Between kisses and sips of champagne this past New Year’s, we bid farewell to several beauty trends that were everywhere in 2105 and opened the door to a bunch of new makeup, hair, nail and skin care developments that will shape our faces, hair, hands, bodies and social media feeds over the next year. I have a ideas for trends that should get the heave-ho (see: the Kylie lip challenge and rampant ageism) and ones we’d be better for if they were big in 2016 (body positivity and the brown lip shades that bring back junior high memories of dancing to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany). To add expertise to BBTA’s beauty prognostication, I asked a few of our favorite beauty authorities to share their thoughts on the beauty crazes that should have expired on Dec. 31 and those that began their ascent on Jan. 1. If their predictions are correct, be prepared for a fascinating year ahead on the beauty front.
Most of us can swipe on lipstick. Slightly fewer of us can line our lips and our eyes. Only a small percentage has perfected the complexity of contouring. Count me among the women who have crossed contouring off their beauty to-do lists. As defined by beauty retailer Sephora, contouring is the art of using shadow and highlight to sculpt, refine and slim your face. My art experience is limited to stick figures. Actual artists have shading and highlighting skills. They happen to be called makeup artists.
Assuming your application chops are not exactly Kardashian-worthy, using blush to contour cheekbones is a surefire way to look older than you actually are. The reason for this, as the Beauty Department points out, is that adding color directly to your cheekbones accentuates your angles. For helpful hints on how you should apply your blush, check out the full feature.