The Best Early Aughts-Inspired Makeup Looks to Recreate for Prom

April 28, 2022
Mary Honkus
By: Mary Honkus | by L'Oréal
Person with early 2000s makeup

I love looking back on my family members' prom photos from the early 2000s and seeing frosted blue eyeshadow, glossy lips and, yes, even the thin brows. These Y2K makeup looks defined the era, and they're actually becoming popular again, too. 

So, if you haven't solidified your prom makeup just yet and want something unexpected, colorful and downright fun, let the early aughts be your guide for creating the ultimate prom look.

Frosty Blue Eyeshadow

Blue eyeshadow was a staple in the early 2000s. Bring it into the present by creating a gorgeous smoky eye with the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow in Lucid. Pair it with a matching blue dress for a monochromatic look. 

Dark, Visible Lip Liner

If you’re all about the lips, recreate one of the early 2000s’ most iconic makeup trends: the dark, visible lip liner. Makeup artist @blackpyramidd completed this gorgeous ombre effect lip with the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nude Lipstick in Beige Babe and a bit of lip gloss.

Monochromatic Makeup

Brown was usually the monochromatic hue of choice in the early aughts. For a modern spin, brighten the look up by painting a neutral pink flush across your eyes, cheeks and lips.

Unexpected Pop of Color

Bright lilac, blue and pink eyeshadows reigned supreme in the early 2000s. While we mainly saw the color swiped across the lids, a few people made a statement by adding color to their lower lash line. Bring this trend back in an unexpected way on prom night by choosing a color that contrasts your dress.

Full-On Early Aughts

Instead of incorporating only one early-2000s trend into your makeup, add a few to your look for a full blast from the past. Here, makeup artist @gab.vx makes @fashmine’s eyes frosty and lips extra glossy. Balance out the shiny aspects by keeping your face makeup matte with the NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation.
Photo: @gab.vx, Design: Juliana Campisi

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