Hoo boy, this week's Lipstick League question is a good one; I can't wait to read what you'll say in response to What beauty fad or trend do you want to come back into fashion? (I will judge you if you say "banana clips.")
My first answer is let's make it so the tacky, stark-white-tip French manicure never existed. See Audrey's nails up there? Perfection. They look natural and clean and polished, not screamingly artificial.
That's answering the question, isn't it?
Okay, fine: I think the real answer is related to where you look for trends.
If I were to look at Instagram, I'd say more natural brows, more natural makeup – and a more natural French tip, please. Instagram makeup (aka makeup-addict makeup) is so artificial, mask-like and over-the-top it disturbs me. (Makeup-artist pal Lucky Bromhead has a point with the above post.)
If I were to look to the runways – NY Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, London Fashion Week – honestly there's nothing I need to see come back because at some point, everything does. Modern makeup is about taking inspiration from wherever you like, whether it's past eras or runways or even Instagram, and choosing what works for your features, your wallet and your lifestyle.
Ooh! I spotted this on my makeup-artist friend Diana Carreiro's Instagram feed: blue liner on the waterline – remember that? That was a big trend when I was young. Early 80s, I think. I love it again. (Also: I'm all #browenvy over those brows, and #skinenvy over that skin, too.)
lipstick league links of the week
we heart this Hair despair? Repair it with a recipe!
Beautygeeks Tired of trolling Google-world for dupes for your new favourite nail-colour shade? Meet your new best resource of nail polish swatches, releases and big-brand collections.
Beauty Junkies Unite Amber is giving away a $25 Sephora Gift Card, so make sure to go over and enter!
Blushing Noir Do you dare to wear the latest collection from MAC Cosmetics? Join the Fashion Pack before it’s passé!
Gouldylox Kelly thought she was over this kind of foundation, but nope, this base makes her fall in love with it all over again.
My Beauty Bunny has swatches and a review of the new Too Faced Born This Way Concealer collection (10 total shades!) that just hit stores.
My Newest Addiction Laura has all the feels for the MAC Brant Brother Collection. Check out her thoughts and swatches.
Nouveau Cheap If you’re curious to see what was inside the latest Amazon Beauty Box, here’s G's unboxing with first impressions.
Olive & Ivy The Chanel summer 2016 makeup collection is goooorgeous. You don’t have to take Chelsea's word for it, just go look!
Phyrra Makeup regrets! We've all got them. Find out what Courtney's latest Makeup Products I Regret Buying are, and share some of yours!
Prime Beauty has a wonderful budget way to get your glow on with Hard Candy Illuminate and Strobing Mix-in Drops.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
we heart this is Currently Craving: Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant; since she first smelled it, Stef hasn't been able to get it out of her mind! Hot chocolate meets sugar meets cocoa butter...mmmm.
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Your turn: is there a beauty fad or trend you'd like to see resurrected?