Here are the Beauty Trends That Will Be Big in 2011

According to my beauty crystal ball....

Lashes and lips and glitter, oh my!

I'm no psychic, but those are just three of the trends that will be HUGE this year. (With a caveat on the glitter: it's really only for the nails... and maaaybe a touch on the eyelids. Nowhere else, please. It's 2011, not 2003.)

Of course, we saw a flurry of hair and makeup looks during spring/summer '11 fashion week, so I already got a little help with my crystal ball gazing here.

But this forecast is about real life, not the runway... and as we all know, some trends (like oh, YSL's black lipstick?) are born, and then die, on the catwalk.

So here are the beauty looks I predict will catch on this year, even with us non-model types. For realz.


I don't know how I missed these pics from Milly's S/S '11 show (above and at the top of the post) when I posted about the orange lipstick trend, but MAN. I think these are my favourites of all! (And yeah, I said orange lips were sorta scary, but they are becoming less scary by the minute. Everybody stock up on the teeth-whitening prodz!)

Anyway, you know I've been harping on forEVAH about how lipstick is back, particularly bright lipstick... but let me now rephrase that. It's mostly going to be about orange lipstick (or a highly pigmented orange gloss) this summer. (Or you can start now, whatevs.) Forget red. Orange is new, orange is fresh, and I suggest you invest in some, stat.

Tip: If your orange lipstick is too OMGorange, tone it down by layering it with a red (which will make it more of a poppy colour) or a pink (you'll get a pinky coral).


My current obsession and just as good as the orange if orange is too frightening. (Even though Armani's Reza Zaimeche says there are no rules anymore with colours, it just might be too yellow-based for your complexion.)

Above, at Diane von Furstenberg, they're more of a Day-Glo fuchsia, but Natalie Portman showed off a more wearable version here. Someone asked me about Valentine's Day beauty recently, and I think these lips would be your go-to.


So it's safe to say we are all becoming lash obsessed. I blame Latisse—but even if you don't try it now that it's available in Canada (and to be honest, I'm not sure you should*), there are loads of over-the-counter prodz to give your lashes some help.

* I say this because I heard some pretty frightening stuff about permanent eye discolouration last month from a makeup artist who works with loads of celebrity clients on Latisse (and presumably they follow package directions). Probably fine for brown-eyed peeps, but I'm personally too frightened by the idea of getting brown splotches in my blue eyes. Yikes!

Anyway! One of the most exciting lash lengtheners coming out this year is from Physicians Formula, and it's a liquid liner... which kind of makes more sense than a mascara because it gets right at the root of the lashes. More deets soon... in the meantime check out these lash-growth products.


But like I said, only on the nails and possibly the eyelids. But if you're tempted to apply anywhere else, please read this post.

Weird how something that at one time I thought was so wrong now looks so right, huh?


Say goodbye to the squoval. It's over. (Even if that shape is technically better for our nails.)

Like I've been hinting, a rounded shape is more on trend right now—and in a shorter length, probably the most wearable look for Real People Who Have To Type and Wash Dishes and Stuff.

BUT. As per the pic above, I must notify you again (because we saw them at DSquared2 a while back) that pointy nails ARE, in fact, a trend. And maybe a weapon. Could be handy.


I was sitting on posting this one until I, too, experienced the fabulousness of the half-moon mani—which has become something of a micro-trend here in Toronto at Tips Nail Bar. (ALL the beauty editors are going there, just FYI... except me, because I don't go east of Bloor St. Yet.)

Anyway! The look involves either painting the half-moons on your nails a contrasting colour OR leaving them bare. Do you love it or do you love it? Maybe best left for a pro, though—I'm not sure I have anywhere near the skillz to DIY.


I think we're collectively going to get more daring again with colour, not just for the lips but the eyes too. I suppose it's taken this long (20 years!!) to get over the 1980s.

Two of the coolest colour palettes for 2011 for the eyes are the saturated blue-greens (seen above at Oscar de la Renta and in this how-to vid featuring Gucci Westman) and the oranges at Thakoon, Carolina Herrera and Derek Lam.

The easiest way to wear this for real life is to concentrate the colour just along the lash line (either upper or lower or both) and most importantly—ground, ground, ground with black liner.


By solid I mean not that piecey look where you can see the separated, individually curled sections.

This is why the brushed-out curls I've been talking about look SO GOOD right now. Please DIY so the trend officially takes off, okay? Because as you know I'm over the flat-iron curls. (And sorry to all the straight-haired folk out there, including me. The stick-straight look shows no signs of life just yet... hair still needs to have some volume and ideally, bend.)

Here's a vid from Australian hair guru Kevin Murphy explaining the "solid-hair" trend and how to get it.


Along the same lines as the solid SHAPES is solid colour. Either one all-over colour with some shimmering dimension (quite possible with some of the new box dyes) OR tone-on-tone highlights (but they better NOT be obvious, streaky ones... ahem, Gisele).

Since I just ditched my Ombré (more on why soon), I am going to be so bold as to say that trend is going to start to phase out this year... so if you're still wanting to get the look, get on it asap—I'm giving that trend maybe another six months.

As for the colour itself, for 2011 it's warm and rich and sounding quite like something you'd want to eat: chocolate, butterscotch, honey, caramel... you get the idea.

How do you feel about these beauty trends?

What do YOU think will be the big beauty craze of 2011?

Have you adopted any of these trends already?

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