Rub any colour on your face and call it artistry
By Tania Arora, Staff Writer
I was never a makeup enthusiast during the first 21 years of my life. My kit for special occasions only included the basics. Eyeliner, blush, lip-colour, and mascara—then I was done. This fall, I joined a popular make-up store as a seasonal employee. I used to think that putting makeup on was just to look pretty, or to highlight certain areas of your skin. For some, it might be a way to hide some blemishes or scars. But little did I know that some ridiculous mistakes would be termed as “hot makeup trends”.
The “I’ll fight you with my face” trend
If you can recall Lady Gaga’s Met Gala look, you probably can get an idea of what I am pointing to. Eyelash extensions so long that they cover most of your cheeks, additionally studded with beads and some metal covering. The ends are so pointed that they can easily be used as a weapon to attack. How is this a beauty trend?
The “this is my entire makeup bag” trend
Not one, not two, and not three—instead, the entire eye-shadow palette with rainbow colours is used to create the classic “I don’t exactly know” look. It feels like someone had multiple colours in their dress, couldn’t decide on the shade that would go with it, so decided to put everything on. So, now you know how to rock the look. Rub it all on you.
The “hair extensions for hairs no one wants to see” trend
Nose hair extensions. You might want to read it again. Yes, nose hair extensions exist and are lined up in the top beauty trends of the year. Where is the beauty in this trend? It looks no less scary than an actor from a horror movie. What was the goal? Did the director wants to capture either spiders or genies coming out from those fashionable holes?
Another great trend is “I applied lipstick on my upper lip and then ran out of it. Then I was too lazy to remove that, so instead I applied another colour on my lower lip.” Seems like someone’s mistake is being followed as a upcoming style.
The “natural” look, aka, the “only slightly covered in synthetic and unnatural products” look
One day, a friend of mine came up to me and asked, “How does my makeup look today?” I said, “You look pretty.” She then replied, “Oh yes, I did a natural makeup look today.”
She left and I was left standing there thinking, does can these two contradictory terms even go together? How can something natural be made-up and something which is made-up be natural? Your bare face is natural. If you are applying anything, that’s makeup. You may categorize it as heavy or light, but not natural and unnatural.
The looks have been evolving and will continue to do so—but it is up to us to ridicule them to keep makeup trends cute instead of “… cute.”