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Louise Roe, Pamela Love and More on 2012’s Best & Worst Beauty Trends

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun. 

As another awesome year in beauty comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on all the inspiring and, at times, interesting trends that hit the scene. Since I’m having a difficult time narrowing down my favorites and least favorites, I’ve called on a few of my mega stylish, wildly talented friends to do the choosing for me. (Keep in mind that not all “Nays” are created equal and one girl’s beauty blunder can certainly be another girl’s beauty brilliance, so please take this list with a grain of salt.) Cheers!


(Photo: Facebook/louise-roe-official)

1. Louise Roe, Fashion Star host and Glamour’s fashion editor-at-large
Yay: “Oxblood-hued lips. So hot!”
Nay: “I didn’t care for red or pink eyeshadow. It looks like you’ve got an eye infection.”

2. Pamela Love, jewelry designer
Yay: “I loved all of the nail art trends this year!” 
Nay: “The mile-long pointy nail trend was a little creepy.”

3. Amanda Thomas, designer of cult-favorite jewelry brand Luv Aj
: “White hair! I fell for this trend early on this year after seeing models like Soo Joo and Aline Weber go white, and I mean white. I decided to try the Snow White look and dunked my head in a bucket of bleach. I haven’t looked back since!” 
Nay: “Instagramming nail art. I get that when people have super-cool nails they feel the need to post them, but please make sure your cuticles are looking fresh. Also, don’t choose a filter that makes your hands look creepy.”


(Photo: Instagram/dannijo)

4. Danielle and Jodie Snyder, designers of NY-based jewelry brand Dannijo
Yay: “Red lipstick. Nothing says femme fatale like rouge lips.”
Nay: “Fake eyelashes—they look so obvious! They’re great for TV and photo shoots, though.”

5. Emily Current, stylist and designer
Yay: “Dark black-cherry lipstick. I love how it looks with a bare eye, paired with all black or all white clothing.”
Nay: “Pointy talon manicures—not because they look bad, but because they’re just not functional. Plus, they look super dangerous!”

6. Meritt Elliott, stylist and designer
Yay: “Super full, untamed eyebrows. They look gorgeous and are so much less maintenance.”
Nay: “The wet hair look. My mom always told me I’d get a cold with wet hair!”


7. Tori Praver, model and designer of swimwear brand Tori Praver Swimwear
: “I would say my favorite beauty trend of 2012 is the gel manicure. It’s a great invention for a long lasting manicure.”
Nay: “None come to mind!”

8. Jodie Fox, founder of custom shoe company Shoes of Prey
: “Keira Knightley’s winged liquid liner and bold pink pout was completely divine.”
Nay: “Frazzled lashes recovering from extensions. Please let 2013 be about healthy, lush lashes with great mascara.”


(Photo: Instagram/AnabelTollman)

9. Annabel Tollman, celebrity stylist and spokesperson
: “Red lipstick, definitely.”
Nay: “Permanent false eyelashes—they never look convincing.”

10. Tamie Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough, designers of LA-based shoe brand Mara & Mine 
Yay: “The NARS Instant Tanner for the body.”
Nay: “We didn’t love crazy nail art.”

11. Sue Di Chio, designer of Australian-based brand Suboo
: “The wet hair look. Nothing is more effortlessly chic than coming straight off the beach and heading to dinner with hair still wet from a swim in the ocean.”
Nay: Glitter-flecked makeup. Whether it’s in the lipstick or on the eyes, I’m not a fan of unnatural flecks of glitter on the face.”

12. Robin Brouillette, fashion designer
: “Red coral lips, fishtail braids and loose ponytails that went down the runway for spring.”
Nay: “Headbands and fussy hair clips that went down the runways for fall.”

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