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Let 2000s Party Girl Makeup Inspire Your Next Night Out Look

Here, six of the best nostalgic trends to try.

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You’ve already seen it trending on TikTok and being embraced by today’s young stars: the 2000s party girl aesthetic is back with a vengeance. Pairing perfectly with bright flash photography in dark nightclubs, early aughts beauty was all about classic beauty elements like red lipstick and black liquid liner, applied without being too precious about it and worn with carefree ease. Maybe it was intentional, or maybe that’s just how makeup looks after a night of dancing and drinking champagne, but either way the lived-in look always denotes effortless cool.

If you want to get in on the trend and capture that spirit for your next night out on the town, here are six products that will help you reacquaint yourself with the best of 2000s beauty trends.

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Black Liquid Liner

From Nicole Richie to Lauren Conrad, our favorite reality stars of the era were rarely spotted without their black eyeliner, both on and off screen.

Black Liquid Liner
Lancôme Idole Ultra-Precise Felt Tip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

A long-lasting liquid eyeliner delivers a look that will last all night. Line both top and bottom lash lines for the authentic ’00s effect.

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Silver Shadow

Silver eyeshadow’s resemblance to a disco ball makes it just right for a night of dancing.

Silver Shadow
Byred Kajal Pencil in Chaandee

Creamy eyeshadow or pencil formulas help metallic colors look extra bright and molten.

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Nearly Black Polish

Black or nearly black nail polish on short, natural nails was pretty much the manicure uniform of the 2000s.

Nearly Black Polish
OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark

This iconic midnight purple nail polish still goes with everything, in every season.

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Grunge Red Lipstick

Red lipstick is always in style, but the early aughts version was typically a brick red (applied in the back of a moving car).

Grunge Red Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Hydrating Lipstick in The Big One

We love this long-wearing red with a slightly moody undertone. Lipstick bullets are the easiest to apply and touch up in a single swipe.

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Dance Floor Shine

Highlighter wasn’t yet ubiquitous in the aughts, but working up a sweat while dancing is the original natural glow.

Dance Floor Shine
Tower28 SuperDew Shimmer-Free Highlighter Balm

Or, you can get the dewy look with a clear balm highlighter sans sparkle.

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Blue Underliner

A touch of blue is pretty and playful in a way that shows you don’t take yourself too seriously.

Blue Underliner
ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in On Set

Lining just the bottom lash line with blue shadow is one of the easiest ways to add color without overthinking it.

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