This was definitely the year of emerging new beauty trends.  In 2017, beauty influencers set the boundaries of what should be accepted as beautiful on the internet.  As much as I hope that these trends will go away in 2018, I have a feeling that they are just getting started.  Here are some of the worst beauty trends of 2017.

This year harbored some.. interesting... beauty trends, to say the least. Here are 10 of the absolute worst beauty trends of 2017...

10. Black Highlighter

To be fair, this trend was started around Halloween, with the release of Jeffree Star’s Onyx Ice, and was meant to be part of costume makeup.  However, the people of the internet decided they liked it and took it to the next level.

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9. Glitter Butt

This trend started around the spring of 2017, when makeup artist, Mia Kennington made it a thing.  Inspired by “sandy bums,” she shared many photos of this look on her Instagram page.  To be honest, I’m a fan of glitter everything… so I could hang with this.  I can see it being a big thing at music festivals or “Burning Man”… but I don’t even want to think of the places you’ll be pulling glitter out of afterward.

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8. Lollipop Lips

This is one of the most memorable, yet one of the worst beauty trends of 2017.  It was started by MAC Cosmetics on runway models in the spring.  To create this look, the outer lines of your lipstick need to be smudged, to make it appear as if you were sucking on a lollipop.

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7. Feather Brows

When I think back in 2017, unfortunately, I remember these horrible eyebrow trends emerging.  At first glance, I thought that these were just a ploy for attention and not something that people were really doing on a daily basis.  However, when digging deeper, it appears that people actually like this look and try to push the boundaries with it.  Either way, you can find yourself some sweet feather brow tutorials on YouTube.

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Recently, beauty vlogger, Taylor R, took it one step further and introduced the “Christmas Tree Eyebrows.” Eye Roll

This year harbored some.. interesting... beauty trends, to say the least. Here are 10 of the absolute worst beauty trends of 2017...

6. Hairy Selfie Nails

Yep.  This was a thing this year.

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5. Unconventional Blending Tools

This year, the internet sure wanted to be creative in the ways they applied makeup.  Condoms, silicone bra inserts, tampons, hard-boiled eggs, and tomatoes were among some of the favorite tools used by top beauty influencers around the web.

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4.Pimple-Popper Nails

This horrible beauty trend from 2017 leaves me utterly speechless.  I literally have nothing to say.

3. The Squiggle Brow / Wavy Makeup

Like the feather brows, I vividly remember seeing the squiggle brows all over social media.  And if the brows aren’t bad enough, wavy lips and eyeliner styles are also a thing.  The worst part?  People are actually like this look and try to recreate it at home.

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2. Nose Hair Extensions

I am relatively sure that the only reason anyone would recreate this look is to get attention and social media followers.  There is no way these bloggers actually believe they look good with fake eyelashes glued to the inside of their nostrils.

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1. Unicorn Armpit Hair

I will admit that I think some of these ladies can almost rock this look.  See exhibit A.

This year harbored some.. interesting... beauty trends, to say the least. Here are 10 of the absolute worst beauty trends of 2017...

However, this is still one trend I just can’t get behind.  Regardless of what I think, this trend is actually really popular.  I think the hairy armpit trend has to do with the feminist movement and girls not wanting to be forced into conforming to society’s standards for them.  Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga have helped propel this trend forward.  As for the rainbow armpits, it started as a fad around Pride events this year.

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What do you think of these trends?  Are they some of the worst beauty trends of 2017?  Do you like any of them?  I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below…


Hollee Wood is a professional hairstylist with over 10 years of experience in the hair industry. She loves teaching about the science of hair along with everything else beautiful.


  1. Julie Anderson Reply

    Just wanted to comment in on the arm pit hair….There isn’t a field guide for feminism circulating that mandates that everyone has to stop shaving their body hair. How is this something people actually believe? If it so happens you don’t want to shave your body hair (because it’s your body and your choice), of course feminism welcomes you with open arms — just as it does hetero women who are quote-unquote “girly” and like to get glammed up. It should be mentioned, though, that the idea of shaving as “girly” is kind of ludicrous. Who decided having hair wasn’t feminine? Psh. Again, equal rights for everyone have nothing to do with how you look, what your preferences are, who you find attractive, or anything else in that vein. It’s about equality so I don’t think it has anything to do with feminism but everything to do with attention.

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