The 31 Best Beauty Instagrams of 2015
2015 is coming to a close, leaving a stream of memorable, inspiring, and transformative beauty Instagrams in its wake. Each week on Vogue.com, we share our favorite recent beauty moments as seen on the app, from behind-the-scenes runway snaps to beach-day selfies (or #belfies, as the case may be)—after all, it provides an instant glimpse into the lives of the models, makeup artists, and style influencers who pioneer beauty trends soon to be seen around the globe. And, like a well-edited beauty yearbook, a quick backward glance at our chosen photographs makes identifying the looks that defined the year as easy as a simple scroll.
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All things gilded and opulent were in favor these past 12 months, a trend owed in large part to makeup artist Pat McGrath. Hairstylist Luigi Murenu captured one of McGrath’s mothlike mask creations—crafted from an ethereal medley of pearls and lace—backstage at Givenchy’s Spring 2016 show, where Murenu finished off the artfully regal look with a metallic gold headband wreathed around a slicked-back bun. McGrath continued her reign with a takeover in the Tuileries, where she dusted her newly released, high-impact fairy dust—the Pat McGrath Project in Gold 001—on the eyes of Bella Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Lily Donaldson, and more. Offbeat trendsetters like Sky Ferreira and sisters Simi and Haze found streetwise ways to embrace the sparkle on eyes and lips alike.
When it came to hair, romantic plaits and waves were defining factors this year. Brushed-out, Marcel-inspired waves saw a resurgence at Lemaire, a look mirrored in modern fashion by model Frederikke Sofie—who paired her signature peroxide mane with a pair of rounded black spectacles worthy of Woody Allen—andFernanda Ly, whose pastel pink shade recalled a cotton-candy cloud. And braids took on new life: From Mary Charteris’s woven, paisleylike crown to Georgia May Jagger’s mini buns (an homage to Minnie Mouse) to Lisa Bonet’s baby braids, interwoven styles felt fresher than ever. And last but not least, Kendall Jennerarranged her glossy mahogany mane into a halo of hearts, resulting in the most-liked Instagram photo of all time.
From memorable manicures—Caitlyn Jenner’s sky blue thumb against a Starbucks cup was proof that a picture is worth a thousand words—to the return of Derek Zoolander, this year’s best beauty Instagrams reminded us to have fun, smile more, and think outside the box. Here’s to embracing beauty in all forms in 2016.
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