Circa 1996, getting a new Delia*s catalog in the mail each month was one of life's great pleasures—right up there with Hard Candy, Fiona Apple, or Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Print was still relevant, and Delia*s was a thing of beauty. Where else could Y-necklaces and neon, cropped sweatervests live in such beautiful, clunky harmony? Here, our 10 best beauty findings from an in-depth anthropological study of the late-'90s teen catalog:
1. Oh God, bUNs. Remember how everybody used to wear the faux Princess Leia bun hair thing? This is why we don't show photos of ourselves taken between 1994 and 2001.
2. On that note, sP!Key TwiStEd uPdOs. Never again.
3. wH!Te frOstEd eyEsHAdow. It was the only shade that mattered, really.
4. StaCkAbLe bODy gL!tTeR gELs, which were kind of like having Mariah Carey vomit on you in the best way possible.
5. WeT-LoOk cRunChy CurLs. Like you just stepped out of a shower...in a land where all the water has been replaced with hair gel.
6. sPl!T-sHaDE liPSt!cK! "It's two for the price of one, mom. Gah, just let me add it to the order form so I can get mailed in! Picture day is 40 days away!"
7. Painfully sTrAiGhT hAiR that's 50% post-Grunge, 50% flat iron, and 100% inspired by Hanson.
8. EmbEll!SheD bArReTTeS! Because we were finally old enough for these not to be a choking hazard.
9. The nO-mAkEup mAKeuP. Truly, teens 20 years ago were Zen masters of minimalist maquillage.
10. Ra!siN liPsT!cK.