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Best Beauty Trends for 2015

Best Beauty Trends for 2015

Happy Makeup Wars Monday! For this round of Makeup Wars we’re sharing our picks for the best beauty trends for 2015. My favorite trends are pixelated hair, metallic eyes, bold lips, glowing skin and of course, cat eye liner.

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Best Beauty Trends for 2015

Get Glowing Skin

For glowing skin, I recommend mixing a luminizer into your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer or using an illuminating primer. My favorite products for this are Cover FX Illuminating primer, Nyx Angel Veil primer, or NARS Illuminators. NARS Copacabana is great for porcelain skin.

  • Cover FX Illuminating Primer (vegan)
  • NARS Illuminators
  • Nyx Angel Veil Primer

TREND TALK: It’s not about highlights or lowlights this season, but SPLASHLIGHTS. 

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While not a trend for everyone, this next trend is one I like. Pixelated Hair, also called SplashLights, is exactly what it sounds like – video game pixel inspired hair. No matter what you call it, I think it’s really cool and a nice alternative way for people to color their hair. I actually learned about this from my hair stylist Christian. Check out Arabelle Sicardi’s awesome article on this amazing hair trend for buzzfeed.  I personally think it would look better on hair that’s worn the same way all the time. It might look good on a fringe (like in the 2nd photo).

This is definitely not a trend I would DIY! It looks like it would be best on straight hair worn the same way all the time, so possibly if you have a fringe and want to funk it up, you could try this. For color, I recommend Pravana or Manic Panic.

  • Pravana is cruelty free and the Vivids are the most long wearing vibrant color line that I have EVER tried.
  • Manic Panic Hair Dye (vegan)

Aside from pixelated hair, there’s more braiding going on. I love this because my hair is finally getting long enough to braid. If you’re looking for tutorials on how to braid, you need to check out my friend Christina’s blog, Hair Romance. She has so many hair tutorials and is a constant source of hair inspiration.


Metallic Eyes

Another trend I like is super metallic lids with nude creases. You can use gold, silver, gunmetal, or rose gold on the lids and a matte crease to create this look. See my favorite example here. You can also use gold glitter around the eyes. Choose Urban Decay eyeshadow shades like Half-Baked, Easy Baked, Blunt, Chase, Baked, Smog, YDK, Snakebite, Gunmetal, bareMinerals True Gold, Darling Girl Boom boom Pow! (Don’t forget, Urban Decay’s Friends and Fanatics sale is going on now until March 7!

  • Urban Decay eyeshadows (some shades vegan)
  • bareMinerals eyeshadows
  • Darling Girl eyeshadows

Purple Eyes

If you’re not a fan of metallic, I also saw a lot of purple and lilac lids, purple smoky eyes, and charcoal smoky eyes, the sort that are really soft and unstructured, almost like the wearer slept in their makeup. Or skip that entirely and try a pop of neon on the lower lids with bare upper lids. For purples you can try Urban Decay Gravity, Last Call, ACDC, Asphyxia, Flash, Sugarpill Strangeling, Poison Plum, Makeup Geek Prom Night, Wisteria, Pop Culture or Caitlin Rose. For a pop of neon, try Ardency Inn Punch.

  • Urban Decay eyeshadows (some shades vegan)
  • Sugarpill eyeshadows (some shades vegan)
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows
  • Ardency Inn eyeshadows
Simple Smoked Cat Eye Liner
A simple smoked out liner

For cat eyes, you can just do super thick liner and wing it out (see a pretty one here). Or you can smoke it out. Or you can do a bright shade all over the lid, like a blue, and wing it out. You can even try it squared off on the inner and outer corner (see here). Try this with a liquid liner, gel liner, eyeshadow, or eyeshadow smoked on top of gel liner. I’m a big fan of the smoked out liner.

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliners (vegan)
  • NARS Eye Paints (my favorites for gel liners or graphic eyeshadow looks)
  • Sugarpill Bulletproof (vegan)
  • Urban Decay Crave (Naked Basics Palette)
  • Makeup Geek Corrupt
  • Saucebox Black Widow

Bold Lips

Bold lips will always be a favorite of mine and you’ll see a lot of raspberry, red, coral, orange and berry shades. I’m really into long wearing lipsticks right now and here are some of the on trend shades from the brands I love.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Pencils – Hoochie, Anime, Grandma, NSFW, Black Dahlia (vegan)
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks – Anarchy, Bang, Catfight (vegan)
  • Too Faced Melted Lipsticks – Jelly Donut, Candy, Fuchsia, Violet, Guava (vegan)
  • Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks – Atlantic City, Daytona Beach, New Orleans, Palm Beach, Santa Monica, Sunset Beach and Surfer’s Paradise
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Prom Night, Redrum (vegan)
  • Fyrinnae Liquid Matte Lipsticks – Ablaze (vegan)
  • LASplash Lip Couture and Smitten Liptint Mousse – Forbidden, Hidden Desires, Poison Apple, Till Midnight, Hypnotized, Enchanted and Bewitched.

If you don’t like the trends, definitely skip them! I personally don’t feel you need to follow the trends, you can always march to your own drum! But I think there’s at least one trend you’ll love out of these. I tried to include items that I already own, aka shoppin’ my stash. So hopefully you have some of these in your makeup collection as well.

For the easiest of these trends, try the glowing skin or bold lips. They will look good on everyone.

I’m honestly obsessing over lip products lately. Tons and tons of lip products! You saw my recent Fyrinnae lip product haul. I’m waiting on an order from LASplash. I just received my Lip Bar order. I just ordered Jeffree Star Weirdo. And I’ve got a ton more lip products I want to swatch for you. I think this is good since I can’t currently wear eyeshadow.

What beauty trends do you like for 2015? What do you want to see more of?

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  • Great review, im not familiar with too many of these products but i definately want to check out the smoked out liner.

  • Oooh that squared off liner is neat!! I don’t know if I can get away with it, but I would love to see more of that! 🙂 Thanks for the faaaaabulous post! I’m definitely into the metallic trend and the super bright pigmented lips (though I’m still obsessed with my dark cherry lip colors right now and am not prepared to give those up 😀 ). I really still have to work on how to do my eyeshadow to be able to wear the bright lipsticks. I’ve never quite mastered that 🙁

  • Oh I’m also a fan of the smoked out liner. When Marlena did a tutorial on that, I was hooked and now I do it regularly. But I also found out that layering shadow top of my liner makes it stay all day on my oily lids! oh em gee! 😀

  • Oooh that squared off liner is neat!! I don’t know if I can get away with it, but I would love to see more of that! 🙂 Thanks for the faaaaabulous post! I’m definitely into the metallic trend and the super bright pigmented lips (though I’m still obsessed with my dark cherry lip colors right now and am not prepared to give those up 😀 ). I really still have to work on how to do my eyeshadow to be able to wear the bright lipsticks. I’ve never quite mastered that 🙁

  • I LOVE doing a cat liner — I can’t NOT have some sort of winged out liner when I do my eyes. 😀

    I’ve always been a nude-lip girl (or totally vampy, lol, two extremes I know…but that’s just me!), but recently I’ve been branching out and experimenting with brighter colors recently. Not too vibrant, but much bolder for me. And I’ve really been loving it! 😀

    Loved reading your post. I’ve actually never done a smokey winged liner, so maybe that’s something new I’ll try this month!

    • Oh my goodness, me too. I have been doing a cat liner since I first started wearing makeup in my early teens! I can’t not do it either! 🙂 Try the smokey liner, I am loooving it! Oh, Marlena from Makeup Geek has a great recent tutorial on it!

  • I love your product picks, and I’m loving thee trends– especially the cat eye liner and glowing skin!

  • I’m all for puple eyes, metallic eyes, (purple metallic eyes!), bright/bold/vampy lips for spring, and the cat eye. The pixellated hair is awesome. The model for the purple pixellation has gorgeous winged purple eyeliner, too. Love!

    Nudes and lots of contouring look like they’ll be trending pretty hard still. Not as excited about that. Although, I do like the bright/bold/vampy lips with nude eyes, so it’s a partial win. 😉

    I ordered a set of the Ghoul School shadows from Darling Girl. I can’t wait to get them! I keep looking at your swatches.

  • This will sound odd, but I really don’t like “glowing” skin. At least, I don’t like the results I see from products that are supposed to impart that effect.

    Having said that, I’m totally on board with the metallic eyes (may have to do some shopping!) and bold lips. Love the pixelated hair, but my hair isn’t straight and it never parts the same place two days in a row, so it wouldn’t work for me.

    • I think if you have oily skin, it can be hard to get glowing skin without feeling like it’s a mess! I really like the glow that my favorite highlighters give me though (recently Notoriously Morbid Osteomancy).

      Metallic eyes are awesome. Put a gold, silver, rose gold, gunmetal on the lid, then use nudes to sculpt the crease.

      yeah the pixelated hair is so cool, but definitely not for everyone.

  • My fave is actually that the trend is going toward more natural contour-sculpted and defined but PROPER contouring! I can’t stand that overly bronzed out all over brown clumps/all over orangey look! Otherwise I LOVE the glowing skin, the metallic eyes, and the purple eyes! I’m trying to venture out and try more color with eyeshadow, and since I have brown eyes I think that purple would be a flattering color on me. Love all your picks!

    • The metallic with a nude crease is also great. I also love that Spring is featuring a new take on nudes-I’m actually doing a post on that!

        • Awesome! Thank you so much, ,that’s so sweet of you:) You have definitely been a great inspiration to me so I can’t wait to share it! It’s definitely a beginner’s blog, but I am just going put it out there and get better as I go!

  • The pixel hair looks amazing! If my hair would behave without the need for straightening I’d totally do that.
    I’m all over metallic/purple lids and bold lips though, 😀

  • I am loving that purple is on trend as well as those bold lippies. I need to pick up another Nars Copacabana… i ran out and never picked it up again because I keep forgetting.

  • OHMYGOD THE PIXEL HAIR THING. Whyyy is this the first time I’m seeing it?! It’s amazing! My hair is pin-straight and fine. My hair cut is a short 20’s bob w/ short bangs and my hair just lays there, lol. The only time it moves is if I’m outside and the wind blows it.

    With my love of anime and games (and my hair type & cut)…the pixel trend is soo for me! <333 I'd love to do it on my bangs since they grow out in 2 seconds. The sides and back take a lot longer because they are all one length/longer than they look. Yay that my stylist does color and he's brillliant! The link in your post – omg so many great ideas! Thank you!

    YES to metallic lids with a great matte transition shade! That idea came from you to me and I've been using it like crazy since. (Salted Carmel has gotten soooo much love bc of this idea, hehe.) Thank you! .< Sorry. I got overly excited seeing all this goodness. XD

  • I love metallic shadows especially the Ardency Inn ones. Your choices are fun, especially pixilated hair. I won’t see that much around my area though.

  • I love that I can come to you ladies for all the latest fashion trends! 🙂 I am loving the metallic shadows.

  • I don’t know that I’d ever sport it ( I tend to do diy with my colour) but I love the pixelated hair!

  • I love that bold lips are a trend right now, because I *love* a great bold lip. You always have the best recommendations as well. 🙂

    • It’s a trend I like but it’s definitely not for everyone. That’s why i left it off my big comp image at the top.

  • How did I miss the pixelated hair trend! Thanks for bringing me up to speed on that one, lol. I’m loving the other trends though

  • I have tried the purple shadows with a cat liner. It came out beautiful. Love the Urban Decay purple shadows. I want to see more bold lips and luminous primers

    • I couldn’t wear it, it’s really only for someone who has shorter hair, or a short fringe, who wears their hair the same way all the time. I change how I wear my hair on a daily basis so it wouldn’t look good on me. I still think it’s cool, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

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