Beauty Guru: Best and worst beauty trends of 2012

Just as the years pass, beauty trends come and go. Below are my top choices for worst beauty trends of 2012 and best beauty trends of 2012.

Best Beauty Trends of 2012

Not only do I love following what's happening in the beauty world, it's my job to do so. I had so many favorite beauty trends of 2012. Among them: orange lips, natural brows, organic beauty product boom and natural hair. The following, though, are my two favorites.

Nail Art

My favorite beauty trend of 2012 has to be nail art. I know that nail art has been around for decades, but 2012 really saw an increased appreciation for wee art nail projects. In fact, nail polish sales dramatically went up this past year and blogs/websites/magazines devoted lots of time and attention to the trend, as well. We saw funky textures (caviar pearls, flocking powders and hand-placed glitter), lots of ornate designs and hundreds -- if not thousands -- of new nail polish brands and their respective lines.

BB Creams

My second favorite beauty trend of 2012 is BB creams. Again, these were around before 2012, but we witnessed a hearty influx of the multitasking moisturizer that both mid and high end beauty companies had a part in. My favorite mid end BB cream was Garnier's, but it doesn't beat out Dr. Jart+'s Beauty Balm. It goes on with enough coverage to even out skin and keeps skin moisturized (but never oily) throughout the day.

Worst Beauty Trends of 2012

Every year has its fair share of fashion and beauty woes. While there are more than I'd like to name, the follow are my two choices for worst 2012 beauty trends.

Tarantula Eyelashes

Okay, so nobody put actually spider legs on their eyelashes this year, but we did see models on the runway and celebs on the red carpet sporting Twiggy-inspired lower lashes. They are conceptually cool, but should never be seen on the streets. I repeat: spider lashes are bizarre art and not a flattering makeup choice!

The Beehive

The beehive was short lived for a reason and it's quasi-comeback in 2012 made me shudder. There's a difference between adding volume to your hair and building the Tower of Pisa atop your head. One is sexy and flattering, the other makes you look like a cone head wannabe (and is high maintenance, to boot!).

Wendy Rose Gould is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and writes about beauty and fashion topics on a daily basis. She believes a woman should never leave the house without fabulous hair and a spritz of her staple perfume.