Weird and won­der­ful looks

Katie Wright looks back at some of 2018’s strangest hair and make-up trends — from the halo brow to flower-vase hair

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FOR most of us, try­ing some­thing new in beauty might stretch to a dif­fer­ent mas­cara, some false lashes or a new shade of lippy.

But in the world of In­sta­gram­mers and cat­walks, there’s al­ways some­thing far more out there, and 2018 has been no ex­cep­tion — with hair turned into vases and topped with flow­ers, and eye­brows cov­er­ing the whole fore­head among the looks that emerged.

As 2018 comes to a close, here, we take a look back at seven of the year’s big­gest vi­ral beauty trends...

1. Glit­ter face

Glit­ter eye­shadow is al­ways a fes­ti­val favourite, so it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore peo­ple started cov­er­ing their en­tire faces with daz­zle dust.

We were still sur­prised to see mod­els on the Preen AW18 cat­walk with faces sprin­kled with glit­ter, but, to be fair, it was a sub­tle smat­ter­ing rather than a thick layer.

Still, no mat­ter how hard you try, any make-up look that in­volves glit­ter is go­ing to re­sult in you find­ing flecks of the stuff for weeks to come — and for that rea­son alone, we can’t get on board with full-face sparkle.

2. Neon mas­cara

Yet an­other symp­tom of the Great ’90s Re­nais­sance, coloured mas­cara was back in the shops and on the cat­walks this year.

Navy blue and bot­tle green we could just about cope with, but neon yel­low, red and pink lashes, as seen at the Dries Van Noten AW18 show and all over In­sta­gram? A step too far.

Can we go back to black now please?

3. Flo­ral eye­liner

OK, this one is ac­tu­ally re­ally pretty, but you ba­si­cally have to be an ex­pert artist to achieve it, be­cause it in­volves paint­ing a tiny, very de­tailed flo­ral ar­range­ment on your eye­lids.

All power to those who have hands steady enough to en­sure their flo­ral eye­liner look doesn’t end up a smudgy mess, but if that’s not you, don’t even think about at­tempt­ing this in­tri­cate tech­nique.

4. Eight­ies blusher

Just when you’d mas­tered the per­fect contour, high­light and blush, the mod­els at the Lulu Guin­ness Lon­don Fash­ion Week pre­sen­ta­tion sparked a trend for bright, blown-out blush in less than sub­tle shades.

This 1980s-in­spired look, com­bined with eye­shadow of the same colour, sees blusher blended from the tem­ples down to the cheek­bones. And while it looks fab on the cat­walk and in ed­i­to­rial shoots, in real life, there’s a strong chance you’ll end up look­ing like you’re hav­ing a se­ri­ous hot flush.

5. Fish­tail eye­brows

The first weird eye­brow trend of the year came in Fe­bru­ary, when fish­tail brows started trend­ing.

The trend in­volved creat­ing the il­lu­sion of a fish­tail at the end of a brow, by cov­er­ing the real one with hair con­cealer and draw­ing the tail on top.

As brow trends go, this is no way near the strangest we’ve seen and on cer­tain peo­ple it kind of works, but oth­ers end up look­ing with a bit of a car­toon vil­lain ex­pres­sion.

6. Halo brows

Things started get­ting weirder the fol­low­ing month, when the halo brow craze be­gan, which in­volved ex­tend­ing the ends of your arches with a brow pen­cil to cre­ate a halo on your fore­head.

In­sta­gram sen­sa­tion Han­nah Lyne, who came up with the idea, said she was in­spired by the fish­tail brow look, but not every­one was im­pressed.

‘This is the beauty equiv­a­lent of ketchup on a roast din­ner’, read one meme.

7. Flower vase hair

Hong Kong-based YouTu­ber Tay­lor R was in­spired by Bey­oncé’s US Vogue cover, which fea­tured an elab­o­rate flo­ral head­dress when she cre­ated her hi­lar­i­ous flower vase hair.

The look in­volves con­ceal­ing an empty wa­ter bot­tle in a high pony­tail, fash­ion­ing hair around it to look like a vase, and top­ping it off with an ac­tual bunch of flow­ers.

Soon, other In­sta­gram users were copy­ing the in­ge­nious idea and post­ing pic­tures of their own flo­ral up-dos. With stems stretch­ing high into the sky, this hair­style is far from prac­ti­cal, and you’re guar­an­teed to get some strange looks if you wear it out­side. But brows­ing the #flow­er­vase­hair hash­tag is such a de­light that we can’t help but have a soft spot for this one.

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