Top 10 fashion and beauty trends of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, Yahoo Singapore looks back at the top trends and style moments of the year.

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A model in a look from Suno Fall Winter 2015 at New York Fashion Week. Image: Suno/ Instagram

10. Graphic eyeliner
If you’re bored of your winged eyeliner look, why not try the bold new eyeliner looks seen on the runways this year. You could wear a thick graphic line, as worn by the models for Suno Fall Winter 2015; else try the double cateye flick featured at the Mugler show. Or go all out with the daring double lines flaunted at Rochas Fall Winter 2015.

9. Dark lipstick
Lip colours got moodier this year, with celebrities like Rihanna, Kristen Stewart and Rita Ora seen wearing these dramatic hues. The good news: it’s more wearable than you might expect. You can easily find a shade to match your complexion, be it a deep plum, a rich brick red or an earthy brown.

8. Glass nails

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Image: Unistella/ Instagram

The most env-inducing nails this year do not come in a single hue or an in-your-face loud print. In fact, it’s a prism-like wonder inspired by glass shards. This manicure was first created by celeb manicurist Park Eun Kyung, founder of Unistella salon in South Korea. It’s so popular that it’s been copied all over Instagram.

Of course, no actual glass is involved. Instead, pieces of cellophane are placed strategically on your nails, to create that light-catching effect. Curious to try it on yourself? You can buy glass nail stickers designed by Park online.

7. Brony hair

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Image: Georgia May Jagger/ Instagram

It’s the 2015 take on rainbow hair, just that it goes by another name. The 80′s nostalgia for cartoons like My Little Pony has inspired pastel “brony hair”, much in the style of the colourful manes of the ponies. It’s a mix of pretty pastels painted on tresses, as seen on models Irene Kim and Georgia May Jagger, as well as singer Britney Spears. It’s far from easy to maintain, as such vivid hues tend to fade out quickly — said celebrities have already gone back to more natural looking shades for their locks.

6. Slicked-back hair
You don’t need a blow dryer to achieve this sleek and chic look. This wet look hairdo was seen all over the 2015 MTV VMAs (Video Music Awards) on celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Demi Lovato, as well as at other major red carpet events in 2015. But it’s not for everyone. To achieve this look, your hair is swept back to show off your forehead, which may not be as flattering if you have an angular heart or square-shaped face.

5. Skirts and Dresses over Pants
You could see it as a continuation of that androgynous, boy-meets-girl look, or perhaps a stylish way to get more mileage out of your dresses and skirts. The idea here is to play with layers and proportions, as seen on the fashion runways of Givenchy, Chanel, Dries Van Noten and The Row. Pair your evening pants with a sheer dress or a tunic with high slits. To nail this look, be sure to include a pair of heels or platform shoes, to give you that added height.

4. Culottes
It’s gone from runway inspiration to real-life staple. The wide-legged pants which were all the rage in 2014 returned in new materials, prints and lengths for this year. It’s now a wardrobe must-have, with brands like J. Crew and Tibi, Thakoon Addition, as well as high street stores, swooping in on our need for these comfy pants.

3. ‘Clown’ contouring

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Image: Screengrab of #clowncontouring posts on Instagram

Never has before-and-after makeup pics looked so, well, clown-ish. YouTuber Bella DeLune kickstarted the trend with her viral before-and-after video, which has since inspired legions of other makeup selfies. The basic premise: to use make up to colour correct and conceal blemishes, while making your face appear more angular by highlighting and contouring your features. Although the technique itself isn’t new and the clown-inspired face paint isn’t necessary, it’s a fun and dramatic way to share what makeup can do.

“Even though you don’t need this much of makeup or any makeup to feel or look beautiful, let’s face it, makeup is fun and it’s a way of expressing yourself,” says De Lune in the video.

She added: “I cannot tell you how many times I have been called a clown and many other names and been hated on because of the way that I use this art form (makeup), and I just did this to show you what a real payasa (Spanish word for clown) looks like.”

2. The White Sneaker
Who would have expected this school staple to remain so popular? In late 2014, the white sneaker was already seen on runways and on fashion show attendees. This year, the surge for these sneakers continued, as Nike, Adidas, Converse and high fashion brands like Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta rolled out updated versions of these white kicks.

1. 70s re-emergence
The 70′s was the major fashion influence of 2015, which also led to the reign of micro trends such as fringe, suede, fur and turtleneck. From disco-inspired flare pants to loose-fit bohemian dresses, everything from the fabrics to the detailing to the silhouettes were embraced by fashion houses the likes of Burberry, Chloe, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Anna Sui and many more.

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