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The Weirdest Beauty Trends of 2016

The Weirdest Beauty Trends of 2016
Lily Shepherd
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The world of beauty is a fast-paced one, and sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with what’s in and what’s out. As soon as we’ve mastered contouring, it’s time to learn strobing – and don’t even get us started on the matte-lip-out, lipgloss-in saga that happened earlier this year.

Here at MyBag, we love a wacky beauty trend. We’ve taken a look back at some of our favourite cosmetic climaxes – and catastrophes – of the past year: which of these have you tried?


Turmeric Face Masks

Turmeric Face Mask

Hailed as a super spice for skincare, turmeric has been used for centuries in beauty and medicinal products the world over. Turmeric is pretty much anti- everything: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-fungal, meaning it’s great for keeping your skin in tip-top condition when made into a DIY facemask. By adding a teaspoon of the vibrant yellow spice to equal parts honey and yoghurt, you’ve got fragrant face mask, loved by bloggers and beauty experts everywhere.

Psst – to avoid a yellow face post face mask, make sure to use organic turmeric instead of supermarket-own. Dyes added to the spice in supermarkets can leave your skin stained – think Marge Simpson. Eek!

“Inject some mellow yellow into your wardrobe with a pop of summery, sunshine-y colour.”

Glitter Partings

Glitter Parting - Copy
Image: The Telegraph

Remember glitter hairspray, way back when? Well, it’s making a comeback – just with a little more of a couture vibe. Thanks to celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, unicorn-inspired tresses have never been more desirable. So how does one go about getting sparkling mermaid hair?

Create a sharp parting with a pointed comb, then apply clear hair gel to the exposed scalp. Using a paintbrush – or, for a more slapdash approach, your fingers – dust on the glitter, working from the parting outwards. You can be as precise or lax as you like, depending on your desired twinkle factor – try experimenting with different colours, textures and sizes of glitter for some seriously sparkly vibes.

“Want some sparkle without the mess? A glitter clutch is a must.”

Clown Contouring

Clown Contouring
Image: Cosmopolitan

Before contouring became a thing, the world was a simpler place. The days of being ready in five minutes flat are long gone – achieving a chiselled cheekbone and defined jawline takes time! – and now, thanks to the ‘clown contouring’ craze, it’ll take even longer…

YouTuber BellaDeLune is the brains behind clown contouring – the painting on of different colours and shades of foundations, concealers and highlighters, to achieve a flawless face of makeup. This strategic placement of shade and light buffs out into a beautiful final look – red nose and wig optional.

“Feeling colourful – but not quite ‘clown contouring colourful’? Try one of these vibrant handbags, instead.”

Ear Makeup

Ear Makeup
Image: Inquisitr

Yes, you heard us correctly (see what we did there?). Ear makeup is most definitely one of the weirdest, and most wonderful, beauty trends so far this year. Spotted on the models walking for Louis Vuitton’s SS16 runway, ear makeup involves the adornment of the lobes – with paint, rather than jewellery.

“Metallic earlobes not your thing? Indulge in metallic accessories to make your look more interesting.”

Faux Freckles

Faux freckles

Freckles are having their moment in the sun – once covered by layers of foundation, the fashion pack are now embracing this look, going as far to pencil them on with eye- and lip-crayons. If regular faux freckles are too mundane for you, why not try the rainbow variety - or even those dusted on with glitter?

“Love the natural tone of freckles, but don’t want to draw them on? Pay homage to the trend with a nude leather bag.”
Lover of statement accessories, scented candles, anything pink and a little bit of sparkle. A Southern girl in Manchester, when I’m not drooling over designer handbags I can be found fashion blogging, or exploring my new Northern home. My signature look? A nude lip and a very flamboyant pair of shoes.