I know I'm not first to say it, but 2017 has seen some of the weirdest, cringiest makeup trends ever. Yes, makeup is a form of expression and there are no boundaries to what you can do and create. But at some point, there are some looks that are going to make people give you a double-take, and not necessarily in the way you want it.
2017 has been the year of slapping on as much highlight as possible, using anything and everything to apply foundation, all holographic, unicorn, and glitter everything, and eyebrow looks that will make you die a little inside.
Now just as a little disclaimer - 1) we're going to be using the term "trend" very loosely here. These trends may not be super widespread, but if we've seen a look on Instagram a few more times than we should have, we're going to throw it on this list. 2) To each there own. If you think it's cool and you like the way your makeup looks, you do you girl! Who am I to stop you? Hey, I'm just another person with another opinion right?
But without further ado, here are 25 of the weirdest makeup trends of 2017 that will make you cringe.
1. Faux freckles of any kind
We're all about embracing natural beauty and we love freckles! But rainbow, neon, and metallic freckles? If I'm not mistaken... that's not exactly natural.
2. Neon liner
Okay, I guess neon liner is a little cool. But practical? No.
3. Using as much highlight as humanly possible
I get that glowing skin makes you look youthful and healthy, but damn, Instagram has gone absolutely apeshit for highlight. I can't say I'm opposed to the trend... but I have to admit, it is pretty weird.
4. Lightning brows
Oh honey, no. You're trying to slay with your eyebrows, not electrocute.
5. Spider lashes
It's true. Spider lashes made a comeback when Christian Dior makeup artist, Peter Philips, showcased the look for Dior's SS18 runway show. I'm not sure how I feel about it.
6. Using a bra insert to apply foundation
Why, just why?! When the Silicone Blender came out, beauty gurus thought that bra inserts would be an ideal subsitute. But really, it just takes three times as long to apply your foundation as a regular makeup sponge and the results aren't half as good.
7. Feather brows
We love natural, feathery brows. But damn, we didn't mean brows that actually look like feathers.
8. "Jamsu" face water dunk
The Korean beauty industry is all about beautiful, youthful skin and a young, fresh face. When "Jamsu" became a thing, North America was shocked. Basically, "Jamsu" is when "bake" your face and then submerge it into cold water. Seems like the consensus on Youtube is that it doesn't work.
9. Lolipop lips
Why would you apply a beautiful coat of lipstick, only to ruin it all after? Lipliner was invented for a reason. Not a fan of the lolipop lip.
10. Holographic lips
Pretty cool, but definitely weird. The holographic hair and nail trend is one thing, but lips?
11. Silly putty highlighter
Farsali came out with the unicorn drops that made Instagram go wild... and then they really outdid themselves with their Jelly Beam Highlighter. But apparently, this stuff is literally gold in jelly form.
12. Reverse winged liner
Yup, I'm just as confused as you are. If this was a Picasso inspired trend, then Picasso would be proud.
13. Glitter roots
I cannot lie, I think this looks freaking amazing. But practically speaking, you're going to be leaving trails of glitter everywhere for days.
14. Black highlighter
Uhm, what happened here? I love Jeffree Star, but when he came out with "black highlighter" earlier this year, I couldn't help but to question what he was thinking.
15. Rainbow brows
I think 2017 has seen brows of all colours this year, from pink to turquoise to rainbow. Call me a traditionalist, but I can't say I'm a fan of multicoloured eyebrows.
16. Applying foundation with a condom
Not exactly sure who came up with this idea, but probably taking a hint from the whole silicone blender trend. It's pretty weird, probably wastes too much foundation, and you definitely could not do this in public.
17. Barbed wire brows
18. Squiggle brows
Promise Tamang is a beauty Youtube OG. When she posted a picture of her "squiggle brows" on Instagram, the internet was shook.
19. Winged liner with a floss pick
This weird beauty hack took Youtube and Instagram by storm. They have been mixed reviews about whether it actually works or not, but tbh, just practice your winged liner and you'll be fine people! You don't need this silly hacks.
20. Geode lips
Definitely weird. But personally, definitely stunning AF. I don't even know what these makeup artists do to make soft lips look hard as rocks. but I do know they're doing it right.
21. Braided brows
I have no words, lol. Definitely weird AF, but dang, if you can make your eyebrows look like you braided them, good on ya.
22. The wet hair look
Kim Kardashian is the goddess of all things extra, and this wet hair look is nothing less than that. And anything Kim does, the world follows. I don't know how she pulls off the look, but when I walk out of the shower, I definitely don't look that.
23. Carved brows
Accentuating your eyebrows with concealer and highlight is one thing, but literally carving them out with eyeshadow? I'm not so sure.
24. Crown eyeshadow
Literally for the queens of Instagram. When Marissa Melhorn rolled out on Instagram with this eyeshadow look, all the other queens followed.
25. Red lipstick as primer
Some beauty gurus swear by this, others say it completely ruins your makeup. Whatever the verdict, I'm not sure I'm comfortable with red lipstick going on my face.