Although not an official list of most searched beauty queries from Google, these trends were searched way more in 2015 than they were last year. You might be tardy to the party, but finally figuring out these makeup and skincare hacks will take next year's selfies to a whole new level — at least, until 2016 decides to ditch these trends...so maybe get your contour and strobe fixations worked out while it's still in style.
How to do the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge
This digital dare inspired by the youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan had those aspiring for fuller lips sucking on shot glasses. Suction created by the cups cause a temporary swelling reminiscent of Jenner’s pout. However, it might not be a good idea to jump on this long-gone bandwagon now — the challenge inflicted swelling, bruises, and drew controversy that Jenner herself spoke out against.
How to contour
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An old trick in any makeup artist’s arsenal, contouring steadily gained attention in 2014 before exploding this year. Nowadays high-end and low-end contouring kits are widespread, with both cream and powder options popular for slimming faces.
To contour, take a matte brown shade darker than your natural skin colour and buff it into the hollows of your cheekbones. Then blend until it matches seamlessly with your skin, creating a natural-looking shadow. To make the effect more dramatic, use a shade lighter than your skin colour on the high points of your face. You'll look clownish for a hot second, but the effects can be dramatically glam or subtle improvements.
...And how to strobe
Contouring’s luminous cousin, strobing, took highlighting to the next level. Instead of creating shadows with contours, strobing illuminates the parts of the face where light hits. You’ll want to apply a highlighting product to the centre of the forehead, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and above your cheekbones.
How to wear matte lips
Popularized by the Kardashians, the matte nude lip made a comeback in 2015. To mattify any lip, apply a light dusting of face power to your lips (but not so much that your lips dry out). Or buy a matte lipstick, which come at luxe and drugstore prices.
How to pop zits
Pimples have plagued people for eons, and will continue to do so. Most of the time, you’re not going to want to pop a zit, since deep-rooted ones can lead to scarring and the pus that oozes can spread bacteria. The best solutions to banish acne are diet changes (taking out sodium and excess dairy)
Still, since you asked, we must deliver: to pop a zit, with clean fingers take a tissue and squeeze the zit from the bottom. Don’t pick at the sensitive skin, as tempting as it may be.
What is beard balm?
Mane maintenance went below the chin in 2015, with artisanal facial hair products going through a boom. Among them was beard balm, a pomade made of nourishing conditioners for making face fuzz soft and silky.
How to put box braids into a bun
Long-lasting and low-maintenance, box braids are a style that always looks good — especially piled high into a bun. To get a top-knot bun, tie hair into a ponytail, twist around, and then tuck loose braids in. Bobby pins will be your best friend for this.
How to make hair “not staticky”
Don’t you love when a problem bothers so many people that a non-dictionary word becomes googleable (okay, another example right there)? For those cursed with static-charged hair, moisturizing your locks with oil mists and deep conditioners should keep the gravity-defying strands at bay.
What are lip fillers?
In another Kardashian-inspired lip trend, the Internet scratched its head at Kylie Jenner’s lip fillers, which are semi-permanent injections of collagen or hyaluronic acid.
How to take off gel nails
While gel nails last weeks longer than regular nail polish, search trends prove they’re a hassle to remove. Soaking nails in acetone should do the trick, which is incredibly drying but gets the job done. To combat getting brittle cuticles and shriveled fingers, massage lotion and cuticle oil in the hours following removal will help.