The world of fashion is a cruel mistress. One day a trend is in, and without warning, the next day it’s out. Fashion is ruthless, quick moving, and doesn’t give a darn about who she hurts along the way. ‘90s babies were extremely upset when tie-dye was forced out of their lives after the initial boom all those years ago, but it seems as though they can whip out their Tamagotchis and watch the Powerpuff Girls all over again, because catwalks are bringing back tie-dye with a bang!
Tie-Dye And Flower Power
Tie-dye can be traced back to the 1970s when Flower Power was in full force. Hippies were avoiding mainstream brands and making their own clothing, and it just so happened that they could use some water, a few colored dyes, and some elastic bands to do just that. Everyone was wearing tie-dye clothing, and this seemed to continue into the 1990s. This was a time where everyone wanted to stand out and be different. Yet, as the world and the celebrities in it became more sophisticated, we had to wave goodbye to the multicolored clothes-verse…
The Power Of The Celebrity
After the influx of tie-dye in the ‘90s, trends have come and gone. We have seen everything from athleisure to latex walk the catwalks, and celebrities have then adopted these looks. After all, celebs have a huge impact on what people across the world wear. This has definitely been the case in the first few months of 2019 because it’s these celebs that have given us the chance to wear tie-dye once again, and bring back the trend we miss more than anything else.
The Evolution Of Tie-Dye
In recent months, the likes of Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Dree Hemingway decided to ditch the previous fashion trends and try something new. They took it back to some of the best retro years to wear tie-dye tees, shirts, and even dresses. This went down a storm with their fans, and soon big fashion houses found their opportunity. They started rolling out evolved tie-dye looks that still offered the nostalgia, while also offering more style.
If you were at your prime during the ‘90s, there’s a high chance that you used to wear tie-dye all the time. If this was the case, you’ll be happy to know that tie-dye is back with a bang.
45 Terrible Makeup Trends We Wish We Could Forget
Gorgeous fashion and beauty looks require boldness. And fashionistas of the 2010s, we salute you. You really went out on a limb on everything when it came to how you shaped your brows or the color of your very full lips. Thankfully, the 2020s are here, and we can kiss a few makeup trends we want to forget goodbye. Join us so we can reminisce … and vow to never repeat the same mistakes.
Browsing Brow Shapes
Somehow, the 2010s became the decade for experimenting with the shape of our eyebrows. From dreadfully thin to thick and overgrown bushes, there were very few examples of a happy medium that actually framed a face effectively.
Even worse were brows that came in shapes only a toddler could create — zigs and zags and waves and sporting wear logos. We’re excited to leave that terrible trend in the past — and embracing our full, natural brows for the future.
Making Out Like a Bandit
The last decade went overboard when it came to eyeliner. Were beauty trendsetters taking their cues from raccoons? It was a challenge to even make out a model’s eyes amid all that slick, black eyeliner.
We’re so happy that this is yet another beauty trend we can wave goodbye to, especially since there are so many gorgeous eye looks designed to flatter your eye color and outfit of the day.
Fingernails in Residence
The last decade was a playground for nail artists. Manicurists let their freak flags fly when it came to sculptures and looks for their clients. There were a number of genius collaborations between artists and their canvases, and Instagram filled up with high-fashion nail looks.
Something we never want to see again, however, are actual bodies and figures sculpted onto a set of nails. That little person needs to get right off — this isn’t a free ride!
To Blend Is to Beautify
The act of properly applying and wearing makeup truly is an art form. Many people attend school and training to learn how to do it the best. That’s why we just can’t understand the trend of the last ten years of failing to blend your eyeshadow.
You can create truly memorable looks in the wrong way if you don’t utilize all those amazing eyeshadow brushes in your arsenal on your look of the day.
Fly Away, False Lashes
Maybe she’s born with it. Or maybe she didn’t get any sleep last night and she can’t keep her eyes open. Or maybe her false lashes are so thick, heavy, unwieldy, and ridiculous that her eyelids are too heavy to keep up.
False lashes need to fly free for the next decade of beauty trends, and we’re here to wave goodbye. There’s nothing wrong with a cute set of falsies, but over-the-top looks are better saved for the runway.
Botching the Bangs
Repeat after us: Cutting your own bangs is never a good idea. Leave the new hairstyles to the professionals, who can talk you out of a sudden craving for bangs — or at least give you a style you won’t regret the next morning. Because we’ve seen it all: uneven bangs, too-short bangs, and bangs that, well, aren’t very banging for the unfortunate soul who cut them.
We hope botched bangs can be a beauty trend of the past, but until we can all promise ourselves not to give ourselves any more midnight cuts, we can’t relegate this one to the past.
Emergency Contact Intervention
If it’s not Halloween, there’s no reason for you to be wearing vanity or fashion contact lenses that only serve to change the color of your eyes on a whim. First of all, these contact lenses may not be on par with health and safety regulations or recommendations, meaning they could damage your eyes if you wear them for too long or use them inappropriately.
Second of all, your eyes are already beautiful! There’s no reason to change their color like you were changing a shirt.
A Rainbow of Extensions
A gorgeous ombre or balayage look is something we can all get behind. Highlights add depth and beauty to an already delightful head of hair. What we can’t condone, however, is the 2010s trend of two-tone hair.
You know the look: blonde on top, and brunette on the bottom in two contrasting colors that give a viewer whiplash. Even worse is when the colors come from unblended extensions, making everything about the look seem fake.
Drawing Outside the Lip Lines
Even the biggest stars of the 2010s are guilty of this trend that we’re ready to kiss goodbye: coloring outside of the lines when it comes to lip liner. Big lips and extra pouty mouths had a moment over the last ten years.
But we are entirely over trying to achieve those looks by overdrawing the line around our lips. Work with what you have with a little trickery from color instead of painting yourself like a clown.
Caterpillars on the Crawl
Just like eyebrows trended too thin during the 2010s, an overcorrection in the other direction occurred, too. That’s right — we saw eyebrows that were way too bushy over the last decade. These monstrosities looked like caterpillars creeping over our faces.
We didn’t know whether to look away or try to swat off the offending insects. There’s nothing wrong with a natural brow, but if you’re beefing up your existing bushes, you need to take several steps back and ask yourself “why.”
Eyebrows for a Villain
Nothing screams Disney villain more than thin, arched, and tattooed eyebrows. Think Cruella Deville or Jafar — their eyebrows scream that they’re up to no good (and it’s true).
So why would so many fall victim to the tiny and thin eyebrow trend of the 2010s? Thankfully, the technology and techniques are available today to correct this beauty misstep. Let’s head into this new decade with full and gorgeous natural brows.
All that Glitters Isn’t Gold
All that glitters is not gold, especially when it comes to glitter for adults. We get it. Glitter is fun. But it gets everywhere and looks downright juvenile when it spills from your eyelids, drips from your fingernails, and, in a puzzling trend from the 2010s, caresses your … scalp?
For some reason, dumping glitter on parts and throughout tresses was all the rage. But can you imagine the itch — and not to mention, the mess? Glittery dandruff, you can count us out.
Curl Up and Go
Natural curls are gorgeous. And hair that is naturally straight is gorgeous, too. Anytime you want to switch it up by straightening curly hair or curling straight hair is gorgeous — you do you! But what we’d never like to see again is the perm for full-time curly hair.
A perm utilizes harsh chemicals to permanently curl your hair for a time. However, perms can fry your locks and make them dry and damaged. Stick to temporary solutions for different hair looks!
Where There’s Smoke
We’re blowing out the smoky eye for this new decade of makeup trends, and good riddance. We don’t want to look like we’re just rolling out of bed with last night’s makeup still caked on anymore — no, thank you!
Instead, we’re embracing clean, bright looks that don’t make us look like we’ve been crying over an ex — or cozying up to a raccoon. Thank you for your service, smoky eye. We’re going in another direction for the next ten years.
Trash the Crimps
Why were random hair crimps a thing in the 2010s? We don’t understand it, and we can only speculate as to the attraction. Perhaps a person wanted to look like they had just rolled out of bed and not even brushed their hair.
Or perhaps they wanted to seem like they’d just stuck their finger in a socket and gotten electrocuted. Whatever the reason was, we think that all hair should be equally cared for — and equally textured. Leave the random crimps in the last decade.
Cast in Bronze
A focus on skin care and health showed almost everyone just how dangerous it was to tan on a regular basis — or to tan without the proper UV protection. No one wants to deal with skin cancer just because they want a healthy-looking glow to their face and body. Bronzer was makeup’s answer to creating that glow without having to risk the health of your skin under the sun.
But just as with anything in life, there actually was too much of a good thing. Too much bronzer altered a person’s appearance in an unattractive way.
Full of Fillers
The 2010s could be named the decade of the pout. Full lips were in, as evidenced by a slew of beauty products unleashed by makeup moguls. Unfortunately, that led to a bunch of people trying to get the perfect look with fillers and other surgical approaches.
Work with what you have before resorting to cosmetic procedures that are difficult — if not impossible — to reverse. A little color and a few special techniques go a long way toward making your lips look fuller without the plastic.
Ugliness of Beauty Appropriation
Where can we send a strongly worded letter stating that we never, ever want this trend to resurface? Because as much as we might admire the beauty of other cultures, it just isn’t okay for us to appropriate those cultures for our own trendy use.
It’s offensive to embrace a look and discard it the next day, month, or decade because it’s out of fashion — especially if that look belongs to a culture. Cultural appropriation in beauty is never going to be in fashion.
Ta-Ta to Tanning Beds
We’re so happy that more people are paying attention to the dangers of tanning. It’s one thing to go to the beach or pool while wearing sunscreen and enjoying time with your friends and family. It’s another thing to pop yourself in a box of UV bulbs for a manufactured tan.
We’re hoping that tanning beds stay in 2010 and never make another fashion appearance again — especially with the risks of skin cancer due to lack of protection against UV rays.
All on the Line
Lipliner serves a specific purpose: to define the border of your lips and help contain the matching lipstick or color that you use to enhance your smile. What should lipliners never, ever do? Try to stand out on their own in a contrasting or darker color than the rest of your mouth.
In the 2010s, we bore witness to the awkward trend of smiles outlined in liner that was darker than the lip color by several shades. We look forward to this new decade of beauty and makeup — and liners and lipsticks that match.
Farewell to Gel
No one can deny just how good a gel nail polish manicure looks — and how long it lasts. Gel polish is applied like regular nail polish, but then it is essentially baked onto your nails.
While it can last without chipping for several weeks, the bad part of this 2010s makeup trend is that it is difficult to remove, resulting in damaged nail beds. Embrace regular color to keep your nails healthy, and leave the gel manicures in the last decade.
Stop on Red
We’re not sure who said it was okay to wear red eyeshadow on a daily basis, but we’re here holding up a big red stop sign to this 2010s trend. It’s over — save that red hue for a costume party or the runway at Fashion Week.
Red simply isn’t a good color for the majority of us — especially if we’re trying to wear it for a casual night out or even, heaven forbid, work.
Facial Oil Slicks
Skincare enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 2010s due to, in part, the rise of the popularity of Korean beauty products. These type of products included all manners of washes, toners, soaps, creams, lotions, and oils to give skin a healthy and dewy glow.
Unfortunately, people trying to follow that particular trend fell victim to oily skin that was prone to breakouts. This was because of facial oils that clogged pores and gave us a sheen, not unlike an oil spill.
Leaves Pastels for Easter
Every year, the Easter bunny hides pastel colored eggs in the fresh, dewy grass for good boys and girls to find. That doesn’t mean that you should use those same light colors of baby pink and blue, mint green, or pale yellow for your eyeshadow.
The 2010s saw a creative use of pastels when it came to makeup, and we’re not sorry to see it go. For the next decade, stick with naturals.
Conned into Contouring
We all remember the makeup tutorials that started off with a person looking like a clown with all colors of foundation and highlighter painting their face and ended by blending it together until they looked like a different person entirely. It was called contouring, and many influencers rose to stardom with instructions and packaged products to achieve the perfect look.
Contouring was used to minimize or maximize facial features, but we’re happy to see this trend go. We think you look perfect just the way you are — and not hiding beneath a pound of makeup.
No to Noir
Black eyeshadow has a time and place. Mostly, that time is the 2010s. And the place is in the past. Unless you’re dressing up for a costume party or other event, the over application of black eyeshadow and eyeliner is something that we don’t need during this new decade of beauty trends.
We want to actually be able to see your eyes underneath the makeup you apply. There’s a rainbow of appropriate colors to choose from.
No Regulations for Microblading
Microblading is the process of using tiny tattoo needles and ink to reshape and fill in an eyebrow. It’s one of the techniques available to people who over-plucked their brows over the beauty trends of the past (we’re looking at you, 2010s) or for individuals who don’t have naturally full brows.
However, there are some pitfalls to microblading. They include the chance for irritations or allergies — along with the fact that governmental entities don’t regulate or control the inks and dyes used in this process.
Negative on Negative Space Liner
We get it — you needed an eyeliner look to stand out from the crowd of looks on social media. But negative space eyeliner — the design that leaves much to the imagination when it comes to what should actually be within the lines — is a look best left to the last decade.
In this new decade, we’re all about practical looks that you can wear everywhere you go no matter what you’re doing.
Detour from Chemical Straighteners
Straight hair was something many people strived for during the 2010s. It’s one thing to enjoy a day or two a week with straight locks. It’s another to use chemicals to straighten the hair for longer.
Chemical straightener treatments are the flip side of perms — and just as damaging to natural locks. Your hair may look nice and straight for a while, but you can do long-term damage to your hair because of the harsh chemicals.
Skip the Spray Tan
Spray tan is the only really safe alternative to baking in the sun or under UV lamps, but the last ten years have seen worrying shades of orange from the salon. The only place where it’s acceptable to sport an orange toned spray tan is at a costume party where you’re emulating a cast member from the Jersey Shore.
Otherwise, stick to a healthy glow — or embrace the natural tone of your own skin.
Turn Down the Highlighter
Highlighter of the 2010s gave us a bad case of being a deer caught in the headlights. We wanted to look away from the garish glare of rainbow metallics, but we were frozen in place — and in horror.
This is, again and unfortunately, another trend we can thank social media for. Reminder: High fashion and artistic makeup are beautiful in photo shoots, but they just don’t work in real life.
Haircuts that Wander
What was it with haircuts for men that didn’t follow clean, straight lines? Over the last decade, what should’ve been simple and classic cuts took to wandering all over the head and hairline.
That included accent cuts that zigged and zagged all over the place. We’re thankful that more level haircuts have prevailed during this new decade. Now, guys can look like someone actually followed a line when cutting their hair.
Leave Out the Claws
Unless you’re here to scratch our backs for as long as we want, we don’t want to see you with stiletto nails ever again. This type of manicure is painful to look at. We don’t even want to know how it felt trying to go about your daily habits and needs wearing these claws.
If you want length and shape for your nails, there are a number of approaches you can use that doesn’t look like you’re transforming into a wild animal.
Smacking on Matte Lips
Matte lip looks were extremely popular over the course of the last ten years. But they left our lips dry as deserts. The matte look was long-lasting, sure, but at what cost? Removing the color was difficult, and the harsh dryness left our mouths in dire need of tender loving aftercare.
Makeup shouldn’t harm our skin no matter how nice it looks. Matte lips: Thanks for the memories, but goodbye.
A Neon Pout
A bold lip color is one way to stand out. But a neon lip color is a move that will make you stand out in a negative way. This beauty trend belonged at a costume party or music festival — not in our day-to-day fashion.
But the blinding shades still found their way to the streets, date nights, and even work looks. We’re happy to leave those blinding colors in the past.
Cut Out Cut Creases
Makeup trends in the 2010s were all about being seen — particularly on social media accounts and fine art photography. But what works as a dramatic makeup look for Instagram doesn’t translate as well to everyday use. Cut creases were one of those looks. Cut creases is an eyeshadow style where blending need not apply.
Instead of making a cohesive look, cut creases basically amounted to slapping a bunch of different colors together over your eye.
Feeling Pale Blue
Most people might associate blue eyeshadow with the beauty trends of the 1980s, but we’re here to break it to you that you only need to rewind the past ten years to see pale blue eyeshadow enjoying another renaissance.
This is a hue that just doesn’t work. At best, you’ll look like a Disney princess — not exactly a professional move for the office. At worst, you’ll look like a little girl who got into her mother’s compact.
Blurring Out Blurred Lips
One fashion show. That’s all it took for people to pick up on the trend of blurry lips — including smudged lip lines and undefined color blending. There was a reason it was in a fashion show, people, and it’s the same reason why we can admire haute couture without wearing it out the next day.
It’s high fashion and body art — not something we need to copy. Blurred lips and other blurred makeup trends made us look unfinished and sloppy.
Caked in Foundation
What was it about the 2010s that made people afraid of the way they really looked? During this decade of makeup trends, more and more people were leaning in when it came to thick, cake-like foundation.
They were hiding everything from freckles and beauty marks to the look of their actual skin. Let yourself breathe — and let your beauty out to be enjoyed in full view! We’re thankful that today’s foundation is lighter and more minimal.
Remember when matte skin was a thing? We do, but we wish we could forget it. Here’s the thing about our skin: We’re beautiful in it. There’s no need to put out the light that shines within you with thick, matte makeup.
Today, we’re all about celebrating healthy skin that hardly needs any enhancement to celebrate it. Keep that glow in the spotlight — and ditch all your products that dull you down.
Ushering Out Millennial Pink
Millennial Pink — a cool, pale pink with blue undertones — was called by that name for a reason: It was the choice pick for the 2000s. However, we’re far over it — talk about twenty-plus years over it.
First of all, the shade didn’t flatter anyone, especially if you were using it for lipstick. It tended to make teeth yellow while having a negative connotation of being self-centered. Millennial Pink, we’re kissing you goodbye.
Imperfect Skin Tone Matches
We get it. If you’re a pop star, a supermodel, or an influencer facing down the flashing lights of a red carpet, you’re going to need to bake. Baking is a method of dousing a face in powder to effectively set the rest of the makeup underneath.
Far too often, however, not all of the baking powder got blended into the makeup — or dusted off before the appearance. That made the star in question look half-baked when it came to their makeup matching their skin tone.
The Vanishing Lips
Look, ma — no lips! Over the last decade, lip colors that are far too close to the color of the person’s face have allowed many a mouth to pull a vanishing act. We’re here to put our foot down and end this beauty trend for good.
There isn’t a person on the planet who looks good when their lips face into the rest of their face. If you don’t feel like you can pull off a bold color, then go with a neutral pink or brown. Never slather on foundation over your lips.
Frightened of Frostbite
What’s more 2010s makeup than frosty lipstick? We are so happy to see this trend go because it left us so cold and shivering. Let’s leave the frosty, metallic colors to Barbie’s and the archives of the 1980s.
There was no reason for this makeup trend to enjoy a resurgence in the last ten years. Don’t date yourself with your lip color. Stick with classic neutrals and reds to ensure that you never go out of style.