Sleek, Clean & Chic: How To Make The ‘Clean Girl’ Aesthetic On TikTok Yours
by Lauren Sanchez
This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s fall editorial intern Lauren Sanchez. Find her on Instagram at @lauren.sanchezz. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at email@example.com.
The ‘clean girl’ aesthetic has taken over the pages of TikTok and flooded the boards and pins among Pinterest users. The aesthetic comprising of simple, classy and minimalistic beauty and fashion tips can help turn any girl into ‘that’’ girl. ‘That’ girl is someone who embodies the model-off-duty look with the sun-kissed skin, the gold shimmery jewelry, the slicked-back hair and the confidence that makes other people stop and stare in awe.
To give credit where it is due, Black and Brown women have paved the way for the popularization of such trends and fashion statements, and it is important to highlight their contributions!
While this trend has never gone out of style and continues to be revitalized among all kinds of influencers and celebrities, it is an aesthetic that allows anyone and everyone, no matter the skin tone or body type to channel the best and cleanest version of themselves. It’s another thing to look good, but to actually feel good builds confidence and a positive outlook on yourself.
Clean, sleek and chic are the words to live by when following this aesthetic, and if you’re trying to elevate your closet and/or wanting to get that effortless beauty look to become ‘that girl’, here are some essentials you might need to help you look and feel your absolute best alongside the trend.
All over TikTok, I’ve seen girls of all hair textures hype up the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner set, as well as the Olaplex Hair Perfector. Not only do these products hydrate, repair and rejuvenate your hair, but it makes it smell incredible with its citrus undertones. Also, how can we ignore how cute the simplistic look of the bottles is and how well it fits in with the aesthetic of a clean girl? It definitely would make a great addition to your shower, since after all aesthetics are everything.
Onto one of the key essentials of the aesthetic, the slicked-back hairstyle. In order to achieve that iconic slick back hairstyle that celebrities like Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez are often known for, OUAI Matte Prome, claw clips and a hair wax stick will be your best friends. Products and accessories like these allow you to smooth your hair, avoid frizziness and give you control over your hair to create that perfect ponytail or chic bun look.
When it comes to trying to look effortlessly gorgeous, finding products that make your skin look dewy, natural and radiant can be overwhelming. However, makeup companies like Glossier, Elf Cosmetics, Fenty Beauty, Mented Cosmetics and Rare Beauty do an incredible job at formulating their products to create that look and work hard to strive for inclusivity and sustainability.
To give Glossier a quick shout-out, Glossier, in my opinion, defines the ‘clean girl’ aesthetic. From easy-to-use and natural-looking products like the Boy Brow to the sleek packaging to even giving miss Olivia Rodrigo her own makeup campaign, what’s not to like about Glossier?
Anyhow, affordable products like Glossier’s Cloud Paint and Rare Beauty’s Liquid Blush will go a long way (I am a HUGE Glossier cloud paint stan), and are incredibly pigmented. Elf Cosmetics’s collection of hydrating Camo Concealers and the long list of shade ranges for foundation and concealer from both Fenty Beauty and Mented Cosmetics allow for many women of different skin tones to appear dewy, hydrated and feel included in the aesthetic. Of course, we can’t forget the lip gloss— personally, I recommend Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb and Florence by Mills Tinted Lip Gloss. Both glosses will make your lips so glossy and give you that desired clean look.
Also, if you are looking for ways to help support small businesses on your journey through the ‘clean girl’ aesthetic, be sure to check out our article on Etsy businesses that specialize in clean beauty products.
Clothes & Accessories Essentials
Now that the hair is all done, and the makeup has you feeling fresh, the outfit helps bring the whole look together. A huge part of the aesthetic is about creating outfits that are simplistic, easy to throw on and look extremely put-together.
Places like Amazon, H&M and for those willing to splurge, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aritzia have some of the best basics, neutrals and sets that can make any girl feel sophisticated yet comfortable. Some go to basics are these Amazon cropped tanks that come in almost every color, Aritzia’s Wilfred pants that are incredibly versatile and the super flattering Ultra High Rise Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans that cater to petite, regular and curvy girls. Of course, you can’t forget a matching top and bottom set, so Abercrombie & Fitch has you covered with tons of different mix and match outfits. And for those on a budget or who want to look chic for cheap, H&M has loads of affordable basics ranging from dresses to joggers to blazers.
However, no outfit is complete without accessories. The staple gold jewelry of the hoop earrings, dainty necklaces and rings helps elevate the look and can easily be found on Amazon. If rings, necklaces or earrings aren’t your thing, a nice pair of sunnies can help finish the look as well.
Any girl, regardless of what they look like, can embrace this aesthetic. While the aesthetic has some key essentials that tell you what to wear, how to handle your hair and how to brush your brows, the main point is all about feeling confident and feeling good in your own skin. Through these products that help revamp your wardrobe and beauty routine, you too can embrace the aesthetic with ease.
What do you think of the clean girl aesthetic? Is the aesthetic something worth embracing? Let us know in the comments below!