Is 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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