Thoughts on awesome and awful beauty trends for 2017

Thoughts on awesome and awful beauty trends for 2017

Trends come and go, but there are some trends that deserve to die a sad, sorry death. We’ve seen our share of good and bad, too, for 2016 and onwards.


Beauty guru Wayne Goss sums it up pretty well in his video, Makeup Trends that Need to Die in 2017 (watch here); we’d give anything to rid the world of bad brows and poor contouring. But there are people out there who seem to make it their life goal to appear theatrical. Maybe it’s a specific themed look they’re going for, but I really wouldn’t want to step out thinking my brows be ‘on fleek’ when they’re actually scaring the s**t out of everyone else.


Here are some of our favourites and not-so-favourites for the year:


YES: Hidden highlights aka Peekaboo highlights


These are stunning, especially when you put your hair up or when you run your fingers through your hair. A mix of violet, blue and turquoise hidden within dark hair is a nice surprise, and when you let your hair down, it’s practically work-friendly. A huge ‘like’, and when the colour fades, it’s also easier to hide nasty regrowth from the judging eyes of the public.


YES: Dark lips and minimal makeup everywhere else


Dark lips are stunning on women with dark hair – it adds that sense of mystery without appearing too witch-like, but only if you keep the rest of your makeup subtle. Skip the blusher, highlighter and bronzer, and only use a smidge of foundation/concealer wherever needed. A bit of brow pencil, curled lashes (made to stay up with a really good Japanese mascara, as I have learned after years of trial and error) and dark lipstick is all you need to spruce up your look in less than 10 minutes.


NO: The Silisponge


The internet is going a bit mad with the Silisponge, which is a makeup sponge made of silicone (duh). Some resourceful beauty YouTubers have since discovered that you can make your own Silisponge dupe with a stick-on silicone bra, by the way. One thing I’ve noticed about YouTube beauty videos is that A LOT of foundation is used. And by a lot, I mean more than 2 pumps. On real-life people like me, thicker coverage means dispensing about a pea-sized amount and still having some left over. I’ve watched enough Silisponge review videos to be able to tell that it just spreads your foundation around your face, creating a thick, theatrical effect that’s only good if you’re into stage/drag makeup. Plus, the shape of the sponge (with the thin film surrounding it) isn’t easy to work with. Sorry, I’ll pass.


NO: Rainbow highlighter


Last year, everyone wanted to become a unicorn. Hence the explosion of holographic and rainbow products, from eyeshadows to lipsticks to the icon of unicorn-ism, the rainbow highlighter. Personally, I feel that unless it’s for a themed party, rainbow highlighters are just, y’know, a gimmick. It looks cool in the pan, for sure, but the benefits end there. You’d definitely be better off spending the same amount of money on a highlighter that matches your skin tone. The shimmer in highlighters can come in warm- or cool-toned hues, and it’s important to find one that complements your skin so that you don’t look sickly/too glowy. Therefore, the obsession with turning into a unicorn needs to stop.


NO: Matte lip cream


Having bought a matte lip cream last year, I am ashamed to say that I detested it with my heart and soul, and have only used it less than 5 times. The main reason being: it’s incredibly hard to reapply, and you basically can’t eat/drink properly if you’ve got matte lip cream on your lips. And oh, towards the end of the day, it starts to crack and flake off, too. I don’t know whether it was because I was unlucky enough to choose a shoddy brand, but watching YouTube videos where other girls were wearing a similar product on their lips allowed me to come to a decision that even though their matte lip creams were better in terms of product texture, flaking and reapplication still posed as a huge challenge. Instead of blending into skin like a normal lipcolour, matte lip cream (at least the ones I tried) leave behind a layer on the surface of the lips, kind of like paint. So I have since deemed matte lip creams unworthy of my time, because I can’t be bothered to spend minutes painstakingly brushing on my lipstick, only to have to do it again after I have lunch.





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