Monday 20 February 2017

From strobing to the super brow: The biggest beauty trends of 2015

Sasha Brady

Published 25/12/2015 | 09:06

Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner
Emily Ratajkowski (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Kylie Jenner championed the high impact lips trend. Photo: Instagram
Australian model Miranda Kerr is a fan of strobing
Actress Shay Mitchell is a fan of a dark, berry lip. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Actress Olivia Culpo attends Cosmopolitan's 50th Birthday Celebration at Ysabel on October 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette
Actress Cara Delevigne carries off the 'bronde' hair trend
Actor Kate Mara attends 20th Century Fox Invites You to a Special Presentation Highlighting Its Future Release Schedule at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

As 2015 draws to an end we look back on the best hair and make-up looks that rocked the catwalks, blogs, red carpet and our newsfeeds.

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High impact lips

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Lipstick was the ultimate make-up bag staple of 2015. Bright reds were the shades of the summer while tawny and rich, velvety plum tones ruled autumn.

This year also saw the return of lip liner. 90's cult favourite MAC lip pencil in Spice saw a massive surge in popularity this year and sold out in stores across the world. Some have attributed the revival to Kylie Jenner but we love how lip pencils help us shape our pout and give our lipstick serious staying power.


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This is basically a fancy term for highlighting. It's embraced warmly by those who are tired of the heavy make-up contouring look. While contouring focuses on the dark areas of the face, strobing draws attention to the light areas.

To achieve the look, prep skin with an emolient rich moisturiser and a radiance boosting primer for a dewy appearance. Then apply highlighter to the areas of your face where the sun would naturally hit - the bridge of the nose, tip of the chin, centre of the forehead, cupid's bow, brow bones, and cheekbones.

Well defined but natural looking brows

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Big and bold brows have been in fashion for some time now but we turned away from the HD and so-called 'Scouse brow' this year in favour of eyebrows that looked more natural - a full brow but with with feathery tapering at the end and a slight arch.

It wasn't all about the shape though, we experimented with the texture of our brows, relying on more than one product - including pencils, powders, pens and gels - to define the look.

Neutral eyeshadow

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Inspired by the overall no make-up trend, 2015 was the golden era of neutral eyeshadow. It was helped along by the incredible range of luxury palettes from Tom Ford to Charlotte Tillbury and drugstore brands like L'Oreal and Maybelline, as well as the ever popular Urban Decay Naked palettes.

Packed with nudes, blush, brown, bronze, tawny and terracotta shades, these collections were a staple in creating our favourite daytime and nighttime looks.

Otherwordly Hair


This year we saw hair in every colour of the rainbow, as well as softer pastel and candy coloured strands. Kylie Jenner (again) led the cause with every shade of blue and green hair imaginable and our Instagram feeds were filled with girls with unicorn style hair.

However, as autumn settled in, people turned to jewel-toned locks for a sophisticated and ultra-modern take on the statement trend.

Bronde hair

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A more subdued iteration of the ombré, it's how brunettes lightened up and blondes toned down this year. The colour technique fuses brown and blonde, to create a flattering, sun-kissed and natural colour.

Bronde looks best when you incorporate your natural base, and add soft ribbons of golden blonde, toffee, honey and caramel tones - whichever flatters your complexion best - to give the hair definition.

The Lob

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This was undoubtedly the most popular hairstyle of the year. Celebs, models and mere mortals went for a blunt and uniform look with no layers. Not too long and not too short, this style proved to be universally flattering.

Some chose to add texture with waves while others favored a sharp, straight style.



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