Updated: Jan 12
Gender Fluid Makeup
We need to erase the theory that makeup is just for women. The trend now is that makeup is for everyone, boy or girl, and everyone in between. Actually, makeup has always been genderless, but now the popular new term is being used to market and display inclusiveness.
Beauty trends all over the world are now accepting makeup for everyone. Beauty brands such as Haus Labs, Urban Decay, Milk Makeup & Fenty Beauty have been advocating and championing for genderless beauty products through their eye-catching packaging and commercials on television.
With genderless makeup, everyone can have freedom of expression to create. Envision the world as your canvas of beauty and paint your masterpiece in your own unique way. It's nice to know that the beauty industry is starting to become more inclusive when it comes to our community.
Pantone's 2020 color of the year is classic blue, as worn by Beyonce (above). Classic blue is very royal, it makes me think of the beautiful aquatic ocean scenery in the Hamptons overlooking a powder-blue sky. Fashion designers like Christian Siriano, Zac Posen, Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana have used this color when creating some of their fabulous designs.
Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute said in a statement, "We are living in a time that requires trust and faith."
What Lee meant by this was in this very polarizing time the color blue can be worn for solidarity. Blue is a color that can brighten, bring peace and enhance people's minds.
There are so many ways you could go about using this color to make it look good for you as well. Classic blue will pop on any skin tone, so jump start the new year by making a statement. Don't be surprised if you see this color showing up in everyone's wardrobe for January.
Long, billowy dresses were seen everywhere from Dior to Valentino. Hemlines are often dropped, often grazing on the floor, some hang loosely from your collarbone to your calves with no restriction like an artists smock.
These long dresses take up space, often voluminous with practically no focus on exposure and security. Billowy dresses are perfect for the new year. They are beautiful, flowing, and definitely an attention grabber.
When we think of dewy skin it is used to describe beautiful even looking skin. It's almost like you're wearing highlighter but you're not wearing highlighter. It gives you the illusion that you're glowing or that you've been kissed by the Sun.
Dewy skin is a growing trend because a lot of people are looking to achieve natural beauty. When it comes to makeup people don't like it to look too heavy, less makeup is more nowadays. For a totally rejuvenated look you've got to let your skin breathe, let your skin be your stand up feature. Use tons of moisturizer and use concealer to target problematic areas for a healthy, youthful glow.
For a more seductive approach, add a winged eye cat liner and a nude glossy lip for a totally dramatic look, however in the New Year hydration is important. Make sure you use a serum & sunscreen containing SPF 30 which will help protect your skin from the sunlight's harmful UV rays.
A little bit of recycling here and there can go a long way. With the right methods, you can make your fashion eco-friendly.
According to Teen Vogue, producing one T-shirt uses about 2,700 liters of water, the same amount that the average person drinks over the course of 900 days. Every year, more than 80 billion pieces of clothing are made worldwide. After we're ready to discard a garment, three out of four end up in landfills or incinerated. And the apparel industry as a whole is the second largest polluter in the world, after oil.
Fashion still has a long way to go in the industry before becoming 100% eco-friendly.
A survey by the fashion recycling app Regain found that 27% of Fashionistas chucked unwanted clothes straight in the bin. Imagine if that were reversed and there were such a global demand for your spent threads that you were contacted daily by an organization asking if you’re finished with your trousers. It’s going to happen.
Here are four luxury fashion designers that are eco-friendly: Stella McCartney is cruelty-free—no fur or leather, they use re-engineered cashmere & ethically-sourced wool, organic cotton & recycled textiles.
Another is Rag and Bone one they use Recycled Denim.
In 2017 Rag & Bone teamed up with Cotton Incorporated's Blue Jeans Go Green to launch a denim recycling program which encourages customers to bring in their old jeans to a brick-and-mortar store for recycling. After the jeans are donated, the denim is then recycled and transformed into insulation for homes.
Another major fashion designer that is eco-friendly would be Dries Van Noten. As a label that is notorious for its love of faux fur, the Belgian designer fascinates on the cold climates to create the most beautiful creations. From over sized coats to jackets in the winter 2018 collection, Dries Van Noten has championed faux fur as a signature style, continuously being inspired by both animal prints and ethical materials.
Giorgio Armani in March 2016 saw a insurgence in Italian fashion when Giorgio Armani announced that they would no longer be designing collections using faux fur. Supported by the Fur Free Alliance, an active association that fights to end animal exploitation, Giorgio Armani has since teamed up with them.
Men in Dresses
Men are definitely erasing the gender stigma. The belief that tuxes are for boys and dresses are for girls is slowly dwindling away. From Billy Porter's 2019 Oscars tuxedo dress custom made by Christian Siriano to Marc Jacob rocking one of his own fabulous creations, men are breaking the mold when it comes to dresses and toxic masculinity.
Years ago rapper Young Thug wore a dress on his album cover for "Jeffery", and recently, fashion muse rapper and producer Pharrell Williams wore a dress on the cover of GQ. There's something sexy about a man wearing a tux or a dress it's all about confidence and how you carry yourself. Confidence is what makes great fashion statements. Billy Porter Told, Vogue Magazine in an interview," This look was interesting because it's not drag. I'm not a drag queen, I'm a man in a dress."
#Gayes what other fashion & beauty trends are you looking forward too in 2020?