[Today’s post was written by a guest contributor.]
A new year is the perfect time to try out a fresh trend or two, and 2017 has no shortage of them—especially when it comes to makeup. This season, it’s all about extremes. You can choose between tons of sparkle, shine, and color or a barely-there approach that manages to be both natural and elegant. Whether you want to simply supplement your look or completely switch things up, give your beauty routine a boost by trying out one (or more) of these hot makeup trends.
The last few years might have been devoted to the matte lip, but 2017 is all about a high gloss look. From eyelids and cheekbones to that previously matte pout, this season’s makeup trends prove you don’t (necessarily) need highlighter to create a radiant look. As this article from Elle writes, lip gloss is a refreshing change that gives dimension, shine, and youth—all things that most of us can’t get enough of in our beauty routine. Swap out your go-to matte lip shade to a glossy version for an easy upgrade, or swipe on a clear gloss for a more subtle take on this season’s shine.
If there’s one thing that makeup artists, beauty editors, and average gals (like you and me) all have in common it’s that we just can’t get enough of glowing, lit-from-within skin—in fact, the brighter our skin, the better. Thankfully, this year’s makeup trends are in full support of our crusade for the perfect glow. For a fool-proof routine, use this video from The Scene as your guide to give yourself a glow inspired by Rihanna’s impeccable complexion. Start with MAC’s Diamond Cream Colour Base as your highlight (cheekbones, cupid’s bow, bridge of nose) and finish with a warm bronzing powder, because there’s no shine without a little shadow.
Love it or hate it, the glitter trend is still going strong. This year, however, heed the advice of Harper’s Bazaar and wear it in a less precise manner than before. Scatter it across your bottom lashline, allowing flecks to fall where they please. As counterintuitive as it might feel, the less perfect it looks the more perfect it actually is. If you just can’t bring yourself to continue the glittery eye trend, don’t worry—there’s still plenty of shimmer to go around elsewhere. Try glitter-dusted lips instead. Swipe on gloss over your lip color and lightly pat on glitter with your ring finger for a sparkly finish.
As promised, not every makeup trend in the new year is about glitz, shimmer, and shine. Rocking a natural look is just as popular (and arguably more sophisticated). To make your everyday makeup look as fresh and dewy as possible, this post from Glamour notes that it’s all in the details. Start with creamy matte skin and a bit of mauve lipstick blended with a brush on the cheeks and bridge of nose. Then, apply a soft taupe shadow on your eyelids and finish with a pinky-nude matte liquid lipstick, like Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Flush, lightly dabbed onto lips as a stain.