re going to need some eyeliner too. Butterfly eyeliner, featuring that recognisable winged shape, is another 1990s/2000s makeup trend that’s firmly back. Don’t be afraid to go for a splash of colour, either. The waterline is an ideal place for a bright shade – even if you’re after a more minimalist look.
Over-plucked eyebrows are another 2000s trend that’s on its way back, marking a departure from the thicker brows some people have opted for in recent years. There are ways to make eyebrows look thinner with makeup.
Matte foundation is back. The complexion was everywhere a couple of decades ago, and it’s an aspect of the Y2K look that’s making a real return. No matter your skin type, you can achieve a matte look. Then, there’s blush – heavy blush is a cornerstone of the Y2K look. Go for a tried-and-tested powder blush or look for cream, liquid, or jelly blushes for something a little different.
Plenty of bronzer is another feature of early 2000s makeup. If you’re after more of a subtle glow rather than an orange hue, you’re in luck. For bronzer, highlighter and blush, take a look at our Stay Naked Threesome palette.
All three of these pressed powders offer staying power of up to 14 hours, as well as a silky-smooth texture and satin finish that’s never cakey or streaky. The lightweight powder comes in three shades to suit different tastes and complexions and is infused with moringa seed oil. Use a larger foundation brush to sweep on all of the powders together, or blend over cheekbones and browbones for an extra highlight.
Round off your Y2K look with a high-shine lip gloss like our Vice Plumping Lip Gloss. It comes in seven different shades and is infused with avocado oil and hyaluronic acid for fuller, plumper-looking lips, buildable colour, and a glossy shine. To nail the Y2K look, the more the better!
Another Y2K look is the ombre lips trend. These two-tone lips offer a contrast between lip liner and lipstick. The look is easy to recreate, and the possibilities are endless.
Follow the Y2K look or put your own spin on these 2000s makeup trends by following our tips above. Alternatively, you can explore our whole range of best-selling products here.