I grew up listening to a plethora of music from all different eras, but '90s music will always have a special place in my heart.
One of the first groups I was aware of/into was En Vogue. I remember watching the video for "My Lovin'" and being totally enthralled by these four gorgeous, glamorous, strong women. They exuded such confidence. I couldn’t tear my eyes off the screen!
Music was something that I loved from a very young age: I used to carry around a little microphone (or anything that resembled one) and “entertain” my family by singing to them. My father, who was super passionate about music, used to teach me to harmonize to En Vogue and Boyz II Men songs. Of all the women in the group, the sassy Maxine Jones was always my favorite.
Jones was perfection in every video, but the look she rocked in the video for “Don’t Let Go” (smoky eye, frosty nude lip) was SO '90s. In honor of her, and one of my favorite girl groups of the decade (and '90s Week), I’m going to recreate that look.
I started with eyes because my smoky eyes can get messy and I didn't want any fall-out ruining my foundation. Using my fingers, I smudged a bit of Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze all over my mobile lid, fading it up to just below my brow bone. I wanted something for the other shadows I was using to stick to that would also give dimension.
Next I took a matte smoky taupe/grey color from my Sephora Collection Palette and patted it all over my mobile lid.
Maxine’s smoky eye was incredibly sultry, so I went in with a soft matte black from the Lorac Pro Palette and packed it onto the outer half of my lid, extending it just above the crease as I got further away from the inner corner of my eye.
Using a windshield wiper motion, I blended the shadow--but I wasn't too thorough, since her smoky eye is kind of messy.
One thing that's particularly striking about Maxine's look is that her eyes aren’t obviously lined and her lashes are only lightly defined. I achieved the look by tightlining my upper lash line, extending it to just past the inner tear duct and adding a light swipe of my CK One mascara (using the long wand shape).
Maxine's eyebrows are pencil thin in the "Don't Let Go" video. Tiny eyebrows do not look good on this face, so I just filled mine in as usual.
For a little contouring action, I grabbed a concealer a couple shades lighter than my skin tone and went to town on top of my regular base and concealer. As above, I highlighted the center of my forehead, down the center of my nose, under my eyes, and above my Cupid's bow, making sure to blend it in really well.
Then I took a nude blush, MAC Gingerly, and dusted it on my cheeks, angling up toward the hairline.
I also went in with Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Warmth and (while sucking in my cheeks), contoured below my cheekbones, on the outer portion of my forehead, and along the sides of my nose, blending the whole way through.
Going back to eyes for a second, I took the dark black Lorac shadow and smudged it along the outer third of my lower lash line, raising it up into the rest of the shadow that was already in place.
I used a warm nude lip liner, Jordana Pencil Liner in Tawny, to line my lips and then filled them in with Maybelline Color Whisper in Mocha Muse.
To mimic Maxine's frosty lips, I used Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Frosted overtop and applied Hourglass Lip Gloss in Child on the center of my bottom and top lip for extra sheen and dimension.
What’s your favorite '90s R&B video look? Any other En Vogue fans out there? If not, talk to the hand ‘cause the face ain’t listening!