That New-Year-New-Me time of the year is back. Before we step into 2018 runway struts in fresh stock, Pinterest has an haute new mood board lined up, as do our experts with latest tricks up their sleeve. Although, if you were to look back at 2017, not every trend is trendy anymore. Nor was every indulgent buy worth its penny. And if trends can come and go, why should your vanity kit bare the burden? For a closet that ought to live up to your sartorial sensibility, a beauty cleanse is all it takes.
Therefore, we construe trends to take or toss for the new year. Hoarders, give your counter some breathing space.
Chuck: Neon Eyeliner
Bold flashes of color doable. Colored mascara debatable. But beaming neon lights across our lids is where we draw the line. You won’t bat an eyelid to toss this one.
Keep: Ombre Lips
Truth is, this technique takes its time to grow on you. But when it does, you’ll catch yourself adding depth and dimension to even your nude pout with lip liner, lipstick and powder.
Chuck: Lollipop Lips
Experts call it the just-sucked-on-candy effect, we call it the just-made-a-mistake stroke. Lesson learnt blur the lines, but not the outline.
Way Bandy’s technique to sculpt faces with blush made a comeback and outplaced contouring. At first glance, it may seem a tad extra, but draping allows you to tone down the extravagance too.
Hoard: L.A. Colors 3D Blush Contour
Chuck: Glitter Roots
What could possibly go wrong with glitter? A mane full off shimmer, is what. It’s less shine, more scrap. What happens if it doesn’t settle properly, and falls on our face? And let’s not even get talking on ways to wash it out. Yikes!
Keep: Platinum Blonde
Two years and this silvery hair color is still doing the rounds. Latest to join the bandwagon is supermodel and supermom Lisa Haydon, Can you get your eyes off her? We doubt it.
Chuck: Edgy Brows
This year witnessed quite a few brow revolutions from feathered, corn, wavy, sparkly, barbed, unibrow to the no-brow. Seriously what were we thinking? And who spearheads these experiments?
Keep: Boyfriend Brows
They’re bushy, unkempt and pretty low maintenance; these brows are every lazy girl’s dream come true. After obsessing over our arches, it’s no wonder we dig this trend. So, it’s not just their jeans we’re raiding. Tee hee.
Chuck: Graphic Lips
Patterns on your pout? 2017 has notoriously been putting us in a spot, exposing us to one daredevil (beauty) stunt after another. Question is, would polka dots, colorful stripes or 3D flowers make it on your lips? We highly doubt it.
Keep: Cupids Bow Highlight
Contouring taught us how to highlight parts of our face we never knew existed. Then came illuminators, holographic palettes and strobing creams... but nothing like highlighting the cupid’s bow. Classic case that subtle can go a long way.
Chuck: Full-Face Highlighter
Bring on ’em bronzers on your apples for a sun-kissed look, illuminators that radiate or a dewy sheen. But a full face of highlighters sounds outlandish. Which knocks out the high-points-low-points mantra entirely.
Keep: Holographic Everything
The beauty industry’s venturing to outer space with this unicorn-inspired galactic glaze. This hard-to-miss abstract trend has got you covered from head to toe (and we’re loving it).
Chuck: Furry Nails
Under the pretext of nail ‘art’, we thought we’ve seen it all and nothing could shock us anymore. Until furry nails. They’re hairy, impractical, repulsive and far from keeping you warm.
Keep: Cookie Nails
An offshoot of the marble print is the cookie-crumble effect. Nykaa introduced it as a delish lacquer for our tiny tips and it’s proceeded to dominate our sartorial style. Oh, and this cookie’s smart and tough.