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2009 Beauty Trends That You’ll Cringe at Seeing

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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.

Nicole Richie’s Style Evolution Will Leave You With A Serious Case Of Whiplash

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Nicole Richie’s Style Evolution Will Leave You With A Serious Case Of Whiplash

Nicole Richie, who is of English, Mexican and Creole African-American ancestry, has had quite the style evolution. This party-girl turned entrepreneur has cycled through trends in a way that would make the average person’s head spin. Richie entered the spotlight around 2004 when she burst onto the scene in the trailblazing reality show “The Simple Life”. After the public recognized how cute, witty, and downright watchable this girl was, she pretty much has never left our screens since.

Throughout Richie’s tenure in the public eye, she’s always brought her own personality to everything she does. Back in her reality days, it was her biting, deadpan humor. Now that she’s older, her personality is reflected not only in her personal style (which is always on point), but her fashion projects as well (she’s the founder and creative director of the House of Harlow 1960 fashion line). Here at FIERCE by mitu, we’ve compiled a list of classic Nicole Richie trends that will make you realize why this Latina entrepreneur is such a force in front of and behind the camera. Take a look below!

1. Two-Toned Hair

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When the hit reality-show “The Simple Life” aired in 2003, Nicole Richie was rocking a really on-trend hairstyle at the time: two-toned hair where the “low lights” were much darker than the rest of the hair. We can’t say this is our favorite look of hers.

2. Tube Dresses

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In the early aughts, Richie also gravitated towards monochrome tube dresses that looked just as at-home on the red carpet as they did in the club circuit.

3. Bright Orange Faux Tans

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Even the naturally darker-complexioned Miss Richie wasn’t immune to the early-2000s allure of a spray tan back in the day. As you can see from the above picture, she may have gone a bit over-board with the trend (we’ve all been there).

4. Blunt Bangs

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Richie has never been one to shy away from bold hair experimentation (see her Met Gala look from 2017). We love how she always changed up her tresses, like when switched her usual hair-do to some chic blunt bangs. She really can’t go wrong.

5. Smudged Eyeliner

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When Richie first hit the scene in 2004, she had a signature makeup look that always turned heads. She rocked a “grunge-chic” look that included tousled, bedhead hair and a smudged smokey eye that looked like she had been up all night partying.

6. Super-Sized Sunglasses

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Once Richie started to transition out of her reality TV days, she really began to come into her own, style-wise. We have a feeling that Richie began donning mega-glasses because it successfully shielded her from the paparazzi, but it also cemented her as a style icon. One could argue that it was Richie who put the over-sized sunglasses on the map for good.

7. Over-Sized Clothing

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Not only did Richie develop a penchant for over-sized sunglasses, she also started to gravitate towards baggy clothing around the same time as well. This was a massive change from her previous style which consisted of mini-dresses and skin-tight polyester.

8. Side Bangs

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If you look through a catalogue of Richie’s past fashion experiments, a common thread will weave through all of it: bangs. Richie has always been a big proponent of a fringe, whether it’s an aforementione blunt cut or her signature side-swept style that she usually opts for. In fact, it’s hard to think of a look as classically Nicole unless the bangs are both prominent and sideswept.

9. Boho-Chic

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There may not be a celebrity in all of Hollywood that does Bohemian as well as Nicole Richie does. Not only is she tasteful and fashionable with her choices, but she’s also adventurous and playful. Richie’s bohemian phase was the look that launched a thousand copy-cats–celeb or otherwise.

10. Scarf Headbands

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Richie has been a fan of the scarf-as-a-headband since her “Simple Life” days, and her affinity for the accessory doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. These days, however, she sticks to smaller, top-knotted headbands as is evidenced by her most recent Instagram posts.

11. Curly & Natural

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Although Richie has opted to straighten her hair since her early days in the spotlight (no judgement from our side), she’s recently gone the au naturel route, leaving her mane to reveal its curly glory. We love how Richie is never afraid to experiment in any aspect of her look

12. Sleek and Simple

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Lately, Nicole Richie has been all about simplicity when it comes to her personal style–especially when it comes to her hair. This is a big departure from her bygone days when her mantra seemed to be “the more the merrier” when it came to hair and makeup.

A Definitive Round Up of Hair-Removal Fails We All Experienced During Puberty

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A Definitive Round Up of Hair-Removal Fails We All Experienced During Puberty

As Latinas, many of us have an intimate relationship with hair removal. Many of us have memories of watching our madres wrestle with tweezers, razors, and smelly hair-removal creams in front of their bathroom mirrors. Little did we know that we would soon be the ones dealing with what we felt was unruly body hair, never being able to keep up with the never-ending stubble and constant growth. 

Luckily, the culture has progressed in a way as not to punish women who choose not to remove their body hair as part of their beauty routine. As we all know, there are a million ways to be a woman and no right way to perform femininity. We can’t help but chuckle, however, when we look back on the massive fails we experienced when we first dealt with removing our body hair. This, in some ways, can be due to upbringing. While some mothers are upfront about how to groom and look after your body during puberty, some parents are embarrassed to talk about the changes their daughters’ bodies go through. The lack of education about puberty and hair growth can lead to some embarrassing hair-removal horrors stories. 

Here are 10 of the worst hair-removal fails from when you first started removing your hair.

1. Ingrown Hairs

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The first years of shaving are, for all intents and purposes, the Wild Wild West. No amount of well-intentioned tías suggesting you only shave “with the grain” will keep you from dragging that razor right against the grain, dammit. It’s your body, after all, you’re entitled to making your own mistakes! But god, there will never be ingrown hairs as bad as there were during your high school years. 

2. Razor Burn

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When you first begin shaving, the word that best describes most young women’s practice is “experimental”. We all have to try shaving our legs wet, dry, with shaving cream, without shaving cream, and of course, with a dull and rusty razor. We have to do this all at least once to realize that razor burn is not a joke.

3. Nicks and Cuts

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Who doesn’t remember accidentally drawing blood a few times when we were being a little too careless with the razor? It takes practice to nail down the constant vigilance that shaving requires.

4. Patchy Legs

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In our teen years, there were definitely times where we went to school with legs that resembled our brother’s measly attempt at a pubescent beard: patchy. It’s a right of passage to miss a spot or two while shaving when you’re first starting out.

5. Red-stache

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If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of waxing your mustache, you know the humiliating feeling of getting rid of one ‘stache just to end up with another. We’re talking about the bright-red inflammation that shows up post-waxing your upper lip. Sometimes, it takes up to a full day to disappear.

6. White Heads

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So, you do go through the effort of removing your girl-stache, and in the wake of a good wax (or Nair) session, your follicles are irritated enough to become inflamed and decide to clog up. And now, you have an army of white heads where your mustache used to be. Good times.

7. Dry Scaly Skin

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When we’re young and naive, we don’t necessarily take any of our mother’s advice seriously. One thing we regret not paying attention to was her advice of lotioning-up our legs after shaving. Shaving acts not only removes hair temporarily, but the blade strips the natural oils your skin produces at the surface. It’s always a good idea to moisturize after to avoid unusually dry skin.

8. Wax-Induced Bleeding 

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How many of us have foregone a salon in order to try our hands at hair-removal methods through DIY means? Yeah, we’re talking at-home waxing. The more sensitive your skin is, the more prone it is to breaking easily. Especially in hyper-sensitive areas like your bikini line.

9. Wax-Induced Bruising

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Again, if you’re doing at-home hair removal treatments like waxing, it can take a few tries before you become adept at toeing the line between effective and injury-inducing. If you rip out your hair too quickly or forcefully, you can end up with post-wax bruising, especially on areas like your bikini line.

10. Wax-Related Burns

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Okay, this is our last wax-related post, we swear! But if you’re the adventurous Latina who has ventured into the unpredictable territory of at-home waxing, then you know that DIY wax kits are subject to getting hot. Piping hot. We’ll admit that we’ve suffered burns from being a bit too enthusiastic with how long we’ve microwaved our wax in the past. Luckily, pre-waxed strips that don’t require heating are much more common now than they were a few years agol