Makeup trends I’m not a fan of!

This post is not my typical how to or review… to be fair there’s not much going on and I haven’t been using as much beauty products or doing makeup at all lately…. Although, I do have some gorgeous products new skin care I bought to try which I will be sharing my opinion on once used more!

Anyway I’ve decided to list the makeup trends that I dislike for a change and that I think have had their day!

All in good fun and of course if you love these trends, please keep doing you! This is just my personal taste.

Stamped over drawn eyebrows

I’ll start by saying, I’ve never liked this look even when it was trending… not for me, I just think they look severe, unnatural and unflattering. Give me a soft fluffy brow and light definition any day. Ciao


I’ve mentioned this before, I’m not the biggest primer fan, basically if you use a good skin prep in terms of your skin care, this is enough. Sometimes primer in targeted areas can help but over all, they are over marketed silicone.

Paint by numbers contour Contouring is supposed to enhance YOUR features and guess what, we all have different face structures.You don’t need a whole pallette to achieve a sculpted look.

Packing product

I don’t know why but when I hear pack that product on on it makes me shiver. I feel like when people are talking about applying making they sound like they are building a wall using cement…

Lay it on there…

This is when loose powder is “Packed” over your liquid or cream product (most frequently under the eye) and let sit for a few minutes to set. The excess (it’s all excess) is then brushed away leaving a seemingly flawless surface.

I think this needs to be left in the drag world with the professional queens, it’s just so unnecessary to have that much powder on such a delicate part of your face that only looks good through a ring light.

Rough blending

I squirm when I watch tutorials that have the artist looking like they are punching the face off themselves with a sponge… go easy guys and girls… the less pressure the better, seriously.

Pallettes for EVERYTHING

everyone and their granny’s have pallettes at this stage and the reality is you use a couple of shades and let it go rancid by leaving it there for years and moving on to the next.

I love a good pallette don’t get me wrong and I sometimes buy them on whims especially when I know I’ll get good use of them, particularly in  my kit, but just be mindful that they are nearly all the same in terms of formulations and all from the same suppliers with just someone else’s branding on it.

Shop smart.

The nose dot

That little stamp of highlight at the end of the nose. Not for me

I just want to reiterate that these are just my opinions on some trends that grind my gears a bit. Some may dislike the type of makeup I like and that’s totally fine too! There is no right and wrong when it comes to you doing your makeup.

I find it so interesting looking back on trends only a few years back and seeing how much has changed and evolved already but the classic techniques always remain and work the same such as good skin prep, layering, softly blending, working with your own face etc.

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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