EST. 2010

Style Diary: 5 Celebrity Beauty Trends That Really Didn't Work

Celebrities make up a whole lot of column inches nowadays and plenty of it is to do with their style. Whether it is good, bad or indifferent we’re treated to a make-up bag fit to burst, of looks, hair-dos and trends. And how much do we love those trends? We lap them up and try them out; Hollywood to the high street is nothing more than the flick of a page of Heat away.

These trends however aren’t always that easy to pull off, there was a fateful night where I hit the town in a sequined all-in-one (never again), and the A-listers get it wrong as often as we do…

1. Bleached Eyebrows

Mary Kate Olsen
Mary Kate Olsen
What the…! Bleaching your brows is just wrong. I don’t understand why you’d do it. Despite my aversions some celebs went crazy for it back in 2009. Notable blonde brow bearers included Mary-Kate Olsen and Jessica Alba who, post bleaching, both looked like startled ferrets. This is not a good look for style icons.

2. Red Hot Lips

Christina Aguilera
Smoking red hot lips are in trend. You know it and so does Hollywood. Despite this there are those who can’t get close to the right shade and/or complementary makeup when it comes to creating a vivid pout that matches the colour of that famed carpet they all love to stroll on so much. Cameron Diaz and Scarlett Johansson rock it regularly and well, others do not. Christina Aguilera is a constant offender, and she’s not the only one, as she refuses to play by the rules… red lips only work with warm, neutral tones…

3. Masks

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Few have tried and even less have succeeded when it comes to executing the face mask as a fashion ‘do’. Arguably one, Michael Jackson started the trend to protect his fragile lungs against dirty old air. But in the age of the superstar style icon, when not pushing boundaries with meat dresses and implanted horns, it has been Lady Gaga that has championed the masquerade ball look. There is a fine line between veil and mask, yet both Gaga and her pop contemporary Rihanna have fallen from it with the result being less chic and more homemade Zorro costume.

4. Mullets

Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
It almost defies belief that the mullet is considered a beauty trend; however there was a spate of them in 2003, and they weren’t on guys either! The most attractive of the hip set gave them a go crashing and burning their style credentials with remorseless efficiency. Business at the front, party at the back wearers included the usually impeccable Gwen Stefani and Scarlett Johansson. As if this wasn’t bad enough it resurfaced! Rocked by Taylor Momsen and Kristen Stewart, though K-Stew can be forgiven as it was for a role playing Joan Jett, which is quite cool, even with the dubious hairstyle!

5. Over-Tanning

Donatella Versace
What started out as a beauty trend faux-pas has reached the point where it’s a trend in its own right. Being a ‘tanorexic’ isn’t cool though. The need to constantly be a shade darker in the skin tone department is a worrying state. If it’s done under the sun it's dangerously unhealthy and if it’s achieved with a ‘fake bake’ it looks horrendous. Subtle and sun-kissed is the look, but Christina Aguilera, Donatella Versace, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton and many, many others have all missed the memo regarding this.

Avoid these five celebrity beauty trends that really didn't work and you’ll be red carpet ready should the call come. However, as the starlets mentioned above have proved, it isn’t always that easy…

Guest Post By Mike H
Mike has thankfully never succumbed to any of these trends as he has been too busy choosing birthday gifts for Find Me A Gift Ltd, the UK online gift store.


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