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  • The Best (and Worst!) Nail, Hair & Makeup Trends of 2010

  • Posted by Anna on January 10, 2011 at 06:05PM
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  • The new year is a therapeutic time. It's a time when we get to look back at the previous year's mistakes, learn from them, and go forth in order to make a (mostly half-hearted) attempt at improving ourselves for the year to come. (See the 10 health and beauty resolutions real women are making for 2011.)

  • To help you have a beautiful 2011, I have rounded up the most popular hairstyles, makeup looks and nail trends from the past year in order to help you navigate which to keep and which to ditch come January 1st. These are some of the best and worst beauty trends of 2010:

  • Best: Ballerina buns

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  • Anna Pavlova would be proud as this elegant hairstyle graced both the runways and red carpets alike. It's any easy style that quickly adds glamour to any look on or off the Swan Lake stage … enough ballet references for you? … yeah us too, keep the look for next year and let's move on.

  • Best/Worst: Nail art

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  • This one's a toss up, but we have finally come to an executive decision in the office: When it comes to flowers, jewels, leopard print, stripes, polka dots and whatever other designs that have been adorning the nails of celebrities and models this year, less is more. Nail art and Minx nails are super fun, but when they start to look like your 8-year-old's art project hanging on the fridge, it's time to step away from the nail glue (sorry Katy Perry, we still love you). With that said, sure, go ahead and experiment with a crystal here, a stripe there, but don't go overboard.

  • Best: White eyeliner

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  • Anything that makes eyes look big and feminine is a-OK in our books. This trend, either worn just on the waterline (inner rims) of the eye or in the inner corners, adds a pop of light that can brighten your entire face. Try Korres Soft Liner Pencil in White, $16.

  • Worst: Faux tattoos

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  • Lets just say this: Anything "fake" usually teeters on the tacky scale. Even calling them "Les Trompe-L'oeil," like Chanel does, will not make up for the embarrassment suffered when you have to admit to wearing fake body art in your next board meeting. Oh, and don't even get us started on Vajazzling or ta•ta•toos …

  • Best: Pixie cuts

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  • It seems like everybody who is anybody chopped her hair off this year. Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Watson, to name a few, all sported this micro-mini hair trend. They inspired women of all ages to try courageous cuts and for that we applaud them. Pixies are youthful yet elegant and will take you less than five minutes to style -- score.

  • Worst: Hair tinsel

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  • We love Beyonce and Ke$ha for their dance-inducing beats, but decorating your hair like they did with random tinsel or jewels off the stage or after (even then it's a bit iffy) is not cute. This trend is over-the-top and will have others wondering if you're under-the-influence (of a 12-year-old).

  • Best: Ombre hair color

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  • You've likely seen it on celebs like Jessica Biel and Drew Barrymore, but didn't know that it had a specific name. "Ombre" is a French word that literally means shaded like a gradient. And how does that translate to hair color? Well it's two shades, a darker hue at the roots that gradually blends into a lighter shade at the mid-shaft; the masterful blend creates one sexy trend. The greedy gal in all of us has to agree: Why have one, when you can have *two? *Warning: Ombre hair color can go wrong, so to keep this a "best" trend, don't opt for dark brown roots with platinum blonde ends. It'll simply look like you haven't touched up.

  • Worst: '80s era hair and makeup

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  • That decade brought us some awesome things like Apple computers and Madonna, but it also delivered some pretty horrendous fashion and beauty trends. However, this, of course, is forgivable. What's not forgivable? When bad trends that everyone decided were bad a decade ago are pulled out of their dusty past and brought back to life. Huge hair accessories and Jem-inspired makeup weren't cute then and, well, you know the rest.

  • Wait, there is more! Make sure to see the rest of the best and worst beauty trends of 2010 -- your (beauty) future depends on it.

  • Member Comments

    Your Comment:

    • I love the ombre hair color. I also love pixies, but have too big of a head to really pull it off.

      by beautybody Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 09:19PM Report as inappropriate

    • I hate ombre hair color- it usually looks like they canĀ“t afford to get their roots done.

      by queenofthegreen Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 02:53PM Report as inappropriate

    • I couldn't believe it when I saw those fake tattoos being sold at Sephora. So ridiculous.

      by LipglossandSpandex Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 07:11PM Report as inappropriate

    • Bedazzled nails are not my thing.

      by TBjunkie Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 01:22AM Report as inappropriate

    • idk about these, I mean I can agree that faux tattoos are tacky, but the ballerina bun? ICK, and yeah nail art is a toss up, but what's wrong with meester in this picture? And Sometimes the hair accesories can be a bit much but if you have a famboyant style and can pull it off why not do it?? Yeah Kelly is a bit out there with this one but that's her own personal style... however I'll agree, I have no idea who that woman is on the right of the 80's pics but she missed the mark on what ever she was trying to do...

      by Bon_Bon Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11:09PM Report as inappropriate

    • I love playing around with nail art. So fun.

      by CeeNee888 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 11:16AM Report as inappropriate

    • it\'s ashlee simpson-wentz

      by kamuela14 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 08:54AM Report as inappropriate

    • I can\'t find her name/pict anywhere else. The one between Drew B. & Jessica Biel.... She has my exact facial features. Her hair is a bit too long but still. I\'m always looking for someone to compare my face to (structure)& she\'s got it! Thanks to anyone who knows.

      by mysecrets Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 07:15AM Report as inappropriate

    • This article made me smile....good writing and dead on with the observations. I love the Ombre hair but I think this is definitely a look that has to be obtained by going to a colorist. Do NOT try this at home. Pixie cuts are cute too but I could never have one without looking like a butched Cabbage Patch Kid. My face is too round. :( I also have to agree on the nail art. It can look awesome but did Katy Parry really need to put her fiance\'s face on her index finger?!? Ickkkk!!

      by crownjules Monday, January 10, 2011 at 06:13PM Report as inappropriate

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