Staff Picks: Beauty trends we won't dare to try
Adventurous, daring, a mish-mash of styles. Call us what you may but the beauty enthusiasts in us all have a calling: to dip our toes (and tips), not just in the usual tropes of beauty, but also into the hip and trendy, the yet-to-be known, and the rediscovery of past hits. It's our job to test these out, see if they’re worth the hype, and share our thoughts. However, some trends seem so utterly ridiculous or even borderline dangerous that we're drawing the line and taking a hard pass.
(PS - No shade if you like these trends. They are simply not for us but enjoy them as you like! Ironically, or not.)
Liz: When I first saw the nail polish mountain making its rounds in the Internet, I was visually repelled. I think it's just meant to be funny and entertaining, like the other beauty "trends" that came before it. It's interesting to look at but yeah no I feel uncomfortable in the pit of my stomach just looking at it.
Den: Having natural freckles is fine and sometimes kinda cute, but drawing them on with makeup feels pretentious. It doesn't make sense to me, especially when I spend so much time trying to create a flawless base! The glitter version of this also just looks like someone got caught in a fight in kiddie art class.
Kim: Not to rub anyone the wrong way but I think colorful armpit hair is pretty ridiculous. I personally like being hairless on certain areas, underarms included. But if you think body hair is a natural thing that should be left alone, then you do you, sister! Dyeing it is where I draw the line, however. The skin on your underarm is even more sensitive than your face, and if fragrance products can cause armpit darkening, just think what the chemicals in a hair dye could do to the area!
Gett: I can't get on board with baking the under eye area. We've done a tutorial about it before, and while it looks good on camera, it's just too heavy and time-consuming to do for a daily look. I'd reserve this technique strictly for special occasions or photo sessions with extremely bright studio lights.
Rae: Unless I'm asked to try it out for PV, I probably won't attempt clown, tape, knife, and other forms of "crazy" contouring. It looks fun when I see people do it on YouTube but it takes so much time and work!
Marianne: Admittedly, glitter roots look really cute and almost magical on some people, but my scalp's already dry so I don't want any other stuff irritating it! Also, I'd hate having to pick out glitter from my head!
Jordianne: I generally don't follow beauty trends because I feel like they're all just gimmicky and not worth the time. The one I probably like the least and will never ever try would be the bubble nails trend (the unholy predecessor of nail polish mountain). It's so unpleasant to look at!
Angela: I will never do overdrawn eyebrows on myself. I think it makes you look angry! The whole look is just so unnatural to me.
Karla: Shaving off half your eyebrow so you can "draw" it several ways after is a NOOOO!!!!! :((
Crystal: I would never try having long, pointed nails. It looks so scary, like some kind of aswang.
Marielle: I have a "never say never" approach to beauty. I once said that I'd never do bold brows or contouring, but here I am! Right now though, I don't think I'm open to doing a vampire facial. All that blood on your face, even if it's from your own veins? Still sounds icky to me.
Stacie: I will never try rainbow hair or dip dye hair. Those look pretty on photographs, with the right background and styling, but for everyday? Nah.
Charlie: When I first watched a girl use the lip plumper tool on YouTube, I reckoned it was a torture device. She was on the verge of tears as she took it off! And while I wish for full lips, I can’t see myself using that tool. Ever. I'll stick with lip plumping glosses instead.
Sam: Nothing! One day I may find something I dislike appealing. As in, I hated makeup once upon a time and look where we are now. Identity and preferences are in a constant state of evolution, so really, I'll never know.
While the world of beauty continues to experiment and expand its wings, it’s inevitable for more trends to come out, no matter how unimaginable they might be. Nevertheless, to each his own—some trends just work for other people and others don’t. Following trends, after all, is a matter of personal principle and perspective.
How about you? Which trend bandwagon are you never jumping into? Share them in the comments below!