Our top 10 favourite groundbreakers, iconic products and unforgettable fads
by Wing Sze Tang
30 YEARS OF LIFE CHANGING BEAUTY MOMENTS Our top 10 favourite groundbreakers, iconic products and unforgettable fads By Wing Sze Tang
1979: Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” tops the charts, and Debbie Harry inspires beauty rebels everywhere to overdose on eye-shadow and contoured blush.
1982: Jane Fonda releases her first workout video, and legwarmers become de rigueur. The aerobics craze reshapes notions of the ultimate female form.
1989: Burt’s Bees, one of the first mass eco lines, turns from making candles to cooking up soaps and lip balms using natural beauty recipes from the 19th century.
1990: Supermodels conquer pop culture. Linda Evangelista utters her infamous “$10,000 a day” line, and “The Trinity” (aka Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and, of course, Evangelista) grace George Michael’s “Freedom” video.
1994: The most talked-about coif since Farrah’s feathery waves, “The Rachel” – Jennifer Aniston’s big, flippy shag – makes its debut on Friends.
1997: The invention of Crest Whitestrips makes wallet-friendly, at-home teeth whitening a reality.
1998: The Wrinkle Cure by Dr. Nicholas Perricone hits bookshelves with the novel notion that the right diet (one full of omega-3-rich salmon) can undo signs of aging.
2002: Bare Escentuals begins pitching products in infomercials, igniting a mineral-makeup trend that’s still going strong.
2001: The ultra-sleek trend in hair, popularized by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, heats up demand for at-home flatirons and Japanese straightening services.
2007: Natural beauty brands continue to mushroom. As designer organic lines such as Care by Stella McCartney prove its crunchy-granola heritage is long gone.
Find more life changing beauty moments in the October issue of FLARE.
Photography: Getty Images (Jennifer Aniston, Blondie, Jane Fonda, The Trinity), George Pimentel (Gwyneth Paltrow), Anthea Simms (backstage beauty).
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