7 Beauty Trends We'd Like To Leave In 2016

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Makeup and beauty are ever evolving. While some things are always classic — like a good red lip — there are some duds when it comes to beauty. These seven beauty trends to leave in 2016 are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to trend-centric beauty. While there's nothing wrong with embracing a look or keeping a classic alive — after all, makeup has no rules — some trends might be better left in the past year. 2016 has been a doozy so why not clean out some of the unfortunate makeup trends before it's officially done? Who doesn't love a fresh start?

2016 trends haven't exactly been boring. In fact, it's been quite the opposite. From tons of highlighter to get a next level glow to the glitter brow trend and the too-nude, nude lip, there's a lot of go around. While some of these trends I'll personally still do — because I'm all about that glowing cheekbone — for some, they're just no longer popular.

With the end of the year so close, it's time to take a look back at the biggest beauty trends of 2016, and whether or not they should stick around or not. As for these, they should probably just stay behind.

1. Over Highlighting

There is a limit. Strobing is gorgeous. Non-touring is also gorgeous. However, when every bit of texture on your face is coated in highlight, it's just not a good look.

2. Applying Makeup With Weird Items

Spoons, forks, or silicone bra inserts have got to go. It honestly seems both unsanitary and unnecessary. Just grab a BeautyBlender and have fun. While tons of these videos — like Nikkie's — are done in jest, it's getting excessive.

3. All Matte Everything

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While the Kylie Jenner look along with '90s trends may have been hot in 2016, I think it's time to say goodbye to an all matte look. With having a gorgeous glow as another of 2016's trends, why not ditch mattes?

4. Cultural Appropriation


This "trend" comes straight for Jackie Aina's brilliant take down in her "Trends We're Ditching in 2016" video. With designers like Marc Jacobs using cultural appropriation in their runway shows and new sites calling "boxer braids" new and edgy, this "trend" has got to go.

5. Reverse Smoky Eye

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The Kim Kardashian reverse smoky eye was super popular in 2016, but it's not really a realistic everyday look. If Mario Dedivanovic is beating your face, then yes, go for it. If not, this look is hard to pull off, and it can go wrong very quickly.

6. Wet Hair Look


The wet hair look worked on Kim Kardashian. In real life, though, this trend may just leave you looking like you walked out the door without drying your hair.

7. Instagram Brows

We all know what these brows are. They seem to have no natural hairs, are carved out with concealer, and basically look like a tattoo. Big brows are in, and while filling in the brow is basically a must for someone like me — who has thin brows — there's a point at which it becomes a bit too much.

These 2016 beauty trends that need to go are just opinions, so hey, you do you, boo. As for me, though, I'll be leaving these behind.