Are your ready for the return of this beauty trend?

KATHLEEN LEE JOE
Last updated 05:00 26/07/2014
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GIRL NEXT DOOR: Mahoganies, taupes, burgundies and chocolaty-reds are due to explode on the runway, red carpet, and even in your local supermarket aisle.

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There were things we loved in the '90s that, in retrospect, maybe weren't such a great idea. Chaining our wallets to our pants, for example. Or parting our bowl cuts in the centre, Jonathan Taylor Thomas-style.

Then there was everything that made that decade amazing - brown lipstick being right up there with the Spice Girls, Tamagotchis and Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life.

We must admit, the '90s were a bit hit and miss when it came to makeup. On the one hand, we had the proliferation of stick-thin brows and 'The Rachel', yet on the other, we had cooler-than-thou grunge icons such as Courtney Love, Shirley Manson and Kim Gordon inspiring us with their neo-goth looks.

According to MAC Global Senior Artist Nicole Thompson, mahoganies, taupes, burgundies and chocolaty-reds are due to explode on the runway, red carpet, and even in your local supermarket aisle. A rebellion against the eye-popping pinks and corals of last season, perhaps?

How do you make these traditionally 'wrong' shades of lipstick look so, so right? This time around, the look is less defined, more creamy, like Rihanna's. (As a rule, we pay astute attention to everything that happens on RiRi's face.)

You don't want to win #throwbacktuesday with your makeup, so go for a subtle take instead. "Give the matte, burgundy lipstick a twist by using a cotton tip to soften and blur the edges, really wearing it in," says Thompson.

Tone down those sharp edges by choosing a lipstick with a touch of shine. Laura Mercier's Créme Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa is one of our favourites and is neutral enough for daytime wear. Alternatively, MAC Lipstick in Paramount is rich and chocolaty with red undertones. And it's so creamy it feels likeapplying melted Cadbury all over your lips.

Want an even lighter look? Try mixing deep shades with a gloss or add lip conditioner on top to create a softer stain. And to create the illusion of a fuller pout, add a touch of highlighter in the centre. Joey Potter would definitely approve.

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