In a few years, you may look back at yourself in 2011 and cringe. It was a banner year for bad beauty trends. Dominant makeup and hairstyles combined the 1960s and 1980s. The results made misshapen hair, graphic nails and obvious eye makeup the star of the show. Before revealing the silliest beauty trend of the year, let’s countdown the ridiculous styles that also made headlines.
The fifth dumbest beauty trend of 2011 is graphic nails. At first, this style was fun to wear. It let women experiment with a variety of colors. You could combine two unlikely shades to create an intriguing combination. The effect was artistic and attractive. In 2011, trendsetters embraced nail wraps with pictures that looked like wallpaper. Animal prints, floral patterns and polka dots dominated the scene. They looked childish and cheap. It is highly doubtful that an adult woman could wear pink butterflies on her nails and be taken seriously.
Bold eyebrows are the fourth dumbest beauty trend of the year. Women can’t leave their eyebrows alone. A few years ago, over-tweezing made fashionistas resemble cartoons. The exaggerated arch appeared unnatural. During Alexander Wang’s Fall 2011 runway show, bold eyebrows made their debut. Suddenly, women began to use black eye shadow and pencils to create thick, fat brows. While some trendsetters looked like a young Brooke Shields, others bore a strong resemblance to Groucho Marx. Sharp angles and thick lines are just as bad as tiny brows.
The hair poof has been in vogue for several years; however, the style has undergone several changes. In 2011, celebrities began wearing exaggerated front poofs. They pinned the sides of their hair back while their bangs rose vertically. Anyone who lived during the ‘80s recognized this hairstyle as a big bang pompadour. The exaggerated front poofs looked severe on the prettiest women. Few others had the features to compete with an overpowering bump so close their faces. For making women look terrible, the exaggerated front poof hairstyle is third on this list.
Most women are familiar with cat eyes. Makeup artists draw a line on the lid that extends beyond the eye. Some people call this shape a wing. When done correctly, cat eyes can look trendy and chic. It can also modify the shape of your eyes. But in 2011, women used this style to call attention to their makeup rather than their eyes. Some women drew large wings that almost met their eyebrows. Adding bright eye shadow made the effect even worse. Fashion magazines encouraged women to use bold lines and vivid colors. This updated cat eye look is the second dumbest beauty trend of 2011.
Who would’ve thought false eyelashes would make a comeback? In 2011, they reappeared on the scene in outrageous styles. Decades ago, women wore these cumbersome accessories. Television writers often mined false eyelashes for their comic potential. Lucille Ball was famous for lashes that would detach at inconvenient times. In 2011, Kim Kardashian and other celebrities recycled this trend. Their lashes were wispy and unusually long. Women soon began copying the look. Not to be outdone, trendsetters embraced lashes made of feathers, crystals and spiky material. Some lashes came with colored tips that could’ve been incorporated into a Halloween costume. Outrageous false eyelashes didn’t look good. They could not have been fun to wear. For both being creepy and silly, outrageous false eyelashes are the dumbest beauty trend of 2011.