A Trip Down Memory Lane: Celebs Before Contouring Existed

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Celebs Before Contouring Existed


All the way from using brick brown lipstick,  fruity glosses and iridescent eye shadow, the ’90s were the decade of experimenting with colors.

Today, contouring is one of the greatest trends we just can’t escape no matter what social medium we’re on. It’s everywhere! So, what we were really interested in was what celebrities actually looked like before everyone started following the Kim Kardashian make up trend.

Just think of how many words like baking, highlighting, contouring and strobing have been added to the vocabulary of today’s make up artists and bloggers.

I mean, if they hadn’t existed, probably a a handful of newly-invented beauty products would have been eliminated from the shelves in stores.

Nevertheless, as far as we can see from the photos below, celebs weren’t that occupied with marking their faces with dots and blending it all in order to achieve a neutral look back then. Ombré lips and thick brows weren’t a thing either.

A little bit of foundation, rosé blush, a little color on the lips and our favorite celebs were ready to hit the red carpet.

So, when people say that the 90s were a simpler time for beauty, believe them. Nowadays, celebrities need hours and hours to prepare for the big events. So, keep reading to find out which celebs once stood in front of paparazzi without perfectly carved cheekbones.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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Look at J.Lo without even a slightest hint of contour. Actually, is she even wearing any make up? She looks great anyway.

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Has anyone spotted Lopez without contoured cheeks nowadays? Add the smoky eye-perfection.

2. Mariah Carey

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She was definitely one of those that went a bit heavier on the blush and red lipstick back in the days. Can you imagine highlight and contours added on this make up? Yikes!

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One thing is for sure: Carey always has flawlessly contoured and highlighted cheekbones nowadays.

3. Lil’ Kim

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That heavy blush, though. She and Mariah Carey must have shared the same make up artist.

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Is that the same person? Oh, what a transformation!

4. Kate Moss

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Always natural-Moss was a definition of perfection back in the days.

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Check out these cheekbones today. She is still a goddess, though.

5. Brandy

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She truly rocked brown lipstick in the ’90s.

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Did you notice how her deep skin has a gorgeous glow today? All credits go to her make up artist.

6. Christina Aguilera

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She was every teen’s role model. Back in the ’90s and 2000s, she couldn’t give up on heavy eyeliner and blue eye shadow.

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Beside the strong contour she tends to rock nowadays, red lipstick is her trademark.

7. Salma Hayek

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Just look at that perfect berry lip! Hayek was also one of the celebs that actually rocked natural contour in the 90s.

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She certainly knows how to achieve simplicity. Her make up is so sophisticated. Selma never goes for anything too eccentric.

8. Pamela Anderson

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Did she even need contouring? Look at those cheeks!

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Oh well, the former Baywatch star seems to be just stuck in the two previous decades. She is still rocking the super-thin eyebrows.

9. Tyra Banks

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Even though you would assume that as a supermodel, she must have had a team of make up artists around, it really doesn’t look like they were too bothered with contouring her face.

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Nowadays, though, it’s quite the opposite.

10. Gwen Stefani

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She was the Queen of wild looks back in the 90s. And we mean, not only make up, she also used to stick jewels around her face.

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She has certainly ditched those make up trends, and seems to be going with the craze.

11. Britney Spears

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The most beloved pop star of the 90s- Britney. She didn’t use to wear a lot of make up, and always went for a more neutral look.

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Even today, Spears doesn’t tend to put a lop of make up. Kim K would be disappointed.

Well, wasn’t this a pretty trip down memory lane? Celebs and their beauty routines have changed so much throughout the years, but one this is for sure- they are still gorgeous.

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