2017 beauty trends making waves
A loose prediction of this year’s beauty fads sans the all-knowing crystal
Beauty is like a box of chocolates. It keeps us digging till the same saccharine high gets tiring enough to make us grab a different assortment. The same goes with last year’s trends: A storm of vampy lips, multi-colored highlighters, and blunt bangs has swept across the crowd, leaving behind a flood of fad and gimmicky products.
Now we’re reigning in a new year, with it comes a slew of new beauty trends. Seeing them stay or fade is part of the thrill, but nothing beats the small victory of calling out their shelf life before others saw them coming.
Shining, Shimmering, Overdid
A slippery slope started by last year’s strobing trend, the assault of glitter and holographic makeup continues till early this year. Summer (at least in Fendi, DKNY, Rodarte, and Marc Jacobs’ runways) will welcome both outlandish and muted sparkle—think reconciling a disco party’s glam code with the daintiness of a tea party.
Experts (a.k.a. Youtubers and your regular beauty junkies) say it’s an ode to the flashy ’80s and the rebellious ’90s; I think it’s a case of nostalgia simmering down as soon as the deaths of greats like Prince and David Bowie have fully sunk in. We’ve gotten jaded by flat, matte looks once; it’ll soon be time we run out of glitter once the reminiscing is done.
Slick and Span
Blunt cuts have taken center stage, and its friendly neighbor, the slick side part, has come to play. This year is going to be about refined silhouettes on the mane—no misbehaving foolish hairs, no flyaways sneaking in peek. A mannish side parting has been seen on the S/S 2017 stages of Dries Van Noten, Prada, Givenchy, and Kenzo, all of them clearly embracing the trend.
This hairstyle has more timeless wearability. After all, neatly parted hair isn’t just a trend; it’s almost always a requirement in the prim and proper department. It’s not always high maintenance— having awkwardly growing bangs changes the story, however— and it only needs hairspray, some clips, and a comb to keep intact. A lot of people will be on trend without them even knowing.
It’s counterintuitive to dab on bacteria when, after a full minute of washing, the point of cleansing is to eliminate dirt and grime. This year—and the next—is changing all that. Taking cues from Korean skincare’s obsession with fermented everything, Western skincare like La Culture and Vichy are picking up on their benefits.
Fermentation is said to help make ingredients more potent and effective, and aids hydration, too. For the adventurous, it’s a fascinating possibility that has yet to prove itself. For the doubters, it can be a fad offering solutions others have already given. For everyone else, we never know until we try. •