What Makeup Trend Do You Hope Will Disappear in 2016?

What Makeup Trend Do You Hope Will Disappear in 2016?

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I’ve seen many, many makeup trends over the years. Makeup from the 80s, 90s, noughties and today … well, they sure have evolved over the years. In some years, the makeup trends go back to what you see in years of yesterday with a modern take. There are trends that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with and trends that I wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole.

Today I’m getting a bit ranty and talk about the makeup trends I’m keeping my fingers crossed would disappear in 2016. I’m sure you’ve seen makeup trends that are popping up left, right and centre that you’re not a fan of as well so let’s get ranty together eh? It’s Monday after all! πŸ˜›

As much as I’d love to show you pictures of these trends, I didn’t include image examples with this blog post because I found most of them on Instagram and Pinterest, and let’s face it, these people are not going to give me permission to use their images in an article that says I really didn’t like what they did. All you have to do is search for them on Pinterest and you’ll be inundated with examples of what I mean.

The sharp, pointed nails

I don’t know who it was that made this shape of nails popular. I could be stepping on a lot of toes here in case you’re a fan of this sort of nails but they’re possibly one of the scariest things I’ve seen. They resemble claws and no matter how decorated they are with beautiful nail art, they still look like claws. And woe betide you if you’re ever scratched by them.

The overly-defined “Instagram” brows

This is a term which I believe was coined by makeup artist Wayne Goss (he’s done videos on them). It’s no wonder why since there are plenty of these sort of overly-defined, arched and pointy brows seen on Instagram. These brows don’t suit all types of faces. While they may suit angular, chiseled features, they definitely don’t suit soft features. They look unnatural on a lot of women (and men). The overly-arched and sharp brows make the person look perpetually surprised.

Contouring, tontouring, strobing and whatever else you call it

Ask any makeup artist who has been in the makeup artistry business for a long time and they’re tell you that it’s just highlighting and shading. You emphasise a feature of your face with a highlighting powder or cream and you “shade” and take in the part where you want shadows to fall. I remember speaking to the director of a PR agency about the trend of contouring, tontouring, strobing, etc and interestingly, she told me that it’s just PR talk. Any good PR can throw in a new term and make it a trend. I’m not against contouring when it’s done just right, and I’ve seen it done just right many times. But really, enough with all these new terms that really don’t mean anything new, okay? πŸ˜›

Who am I to judge makeup trends, you might ask? Nobody. It’s just my opinion, and you’ll have yours too. I’m no expert but if beauty brands are actively promoting products to sell me the idea of these trends that I’m not even a fan of, then I believe I have the choice to either go for them or stay away from them. And I happily choose the latter. πŸ™‚

What do you think? What makeup trends are you hoping would disappear come 2016? Is there one that you really don’t like?

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22 comments… add one
  1. Kate

    Hear hear! I agree with the overly-defined brows, looks like they placed a stencil and spray paint over to get the brows. I think strobing/contour/highlight is still essential for photoshoots or studio recording if not the person would look pale and lethargic, but it’s not going to work for daily work lifestyle. Just a little coverage cream plus selective dab of powder is more than enough πŸ™‚

    1. Tine

      LOL at the brow stencil! YES! The whole highlighting and contouring works very well for photoshoots but in real life, a lot I’ve seen are still too much. Who needs to look THAT defined all the time??

  2. Paris B

    Those brows and the contouring, definitely. People don’t look like people anymore. They look like mannequins
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    1. Tine

      There’s definition and there’s too much definition. We have Kim K to thank for that trend. >.<

  3. Mel

    I had a feeling you’d mention contouring :P. Got to say, I’m also not a fan of Instagram brows, but I do love contouring! I really hope False eyelashes and mascara disappear, although I know they’ve been around forever (I just hope since I hate wearing either!).

    I also hope Korean style makeup becomes more popular. I love the natural, youthful look, and it’s easier to recreate on my Asian skin as opposed to most American/Western trends. πŸ˜›
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    1. Tine

      The Korean look is lovely! It’s so soft. I never thought that straight thick brows could work but boy oh boy, those Koreans definitely know a thing or two in making straight brows look great. πŸ˜›

  4. Wendy@BlushandBarbells

    I hope those pointy nails go away, too! Strobing isn’t my favorite, but I like a well-done contour. I’ve never even heard of tontouring!
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    1. Tine

      I didn’t think such a thing as “tontouring” existed either but there they are, plenty to be seen on Pinterest!

  5. MonicaP

    Matte lips ~ Gaaa, they look so dry!

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    1. Tine

      Overly matte and dry lips. Euuw. *shudder*

  6. Kleo

    I really dislike the trend with dark lips. As in black lipstick… if it’s not for fantasy make up… ewww.

    1. Tine

      Ahh black lipstick … very popular among Goths. I’ve seen a lot of very dark lippies on Instagram. I’d admit I’ve seen a lot of good ones but I’ve also seen really bad ones. Especially when they end up on the teeth. >.<

  7. Sara

    Probably none, stuff don’t just go away, people still love matte lips, it gives a really soft look, and what about contouring? well every model ad on a bus stop has contouring all over it so why should regular people give up on trends that the big boys in the industry use?
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    1. Tine

      Not saying that people should give up certain trends, it just has to be done right. There’s nothing wrong with contouring when it’s beautifully done.

  8. Liz

    Wearing a ton of makeup to achieve the ‘no make-up’ look. Like seriously. =_= I’m also done with cushion compacts and the Korean two-tone lip color.

    1. Tine

      Oh yeah I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on Pinterest on the two-tone lip colour. Hmm can’t decide whether I like it or not. I’m pretty much done with cushion compacts too, to be honest. I still have yet to stumble upon a good one.

  9. Cocoa

    I think I would agree with you on strobing. I follow many of the beauty content creators on various platforms and I fall a little ill scrolling through tonnes of clown-contoured faces everyday.
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    1. Tine

      It’s very interesting to see that much makeup for contouring and highlighting and whatnot, drawn on the face like face paint and then blended to almost nothing. Sometimes I wonder, where did all that makeup go??

  10. Jen

    I just googled tontouring and what the??? I don’t even fake tan the glow in the dark skin on my body let alone using it to contour my face!

    1. Tine


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