Friday, December 16, 2011

Makeup Trends That Still Haven’t Died. Why? Why? Why?

Breaking up is hard to do, even when the relationship is just plain ugly. Case in point: Bad makeup trends that are the beauty equivalent of drunk-dialing—women keep going back to them in moments of weakness, while everyone around them is left wondering “what is she thinking?”

Talon nails

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye, which is well within the realm of possibilities when you’re sporting Freddie Kreuger-esque fingernails.  “Your nails should be sexy and functional, not a scary safety hazard,” says DC-based makeup artist FeliceSkye. Wake up from the nightmare once and for all, and clip those things.

Overplucked eyebrows

“Overplucked brows are one of the worst things you can do to your face,” says FeliceSkye. “Are you sad, surprised, villainous, or having issues with your thyroid?” Seriously, back away from the tweezers. Even Pam Anderson did.

Bronzer overdose

When you’re applying bronzer, the goal should be to look as though you have a sun-kissed glow, not like  you’re the newest cast member on Jersey Shore. To avoid looking Snookified, pick a bronzer that’s one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone, and know when to say when.

Pastel eye shadow

Leave the spackled-on pink, violet, and baby blues for the Easter Bunny, and if you must go pastel, adjust your application technique. “These colors actually look fresh and modern when they’re used one at a time and applied as a soft, sheer wash of color below the crease ,” explains FeliceSkye.

Frosty lipstick

We’re not sure what the most appealing thing about this look is: the fact that it makes your teeth look yellow, or your lips look corpse-like and crusty.  The bottom line: Lips should look luscious and dewey, not dead. Opt for subtle shimmer and a lively pop of gloss instead.

What beauty trend would you like to see put to rest?


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