As we enter into the last stretch of 2015, we’re taking a look back at the beauty trends that have taken us from New Year’s beauty resolutions to fall makeup. It’s been a year packed with beauty looks that brought out the makeup artist in us all. From colored eyeliners to highlighting tricks (strobing, anyone?) to the coveted no-makeup makeup look, most of us have seen it — and probably even tried it.
To highlight the crowd favorites, we created a beauty yearbook, so to speak, by identifying 25 top beauty bloggers and asking them the same question: What was the hottest makeup trend of 2015?
We got their expert beauty advice and are sharing their top picks — no surprise that full brows and matte lipstick (the ’90’s beauty version!) made the cut — along with some of their best makeup tips and tricks for getting the looks.
These bloggers are experts on knowing what’s hot — with front-row views into the hottest beauty trends and a steady stream of makeup for testing — and you can be sure these industry pros are only sharing the best of the best with their legions of followers ... us included!Here’s a peek into the 2015 makeup trends that took the beauty world by storm.
Ann Colville Somma of Cult of Pretty
Social Handle: @cultofpretty
Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey
Social Handle: @gorgeousingrey
“Highly pigmented matte lipsticks are a huge trend! From epic reds to wildly seductive plums, matte lippies are a must in your makeup bag.”
Jenny Wu of Good, Bad, & Fab
Social Handle: @goodbadandfab
Katie McBroom of Martinis and Mascara
Social Handle: @KLMcBroom
Ivy Boyd of Wake Up For Makeup
Social Handle: @wakeupformakeup
“One of the strongest fall makeup trends I'm seeing is the ultra-matte lip, particularly in colors that take us back to the ’90s. I'm loving moody mauves, browns, deep oxblood and gothy, blackened purples.”
Teresa Caruso of Money Can Buy Lipstick
Social Handle: @teresalaucar
“If you're still struggling to master the technique of contouring, there's a new, foolproof trend for highlighting and defining your features: strobing! While contouring involves applying both bronzer and highlighter, strobing exclusively focuses on highlighting. All you have to do is apply a highlighter or illuminator where light would naturally hit your face — cheekbones, cupid's bow, brow bones and the bridge of your nose. Strobing creates a natural, healthy glow and can be easily achieved by anyone! My biggest tip? Opt for a liquid or cream highlighter for an added dewy effect!”
Christine Wang of Beautyholics Anonymous
Social Handle: @fortheloveofme
“Want to look polished and ready to conquer the day? Instead of perfecting your eye makeup, perfect those brows instead! Pencil-thin, Instagram-y brows (super angular and precise — you know the kind) are out. Thick and full brows are in! Instead of just penciling in brows to appear overly sculpted and artificial, soften the arches and ends with a brow spoolie. If you already have thicker brows, keep them groomed and in place with a clear or tinted brow gel."
Amber Katz of Rouge 18
Social Handle: @Glambr
“Strobing is simply the highlighting part of contouring, sans the need for darker sweeps of color on your face. It involves using a shimmer cream on the tops of the cheekbones, above the cupid's bow and on the bridge of the nose to catch the light. Champagne-colored shades are universally flattering for all skin tones!”
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Your turn! We would love to know your opinion. We want to hear what stood out and what you’re dying to try. Did you learn anything new? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments below!
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