I spend a lot of time scrolling through Instagram and watching tons of YouTube videos. In this time, I’ve come across so many interesting and sometimes questionable beauty trends (braided eyebrows, anyone?). I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the trends I’ve seen most recently – some of them are pretty genius but others are… wild. Of course, I completely respect that everyone is different and I fully embrace that but this is just meant to be a bit of a laugh and I mean no offence whatsoever! Let’s jump straight into it.
Cellotape for Applying Eyeliner/Eyeshadow
I’ve seen so many videos on YouTube and other social media platforms of people using this trick and I just think it’s so clever! Basically, if you’re struggling to get a straight line with your winged eyeliner you can just line up a piece of cellotape in the corner of your eye whilst applying your eyeliner. When you take off the cellotape, you’ll have a really sharp and clean line rather than it being all wobbly. You can also use this trick if you want to wing out your eyeshadow as it makes the wing much more precise. It’s also really great to use when applying any eyeshadows that create fall-out under your eyes as the cellotape helps to protect it from ruining the rest of your make-up.
This tip is such a game changer when it comes to brightening up your under eyes. Working full-time means that I constantly have dark circles and I’m convinced that no amount of brightening creams can save me at this point. I’ve used concealer for absolutely years now, back in school I’m pretty sure it was one of the first make-up products I learnt to use. I just used to apply it in a semi-circle under my eyes and that was all. However, since getting more into YouTube I’ve seen a lot of beauty gurus that apply their concealer in a huge triangle that carries across over their cheekbones and down their cheeks. At first, I thought this looked a little bit crazy but then I read into why this is the best way to apply it. If you’re trying to cover up dark circles, apparently my semi-circle method just makes them stand out even more. The triangle method means that it blends out easier with the rest of your face rather than making them a feature. I really do think that this has made a massive difference and I’m never going back to my semi-circle ways!
I can’t remember how he came across it but this is actually something that my boyfriend showed me because he thought it looked cool. Admittedly, I was a little sceptical at first because it’s not something I’ve ever done before but I decided to try it out for the purpose of this post. I’ve ended up actually really loving the way it looks, it’s something a little different if you’re looking to experiment with your make-up a little bit. I think that any colour eyeliner would look great but I’m loving the look of brighter colours as I think it helps to awaken your eyes and make them pop.
I really don’t want to offend anybody here because I know that a lot of people swear by ‘baking.’ This is something that I’ve seen a lot of people start to do over the past couple of years; if you don’t already know, this is where you press a load of loose powder over your concealer with a make-up sponge and leave it to settle for a while before brushing the excess away. This is meant to make your concealer last much longer as well as hiding fine lines under your eyes. I really tried to get on board with this method – I tried loads of different powders, experimented with leaving it on for longer or shorter times and baking over the top of different concealers but it just doesn’t seem to work for me. All it does is make my fine lines worse because they’re getting so caked up with too much product at once. I find it more effective to take a small face brush and lightly tap powder under my eyes, this seems to do a much better job for me personally and feels way more comfortable.
This is more me failing in my make-up application skills now but I just can’t do fake eyelashes. I’ve tried applying them in different ways, I’ve tried loads of different glues and brands of eyelashes and I always just end up with watery, sticky eyes. I honestly think this is something I’ll just never be able to get the hang of but I’m not actually too bothered. I do think that natural looking fake eyelashes can really add something extra to a make-up look. However, if they’re too big and thick then I think it just looks like they’re weighing your eyes down. I’m honestly not knocking anyone that likes wearing big thick eyelashes if they’re what makes you feel fabulous! This is just my personal preference.
I’ve been seeing a lot of extreme cat eyeliner over Instagram lately and mainly in runway fashion shows. Again, if it makes you feel good then please go for it but this is something I’ll never be able to make work on me. I can’t think of any situation where I’d be able to pull this off, perhaps I’m just not daring enough! This is just not a trend I’m feeling, unfortunately.
What are some of the most obscure trends you’ve come across lately?