Top ten beauty trends for 2016

Lynnette Peck / 13 January 2016

Sheet masks, strobing, dry hair conditioner, anti-pollution skincare and more – 2016 is shaping up to be the best yet in the world of beauty trends.



Anti-pollution skincare

It seems that in the world of skincare ‘anti-pollution’ is the new ‘SPF’. So products are now available that not only protect our skin from the sun’s rays but also from dust, smog, factory fumes, traffic pollution, nicotine and more. It is probably needed more in China than the UK, but they are worth a try, especially for inner city dwellers.

Try: Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, 50ml for £25 johnlewis.com; Thalgo Anti-Pollution Oxygenation Skincare Oxygen 3 Defence Cream, 50ml for £49.50 thalgo.co.uk

Related: Does your moisturiser work?

Bake your face

Baking is a method whereby you leave translucent loose face powder to sit on your face for five to ten minutes (after foundation and concealer has been applied) – this allows the heat from your face to set the products. Then dust it off.

Try: Corn Silk Loose Powder, £8.16 boots.com; Rimmel London Match Perfection Loose Transparent Powder, £6.99 asos.com

Dry hair conditioner

If you thought dry shampoo was the best beauty invention ever then this tip-off from the UK’s foremost beauty blogger Jane Cunningham (britishbeautyblogger.com) will excite. She has blogged that dry conditioner is on its way to the UK in March 2016 via the US brand Drybar (Drybar Detox Dry Conditioner).

We need never get our hair wet again.

Korean beauty

Some of the best beauty trends and technology are currently coming out of South Korea. You can buy into a piece of that in the UK with the Erborian skincare line which combines natural Korean ingredients with French luxury and is available at uk.erborian.com

Neck and neck

Two thirds of UK women still do not use a neck cream and beauty companies are naturally very keen that we do. While I personally do not believe a cream will eradicate wrinkles these new neck creams will soften and moisturise.

Try: Estee Lauder Dimension Tighten+Tone Neck/Chest Treatment, £70 esteelauder.co.uk (available from February 2016); Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Neck and Decollete Firm & Repair Cream, £85, elizabetharden.co.uk

Related: The best neck creams 

Nude lips

In the lovely world of lipstick, brands are moving away from bright red and bright pink to shades of nude, toffee and soft chocolate. Blame the US reality TV family the Kardashians for this trend, but it is wearable and flattering.

Try: Nars Killer Shine Lipstick, £20 narscosmetics.co.uk; Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate, £23 charlottetilbury.com

Powder cleansers

Powder cleansers are a trend from Japan and they are gentler on the skin than gels or liquids as they don’t contain alcohol and preservatives. Great for sensitive skin. Simply mix with water for an instant foamy cleanse.

Try: Diptyque Radiance Boosting Powder, £38, johnlewis.com; DHC Face Wash Powder, £9.50 dhcuk.co.uk

Sheet masks

2016 is the year of the sheet facemask. Every brand is producing one for every manner of skin need and they are now even being made in the shape of tigers, cats and dogs for fun lovers.

Try: Skin Pep Ultra-Hydrating Anti Wrinkle Gel Mask, £4.99 skinpep.com; Olay Total Effects Mask 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing 5 Stretching Cloth Masks, £7.49 boots.com

Strobing

Brands are developing ‘strobing’ products to apply on the face where light naturally hits it. These highlighters are slightly shimmery and soft, and give skin a radiance.

Try: Guerlain Meteorites Base Perfecting Pearls, £46 for 30ml (launches January 13th); MAC Strobe Cream, £24.50 johnlewis.com; Temple Spa Look On The Brightside, £30, selfridges.com

Super balms

A basic lip balm works well but now brands are launching coloured balms, plumping balms and more. Lips need never be dry.

Try: Lancôme Juicy Shaker Biphasic Colour Infusion Lip Oil in 20 shades, £18 available from March 2nd; Fillerina Roll-on Lip Plumper £40, fillerina.co.uk; Estée Lauder New Dimension Plump+Fill Expert Lip Treatment, £34

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