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2009 Beauty Trends That You’ll Cringe at Seeing

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full 10 years since we were living in 2009. Needless to say, a lot has changed, and that’s no more apparent than in the beauty world. Makeup and hair trends have practically done a 180 since ten years ago and, we have to say, we might be better off for it.

Gone are the days of dumpy side-bangs and bright-white under-eye concealer. In 2019, a premium is placed on looking as natural as possible–that includes dewy skin, feathered brows, and foundation light enough for freckles to peak through. But in 2009, things were a bit different.

Scroll down to see the beauty trends that were all the rage ten years ago! You might just get nostalgic.

1. Matte Skin

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When we think of great skin in 2019, we immediately think of words like “dewy” and “glowy”. But, in 2009, flawless skin was marked by a distinct lack of shine. You wouldn’t be caught dead leaving your house without some pressed powder to touch up with later!

2. Extremely Thick Liquid Liner

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Sure, the cat-eye has never (and will never) go out of style, but everything else about eyeliner changes along with the tide. Back in ’09, ultra-thick liquid eyeliner was all the rage, as is evidenced by Selena Gomez’s notable look above. In 2019, most women now opt for a thinner, more subtle line.

3. High-Rise Eyeshadow

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Circa 2009, you could stumble across a makeup tutorial in which the artist instructed you to “blend up to the brow bone”. That look just doesn’t fly anymore. These days, makeup artists prefer to clean up eye shadow with a little concealer under the brows.

4. Half-Shaved Head

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Cassie Ventura shocked the world when she shaved half of her head in 2009. But soon after, cool girls across the country were following suit. We all knew that super edgy girl in high school that rocked this look like it was made for her.

5. Square French Manicures

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Sure, some people say the square-tipped french manicure is making a comeback, but its current popularity is nothing compared to its dominance in the late 90s and 2000s. We all had a tía who was religious about getting her pink-and-whites touched up every week.

6. Pastel Eye Shadow

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Not only would ’09 eye shadow be blended right under the brow, but pastel eye shadow had a moment, too. A quick Google images search will turn up countless looks of celebs in 2009 who made light eye shadow their go-to looks.

7. Bright White Under-Eyes

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This is one trend we’re happy went out of style. Since the advent of highlighting and contouring was still in it’s infancy phase, many makeup enthusiasts struggled to get the “highlighting” phase of the skill set perfected. This resulted in a lot of Latinas walking around with reverse-raccoon eyes. Eva Longoria was the worst celebrity offender in this area!

8. Over-Tweezed Brows

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While the 2009 eyebrow trend didn’t veer into the stick-thin arches of the 90s, the look still hadn’t reached 2019’s bushy, full-figured heights yet. We’re assuming that 2009 was the transition year–the rocky period when women were growing back their eyebrows from the early 2000s and they hadn’t come into their full glory yet.

9. Smokey Eyes

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2009 was a time for aggressive, pitch-black smokey eyes that puts 2019’s soft eye looks to shame. In 2009, if you’re eyes weren’t positively rimmed with kohl eyeliner you didn’t know anything about beauty or fashion.

10. Giant Hair Poofs

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We blame Latina reality star Snooki for the poof-craze of 2009. Teen girls were devoted to this cute and easy hairstyle.

11. Aggressive Side-Bangs

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If you didn’t have side-bangs in 2009, you were in danger of being labeled a nerd. Plain and simple.

12. Asymmetric Haircuts

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Although we were never brave enough to cut our hair into a trendy, asymmetric bob (our madres would of killed us!), we admired the celebs like Rihanna and Victoria Beckham who committed to the big chop.

13. Very Pale Lips

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2009 took the timeless nude lip trend and ran with it. Fashionistas like JLo, and especially Rihanna, made pale nude lips their go-to red carpet look, usually paired with black eyeliner or a smokey eye.

14. Violet Eyeshadow

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Believe it or not, violet was the it eye shadow color for fashion-forward ladies in 2009.

15. Long, Stringy Extensions

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Extension and weave technology were not at their peak in 2009. We all have memories of flipping through Us Weekly at photos of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan running around LA with their tracks showing. Thankfully, hairstylists have gotten better at installing weaves and women have gotten better at upkeep.

16. Gauges

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Although 2009 was at the tail-end of the Emo Era, gauges were still all the rage, especially among the angsty high school set. And Adam Lambert.

17. Peter Pan Cuts

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Every year has a defining short hairstyle and 2009 was no exception. The Peter Pan haircut worn by celebs like Carey Mulligan inspired a subset of girls to cut off all their hair and commit to the pixie look.

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

Grooming habits should be a matter of personal choice, but thanks to generations of the patriarchy telling women how they should look, what they should wear, and how they should take care of their bodies, that isn’t always the case. Thankfully, more and more brave women are embracing their natural beauty and that includes their own body hair.

Lourdes Leon showing off her natural arm pit hair is the normalization of body hair we all need.

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Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a photo with her mom, Madonna, Lourdes Leon has a relationship with her body hair we can all admire. For instance, he two posed for a rare selfie on April 10, and Leon’s natural look moved us another step closer to normalizing visible body hair.

The sweet image is captioned: “Like Pieces of your Heart Walking around outside of you #lola.”

‘Lola’ is the nickname of Madonna’s eldest child, whom she shares with Cuban personal trainer-actor Carlos Leon.

The fashion icon’s post has received more than 440,000 ‘likes’ with many fans praising her daughter’s decision to embrace her natural body hair – with comments including “two beautiful, strong women” and “beautiful mother with her gorgeous daughter.”

Leon has never been shy about embracing her natural beauty.

Her mother has pushed beauty boundaries for decades, so it makes sense the 24-year-old model would choose to do the same. In November 2018, Lourdes generated headlines when she showed off her unshaved armpits and legs on the red carpet at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala, just weeks after she turned heads for the same reason on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Earlier this year, in February, she also showed off a glimpse of armpit hair in a new fashion campaign for Marc Jacobs. 

It seems that Lourdes may even have been inspired by her famous mom when it comes to ditching the razor. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, the singer said: “Going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that.

“So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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