Ah, the whirlwind home stretch to the end of another year. Before taking a sip of champagne and ringing in 2019, take a moment to reflect on the past twelve glorious months of head turning beauty—after all those statement making 70's curls and long, glowing legs definitely deserve to be reviewed yet again. From rose-colored waves to metallic makeup moments, here are the 10 beauty trends that defined 2018.
The New Dream Girl Updo
The I Dream of Jeanie tie-back is to 2018 what architectural top knots were to 2017: the retro, half-up style could be arguably the year's most surprising trend to take hold. Kim Kardashian West, Ciara and Jessica Alba pulled back their respective lengths to channel the throwback leading lady Barbara Eden, while taking red carpets and the streets of Manhattan by modern storm.
All-Over Silver Statements
Move over Gen-Z yellow, the color of 2018 was a striking shade of gleaming silver. From Rihanna’s metallic mouth in Sydney to Kylie Jenner’s recent platinum-meets-sterling dye job and the bevy of glitter-eyed models storming the recent fashion runways consider the festive add-on the ultimate end-of-year accessory.
Power Pastel Hair Color
With last year's rising Millennial-pink makeup trend in the books, fashion's favorite beauties played up a still softer shade of rose by giving their lengths a blush toned makeover. Hailey Baldwin arrived at the Met Gala with a subtle sorbet-tinted shade change up, while Julia Roberts traded in her signature honey waves recently for dip dyed peony ends.
Longer Than Life Legs
Risky skin reveals were taken to remarkable new heights this year, as Kendall Jenner, Dakota Johnson and even Jennifer Lawrence showed a flash of leg alongside many a miniskirt. Paired with a dollop of shimmering body oil and, for many an It-girl, a weekly Pilates session or two, the trend is likely to stick around as awards season picks up speed come January.
Decadent Hair Accessories
Gleaming barrettes and bold bows too saw their moment in the sun, as street style enthusiasts reached for virtually anything to decorate their pavement pounding lengths. There were 90's inspired claw clips, scrunchies and one particularly memorable tiara on Kate Middleton that sent Londoners into a tailspin.
Taking home the award yet again for the most popular haircut of the year is the ubiquitous, ever-flattering bob. Practically every A-lister from Margot Robbie to Susan Sarandon and Liu Wen picked up the shears in favor of the breezy short chop and there are no signs of the effortless crop slowing down any time soon.
Baby Body Confidence
Between model Slick Wood's pregnant runway walk at Fenty to Candice Swanepoel's bombshell nude belly snap on Instagram, the year was teaming with baby body confidence. Chrissy Teigen candidly revealed her newfound appreciation for her stretch marks after giving birth to her second son, Miles, in July while Cardi B famously returned to the red carpet to host the VMA's just one month postpartum, sporting a series of head turning ensembles that highlighted her talented curves and glowing limbs.
Call it the New Romantic effect: larger than life curls made a major come back, giving the polished blowout a serious run for it's money. Whether paired with a throwback Versace slip dress, a la Blake Lively or a dainty crystal barrette, like Amanda Seyfried, the humidity-fueled statement was a fresh red carpet update.
Femme Fatale Red Lipstick
Punchy crimson pouts continue to pepper Instagram feeds, no matter the season or temperature outside. Laura Harrier, Jeanne Damas and Hannah Ferguson prove that a bright, classic, slightly dangerous bullet of cherry red pigment truly never goes out of style.
One Night Only Bangs
Sideswept, choppy or micro, bangs proved to be one of the year's instant hits. Yet rather than snipping a full row of dense fringe, a few crafty street style stars (Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski to name a few) took the piece-y style for a one-night-only test drive, fastening in a series of clip-in extensions for a transformative look that's gone by morning.