Shimmery, sparkly makeup was a huge hit – both on the catwalk, where brands such as Topshop, Maison Margiela, Thom Browne and Anna Sui embraced it, and on the red carpet, where stars including Vanessa Hudgens and Cara Delevingne led the way. The trend even made its way into skincare, with GlamGlow and Too Faced both dreaming up glitter face masks for disco-lovers.
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Neon makeup saw a revival in 2017, with technicolor eyeshadow hues making a statement at fashion shows for Marni, Valentino, Chanel and many more brands. L'Oreal Paris and nail brand Sinful Colors both debuted a series of brightly colored mascaras this year, while Korean fashion design duo Steve J. & Yoni P.'s collaboration for MAC Cosmetics was a riot of vivid color. Alicia Keys even incorporated the trend into her hairstyle, kick-starting a separate movement.
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Unicorn-themed cosmetics formed one of the biggest beauty trends of 2017, with consumers lapping up candy-colored, holographic or magical-themed products from haircare to makeup. Major launches included a Tarte Cosmetics ‘Magic Wands Brush Set', a ‘Unicorn Mist' facial spray from Paris Hilton, and a limited-edition ‘Unicorn Pearl' lipstick from Bite Beauty. Too Faced also announced the launch of a whole new unicorn-inspired collection, ‘Life's A Festival,' for February 2018, so it looks as though the craze is here to stay.
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Faces were shinier, then, but so were lips -- thanks to the resurgence of glossy lip colors. Rihanna, as ever, was at the forefront of the trend, making a ‘Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer' a standout product from her ‘Fenty Beauty' launch, but similarly high-shine products came thick and fast, courtesy of a ‘Moschino x Sephora' collection and a new ‘Rouge Coco Gloss' from Chanel, fronted by Lily-Rose Depp.
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A dewy, glossy complexion became one of the most-coveted accessories of the year, thanks to catwalk beauty looks from Christopher Kane, Fenty Puma by Rihanna and Y/Project, to name just a few. The trend was boosted by the K-beauty craze for ‘glass skin', as well as high-profile highlighter launches from Kim Kardashian, Nars x Christopher Kane, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna.
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