Makeup Trends: Fun or Crazy?

Instagram Makeup Trends. Anyone who enjoys spending hours of their time falling deeper and deeper into the beauty blogger hole could probably name a few of these trends. Caitlin Krause, with the help of some friends, walks us through the fun, and crazy, of Instagram Makeup Trends.

   

Instagram makeup gurus have brought us new and unconventional beauty blender tools, tutorials on how to get your eyebrows perfectly on point, and eye makeup looks that make us wish we could draw miniscule details on our eyelids. In other words, Instagram makeup trends show the creativity and innovation of this modern world we live in.

However, many people have criticized some trends, wondering if they have gone too far. With people using hard-boiled eggs to blend their foundation, forks to contour noses, and eye makeup that boldly goes where no eye makeup has gone before, I can understand the hesitation. Ultimately, however, I have to disagree. Yes, a lot of these trends would not necessarily be practical for an everyday, but they are incredibly fun to try. Who wouldn’t want a little more fun introduced to their makeup routine? Well, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and roped my two friends into trying out weird Instagram makeup trends with me. The following is how it went:

Charlotte, who is a fellow model and executive director of Label next year, and Katie, the current treasurer for Label, were kind enough (or crazy enough) to join me for this experiment. However, we wanted to spice up trying these trends, so we turned our experiment into a drinking game (this step is, of course, entirely optional). Based off of our personalities, we came up with three simple rules: if you swear you had to drink, if you complain you had to drink, and if you make an innuendo wittingly or unwittingly, you had to drink. With these rules in mind, we began.

The first step was foundation. For this we decided to use unconventional beauty blenders. Katie used a hard-boiled egg. I used a normal beauty blender but with a condom on it, and Charlotte used a tomato. The idea behind these three techniques is that they are close to the shape and size of the beauty blender but will not absorb your product. After a while of blending, as well as many innuendos and Charlotte bursting her tomato, we ended up with these looks:

  Katie : ‘It’s not that bad. It blended pretty well, and the smell of the hard-boiled egg did not transfer to my skin so that was a plus. I just have problems because the foundation I used is not my normal one so it does not necessarily match my skin tone.’ 

Katie: ‘It’s not that bad. It blended pretty well, and the smell of the hard-boiled egg did not transfer to my skin so that was a plus. I just have problems because the foundation I used is not my normal one so it does not necessarily match my skin tone.’ 

  Caitlin : ‘It is not the worst thing. That being said, if you have a beauty blender, just use your beauty blender. There is no need to put a condom on it. I would much rather have my beauty blender soak up my product than listen to the awful noise of the condom hitting my face.’ 

Caitlin: ‘It is not the worst thing. That being said, if you have a beauty blender, just use your beauty blender. There is no need to put a condom on it. I would much rather have my beauty blender soak up my product than listen to the awful noise of the condom hitting my face.’ 

  Charlotte : ‘Well, if you ever have to blend your makeup using a tomato, I recommend a less firm one. Also, don’t squeeze it until it bursts. But really, I think what we need to take away from this is that you should eat your tomatoes instead of using them to blend your makeup.’ 

Charlotte: ‘Well, if you ever have to blend your makeup using a tomato, I recommend a less firm one. Also, don’t squeeze it until it bursts. But really, I think what we need to take away from this is that you should eat your tomatoes instead of using them to blend your makeup.’ 

Overall the verdict was that the egg worked best, but it is definitely not a tool for everyday application.

The next step was contouring. Though we often contour our whole face, we decided to focus on the nose and to do fork contouring. The idea behind this is that the gaps in the fork act as a stencil for your contouring powder to provide you with perfectly straight lines. This should go without saying, but please be careful about putting a fork near your face, as you do not want to accidentally poke your eye. For this reason, we did fork contouring on each other, not on ourselves, because then four hands could be involved. Here are our efforts and thoughts:

  Katie : ‘I mean you definitely get straight lines from doing it, so if you are a beginner I guess I can see how this would be helpful. However, it is definitely a two person job if you only have a handheld mirror.’ 

Katie: ‘I mean you definitely get straight lines from doing it, so if you are a beginner I guess I can see how this would be helpful. However, it is definitely a two person job if you only have a handheld mirror.’ 

  Caitlin : ‘I am not the most coordinated person, so putting a fork near my face and near the faces of others was not the best idea. In hindsight, perhaps do not incorporate the fork into the experience if you have already been drinking.’ 

Caitlin: ‘I am not the most coordinated person, so putting a fork near my face and near the faces of others was not the best idea. In hindsight, perhaps do not incorporate the fork into the experience if you have already been drinking.’ 

  Charlotte : ‘Straight lines are not that important. You still have to blend anyways, so it does not make any sense to add an element of danger by putting a fork near your eyes.’ 

Charlotte: ‘Straight lines are not that important. You still have to blend anyways, so it does not make any sense to add an element of danger by putting a fork near your eyes.’ 

The final step was the eye makeup. Though many Instagram beauty trends feature eye makeup with precise details, such as a delicate crown being drawn on the eyelid, we were a little too tipsy at this point to attempt that. Therefore, we decided to go big and bold. Katie decided to do a pink cut-crease look. I decided to go with a look that was reminiscent of a sunset, and Charlotte chose a bold black and white contrast. I will admit that some aspects of the look were a success, while others were an utter fail, especially when Charlotte began dipping her tomato into her makeup remover in a desperate attempt to clean up the look. Below is our inspiration and then how our final looks turned out:

Inspiration (@fuzzmakeup):

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Our look: 

  Katie : ‘I don’t think it’s too bad considering I haven’t done a cut crease before, but I definitely would not wear this every day.’ 

Katie: ‘I don’t think it’s too bad considering I haven’t done a cut crease before, but I definitely would not wear this every day.’ 

Inspiration (@umameninaensinou): 

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Our look: 

  Caitlin : ‘I really can only sum up this look in two words: festive raccoon.’ 

Caitlin: ‘I really can only sum up this look in two words: festive raccoon.’ 

Inspiration (@pri.ferreiramakeup): 

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Our look: 

  Charlotte : ‘Basically, do not do your eye makeup while slightly ‘under the influence.’ You end up with a lot of regrets.’ 

Charlotte: ‘Basically, do not do your eye makeup while slightly ‘under the influence.’ You end up with a lot of regrets.’ 

Overall, the experience was an interesting one. We all had a lot of fun and shared a lot of laughs as we tried these eccentric trends. Would any of us recommend using these unconventional beauty tools or bold looks? Well, perhaps only on special occasions. However, the fun of these trends is undeniable, and I strongly recommend making a night of it and trying these trends with your friends. It is a memory you will all be able to look back at and laugh about.

Thank you very much to Jody Brimacombe and Rachel Wells for being our amazing videographers, and special thanks to Jody for editing this video. Note: we did not have the proper mic so the sound is a little off, but that will be remedied in the next video.