The coolest Noughties’ beauty trends... from glossy lips to crimped hair

Luckily, techniques and products have come a long way since the 2000s. By Prudence Wade.
The coolest Noughties’ beauty trends... from glossy lips to crimped hair

No7 make-up ambassador Joy Adenuga.

THE Noughties are back in a big way. Y2K-inspired trends have been taking over fashion for a while now – from low-rise jeans to velour tracksuits – and now our hair and make-up looks are getting the 2000s treatment.

No7 ( make-up ambassador Joy Adenuga believes TikTok plays a big part in this.

“There are lots of trends from the past coming back and being made popular again by creators,” she says.

“Another reason is popular celebrities from the Noughties being in the spotlight right now. Great examples are Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears.”

Britney Spears in 2008. 
Britney Spears in 2008. 

Both women were Noughties icons, and continue to make headlines today – JLo for her engagement to Ben Affleck (who she was last engaged to in 2002), and Spears, who recently announced her pregnancy on Instagram.

Luckily, techniques and technology have come a long way since the Noughties. We’ve now got more knowledge and better products, meaning we can update these retro looks, so they’re fresher and more elegant…

Lip Gloss in Clear,  available from Glossier. 
Lip Gloss in Clear,  available from Glossier. 

Super glossy lips

You might have cringeworthy flashbacks to getting your hair stuck in sticky, overly glossed lips, but the Noughties trend is making a comeback – albeit with a bit more finesse.

To get the look, Adenuga says: “Start with slightly overlining your lip line with a shade two tones darker, apply a nude lipstick with ultra-reflective sparkles and pack on your favourite clear lip gloss.”

Try: No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Plum; BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick in Balance; Glossier Lip Gloss in Clear

Natalia Vera, expert stylist at at Live True London. 
Natalia Vera, expert stylist at at Live True London. 

Baby braids

All you need to nail this look is a comb and several small, clear elastic bands, says Natalia Vera, expert stylist at at Live True London (

“First, start by deciding how many braids you’d like to have, and go ahead and section out these pieces of hair evenly around your head, before tying the rest of the hair out of the way with a clip or bobble,” explains Vera.

“A top tip to achieve an effortless look, is to not create tension when braiding, to keep the plaits nice and loose. Simply braid and secure each one mid-way down the hair lengths with a clear elastic.”

Frosted eyeshadow

“This tends to go south if you’re not careful,” warns Adenuga – but you could have delicately frosted eyes a la Doja Cat or Hailey Bieber, with a bit of effort.

“The key to acing a frosted eyeshadow colour is warming up the crease areas with warm shades, and applying your favourite frosted shade to the middle of the lid,” Adenuga explains.

“You can start the application of the frosted shade with your ring fingers, to control how opaque you want the colour, before switching to an eye brush.”

Try: MAC Eyeshadow X9: Dusky Rose Times Nine

No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Brown, available from Boots.
No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Brown, available from Boots.

Smudgy black eyeliner

This is yet another TikTok trend that has made its way onto our Instagram feeds – and eventually the red carpet. It’s part of the ‘indie sleaze’ trend – the renaissance of grungy looks, a la Kate Moss in the Noughties.

We can also thank actor Julia Fox for popularising this style, as she seems to have an obsession with black eyeliner – done to various degrees of maximalism.

From a make-up point of view, it’s all about smudgy black eyeliner.

This is Adenuga’s favourite of the 2000s trends, “And actually the easiest to achieve”.

She says: “All you need is an eye khol pencil – black might be too intense for some, I’d advise starting with a brown shade.

“Draw a line (you don’t need to be neat) as close to your lashes as you can.

“Grab a smudger eye brush, run that through the line you just created and boom, smudgy black eyeliner achieved.”

Try: No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Brown, Boots and Primark PS Pro Eye Brush Set

Spiky buns

“This trending TikTok style doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, thanks to its versatility and suitability for all hair types, textures and lengths,” says Vera.

“To create Y2K spikey buns, start by ensuring hair is fully detangled, and separate any hair at the front that you wish to keep outside of the bun.

“If you wish to incorporate a middle parting, comb this in before proceeding. Group the rest of your hair together and twist into a bun, before securing with a hair tie, either at the nape of your neck for a chic low spiky bun, or higher up the head to mirror Billie Eilish’s go-to look.

“The key is to keep the last couple of inches of your hair ends out of the bun, facing upwards.

“To achieve this nostalgic style, the messier the better, so use the end of a comb to pull out some loose hair tendrils around the front of your face to frame the look. Finish with a spritz of hairspray to set in place.

“You can even add some mousse or gel to the spiky ends, to draw them out and define even further.”

Try: Charles Worthington London Thicker & Fuller Densifying Mousse

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