When it comes to the beauty faux pas of our youth, we can think of many: brown lip liner, glitter anything, butterfly clips, the list goes on. But lately, we’ve noticed a couple of former beauty faux pas that have suddenly become cool. These previous no-nos are being embraced by the chicest models, actresses, and tastemakers, and have made their way down the runways of Dior and more. All of these trends, we couldn’t help but observe, seem to fall under the general umbrella of the “I woke up like this” look (to read our thoughts on it, click here). Keep scrolling for five major beauty faux pas that have suddenly become cool, and tell us—are you on board?
After years and years of trying to hide the fact that our perfectly highlighted locks aren’t exactly a gift from Mother Nature, we finally live in a society where visible roots are—wait for it—NBD. In fact, colorists now are adding darker color at the their clients’ roots so their color can look “more natural” (case in point: celebrity colorist Kari Hill, who used this technique on her client Taylor Schilling and our own editor here). Also, ombré (or rather, sombré) is pretty much an extreme version of root grow-out, and according to the strands of 90 percent of celebrities out there, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
We used to spend hours perfecting our bold lip, making sure there was nary a smudge or uneven bit of lip liner in sight. Newsflash: A slightly smudged lip is kind of hot right now. Don’t believe us? Just look to the runways of designers like Marni, Ohne Titel, and Christian Dior. It’s time to accept the fact that a lived-in lip is all kinds of sexy (mainly, people will want to know who you were just kissing).
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you should realize that tousled, textured locks are all the rage right now. We’re not sure where the trend started (tired models with no time to style their hair, perhaps), but we aren’t complaining. Unfortunately, only a select few are born with naturally perfect bedhead (models and French women make up the majority of this small sect). Fortunately, we’ve got lots of tips for those of you whose version of bedhead resembles more a cotton candy-esque poof than softly tousled waves. Click below for our favorite ways to achieve perfectly undone hair:
In our current Cara Delevingne-obsessed age, it may be hard to imagine a time when bushy brows were a source of great chagrin—but they were. Stray hairs were plucked with passion and brow liners were used to pencil in thin, high arches. Not a good look on anyone, except maybe Madonna. Now we know that thin brows actually make us look way older, and we brush serums onto our brows in the hopes that our formerly abused brows will grow back. To our brows: We love you and want you back—give us another chance?
When we think back to our teenage years, smudged liner fell fairly low on our list of things that caused anxiety—but it was still on there. Luckily, current trends are all about messing things up. In fact, Maybelline makeup artist Yadim purposely used makeup-removing wipes to smudge models’ liner backstage at Opening Ceremony’s S/S 15 collections this year. Though a perfectly flicked cat-eye will never go out of style (we hope), we stand by the belief that a bit of smudged liner never hurt anyone.
Which of these former beauty faux pas do you like the best? The least? Sound off below!