Beauty

10 beauty fads we hope to leave in 2017

Say no to squiggle brows.

By Erin Cook

As far as beauty is concerned, 2017 has been quite a year.

Over the past few months, we've seen a lot of sh*t. Some of it good - i.e. the launch of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line and its 40 shades of foundation. However, a lot of beauty news has been, errr... interesting.

Here, we round up 10 beauty fads that we hope to leave in 2017:

Bubble masks

This year, bubble masks went viral. We're not sure if these masks are actually good for your skin - they're supposed to draw out dirt and impurities - but they make for a great photo op.

Keen to try one? The OG bubble mask is the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $25, from the new Amazon Australia site.

Freckle tattooing

In 2017, freckle tattooing - AKA microblading's lesser-known cousin - grew in popularity across the world, including Australia.

Squiggle brows

Squiggle brows was a tongue-in-cheek beauty trend that went viral this year. Warning: Do not attempt this look IRL. According to makeup artist Sofie Petersen, it's meant to be a bit of fun.

Brows made to look like anything other than brows

Boy oh boy, over the past 365 days, eyebrows have morphed into a lot of things, including - but not limited to - braids, crowns, feathers and barbed wire. Let's leave this madness in 2017, yeah?

Fidget spinner bath bombs

Here's a fun fact for you: fidget spinners were one of the most-searched terms in Australia this year. Our obsession with them ran so deep, Lush even created a fidget spinner bath bomb to get in on the action.

Charcoal face masks

Earlier this year, you'd have been hard-pressed to scroll through Facebook without seeing an ad for peel off charcoal face masks. Unfortunately, while these videos seemed impressive, in reality, charcoal masks are just a wax strip for the face. In the bin.

Lip plumping masks

In prep for Emma Stone's Golden Globes appearance, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin re-hydrated the actress' lips with a plumping Korean lip mask. And it didn't take long for the rest of the world to follow suit!

Nose hair extensions

Nose hair extensions became a thing this year and honestly... We. Just. Can't. One word: WHY?!

Butt glitter

During US festival season, butt glitter emerged as a micro-trend. TBH, we have a feeling this one won't last. Bye butt glitter, we hardly knew ye.

Contouring with an egg

Our beloved makeup applicator, the Beautyblender, was incidentally created in an egg shape. So, naturally, someone decided it was a good idea to ditch the Beautyblender and contour using an actual egg instead.