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Dissecting The Rise And Rise Of The ‘Anti-Beauty’ Trend

In the ever-evolving world of beauty, trends come and go like fleeting love affairs. However, one trend has managed to capture the hearts of rebels and rule-breakers—the ‘Anti-Beauty’ movement. Like a rebellious teenager against the status quo, this trend has challenged the conventional norms of flawless, filtered skin, perfect make-up, and meticulously coiffed hair.

So, why has the beauty community embraced the art of imperfection? Let’s delve into the depths of the ‘Anti-Beauty’ revolution.

Breaking the Mould

When glossy perfection and high-octane glamour ruled the beauty landscape, rebels emerged, giving birth to the ‘Anti-Beauty’ brigade. The movement is a defiant response to outdated beauty standards that once dictated flawless skin, slim bodies, and long, flowing locks. Today, it’s all about the gritty realness, with influencers and models flaunting greasy, day-three hair, insomniac eyes, and make-up that suggests they’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster—or perhaps just navigating their latest utility bill.

What Is The Anti-Beauty Trend All About?

In a world that often dictates conformity, this beauty trend serves as a manifesto of authenticity. Gone are the retouched smiles and #livingmydreamlife perfection, replaced by a new wave of realness. This shift towards authenticity has given rise to the ‘dissociative pout’ and the ‘I have a right to be ugly’ ethos. It’s about embracing imperfections, from daring brows and unconventional hair colours to quirky nail looks and face tattoos. It’s a rebellion against the glossy, picture-perfect facade.

Celebrating imperfections, this trend boldly features slender or deliberately absent eyebrows, smudged make-up, bearing the lived-in look, generously applied mascara, playful exploration with colour contacts, and an overall defiance of traditional beauty norms. It’s a unique approach to make-up, transforming it into a tool for expressing internal emotions and unlocking creativity. The movement encourages individuals to embrace their distinctive features and use make-up as a medium for self-expression.

The Monetisation of Authenticity

In a twist of fate, authenticity has become a commodity in the beauty industry. The raw and unfiltered look is not just a personal statement; it’s a marketable trend. As celebrities and brands clamour for authenticity, the market responds with a plethora of products designed to help achieve the nihilistic beauty vibe. In this era, even our ‘authentic selves’ might need a helping hand, courtesy of a conveniently curated selection of beauty products, which, we’re not sure is the aim of the anti-beauty sentiment, but we’re getting there.

Your Guide to Joining the ‘Anti-Beauty’ Revolution

So, how can you participate in this unfiltered trend and make it your new canvas? Ditch the notion that beauty is a one-size-fits-all concept, and let your unique features shine.

Statement Brows:

Whether you go for bleached, shaved, ultra-thick, or ultra-thin brows, make a statement with your brows. Step away from the conventional arch and experiment with a bold brow shape that defies traditional beauty norms.

Expressive Hair:

Say goodbye to the natural hair spectrum and dive headfirst into bold, non-traditional hues, or, better yet, chop it all off. From vibrant rainbow shades to unconventional darks and blonde buzz cuts, let your hair be a canvas of self-expression.

Maximalist “ugly” Nail Looks:

Move beyond classic, elegant manicures and explore quirky, mismatched styles. Whether you opt for junk-inspired designs or playful mismatched patterns, your nails need to become an extension of your personality.

Editorial Eyeshadow:

Bid farewell to perfectly even eyeshadow and welcome the charm of mismatched hues. Take inspiration from iconic characters like Audrey Tautou’s character, Amélie Poulain from Amélie (2001), with her pixie-bob, ultra short bangs and bold lips, or Ncuti Gatwa’s Eric from hit Netflix Series Sex Education (2019-present), with his bold and vibrant eyeshadow looks. Luna Lovegood portrayed by Evanna Lynch in the Harry Potter series, Phoebe Buffay played by Lisa Kudrow in Friends, and the distinctive eyeshadow choices of Helena Bonham Carter across various roles, particularly in films like Alice in Wonderland, exemplify the art of dressing up as a form of self-expression. These characters and performances showcase how personal style, including unique eyeshadow choices, becomes a vibrant reflection of individual personalities within the realm of storytelling.

Unfiltered Make-Up:

Embrace make-up as a tool for self-expression rather than conformity. Experiment with bold mascara, graphic eyeliners, mismatched accessories and lived-in make-up that speaks to your mood and creativity.

Participating in this beauty trend is an invitation to rewrite the rules and redefine beauty on your terms. So, are you ready to let the world see the real you?