Looking back on the past 12 months of beauty—set against a backdrop of extreme highs and lows in the news—a rather provocative spirit shines through. It was the year of cosmetic excess, of wonderfully weird wellness and a freewheeling, anything-goes approach that seemed to defy the odds. Here, 13 dazzling trends that defined 2016 and happily suggest there are brighter things on the horizon
Glitter Went Everywhere
The velvet ruby-slipper mouths at Atelier Versace’s Fall 2016 show, designed by directional makeup artist Pat McGrath, embodied the year’s explosion of glitter—no longer reserved for the eye, but slathered on lips and along dark roots. An unorthodox sparkle has even become a bit of everyday adornment, as a few flecks of gold pressed onto the lid or lip by Solange Knowles (shown) and other social media stars.