12 Bizarre Beauty Trends of 2011

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It was a bold, bold year in the world of beauty, with significant trends that we loved, hated, and were just plain scared of.

Here are some of the most memorable beauty trends of 2011 — some more bizarre than others.

  • Stamped-on Hair Color 1 of 12
    Stamped-on Hair Color
    Hairstylist Brig Van Osten (winner of Bravo's Shear Genius) introduced the technique of stamping hair in vivid colors.
    See more at BellaSugar
  • Lipstick Tattoos 2 of 12
    Lipstick Tattoos
    Violent Lips has a wide range of stick-on lip tattoos — from animal prints to polka dots to glitter. They come in a set of 3 for $9.99 and are designed to last for up to 8 hours.
    See more at Violent Lips
  • Stick-on Eyeliner 3 of 12
    Stick-on Eyeliner
    Designed by Dior, these "adhesive eyeliner patches" work like a temporary tattoo for your eyes. One set ($59) comes with four different eyeliner styles — from basic black to crystal studded.
    Get it from Sephora
  • Feather Hair Extensions 4 of 12
    Feather Hair Extensions
    This trend seemed to go as fast as it came, but it was quite a huge beauty trend for 2011 — leaping from Miley Cyrus to Sally Herschberger seemingly overnight.
    Read about the trend in the New York Times
  • Stick-on Nail Polish 5 of 12
    Stick-on Nail Polish
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects' adhesive nail polish strips made a huge splash this year, especially with the teens and young 20-somethings. Besides offering a variety of colors, it was the graphic prints (like fishnet, cheetah print, and lace) that had beauty lovers raving.
    See what the ladies in Glamour's Beauty Department thought of them
  • Two-toned Lipstick 6 of 12
    Two-toned Lipstick
    I saw this idea over on Refinery 29, and it certainly goes with the 2011 color-blocking trend. What do you think?
    See more at Refinery 29
  • Graphic Eyeliner 7 of 12
    Graphic Eyeliner
    An edgier, bolder take on the cat eye.
    See more ideas at InStyle
  • Color-tipped Nails 8 of 12
    Color-tipped Nails
    Yahoo! Shine dubbed nail polish the biggest beauty trend of 2011 because more women than ever were skipping their manis and getting creative with at-home polishes. And one of the biggest trends this year was color-tipped nails, seen in various runway shows and editorial spreads. It's not exactly bizarre, but it's definitely significant.
    See more at
  • Pink Eye 9 of 12
    Pink Eye
    This was seen all over the 2011 runways (Thakoon, Honor, Ruffian, Yoana Baraschi), but I have yet to see this successfully pulled off in real life. Did you give it a try?
    See more at
  • Silver/Blue Lipstick 10 of 12
    Silver/Blue Lipstick
    I won't even hide my hatred for this unflattering beauty idea, but it's been popping up a lot lately — from Lady Gaga to a number of holiday beauty collections (including MAC and Duwop).
    See more at Refinery29
  • Pastel Hair 11 of 12
    Pastel Hair
    This was seen on the runways this year (Thakoon, Narciso Rodriguez, and Peter Som), but for their Spring 2012 collection. So is this a trend in the making? How would you feel about that?
    See more at New York Magazine
  • Dip-dye Hair 12 of 12
    Dip-dye Hair
    The ombre hair trend evolved into this dip-dye look, seen all over Hollywood this year. Much more wearable than, say, pastel hair, and it can be either subtle or bold.
    See more at Glamour

What do you love? What do you hate? Which did you try?

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