Five makeup trends we need to abandon in 2016

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Makeup courtesy: Lea Uzuri
Makeup courtesy: Lea Uzuri

Change is constant, and so is makeup. The idea of beauty changes with every passing day as new trends arrive. In order for new trends to survive, old ones must die out.

In 2016, several makeup trends became extremely popular among beauty lovers. It felt almost as if the search for beauty and youthfulness intensified.

Makeup courtesy: Lea Uzuri
Makeup courtesy: Lea Uzuri

Many makeup artists with the aid of social media have to a large extent encouraged what could only be described as “face painting”. In a desperate bid to look younger and prettier, many women have engaged in some rather embarrassing makeup fails.

Below is a list of makeup trends we hope and pray will die with 2016. Out with the old and in with the new!!

1. Excessively arched brows

The First offender on this list is the “Nigerian horror movie” inspired brows. Drawing your brows are extremely necessary when it comes to doing your makeup. Properly groomed brows speak tonnes of good for the wearer. The logic with brows is simple, if you can’t groom or carve good brows, what really can you do???

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Except you are a brand ambassador for Nike, Scary shaped brows are a big no no!. Drawing scary shapes on your face only make you look terrible. If you don’t know how to, then let a professional do it.

2. Excessive highlighting and bronzing

Excessive Highlight
Excessive Highlight

We totally get it, you want to be noticed but dear ”neon” faced madam please have mercy, your disco light / skin is confusing me. This trend I never and will never understand. Now except you want to act as a human reflector or traffic sign, I suggest you keep it simple or better still avoid it.

3. Faux Freckles

Faux Freckles
Faux Freckles

For something that was once considered unattractive, freckles sure made a huge comeback in 2016. Despite the fact that it was seen as a true sign of beauty, I never got to understand why a person would willingly put black spots on their face.

As far I am concerned, freckles must and should be discarded. If you have freckles, love them if not please let nature be. Why would a normal human being draw a birthmark or a scar from an injury when it is not Halloween?

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4. Contouring

Contouring was originally meant to slim and enhance facial features. Makeup users and some makeup artists have lost sight of the initial idea. They have gone on to ”over contour” faces. After a face beat, most people end up looking like they just crawled out of a street fight or worse still, Tim Burton’s ”corpse bride”.

5. Skin Bleaching

Bobrisky bleaching
Bobrisky bleaching

Now, this isn’t a makeup trend but I just couldn’t help myself. Skin bleaching is generally harmful to your health. Black is beautiful and must be respected. We need to learn to be comfortable in our own skin and stop trying to copy white people who by the way tan their skin to make it darker.

Now I’m not body shaming anyone but let’s call a spade a spade, you look God awful with that fake skin ”glow”. Dousing yourself in different concoctions in order to achieve a very narrow-minded definition of beauty is so overrated.

 

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