The beauty trends that shaped 2016

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Did you rock black or navy lipstick in 2016? Or crimp your hair? We take a look at the beauty trends that took hold over the past 12 months.

Dark lippy
From Kylie Jenner to Katy Perry, all the biggest stars in the beauty business pushed a dark lip at some point during 2016. The look first appeared during the Autumn/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear shows but was quickly adopted by celebrities everywhere, with Rihanna and Taylor Swift amongst those who shunned conventional reds and pinks, choosing to fly the flag for black or navy lipstick instead.

Orange is the new black
Of course every trend needs a counter-trend, and the dark lipstick movement was no different. Orange made a comeback in a big way, championed by the likes of Amal Clooney, who debuted a sunset shade at the Cannes Film Festival, and Olivia Munn, who showed up at the Oscars in a bold tangerine hue. Gigi Hadid was also a fan of the look.

No-makeup makeup
At the other end of the spectrum was the 'no-makeup makeup look', which became more sophisticated than ever, thanks to innovative strobing and highlighting products. A hint of shimmer was the go-to look at many of the Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer shows, tying in with the barefaced beauty movement that has been championed this year by Alicia Keys, Cindy Crawford and Cameron Diaz.

Curls, curls, curls
In keeping with the growing appetite for natural beauty, curls ruled the catwalks of 2016. Elsewhere, model Jasmine Sanders saw her profile skyrocket after being unveiled as the face of Moroccan Oil's new curly hair care range, while stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway embraced a Victoria's Secret-worthy curly wave for red carpet events.

All that glitters
There was a definite trend towards shimmery eyes in bright metallics this year -- a look that was seen on catwalks from Chanel to Versace. Reese Witherspoon, Barbara Palvin and Emma Stone were just some of the stars to take the low-maintenance look to the red carpet over the course of the year.