We’ve all heard the terms ‘Y2K fashion’ and ‘Y2K beauty’ being used by everyone on social media, but if you’re new to this trend, we’ve got you. For the uninitiated, ‘Y2K’ is short for the year 2000. Last year, we saw some ’90s hair and makeup trends making a comeback, and this year, the looks from the early noughties are all the rage. There’s no denying that our modern-day looks are heavily inspired by supermodels like Tyra Banks and Cindy Crawford, and artists like the Spice Girls and Britney Spears. To prove this, we’ve rounded up five Y2K beauty trends that are everywhere.
Go for spiky updos
Most 2000s kids will likely agree: Throwing your hair up in an updo with pointed ends and tons of butterfly clips was a way of life. Give your look a modern touch by opting for sleek roots with spiky ends, minimum styling effort required.
Try frosted eyeshadow
It doesn’t get more ’00s than frosted purple eyeshadow, especially when paired with sparse, unkempt brows.
Opt for high gloss lips
Raise your hand if you ever owned a lip gloss that you had a love/hate relationship with (sticky hair, remember?). Thankfully, the 2021 formulas are made to be non-sticky but more high-shine than ever before! An easy way to reintroduce it to your life–just top up your matte lipstick with a shiny formula.
Claw clips galore
Claw clips were a staple back in 2000. Think tortoiseshell, solid colours, striped, and more. In 2021, they’re the perfect addition to any hair, be it a messy bun or a sleek half updo.
Load up on eyeliner
Take inspiration for the emo scene of the early ’00s where eyeliner was absolutely thriving. Think Avril Lavigne‘s thick eyeliner (on her lids, waterline, and lower lash line).