From OTT contouring to jewelled lips, here's what the most eccentric people in beauty did in 2015
It’s the end of another year – where has the time gone? And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be wanting to reflect on the 12 months that have gone past. And if you think that crazy nails – like the one’s pictured on this page – were the nuttiest things out there, then you’re in for a bit of a surprise!
2015 saw all kinds of bananas beauty trends, leaving the dubious vogue for gluing bits of sparkly pink plastic to your fingernails in the dust. W&h dived into the weird world of cult beauty treatments, some of which took the world by storm. Extreme facial contouring, as favoured by the Kardashian sisters, has been one incredibly popular trend. While we have seen it n previous years, this year got an extra makeover, with shading darker, highlights brighter – and even spanning into the world of “clown contouring” as seen in on make-up artist Bella De Lune our gallery of marvels. This involves painting your face to look like a clown, and then buffing the colours into your skin to reveal a new flawless face. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted!
And then there were inevitably the trends that didn’t catch on whatsoever. Take the armpit-dying attemptive trend from Miley Cyrus. Let’s just say that this was one look that never made the beauty pages of w&h.
Cultural trends made their way into the beauty mainstream, too. The Brazilian “hair candle” treatment (it’s what it sounds like – another one for the very brave) made waves among supermodels and civilians alike. The treatment involves a candle being held under a twisted lock of hair to get rid of frizzy flyways. A very clever idea but not one that we would perhaps volunteer to be guinea pig for…
Click on to see the best, worst and downright weirdest beauty trends that 2015 gave to us. We’re sure there are even more in store for 2016!
Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is known for having a super-athletic body as well as a fabulously swishy crop of brown hair. We may know the secret behind her physique (lots of exercise, unfortunately) but many people had wondered how to maintain such a sleek barnet. They were in for another blow this year when they found it was by setting fire to it. Well, not quite setting the whole lot alight, but by singeing the ends of pesky flyaways.
This treatment is old news in Brazil, where it's known as velaterapia and enjoys some popularity. A qualified therapist runs a candle under a twisted lock of hair to singe off any unhealthy dry ends. It's been popular for decaes in South America, and the "haircutting" technique may even date back to Cleopatra's time. After being burned, the hair is then treated with a top-secret super-moisturiser. Absolutely not one to try at home at any rate.
Kylie Jenner, the youngest Kardashian sister, became famous for her surgically-enhanced pout this year at the tender age of 17. However, much like her sisters, she's perfected the art of painting a new face on top of her old face as well as injecting her face to make it look different. Plenty of beauty blogs this year have been devoted to ingenious tricks of the trade to make your lips look thicker as well as how to make your face shape more defined. Which leads us tidily on to the next slide...
... Clown contouring! While the look doesn't actually involve going out with the harlequin patterns still painted on to your face, it still involves some quite serious brush work and an arsenal of foundations, as seen on make-up artist Bella De Lune. The way this works is that the patterns are painted on to highlight bits you want highlighted, such as your cheekbones, and disguide bits you'd rather forget about, such as any under-eye bags. The make-up is then gently buffd into the skin to reveal a more defined face.
While Cara's incredible thick brows are natural, it didn't mean that women with lesser ones gave up hope of copying them. This is where brow extensions come in. Rather than simply dyeing them or pencilling them in, some women went a step further in their quest for brow perfection by getting extentions. This involves tiny hairs being added to your natural brows, filling in any gaps and making them more lustrous. The downside? You're not allow to wash them, rub them or even sweat as any disturbance can make the tiny hairs shed.
Male grooming is becoming bigger business every year, but 2015 is when it may well have jumped the shark. All men seemed to have a beard or long hair pulled up into a bun over the last 12 months but what about the man who simply doesn't have the time to grow his har long? Or what if work dress codes forbid it? Enter Groupon's very special clip-on man bun, which allows short-haired men to emulate the hipster look. There are no words.
This is blusher, but blusher that has moved up about twoinches from where it's normally applid. This look is big in Japan and is here seen on blogger RinRin Doll.
Another unusual look, this time modelled by pop star Miley Cyrus. Miley is known for her avant garde style, and this was very much a new look for her this year. It might not have been embraced by the high-fashion set, but she looks pretty pleased with her colourful fluff.