'Brat' Green — Summer's Biggest Color Trend — Proves That the '90s Grunge Aesthetic Is So Back

From nail polish to eyeliner, celebrities are getting in on the viral beauty trend inspired by Charli XCX's latest album

<p> Katja Ogrin/Redferns</p> Troye Sivan and Charlie XCX.

Katja Ogrin/Redferns

Troye Sivan and Charlie XCX.

It's officially a Brat summer.

Charli XCX's latest album titled Brat — which dropped on June 7 — has promptly inspired a color trend that demands attention in a way that spring's shades of buttery yellow simply cannot. The album cover's aggressive neon green background color (which is overlaid with the word "brat," in the pop singer's signature Arial font), is being reflected in everything from clothes to food items.

The color trend has been bubbling up for a little while now; Billie Eilish made lime-green roots her signature for years, while in 2021, Selena Gomez's neon green manicure made waves on social media. Charli XCX's highly anticipated sixth studio album, however, pushed the bold color's popularity to new heights.

Bearers of the trend are well aware that it's not the most aesthetically pleasing shade of green; in fact, that's the entire point. In her April cover story interview with Vogue Singapore, the 31-year-old British pop star said she specifically chose an "offensive, off-trend shade of green to trigger the idea of something being wrong."

<p>Courtesy of Atlantic</p> Charlie XCX "Brat" album artwork.

Courtesy of Atlantic

Charlie XCX "Brat" album artwork.

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She continued, "I’d like for us to question our expectations of pop culture — why are some things considered good and acceptable, and some things deemed bad?"

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The inspiration behind the album art goes hand in hand with the resurgence of the '90s grunge aesthetic. Things that were once seen as ugly or unfeminine (i.e. baggy clothes, chunky sneakers and grungy makeup) are now once again considered chic.

Donni Davy, makeup artist best known for her work on HBO's Euphoria, created two Brat-inspired makeup looks in a TikTok shared on Tuesday, July 9. Using products from her makeup line Half Magic Beauty, Davy used a bright green pigment to create bold winged eyeliner (that matched her neon green nails).

TikTok user Maddy Crum also shared a bold, Brat green makeup look to her nearly 886,000 followers, who praised her interpretation.

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There are more than enough fun ways to recreate the Brat green beauty trend for yourself. Nail colors like Essie's Piece of Work (a lime green with yellow undertones) or Main Character Moment (an even brighter variation) are quick and affordable options for a Brat-inspired manicure.

If you're looking for a more subtle take on the trend, Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette in The Rebel offers muted shades of green that still pack a punch.

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