7 Strange Beauty Trends We Wish We Could Forget

Trends of all sorts, whether in beauty, fashion, music, or food act as cultural barometers. They create a snapshot of a society’s priorities, but just because a trend exists doesn’t mean you have to love it. Take the beauty industry, for example. Some things, like red lipstick and cat-eye eyeliner, were once trends and are now considered medicine-cabinet staples. And then there are some trends that veer into faux pas territory. Ultimately, a trend’s worth is in the eye of the beholder, but here are seven trends we wish we could forget.

1. Nail art

Actress Vanessa Hudgens

Actress Vanessa Hudgens sporting over-the-top nails. | LILLY LAWRENCE/Getty Images

You can find great art anywhere — at a museum, on your Instagram feed, and even in the way someone dresses. The one place we shouldn’t see art, however, is on your nails. Theoretically, adorning your nail beds with cute flowers, stars, and intricate patterns sounds like a good idea, but it’s not the best decision you can make at the nail salon. It doesn’t look professional, and if we’re being honest, nail art on anyone over 12 years old looks kitschy. Plus, it’ll look incredibly unpolished when the paint begins to chip.

For a more professional and sophisticated alternative, opt for a manicure in a single, bright hue. And while we’re on the topic of nail art, succulent nail art (yes, it’s a thing) and other avant-garde iterations are off limits, too.

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