Turn-Of-The-Century Beauty Ads - Into The Gloss

Turn-Of-The-Century Beauty Ads

vanessa paradis for chanel, 1992
shiseido, 1996
shalom harlow by francois nars, 1997
omahyra mota for jean paul gaultier, 2003
ninja sarasalo for jean paul gaultier
niki taylor for covergirl, 1998
miranda kerr for clinique happy, 2007
milla jovovich for l'oreal
rupaul for mac, 1994
l'oreal, 1999
lancome, 1995
lancome, 1998
lancome, 2001
kristina semenovskaya for dior
korina longin in bobbi brown for neiman marcus
karen elson by francois nars, 1994
irving penn, clinique
irving penn, clinique
irving penn, clinique
ines sastre for lancome
gisele bundchen for dolce & gabbana, 1999
estella warren by jean paul goude, chanel no 5 1999
estella warren for chanel, 1998
estee lauder, 1994
dolce & gabbana, 2002
chanel, 1997
aurelie claudel
anna sui, 1999
ana beatriz barros for chanel, 2001
alek wek and karen elson by francois nars

Apologies in advance if this post makes you think twice about whittling down the stack of magazines overtaking the better half of your living area. You might flip past them now, but in a couple of decades those glossy ads will be slide-showed into the beauty-loving Internet stratosphere. And you'll be kicking yourself at all the great Instagrams that could have been. Fire hazard, schmire schmazard, right?

Photos from Stacey Nishimoto's archive.

Let’s Talk About It! JOIN IN
  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    That Clinique gloss with the brush was the most coveted thing when I was in high school. I remember a girl sitting across from me in history class had it, and I was so jealous.

    Now, I have more lip glosses than one person should ever have.

    I wish I could go back and tell my 14 year old self that. She'd feel better about not having that one lip gloss...at least I would hope so!

  • Kattttt

    Omahyra !! Always.

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    I love the Coco Chanel ad with Vanessa Paradis, it's absolute heaven.

    Mafalda ❤

  • Hodgko

    I had it until very recently, too... it's the first -- and only -- Chanel product I've ever tossed, but it was a freebie and I was on a post-baby purge.
    Used the black to line...but as a pale blonde with deep-set brown eyes, it was not my best look. The red was a bit much for lips back in those heady nude/raisin days; wonder what I would think of it now?
    I still have some chalk-purple Chanel lipstick from the mid-90s that I can't bear to get rid of despite the colour being totally unwearable. But I paid for it, so I keeps it!

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Gosh, this brings me back! I was just getting into makeup in the mid to late 90s, so it makes me feel all kinds of nostalgic seeing these :)

  • http://caryrandolph.tumblr.com caryrandolph

    Oh man, those Clinique ads by Irving Penn were A+. Never have I ever wanted a face-cleansing kit so badly as when I first saw that still life with the splashing water. So good.

  • guest

    nikki taylor! she was my fav early 90s model! and her little sister chrissy! i was SO sad when she died while i was in my early teens. i felt like i lost family myself because i was so obsessed with the taylor sisters.

  • jlp

    That's right, it came out Feb2000 in Europe. Some dates on the pics are not correct. I still have it and use it occasionally as powder products never really go off

  • Brittany

    The Chanel and Loreal ads are so elegant. Marketing is best when it's timeless rather than trendy.

  • http://www.lipglossandabackpack.com/ LGandaB

    I'm not convinced those were all ads... I feel like the shot of Shalom as Snow White is from one of Nars' books? I remember seeing an excerpt from the book in a magazine with Amber Valetta as a flight attendant and a bronzed-to-the-point-of-absolute-filth Linda Evangelista as a (cowgirl?).

  • CherHorowitz

    I always loved the Lancome ads with Ines. She's such a goddess.

  • http://coocooforcoco.blogspot.com/ colleenwelsch

    Shoot. I literally just recycled like 30 lbs worth of magazines because I'm moving. Oh well...

  • jane

    That took me right back! I had most of those cut out and popped in a plastic sleeve for reference ha!


Dearest ITG Reader,

We're working on something new called Glossier. It's launching soon(!) and we want you to be the first to know updates.

xo, Emily