1. Full-coverage complexion
“With all the HD cameras and lighting we’re using (gone are the days of a simple cell phone selfie), we’re using heavier and fuller coverage foundation and powders in excess,” says Shteysel. It’s aging and ends up reading mask-like.
2. Overdone eyebrows
“Those hideous, dark, over-painted, vinyl-looking eyebrows need to go away. I’m not sure why some trends catch on and others don’t, especially some that might have been born on a catwalk and meant to augment a trend. But those really awful stenciled-on brows are quite frightening and flatter no face,” says Rachel Weingarten, a former celebrity makeup artist and beauty historian.
3. Heavy contouring
2015 taught us many things, and the power of a good contour was certainly one of them. But too much of a good thing is just plain bad.
4. Waist training
Waist training was a hot trend in 2015 aided by celebrity endorsements that promised a smaller waist by wearing a corset-like device.
5. Claw nails
Can these just be gone already?
“I had high hopes that claw nails wouldn’t still be having a moment in 2015, but alas, these came back with a vengeance — longer and shaper than before,” says Shteysel. Less really is more for 2016. Nudes and greys in a classic short, square shape are more modern, not to mention practical.
6. Blue hair
“Experimenting with color is always fun, but I’d like to see this shade retire. For 2016, try going for a shade in your color family but with a metallic twist. I’m loving rose-gold highlights,” says Shteysel.
7. Heavy duty beards on men
This look will pass and look passé by the end of 2016.
“We saw beards on everyone from Jon Hamm to Spiderman’s Andrew Garfield. The heavy beard look started out sexy and eventually became a sign of hipster madness. No matter how good a man looks with facial hair, the clean-shaven face is an enduring classic,” says NYC-based celebrity makeup artist and brow guru Ramy Gafni.
8. Matte lipstick
This was a huge trend in 2015 that will hopefully bring back juicy, super-glossy lips in 2016.
“Every major actress showed up wearing matte lips at all the award shows. The big flaw of matte lipsticks is that they tend to be drying. The newer formulas are more moist, but a matte lip doesn’t look as full and inviting as a moisture cream finish,” says Gafni.
9. Fake eye lashes that look like they can crawl off your face
There’s nothing attractive about having to look into a woman’s eyes through spider legs coming from your lashes, says celebrity makeup and hair artist Julia Dalton-Brush.
10. A never-ending smokey eye
A smokey eye needs dimension and more than one color, not just black and a deeper black. It needs to end.