July 6, 2012

The Worst Beauty Trends Of All Time

Fashion trends are not the only ones that come both with the good and the bad.

If you’re not guilty of ever adopting one of the worst fashion trends in the world, maybe you’ll admit to having tried one of these beauty offenders at least once in your lifetime:

Fake Tans

Fake-tans are still so popular that there is even a term describing one’s addiction for them: tanorexia. Not only does frying yourself on a tanning bed like a rotisserie chicken hugely increase your risk of developing skin cancer, it also accelerates the skin’s aging process. And don’t even think that you can outsmart the system and get a good spray-on tan. The result is often very unnatural-looking, often even orange-tinted. Do you really want to risk your life and youthful appearance in order to look like a tangerine version of yourself?

Dark Lip Liner

Initially made famous by strippers in the 90s, this trend has the ability to make even the most beautiful lips in the world absolutely unkissable. It consists of applying dark lip liner (the darker, the better, apparently) and then either leaving it as is or applying a much lighter lipstick, usually clashing in the sort of way that makes you want to turn around and run away. However, lips are not colouring books. Stick to one colour and leave the dark liners for the eyes!

Ultra-thin eyebrows

 

Many people don’t realise that eyebrows are amongst the key-features when it comes to one’s face. A beautiful set of well-kept and well-groomed eyebrows can brighten up your expression and even soften your features, making you look younger and providing you with a fresh appearance. A pair of overly-plucked eyebrows, on the other hand, has the exact opposite effect, making you look tired and even older. Brows tend to thin out as we age, so transforming them into a couple of tiny lines is like purpousely trying to make yourself look like an old lady.

Hair extensions

While I admit that I’ve seen cases of hair extensions looking quite lovely, the majority still look like a tangled, unnatural mess. A set of poorly attached extensions can damage the roots of your natural hair, as the fake strands weigh down on them quite a bit. Also, if not well kept, extensions can become visible and end up looking just like a cheap wig. Guilty of promoting such disasters are Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and a few other Hollywood stars that choose to look, in my opinion, just like my Barbie doll once did after I accidentally left it in the rain.

Crimped hair

Whether it was just a couple of strands or an entire head of hair, crimped hair was all the rage circa 1985. Not only did this mean frying your hair with a special iron, but also risk ending up with a super-frizzy coif, standing out in all the wrong directions, resembling a mop.

Wrong Foundation Shade

 

There are so many shades of foundation out there and so many possibilities of combining them, that it is not clear to me why women still go out looking like they have a makeup mask on. Visible foundation lines (when the colour abruptly stops under your chin, instead of blending into your neckline) is already a beauty offense, but choosing a foundation that is a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone is taking it into unforgivable territory.

A trick for making sure you don’t step out in public looking like you swapped heads with someone a different race than you, is to apply your makeup in a room with natural light. This way, you’ll know exactly how it looks when you leave the house.

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