Don’t get me wrong. We love vintage. So do most people. Magazines are awash with brown lips and grunge eye makeup. While the fashion and beauty world has a tendency to recycle outdated and outlandish beauty looks and label them trendy, some of them actually work. While this issue is all about retro beauty looks we’re crushing on, here’s our list of peeves that need to be retired ASAP.
Tight, distressed waves and curls are such a contrived look. Want to look effortlessly cool? Instead, opt or another (much loved) retro trend, soft, flowing waves that you can create with a flat iron.
You want sculpted supermodel cheekbones? Harsh, noticeable contouring that makes your face look like it’s been carved in shadows needs to die. (Sorry Kim K.!) This year is all about subtle contouring that gives a more natural outcome and gives a subtle illusion of depth and dimension.
The eyes are the window to the soul, we get it. But fan-like fringes are so passé, and frankly a bit scary. To stay this side of furry, go easy on the falsies and instead apply several coats of a lengthening mascara. Wait a minute between applications so the formula dries evenly. If you have to use falsies, cut the lash strip in half and apply to the outer corner of your eyes only.
You have thin lips and want them to look fuller. But over-drawing your mouth looks cheap and clownish. As does lining your lips in a contrasting color to your lipstick. Unless you’ve lived under a rock, the Kylie Jenner challenge has come and gone. Instead use a glossy lipstick or balm in a neutral shade to make your lips look larger than they are, and please use a liner in the exact same shade as your lipstick.
Are out! Unless you’re after the junkie, my-boyfriend-socked-me-in-the-face look. It’s time to stop layering dark shadow on your eyes, because the jet black look, like the overdrawn lip, isn’t trendy anymore. Subtle is the name of the game, and if you like smoky, add dimension to your eyes by using less color but blending more than you normally would.
While thin, wormy brows are out, so are fierce, drawn-on brows with sharp, geometric edges befitting a warrior princess. It’s time to ditch hard lines and opt for a softer approach with a soft brown pencil or brow powder. Subtle does it, with a slightly darker shade towards the outer corners of your brows for a fresh-faced, youthful look.
Unless you’re auditioning for a horror film those claw like talons need to be filed down ASAP. The trend is back to basics and the shape of your pinkies should mimic that of your cuticles for a more natural—and less predatory—shape.
Sure, the dewy, sun-kissed look is so pretty but shining spotlights on your face with white shimmery formula looks like a bad shine attack. To make your brows or cheekbones pop use a light dusting of champagne highlighter (for fair skin) or a rose gold formula (for medium to dusky skin) and get ready to dazzle.
You like painting? Your nails aren’t the best place to create a mural. It’s time to give fiddly falsies, acrylic, bows, pearls and rhinestones a break and give your real nails a chance. The return to basics means letting your natural nails shine through and opt for minimalistic negative space nail inspo.