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Kim Porter’s Top Beauty Trends for 2012

The year has quickly come to a close, and while there were many beauty trends that graced us this year, from winged eyeliner, hair chalking, natural brows and more, there were few that I had the nerve to try, and some that I liked. Here are my personal top beauty trends for 2012.


Beauty Trends 2012


Cat eye/ Winged Eyeliner

This is my number one top beauty trend for 2012.  I’ve rocked a cat eye or a version of it almost daily.  I like that it can be recreated in so many different ways just by adding color, extending the length of it, or changing the shape.  Some people are over it, but I am not.

You can use MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner or MAC Fluidlast, which I like to use on clients to create a nice cat eye.

MAC Fluid line

MAC Liquidlast Liner
M·A·C at ShopStyle


Berry Lips/Vampy Lips

Even though I can rock a red lip any day, can someone say ‘Ruby Woo’? Berry shades have been my top choice of a lippie lately. Recently, while shopping my own stash I discovered the NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in “Narcisse”  that I love.  I also love to wear blogger, Afrobella’s MAC Lipglass in “All of my Purple Life”, which is shown above.


Natural Brow

Natural brows were trending this year.  Honestly, it has been a top beauty trend of mine for a long time;  I’m really not into heavily sculpted brows.  You know, the ones that look like a sharpie or some form of marker was use?  Plus, a good brow can transform any face from drab to fab in minutes!

MAC ‘Spiked’ eyebrow pencil is a staple.

MAC Eye Brows


Ombre Everything!

Clearly, I’ve been into ombre – from my hair to my lips, which is why it is one of the items that made my top beauty trends list for 2012.  My hair is currently ombre, and I’m about to do something really different [for me]  for 2013 that is, you guessed it, OMBRE!  I’ve also been playing around with ombre lips.  It’s fun, and cool.

Nail Art

I’ve dabbled in nail art this year, whether if it was doing it on my own or going to the nail salon to get a calgel mani.  Nail art, even though it’s one of my top beauty trends for 2012, I don’t think it will die since, like makeup it’s ever changing.

Ciaté Velvet ManicureTM


Top Bun

The top bun made my top beauty trend list, not only because I rocked it for most of the summer, but also because it s a simple, yet sophisticated hairdo that can be dressed up or down.  Plus, during the summer months it kept the hair off of my face, which meant less breakouts.


For a list of Fashion & Beauty Trends for 2012, head over to for more!


What were your picks for top beauty trends for 2012?

Kim Porter (817 Posts)

New York City makeup artist, beauty and mom blogger . I'm a Hofstra University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. Although my background is in health, beauty and makeup artistry is where my heart lies. I immensely enjoy helping myself and others feel beautiful inside and out. I've launched a beauty blog and a Youtube instructional channel, through these I hope to reach a wider audience and provide the women with a virtual hands-on guide to putting their best face forward. The most important element of my work is to be able to use my creativity to enhance natural beauty, yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. If you have a beauty or makeup related question, contact me. Your question could be featured on the site! I also accept guest post submissions, check the guidelines. ***Brands and PR firms sometime provide press samples of products for review consideration. These brands are not guaranteed a review on Makeup by Kim Porter Blog, nor do we accept payment of any kind for our reviews. For more on our disclosure policies, please see my terms .

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