We Give the Verdict on the Best and Worst Beauty Trends of 2015
Whilst we’re all about wearing whatever you gosh darn please, there are some beauty trends that we wish would simply fade away like a bad false tan. We’re giving you the lowdown on the good, bad and downright ugly beauty trends of 2015.
Fine winged liner
We love a winged liner no matter what, but we’re definitely swaying more over to the thinner and more delicate style of liner that’s been cropping up on catwalks recently. Heavier and thicker liner is great for a more dramatic evening look; we’re the first to admit. But a thinner liner can open up the eye whilst still looking natural and is great for showing off that fabulously blended eyeshadow without overpowering it. Add lashings of mascara for a finished look that will leave your peepers looking alert and pretty.
If you’re a complete novice when it comes to applying a winged liner, check out this handy step by step guide. Take the liner thinner to achieve this finer look.
Neutral shadows should be a complete staple in every girl’s makeup bag. But we’re here to tell you that there is a new neutral in town: the warm purple! Bringing a new lease of life to the browns, beiges and nudes of your neutral eye makeup, purple can provide a pop of colour that will complement every skin colour. We’d pair our purple smouldering eye with a glitzy dress like the ones we found on this site.
The crown-high pony is all well and good if you’re headed to a high-intensity gym class, but as a beauty trend goes, we’re not loving it. What we are loving, however, is the high pony’s more relaxed and classier sister, the low ponytail. Slicked back and harsh, the high pony doesn’t do favour to many, whilst the lower ponytail looks elegant, simple and not too ‘done’. We love queen of messy-classy hair Blake Lively’s voluminous low ponytail, complete with a romantic loose curl framing her face (see below).
This trend has (thankfully) died out more recently. Whilst we love the one-side slicked look, we just don’t think we could let a hairdresser near us with a razor blade! Opt for a less permanent and more detailed look like Jessica Alba here with this edgy side braid that gives exactly the same effect without the need to grow out half of your hair when this trend passes (here’s hoping that it already has).
Yes, Kylie Jenner’s selfie game has gone up a level since she decided to cosmetically inflate her pout and go lip-liner crazy. But, in moving, walking, talking real life, her lips can look a little overdone. To avoid a garish pout, instead try this ombre lip technique (see below) that will give the appearance of fuller lips.
Long, thin and bedraggled hair extensions have well and truly had their day. Beyonce’s taken the chop and gotten rid of her longer locks, as have Taylor Swift, Lauren Conrad and Jennifer Lawrence! Whilst we think we’d miss our hair if we went total pixie cut, shoulder-length hair can make hair look thicker and more healthy.
We’re totally over sharp and immaculately drawn-on brows because they look just that: drawn on. Sharp, dark eyebrows can make you look severe and even age you, with their block colour. If you’re still clinging on to this brow trend, we would suggest going one shade lighter with your brows and applying sparsely, filling in the gaps of your brows for a fuller but softer finish.
No one wants harsh dip-dyed hair that looks as though you’ve been turned upside down and dipped head first into a vat of bleach. The stark contrasting colours are o-v-e-r and a softer, more subtle balayage multi-tonal finish is IN! Forget stark contrasting highlights and colours and go for sun-kissed style that makes you look like you’ve totally just returned from a vacation in tropical climates. The main difference here is that these highlights are hand painted, with each strand being selected because it naturally stands apart from the head and so, would naturally be highlighted by the sun. Jennifer Aniston has been rocking this look for years and if Jen’s famous for anything other than acting, it’s her gorgeous hair.