The new year is here, and that means it’s time to update your hair, makeup, and wardrobe.
But if you’re clueless about the latest fashion, look no further. From burgundy lips to flushed cheeks to metallic eyes, here are the ten hottest makeup trends for 2017.
Berry and burgundy lipstick shades
Lip shades ranging from plum black to ripe berries to oxblood red will rule 2017. Remember that if you’re wearing a dark, bold lipstick, then you should make sure your eye makeup is lighter to balance everything out. "Let your lips do the talking and keep the rest of your makeup simple," Cosmopolitan advises.
Metallic eye shadows
Last year was exclusively bronze eye shadows. This year it’s all about metallic eye shadows. While bronze colors warm your face and pairs nicely with burgundy and berry lipstick, metallic lids are more functional while still giving your eyes a pop effect. Try a metallic eye shadow in one of your favorite colors. For a more subtle look, just swipe some silver shadow across your lids, or apply a little bit of gold highlighter on your cheekbones.
This might sound like a weird one, but it’s really not. On the runway, models from designers like Kate Spade sported flushed cheeks — as if they had been out in the cold. This look is pretty easy to achieve. Just apply some blush to the apples of your cheeks. "The trick is in finding the right blush colour and choosing an easy-to-wear texture (creamy blushers tend to stay put for longer) and faking that winter glow," the Huffington Post notes.
If you’re not into bold lipsticks, fear not; lip gloss is all the rage in 2017. Adding lip gloss to your makeup routine adds dimension, youth, and shine to your look. Choose from tinted lip gloss to sheer, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. Bonus: lip gloss actually gives the illusion that your lips are bigger than they are. Plus it keeps them hydrated and soft.
Pink is the new neutral in 2017. Women are sporting pink eye shadow, eyeliner, blush, and lipstick. “Pink adds a fresh take to a bare face,” Elle reports. For a bolder look, apply pink blush with a heavy hand, blended from cheek to temple.
This is a twist on the more classic cat eye. To get it, swipe black kohl eyeliner on your upper lids in a straight line. For a twist, apply black liner imperfectly, degraded on the bottom lash line or lined only in the center of your eyes. Unfinished grungy looks are totally in fashion this year. But if you aren’t after this look, liquid eyeliner is also in this year. Look for formulas with gleaming finishes. These will give you an extra edge.
Smoky eyes are classic! But makeup artists on the runway have given them a twist by using black and brown liner to create a diffused look. If you’re wearing smoky eyes, be sure to go lighter on the lipstick to balance everything.
Straight brows that are slightly groomed are all the rage this year. "Full, boyish brows are trendy, sure," Allure notes. "They're also really flattering when done right." Instead of using eyebrow pencils to refine your brows, you should instead use tinted gel to lightly lift them. It’ll also make you appear younger.
Instead of pairing red lips with eye makeup, wear red lipstick alone this year. All you need is fresh skin, groomed natural brows, and minimal eye makeup. This ensures that your red lips truly stand out.
Rather than using out-there shades such as green or black, try using a matte red color on your upper lip and then a hot pink shade on your bottom lip. While at a distance the colors look similar, up close it’s a playful look. Other color combinations that work well include reds and oranges as well as pinks and fuchsias.
Other hot trends
What else in trending this year in the fashion department? Seaside stripes are all the rage, ranging from umbrellas to pants to skirts and even blouses. Yellow is the color of 2017; there’s a shade to suit every skin tone. Finally, the new year is about rocking white shirt dresses along with single shoulder cutouts and "Flashdance" shoulders.