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Stephanie Castillo, Contributor
January 19, 2012

Good-Lookin': 2012's Most Wearable Beauty Trends

Need an update on cosmetics and coiffures? Columnist Stephanie Castillo lists 6 of this year's most costumer-friendly styles. By Stephanie Castillo
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Stylewise Beauty Trends 2012Is it just me, or does hair and makeup get wilder and crazier every year?

Not that I don’t like it. In fact, I love it when people make bold, flamboyant beauty choices, as long as they can pull them off.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and as more and more types of beauty emerge and gain acceptance, more and more looks that were once relegated to subcultures can burst into the public eye. And that’s how exciting new trends are born.

Take the half-shaved hairstyle for girls, popularized by Rihanna, Cassie, and X Factor alum Cher Lloyd—and undoubtedly the wild-child ‘do of 2011.

In my heart of hearts, I know that I could never do this—and if, in a reckless moment, I tried it, I’d probably bawl my eyes out for weeks. I’m not even sure how I feel about this kind of hair, to be honest. But having said that, I still think it makes a powerful statement, and any woman who can make it look chic certainly wins my admiration.

Nevertheless, not all of us can try the extreme looks that crop up each season. Some of us can’t, because we don’t have the personalities to carry them, and some of us won’t, because we just aren’t interested in things that don’t reflect who we are.

But if there’s one thing you should know about hair and makeup, it’s this: for every intimidating, extravagant style you encounter, there is a simpler, more relatable option waiting in the wings. The beauty industry services both outrageous glamazons and practical, everyday Janes—so even if it’s cliché to say this, there’s really something for everybody.

Here are 6 of the most wearable beauty trends for 2012, as seen on some of music’s hottest acts and TV’s hippest shows!

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  • Gambit_loves_Rogue Jan 20 2012 @ 03:53pm Report Abuse
    Arent' matte lipsticks out? The reds which cosmetics companies like Dior and Chanel put out recently are all luminous and sheer. Even the runaway red which MAC released last fall 2011 isn't completely but more of semi-matte.

    Also, the red lipsticks worn by models in the recent spring 2012 collection are all shiny.

    Aren't matte and opaque lipsticks a thing of the 1990s?
  • Stephanie Castillo Jan 21 2012 @ 12:47am Report Abuse
    Dear Gambit_loves_Rogue,

    Top beauty companies like Dior, Chanel, MAC, and the like reproduce sheens of all kinds every year to cater to their varied clientele--so shiny, sheer, and matte lipsticks are more or less always on the market.

    Having said that, most trend reports reflect that the Spring-Summer '12 shows were dominated by matte lips, whether in bright colors or neutral shades. Jason Wu's show was especially pivotal for the matte red lip, but the shows of Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, Derek Lam, Rodarte, Mary Katrantzou, Prabal Gurung (where the matte lips were two-toned), and many more also indicated a preference for matte.

    Of course, several designers still opted for sheer or shiny pigments to complement their collections--and those options looked just as fresh. But if it's a question about the prevailing look, rather than the handful of exceptions, I would still go with matte lipcolor.

    Thank you!
  • Dapperlook Jul 12 2012 @ 05:42pm Report Abuse
    The ponytail is great. Great information.

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