Here at Byrdie, it's our job to report on new beauty trends and product launches that would be of interest to you all, our darling readers. And goodness gracious, there were a lot of them in 2016. From rainbow highlighter to rose gold hair to derma-rolling, and beyond, 2016 saw the rise of so many intriguing beauty products and trends.
But nothing can be popular forever. Some products come back every few years, some slowly fade from existence, and others evaporate into thin air as if they never existed (remember body glitter?).
Today, we're talking about the beauty products we don't think will survive past 2016 (plus, the ones that definitely will). We put our heads together to use what we know about product launches, red carpet looks, and runway trends to round up a list of what to keep and what to toss in 2016. Keep scrolling to discover the products no one will be using next year (and what to try out instead)!
Toss: Your Full Coverage Foundation
Rebounding from the full-face Instagram makeup that has dominated the past few years, 2017 will see a much more natural take on face makeup. Next year will be the year of letting people see your skin. (Read why one beauty editor is over foundation… and what she uses instead.)
Keep: Skin Tints and Tinted Oils
Don't worry, you don't have to go completely bare-faced (in fact, estheticians agree that wearing a little bit of makeup helps protect your skin from the sun.) But we are seeing more brands launch sheer face products like tinted oils and skin tints—and an increasing number of celebrities and makeup artists are using them. We love the one above by Milk, as well as RéVive Le Tint Moisturizing Veil ($105).
Toss: Bronzer and Contour Products
Thankfully we left the heavy contour in 2015, and 2016 was all about beachy '70s glow. But backstage and red carpet makeup trends are inching away from the bronzed look.
If 2015 was all about the 1970s, 2017 will see an increase in '80s beauty. Draping techniques are still on the rise (that's a blush contouring method that was popular in the '80s—read more about it here). So get ready to stock up on blushes of all kinds. We love the unexpectedly flattering shades of natural brand Rituel de Fille.
Toss: False Lashes
The timing might not be perfect, considering you just figured out how to apply false lashes. But right now, makeup is going the way of effortless looks and skin-loving products, meaning these cumbersome, gluey things are on their way out.
Keep: All-in-One Mascara
Trade the false lashes for a multipurpose mascara. According to our senior editor Hallie, this one by Marc Jacobs has "super-thick, curved, feathery brushes that have tons of bristles to thicken and curl in one flick of the wrist." (Check out more editor-approved mascaras.)
Toss: Liquid Eyeliner
We'll give you a moment to process the idea of no longer having to waste 20 minutes in the morning perfecting your cat eye. According to red carpet looks, product launches, and runway trends, sharp winged eyeliner will soon be replaced by softer, warmer looks.
Keep: Shadow Sticks
Rusty, shimmery eye makeup will be the go-to look in 2017. (Just look at the gorgeous bronzy eye that Gigi Hadid rocked earlier this year.) The good news is that this softer, smokier style requires far less precision. All you need is a good cream shadow, like makeup artist–favorite Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow ($4), or a shadow stick like the Nudestix pick above.
Toss: Brow Pomade
2016 was the year that we all finally got used to the idea of bushy, imperfect eyebrows. (What can we say? Brow habits die hard.) Now that most of us are on board with natural brows, it's time to toss the pomades that give you those sharp, Instagrammable arches, and embrace your natural shape and texture.
Keep: Brow Gel
Replace your pomade with a quality tinted brow gel, like this one by RevitaLash. Products like this will allow you to enhance and groom your brows without completely altering their natural look. Pro tip: Use the spoolie to brush them upward for a modelesque feathered finish.
Toss: Fussy Cleansers
2016 was indeed the year of "realizing things," as Kylie Jenner wisely predicted, and one of those things we realized was that it's important to read the ingredients on your skincare products and customize your routine accordingly. Many skincare experts agree that fussy, high-end cleansers full of chemicals and exfoliators are going to take a backseat to simpler, gentler options.
Keep: Gentle Cleansers
Toss: Sparkly Highlighting Powder
The world fell completely in love with highlighters of all kinds in 2016. There were dewy highlighters, "aliengelic" highlighters, rainbow highlighters, and highlighters so glittery they could be seen from space. But now that we've had a full year to experiment, we're refining our taste in highlighter. And according to our predictions, sparkly powder products are the least likely to move onto 2017.
Keep: Natural Cream Highlighter
In 2017, the intensely strobed look will give way to a more subtle highlight. Repurpose those sparkly highlighting powders as eye shadows, and instead enhance the high points of your face with a natural cream luminizer, like this one by RMS.
Toss: Liquid Lipstick
In 2015, matte liquid lipsticks took over the universe; in 2016, whipped, sheer, and other more hydrating formulas hit the market. But now, many brands and consumers are moving away from liquid lipsticks. At the end of the day, most of them are simply too uncomfortable and high-maintenance for everyday wear, and now that the honeymoon period is over, we're ready to move onto an easier lip trend.
Keep: Sheer Matte Lipstick
Moving away from the high-impact, matte look, "popsicle stained" lips are becoming more and more popular. Give your lips a break from the heavy formulas with Glossier's beloved sheer matte lipstick and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26).
Toss: Your Blow-Dryer
The perfectly waved blowout is so 2016. With the launch of so many incredible leave-in products, which allow your hair to air-dry beautifully, your hair dryer is officially obsolete.
Keep: Leave-In Products
Pick up a leave-in product that you can apply to freshly washed hair to enhance and refine your natural texture. We love this one by Reverie, as well as Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion ($42) and Verb Curl Cream ($14).
Which beauty trend do you predict will go away in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!