Hottest Beauty and Makeup Trends for 2016

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A new year can only mean one thing: new trends! Clown and henna contouring took the stage this year but beauty experts are forecasting that the pendulum is going in the opposite direction in 2016. In the coming year, makeup is going natural. Read on to learn 12 hot beauty trends to look forward to in 2016:

1. Smoky Eyes

Smoky eyes have been in the loop for years and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Neither are cat eyes but this coming year, they are taking a more subtle, natural approach. Kendall Jenner nails the look with an alluring smoky eye that pops out of her nude makeup.

2. Glittery Lids

Glittery lids have been around for quite some time. They were a big thing in 2014 and they are expected to continue to be in trend until next year. Apparently, to glam up your natural look, adding glitter to your lids is the way to go.

3. Brushed-Up Brows

Gone will be the days of artificial-looking brows. True to the promise that makeup is going to look more natural in 2016, “Pinterest brows” are out of the game. They are replaced by effortless and feathery brush-up brows with easier-going arches.

4. Crimson Lips

Crazy colors like cobalt blue are out. Crimson is going to be the next big thing when talking about lip colors. Other neutral and classic shades will rise to the top such as pinks, deep burgundies and gorgeous nudes.

5. Normally-lined Pouts

Say goodbye to Kylie Jenner lips. Take inspiration from Gigi Hadid’s normally-lined pouts that look effortless and absolutely beautiful. This year, it is all about embracing what you are naturally-gifted with.

6. A Natural Glow

Strobing went a little overboard in 2015 so this 2016, experts are reeling it in with a healthy glow that gives your skin a subtle glow rather than a bright spotlight. Here’s a trick that you can do for an instant glow: just pat some clear lip gloss on the high points of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and your eyelids.

7. Subtle Contouring

Next year, skip clown contouring. Instead, “spot treat” your face by choosing an area to accentuate like your cheekbones, for example, for a more natural look. Even Kylie Jenner promised that she is toning down on her contouring in 2016. The Contour Queen has spoken.

8. Pink Cheeks

Pink cheeks will always make you look fresh-faced in an instant like you just had 12 hours of sleep. To achieve subtly amped up cheeks, apply the blush on your cheekbones, blending into the hollows of your cheeks to imitate where kids naturally get pink in the face.

9. Tailored Nails

Coffin and bubble nails did have their moment in 2015 but as beauty trends lean to more natural looks, they are going to be replaced by tailored nails that follow your finger’s natural shape. Whether you prefer your nails short or long, just be sure not to go for crazy shapes next year.

10. Unexpected French Tips

French Tips are making a comeback next year but only with a twist. The regular French Tip is still classy but to make your nail game on point in 2016, take the French Tip to the next level. Go for unexpected touches like glitters or nail art.

11. Accessorized Strands

The don’t-care look is still very much in trend but next year, you will be seeing a lot of accessorized strands from dainty hair clips to cute headbands, 2016 is going to be the year of hair accessories. On the runway, Rodarte, DVF and Michael Kors have already joined in on the trend.

12. Short Hair


Just in case you haven’t noticed yet, celebrities are slowly converting to long bobs. This goes to show that short locks are showing zero signs of slowing down. If you still doubt whether you should chop off your hair, 2016 is the best year to say yes to a haircut!