Every beauty trend we need to retire in 2023, according to our editors

The tribe has spoken

BEAUTYcrew Social & Beauty Editor / January 12 2023

The new year may have only just begun, but we’re already seeing a handful of viral trends take over our For You pages. So far, 2023 is set to be the year of lucky girl syndrome, The Eras Tour (and many more iconic Taylor Swift beauty moments) and farewelling some of the most cursed beauty trends of 2022.

From the Y2K beauty revival to skin-cycling, glazed donut nails and the domination of everything Charlotte Tilbury, last year certainly had its fair share of beauty highlights. But among those were a few doozies that truly should never have been able to leave the confines of one’s room. But thanks mostly to Tiktok, these trends went viral and took over our social feeds and celebrity mood boards.

Here, the BEAUTYcrew team share their hot takes on the most overrated beauty trends of 2022 that need to be retired this year. RIP (or not).

4 beauty trends to ditch in 2023

3D nails


“I hope we as a collective beauty community call time on 3D nails. They’re fun and fabulous, sure, but they’re just not practical! And that’s coming from a diehard press-on nail fan, so I’m not against finicky manicures as a whole. I understand the impact but I reckon we’d all be better off embracing the 3D optical illusion offered by the cartoon mani trend than dealing with actual objects glued to our nails.” - Delaney Loane, BEAUTYcrew’s Beauty Editor

Over concealing breakouts



“After battling with hormonal acne over the last few years, I’ve watched every tutorial under the sun on how to cover pimples. Even Kylie Jenner’s makeup artist, Ariel went live on TikTok and said something along the lines of “I’d rather have people notice a few spots on my face than thick concealer” and I instantly put my weapons down.’” - Ruby Cotton, BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer

The Hailey Bieber aesthetic



“I’d like for the Hailey Bieber cult to officially disband. She’s gorgeous, but she’s not doing anything revolutionary. Looking like a hashtag clean girl aesthetic, glazed donut with brownie glazed lips has to lose its cache eventually. Plus, I highly doubt we’d care about her morally questionable lip combos if she was just a little bit less attractive (pretty privilege at its finest). Question: how many times can you repackage the beauty trends of black and brown women before it’s called appropriation? Evidently, the limit does not exist.” - Briar Clark, BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer

Bleached brows 


“They’re honestly the stuff of nightmares IMO and not even Ms Julia Fox can pull them off (but also iconic that she does it because she says it’s a ‘man repellent’, love that for her). 2022 put us through a LOT when it came to brow trends, from ‘90s skinny brows to Doja Cat’s iconic eyebrow art (which slayed). Aside from the fact that your brows are so important when it comes to expressing facial emotions, bleached brows require a fair bit of upkeep. And, like anything that involves bleach, there’s always the chance you’ll accidentally burn the hair off entirely… yikes.” - Georgia Nelson, BEAUTYcrew’s Social & Beauty Editor

Main image: @haileybieber & @kendalljenner

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