We Answer Google's Most Asked Beauty Questions of 2016

Amy Lawrenson

Each year, Google releases its Google Year in Search, which reminds us all of the events and collective thoughts we have had over the past year. Whether people were googling David Bowie and Meghan Markle or asking the search engine where Love Island was filmed, it makes for an interesting read. Being the beauty enthusiasts we are, it was the most searched for beauty questions, all 21 of them, that caught our eye. Were you one of the people who asked Google, “how to do a smoky eye” before a night out or “how quickly does hair grow?” after a bad haircut? We’ve taken it upon ourselves to help you find the answers to all these pressing beauty questions. Keep scrolling to find out what the top beauty searches were for 2016, and learn all the expert advice you need.

1. How Do You Make Your Hair Grow Faster?

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut or you just want to grow your hair quicker for a special occasion (your wedding perhaps), we recommend you look down the all-natural supplement route to help speed up your hair growth.

2. How to Lose Weight Well?

Want to lose weight? And want to lose it fast? We reveal seven diet tricks that will help you lose weight in a week.

3. How to Do a Smoky Eye?

Struggle with a smoky eye? We hear you. This incredibly easy video tutorial shows you how to master the art of a smoky eye in minutes.

4. How to Stay Young?

Did you know your makeup could be ageing you? We reveal nine beauty mistakes that are making you look older. Plus, this is the number one anti-ageing diet to follow.

5. How to Do Nail Art?

When it comes to nail art it’s all about inspiration and practice. Here are 25 cool-girl nail-art ideas that you need to try this holiday.

6. How to Make a Face Mask?

You can apply all manner of kitchen store cupboard foods onto your face, or you can DIY a much chicer and less messy sheet mask.

7. How to Wash Makeup Brushes?

Earlier this year we revealed how five different makeup artists clean their brushes. So wonder no more.

8. How to Lose Wrinkles on Forehead?

Besides Botox which definitely works, you can try these wrinkle-fighting foods or these line-smoothing creams.

9. How to Get Rid of Bags Under Your Eyes?

One Byrdie editor permanently removed her under-eye bags. You’ll never guess how she did it.

10. How to Get Bigger Lips?

Just as with Botox banishing wrinkles, lip injections work. Don’t want to go down the injectable route? We hear you, which is why we found seven lip-plumping products that really do work.

11. How to Curl Hair With Straighteners?

Sarah Jessica Parker’s hairstylist Josue Perez uses a straightener to curl SJP’s hair, he reveals the easy how-to here.

12. How to Braid Hair?

Want to finally master the fishtail, the dutch or the boxer braid? We have tutorials for all three. Check out the fishtail guide here, while you get a two-for-the-price-of-one with this boxer braid step-by-step.

13. What is Balayage?

Balayage is a treatment where the colourist paints the bleach or dye onto your hair. They use what looks like a table tennis paddle to lay the pieces of hair onto and then brush the dye on top. No foils required. Check out the latest incarnation of balayage here.

14. How to Get Wavy Hair?

One Byrdie editor put three different wavy hair tutorials to the test. Check out all the wavy hair tutorials here.

15. Which Haircut Should I Get?

This is a tough question for Google to answer! Use this formula to find out whether short hair will suit you, for starters. Then check out the five best mid-length haircuts and the 35 short hairstyles that will persuade you into the salon.

16. How to Get Lipstick Out of Clothes?

Most lipsticks have an oil base so use a traditional soap to cut through the grease and to lift the pigment. Apply it with a damp cloth, allow it to sit for a few minutes, and then rinse until the stain is gone (you may need to repeat this process a few times). 

17. How to Use Coconut Oil on Hair?

Yes, you can use coconut oil on your hair but you can use it for tons of other uses too. We reveal 13 ways to incorporate the wonder ingredient into your life every day.

18. How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

Two to three times a week should suffice, any more often and you could end up drying out your ends. The key is washing your hair like a pro to ensure that freshly-washed feeling lasts.

19. How Quickly Does Hair Grow?

We answer this question and a whole lot more about hair growth in this handy guide

20. How to Cut a Fringe?

Okay, we’re not recommending you do this all the time but if needs must, we have a guide for cutting your own fringe and ridding your hair of split ends. Just don’t tell your hairdresser we told you.

21. How to Get Thicker Hair?

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