10 Beauty Trends to Ditch in 2020
Happy New Year, ladies! I hope you all had an amazing holiday filled with love, joy and happiness, and that you were surrounded by your favorite people in the world.
It’s a new year, a new decade, a fresh start. Because we’re obsessed with all things beauty here on Pretty Me, we’re going to be talking about all the skincare and makeup trends that you should leave behind. Out with the old, in with the new, am I right?
Get ready to say goodbye to the following trends for a healthier complexion and to celebrate your natural features:
1. Blinding Highlighter
While highlighters are great at emphasizing the high points of your face, beauty influencers have taken the obsession too far. We’re not saying that you should remove highlighting from your makeup routine; rather, take it down a notch. That extra shine is great for events with flash photography and evening looks, but for an everyday look, it can be a bit much.
2. Facial Scrubs
Remember when Kylie got called out for her walnut scrub that actually had pieces of the shell. Intended to help exfoliate the face, walnut shell pieces are abrasive and actually do more harm to the skin, making small cuts to the surface, leaving your pores open to trapped dirt, infections and more. Dermatologists also suggest that you stop using facial scrubs with micro beads, since they also have the potential to scrub more off your skin than recommended. Rather than scrubbing, opt for chemical exfoliation, using products with salicylic acid, which unclogs pores and reduces sebum secretion.
3. Full Coverage Matte Foundation
Yes, a full coverage foundation does a great job in covering up all of your skin’s flaws, but having that matte blank canvas takes away the natural dimensions of your face. Everything just looks flat, which often leads to more product to give yourself that structure again. Cakey makeup does not mix well in our humid climate, so save yourself the trouble by going for something lighter, such as a BB or CC cream or tinted moisturizer, and invest in a good concealer. If you can’t live without liquid foundation, at least go for a demi-matte formula.
4. Glitter Everything
From glitter bath bombs to glitter lips, people have seriously gone too crazy over the colorful aesthetic. Not only is glitter harmful to the skin, but it’s also not great for the environment. So say no to glitter personal care products, and definitely dial down the glitter on your face. No more glitter on the lips, and save the glitter shadows for special occasions.
5. Heavy Contouring
Can’t seem to contour as well as Kim Kardashian? Don’t worry, we can’t either, and it’s okay! That snatched look isn’t for everyone, and to be honest, it’s a lot of work. Replace sharp, blunt contouring with bronzer, as bronzer is a lot more forgiving when it comes to hallowing out your cheekbones. Plus, definition is a lot softer, which is suitable and totally achievable on the day to day basis.
6. Instagram Brows
That ombre Instagram brow slowly starting dying out last year as feathery, more natural brows started to take over. Thank God, because perfect eyebrows are totally overrated. Rather than penciling them in for a fuller look, go for an eyebrow gel to brush the hairs upwards and keep the arch neat. That way, you still have full brows without looking too heavy and stamped on.
7. Matte Lipsticks
Just as matte foundations flatten your face, matte lipsticks take away the natural plump of your lips. While matte lipsticks will probably stick around in the long term, it’s best to finish them off with a clear gloss, or a lighter colored gloss to dab in the middle of your lips to make them appear fuller. If you’re looking for something more natural, you can’t go wrong with a cheek and lip tint.
8. Makeup Wipes
Makeup wipes are really convenient when you can’t be bothered to wash your face, but experts say that they’re not that great for your skin. And depending on how much makeup you’re wearing, it can take up to two to three wipes to fully remove everything, which means more waste. Let this year be the start of a more eco-friendly beauty routine with reusable makeup wipes and face towels.
9. Over-lined Lips
Lining outside of your lips may look like you’ve got fuller lips in photos, but it ends up looking really silly in person, whether you’re blessed with full smackers or have lips on the thinner side. Buy or make your own natural lip plumpers so that you don’t have to over-line your lips like a lot of beauty gurus do.
10. Peel-off Masks
Last but not least, say goodbye to peel-off masks and nose strips! While viral videos of people trying out the painful mask have boosted sales, they’re only a temporary solution to clogged pores. Plus, masks and strips can strip away your hair and skin, leaving you vulnerable to more dirt, funnily enough. Sheet, mud and clay masks are much safer when it comes to drawing out those impurities, and you’re less likely to have allergic reactions compared to the alternative.
Makeup is empowering, but we also want you to embrace your natural beauty and not have to hide behind a mask all the time. While heavy foundation does give you a nice blank canvas for the rest of your makeup, a good skincare routine takes away the need of caking on too much product on your face. In addition to leaving these trends behind in 2019, make sure you also check out our beauty products right here on our website or on our official Lazada store.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.