4 Beauty Trends That Are Better in Theory

Look, I'm not going to tell you what to do. You're a free being, open and willing to try any trend you find intriguing. In fact, I've tried and (momentarily) loved every single look on this list. Beauty is about experimentation, and I recommend seeing it as such. Though, with that disclaimer in mind, I felt it my duty to give you the lowdown on a few popular trends I felt were better in theory than actual execution. Whether it's because they looked good for five seconds then proceeded to melt down my face or were just more hype than actually effective, I tried them and promptly retired them.

First, there was the glossy eye. Chances are high you've seen it on your Instagram feed, probably glistening and looking attractively dewy and inciting a desire within you to try and copy the vinyl-like effect. Then, there were the peel-off masks (you know, the kind that went viral due to the pain it caused to remove them). And finally, Kim K.'s stick-straight strands and a bold glitter moment. Ahead, I dive into these four high-maintenance makeup and skincare trends and why I loved then left them behind this year. Consider this my way of saying, "I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me."

Next up: I know I'm late to the party, but I'm finally a dewy-skin convert.

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.