2012 is coming to a close, and we've seen some pretty awesome things in the beauty world. From celebrities chopping off their locks to BB and CC creams, it's been a great year. There were all sorts of beauty trends that hit the fashion runways, many of which we couldn't wait to try! I know I've tried out a few and while some were super fun, there were others I could pass on. This month my fellow Gurus and I are talking about the best and worst beauty trends of 2012.
There were a lot of trends this year that I loved - creative nail art, glittery eyeshadow, and braided buns just to name a few. These next two though were trends that I not only loved but wore a lot this year, too!
Bold Red Lips
This year, the lips did a lot of talking, and the classic red lip once again became a hot trend in 2012. This beauty look transcended every season - deep reds for the Fall and Winter and bright, orange-based ones for the Spring and Summer. I wore my version of bright red lipstick during the summer, where the heat made it impossible to wear a lot of makeup. Red lipstick instantly brings your look up a couple of notches and all you need is the right liner and shade for your complexion. Pair it with a killer cat eye, and you are guaranteed to look fabulous!
When big stars, like Solange Knowles and Viola Davis, rocked their au natural hair, natural hair became an official trend in the beauty world. Before you knew it, beauty brands like Motions, who catered only to girls with relaxed hair, started coming out with their own natural hair product lines making it easier for ladies to get back to their curly hair. I noticed the big shift this year being a natural girl myself for 2 ½ years. It's wonderful to see a lot more versatility when it comes to hair in the beauty industry.
When it comes to my not so favorite beauty trends, these next two immediately came to mind. It isn't often that I have any type of trend that I seriously don't like but what I'm going to talk about next fall right up there with gladiator sandals for me!
I'm all for ribbons and bows, especially if it's a little girl's hair. However, when it comes to making a bow out of hair, like Lady Gaga did earlier this year, that's where I draw the line. The look reads way too much like a bad costume accessory and I don't find it fashionable at all. If a little girl did it, I think it would be okay but for a grown woman? I'll pass on that!
Two Different Hair Colors
I love hair color and even plan on experimenting with color on my hair in 2013. However, one trend I didn't like that I saw all over, especially on Pinterest was hair that was one color on crown and then a completely opposite color on the hair on the bottom. To me, the wearer looks confused, as if she didn't know what color she wanted or the colorist did an incomplete job. If you want to experiment with color go with the ombre trend, where color gradually changes as it goes down the shaft. I even like (when done right!) is color dipped hair, where just the ends are colored.
What say you? What are you two favorite (and not so favorite) beauty trends of 2012?
MJ is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty and Guru, a beauty/fashion blogger for Fierce, a freelance writer, and a brand new mom.