My Favourite Beauty Trends of 2017

December 31, 2017

 First up:  makeup is fun, it washes off. 

 

Do what you want with it, and wear it how YOU feel comfortable.

 

If you do all of the below and more, then that is fine! 

 

This my favourite and least favourite make-up trends and should not be taken *too* seriously. Well, maybe just slightly. Especially the highlighting/contouring.

 

Lessss do this thang!

 

 

Embrace the Lower Lid 

 

Lower lids are finally taking centre stage this year. I've always loved to add purple eye-shadow on my lower lid or warm metallic colours to bring out my eye (hazel) colour. I cannot go out without my classic liquid flick on my upper lid, thus, this look is perfect for me as I can add colour to my eyes without discounting my iconic flick.

 

Top Tip  

 

Let the eyes do the talking. Go for natural lips with a coating of clear gloss. This is to prevent over-powering the face and to keep the eyes as the feature for this look.

Bronzed and Blushed 

 

Face looking pale, spice your face up with bronzer or blusher; or like i have been known to use, eyeshadow. Experiment and discover what colours work for you. Add shimmer in the posterior parts of your face to add definition and attract light, creating the illusion of brightness. Use a glitter based bronzer/blusher for a little extra sparkle in your day.

 

Radiate sun-kissed glowing skin using bronzer or blush in the shadow areas of you face. 

 

 

Gothic Lips

 

Statemented dark lipstick tones (like a blood red colour) compliments any skin tone or look. This sassy but chic look can be spiced up with highlighted accents in the centre of the mouth and on the cupids bow.  I'm currently using a Matte Beige Lipstick from Topshop UK and I love it. It goe's on really easily and it moistens my lips better than most lip balms.

 

 

 

The Natural Look

 

Effortless, clean and natural. This is the look that everyone should embrace. Minimal hair and makeup makes life simplier. Now I'm not saying to scrap your beauty routine However, makeup should not change who you are and what you look like but should embrace your features and hide the flaws. Get out of the ritual of a full face of makeup and only put on what you need i.e. tinted moisteriser + mascara + brow pencil. The same thing goes for your hair, let it free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now lets move on to the trends that need to die.

 

Here are some of my most hated makeup trends...

 

 

Contouring

 

One size does not fit all, and this also applies to makeup. It seems that everyone is contouring their face in an identical way (for defined cheekbones, a smaller forehead and a slimmer nose). However, not everyone's face is the same so why contour the same? I’ve seen it enough times on the tube ; Young girls with already cheekbones to die for, sculpting and contouring away so they are bordering on looking skeletal and grubby with over-done contour. If it ain’t broke, then please stop trying to fix it. If you need to define areas of your face then absolutely go for it but do not contour for the sake of a trend as it can make you look worse/ older. Yes the super-contoured and chiselled makeup look *may* look great for an Instagram photo which is filtered to death. But outside in the real world, the natural light ain’t gonna have your back like those various Instagram filters do. Highlighting and contouring techniques look wonderful when applied in the CORRECT places and in moderation – so let’s tone it back for 2018. 

 

 

 

Highlight Overload

 

It has been said hat you can never wear too much highlighter, but I disagree. Highlighter is for just that - to highlight. You cannot highlight everything as it defeats the purpose of highlighting.Highlighter looks SO beautiful when applied with a soft touch , but piled on all over the face, it will make you look like a moonface, exaggerate open pores and you *can* look like a bit of a hot, oily mess. This is self-explanatory. I am sick of seeing these terrible makeup tutorials where girls are using 101 makeup layers. These layer are typically pigmented and typically obsures the prevous layers making this look even more frustrating. Treat your skin with respect this year and lets tone back the layers. After all, less is more and nobody wants to look like they have been caked in the face.

 

 

Onion Makeup


This is self-explanatory. I am sick of seeing these terrible makeup tutorials where girls are using 101 makeup layers. These layer are typically pigmented and typically obscure the previous layers making this look even more frustrating. Treat your skin with respect this year and lets tone back the layers. After all, less is more and nobody wants to look like they have been caked in the face.

 

 

Ombre Hair

 

I don’t understand why you would have the naturally driest part of your hair to the most chemical damage. To me, it just looks like dyed blonde hair with extreme roots. I guess it is better than the trend of 2016 to wear a wig with roots to make it look natural but both are just as irritating. There is nothing else to say but to STOP IT! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try to embrace your natural beauty. Makeup is intended to enhance your features and not to change them. Don't try to look or be like anybody else as happiness only comes within yourself.

 

 

 

 

Miss L.

xoxo

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