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Y2K Pink Takes Centre Stage Everywhere from Makeup to Nails

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Y2K trends have been firmly on the radar for quite some time, weaving themselves into the Barbiecore movement that was (and still is) huge due to the release of the Barbie Movie last year.

Not to mention the countless red carpet events already in 2024, seeing the likes of Margot Robbie continuing on the Barbie trend train by wearing dresses mimicking the doll’s classic style and sporting sheer pink nails.

Combine this with The Row’s pre-fall 2024 collection (the brand established by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen back in 2006), where jelly shoes (yes!) of all shapes and heights were featured prominently, fashion experts have hinted that these Y2K classics could be the statement shoes of spring and summer.

Classic raspberry pink eye makeup tones dominated Dior’s AW24 runway too, with pops of this pretty colour paired with bare lashes. Creative and image director of Christian Dior makeup, Pete Philips, has firmly announced that this is the shade of the season.

Here we break down this retro look.


Y2K jelly pink makes a comeback

Remember the classic vintage Barbie doll jelly shoes? Those teeny tiny shoes made of a jelly-like plastic complete with glitter and a *pretty* high heel? And then wearing your very own jelly shoes day in and day out through the summer?

Well, that jelly pink is transitioning through fashion, nails, and makeup.

Renowned celebrity nail artist Betina Goldstein recently posted a series of images of Margot Robbie wearing this classic pink shade, which Goldstein had mixed up herself to create the perfect hue.



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How to get the look

Luckily, Goldstein has set out her exact steps for creating Robbie’s look, but you can always swap the Chanel shades she’s used (from £29 from Harrods UK /$32 from Chanel US) out for more affordable options and still get an extremely similar vibe.

Goldstein says that by combining four drops of Chanel Le Vernis Skieuse (a soft petal pink), one drop of Chanel Le Vernis Diva (a bright, rapsberry tone), one drop of CHANEL Le Vernis Sun Drop (a classic coral), three drops of Chanel Le Top Coat (a clear gloss), the *exact* jelly pink shade was born.

Top off with two coats of Chanel Le Gel Coat (or any high-gloss top coat) and you’ll recreate the exact look.


Image – Chanel


Dior’s raspberry pink AW24 makeup look

In case you’ve *just* stepped out from hibernation (happy spring, everyone!), you might not have seen Dior’s stunning pink shades swirled into lipglosses, highlighters, and blushers on its AW24 runway.

What I really love about this look is the way the colour is applied in a petal-like shape just in the very corner of the eyelid and the choice of leaving the lashes bare. This is an ultra-modern look that is so easy (and fun) to replicate.

While a lot of us can be a bit scared to wear bright eyeshadows (this only gets increasingly true as we get older, in my case, anyway), this is the perfect chance to wave goodbye to the Clean Girl Aesthetic.

Welcome to the colourful, weird, and wacky world of Y2K fashion – except, with this look, you won’t be going too OTT and you can apply as much or as little as you like.



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How to get the look 

The above video from Philips is actually a great little snapshot of how Dior itself created this look using a brush and a pop of that stunning raspberry pink shade inspired by Marc Bohan’s take on colours.

What’s great about this look is that 1. It doesn’t need to be perfect, 2. You can make this as much of a statement (or not) as you like, and 3. You can mimic Dior and leave everything else bare.


What you’ll need

This Diorshow eyeshadow palette (823 Rosa Mutabilis) provides the perfect shades for this look and they also have matte palettes if you’d prefer to leave out the shimmer and shine (£55.00 on the Dior UK website /$68.00 on the Sephora US website).

If this is a little too pricey, there are some amazing dupes around such as Tarte’s  Tartelette™ Juicy Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette (£25.20 on the Sephora UK website /$47.00 on the Sephora US website), and this palette includes more shades, too. Bonus.

You’ll also need an eyeshadow brush or sponge and the fluffiness of this will depend on how deep you want the colour and where you will be applying it.

If you want to really go all out with colour, a pink eyeshadow crayon will be your best bet, however, my trick for getting a deeper and brighter colour is to wet my eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying the product on the brush.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are great and really easy to use, they also come in a wide variety of shades (£5.50 on the Boots UK website /$6.00 on the NYX US website).


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Image – NYX


How to do it

The eyeshadow models wore at the Dior show was applied directly to the inside corners of their eyes and taken down slightly past the tear duct and under the eye.

Accentuating the inner part of the eye is also a huge look at the moment, with the likes of Florence Pugh seen sporting a similar look on the recent Dune 2 premiere red carpet. So let’s get to how you can recreate the look.

  • First, prime your eyelid if this is something you usually do, and add some concealer to create an even base and to help your eyeshadow to stick
  • Then, take your eyeshadow shade on your brush, spraying with setting spray (or even water) beforehand if you want an extra vibrant shade that will stick better
  • Apply the colour close to your tear duct, bringing it down and around the shape of your eye like a petal
  • Build the colour up as much as you like!
  • Feel free to add some lashes, eyeliner, or mascara but for an ultra-modern look like the one seen at Dior, keep everything else *super* simple

Check out this video tutorial from Painted by Spencer, where he demonstrates how to add a pop of colour to your inner eye.



The takeaway

I think it’s pretty clear that pink is still in, whether you’re wearing it on your nails, your shoes, your clothes, or your face.

There are *loads* of ways to wear this shade and, if you’re more of an understated dresser, baby pink and sheer pink are still somewhere on the radar, too!

The main thing to remember is to have fun with colour, especially after such a long winter and now that spring has sprung.


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Senior Beauty Editor

Laura Kemp started her journalism career as a news reporter for one of the largest newspaper groups in Europe before moving into features and editorial writing. Combining her love of hard-hitting journalism with her passion for beauty, she’s now Senior Beauty Editor at Live That Glow. When she’s not writing, researching, or interviewing her favourite experts, you’ll find Laura practicing her downward dog or drifting on her paddleboard.

Expertise: Hair care, nails
Education: University of Salford

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