We’re Taking It Back to the Early 2000’s With This Bold, Y2K-Inspired Makeup Look

August 09, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
y2k makeup tutorial

Grab your claw clips and Juicy TubesY2K makeup trends are back. That’s right, everything from frosted, bold eyeshadows to nostalgic beauty products and lip liners have been gracing 2021 Instagram feeds everywhere. NYX Professional Makeup even created a whole collection inspired by the era. The Throwback With NYX line spotlights some of the brand's iconic, cult classic products with a new twist. We tapped makeup artist and influencer Britney Delgado of @glamxbrit to give us her take on Y2K makeup using four of the NYX products from the drop. Let’s just say, our middle school selves are shaking.


  • STEP 1:

    Create a Smooth Base

    Silky skin is an early 2000’s staple, so you want to start with a smooth base under foundation. Here, Delgado used the NYX Professional Makeup Pore Filler Targeted Stick which works to blur pores and imperfections. After blending the primer all over the face, apply foundation and concealer.

  • STEP 2:

    Mattify the Skin

    Next, set the entire face with the NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Mattifying Powder. This formula absorbs excess shine and will leave you with a soft, diffused finish — leaving you looking radiant and matte — not flat.

  • STEP 3:

    Add Bold Blue and Purple Shadows

    Using the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Blueberry Pop, outline a hollowed-out cat eye extending from your inner lid to your outer lid. Use a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush to diffuse and smoke out the cat-eye line for some dimension. Next, apply the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Donut all over the open space on your lid. Blend the colors together where they meet with a fluffy brush to soften the look. Finally, bring the purple shade down to the lower lash line for definition.

  • STEP 4:

    Add Mascara and a Glossy Lip

    To complete the look, add a coat of mascara and finish with a glazed lip. Here, Delgado used the NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Spiked Toffee. Start by lining your lips with a lip liner slightly darker than your natural lip color and swipe the gloss overtop.

Photos and Makeup: Britney Delgado

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