Best Beauty Trends in 2017

As 2017 has just ended, beauty geeks around the world are reflecting on all the trends that rocked our world this year. 2017 wasn’t the trendiest year when it comes to makeup and fashion that’s for sure. But there were a couple of them that deserve some recognition.

For desi people like you and I, we couldn’t really get into all of the fashion trends like buzz cuts and bleach blonds. But there were others that were seriously popular here probably more than anywhere else.

1. Adidas Superstar Sneakers
The plain white pair of sneakers were literally everywhere this year! At first I was surprised how everyone could afford high-end brand sneakers so easily. Well, not all the superstar sneakers you see people wearing around you are original Adidas. Tons of online shops and Facebook pages started offering these white sneakers at less than half the price!

2. Face Masks
I can’t be the only one who saw a friend on Snapchat wearing a charcoal mask at least once a week. These face masks were super popular this year especially the charcoal one. With all the hype around it, I don’t see the trend ending next year either!

3. Glitter Lipstick
Honestly, the glitter lipstick trend wasn’t that crazily followed by Pakistanis. It did, however, set new lip makeup standards across the globe. But with the glitter health controversy that sparked this year, this trend might see its demise as fast as choker necklaces did.

4. Poppin’ Highlighter
Highlighters were always a part of a complete makeup routine for many people but the obsession over aggressive highlighters has only just begun. With the Fenty Beauty line and Huda Beauty highlighters getting better and better, the shine on our cheekbones might get blinder and blinder.

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5. K-Beauty
Korean Beauty, just like Korean Pop, was undeniably a showstopper this year. K-beauty completely revolutionized skincare and it keeps growing. I’m not complaining though – these products actually work like a miracle!

 

* The beautiful picture used in this post has been provided by the lovely Zainab Taha. She is a self taught, home based Makeup artist in Karachi. You can contact her via her Facebook group.

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Pantene Hum Bridal Couture Week 2017

Bold, festive and fashionable – three words that effectively describe the Pantene Hum Bridal Couture Week.

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The month of December is the prime wedding season in Pakistan. Getting three wedding invites on the same day this month isn’t rare and finding a darzi (tailor) that will stitch your wedding clothes in time is almost close to impossible. To celebrate this festive vibe in the cold winter air and to deliver some trendy new inspiration, the PHBCW 2017 was held in Lahore a few days back.

Major designers took the chance to flaunt their latest designs and top-notch models lit the ramp up. From Mawra Hocane to Uzma Hassan, the list of the celebrities that participated in the PHBCW is extensive.

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While some designers went for a traditional approach in bridal wear – lehngas, gharara and shararas, others like Amina Yaseen took an entirely different trajectory altogether with a western gown-like bridal. The menswear line was not taken lightly either; Royal Tag, in particular, brought class to the ramp with a dark maroon tuxedo and a velvety bowtie to complement it. Lajwanti, on the other hand, went a little too eastern and gave a Mughal king impression.

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Let’s not forget the highlight of the PHBCW – the appearance of a young girl in a school uniform clad in makeup and bridal accessories. This walk was a collaboration between Ali Xeeshan Theater Studio and the UN Women Pakistan Association to raise awareness and condemn child marriages. Kudos to the designer for using this fashion platform for a deeper, more important message!

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