Trends come and go, and typically, today's trends reflect what was popular around 20 years ago. With the rise of Y2K fashion—we see you, low-rise jeans—it only makes sense that we're also starting to see some early 2000s makeup trends appearing on our social feeds.
One trend that we're seeing everywhere right now is a controversial one. Frosted lipstick is officially having a moment, seen on many celebrities this year. What's more, with the popularity of the Pam & Tommy series, we're reminded of Pamela Anderson's iconic frosted-lipstick looks, and so many celebrity makeup artists are bringing it back for today's red carpets. Both Zendaya and Beyoncé wore frosted lipstick for their recent Vogue Italia and British Vogue covers. However, if you're anything like me, it might bring back makeup nightmares. I remember buying frosted lipsticks that felt chalky, dragged on the lips and had way too much glitter. Is it just me, or were they always just a bit too pale, too?
Thankfully, this time around, the frosted-lipstick trend is subtler and more wearable. Not to mention that the chalky, glitter-heavy formulas have been left in the late '90s and early 2000s in favour of more sophisticated formulas, says beauty expert and co-founder of OPV Beauty Opeyemi Adeyemo. "Today's frosted lipsticks have newer, duo-chromed pigments that have better light reflectivity. They've also been adapted to be hydrating on lips, long-lasting and smudge-proof, making this trend wearable for a night out or a casual lunch," she says.
Ahead, we round up some of the best celebrity frosted-lipstick trends as well as the best frosted lipsticks to try right now.
For Lupita Nyong'o's Oscars look, makeup artist Nick Barose used a matte brick lipstick before applying an early 2000s favourite, Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Hallucination, to the middle of the lips for a frosted finish.
For that all-important frosted finish, Barose used this exact Juicy Tube shade on top of Nyong'o's lipstick. It has a frosted gold shimmer for a metallic finish. "[I used] a dot of #JuicyTubes in Hallucinations on center of lips for subtle golden sheen," said Barose on Instagram.
As Jessica Biel demonstrates, the frosted-lipstick trend can look subtle and understated. Makeup artist Nikki Wolff created this pink frosted lip look for Biel when she attended Dior's menswear show in Paris recently.
While Biel's makeup artist didn't share details of her lip look, we think it can be replicated with Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk Diamonds lipstick, which has a shimmering pink finish.
Makeup artist Hung Vanngo created this subtle peach frosted lip on Jodie Smith.
For a subtler take on the frosted-lipstick shade, a sheer metallic lipstick looks great on top of your usual lipstick. We're obsessed with model Elsa Hosk's lipstick here.
This nude frosted lip on Kendall Jenner has subtle metallic tones, which make it very wearable.
We're saving this frosted-lip look worn by Maren Morris.
A metallic lipstick makes lips look full and plump. Try patting it on to the middle of the lips for a modern take on the trend.
Lizzo always delivers a great makeup look, and her glittery, frosted lips haven't gone unnoticed.
We're here for Ashley Graham's nude lipstick with subtle flecks of gold.