March 16, 2017

Unicorns, Mermaids, and Metallic Makeup Dominate Summer

Unicorns, mermaids, and metallic makeup are most definitely trends you’ll see more of this Spring and into Summer 2017. And yes, they’ll be plenty of highlighter as well. Mermaids fit right in here as I’m currently working myself through watching The Starry Night, The Starry Sea which is a Chinese drama about a girl who falls in love with a merman prince. Um, hello reverse Little Mermaid! Well, not quite. You see Ju Lan, our handsome merman, is actually in pursuit of a magical pearl that will prolong his life. He believes that our heroine’s grandfather has it. Needless to say the two end up falling in love along the way because ya know, it’s a drama, what’s a drama without romance right?

If mermen aren’t your thing you can always turn to The Legend of the Blue Sea which has a more traditional tale of a fisherman that captures a mermaid. No, not like creepy Night Gallery Lindemann’s Catch (you might want to look that one up and watch it), but more like Tom Hanks slash Daryl Hannah mermaid saves boy from drowning type with future magical elements involved. Added bonus Lee Min-ho sans the perm.

I can’t say I’ve ever dreams of being whisked away by a merman but I’ve always been terribly fascinated with mermaids in general. As for unicorns? Well, let’s just say I voted Team Tim Curry in Legend.

But what about a dose of unicorns and mermaids in my makeup?


Tarte’s Make Believe in Yourself embraces Team Unicorn while Stila’s Summer 2017 Collection embraces Team Mermaid. Not to mention there’s a slew of unicorn type skincare and liquid highlighters launching lately. I do wonder who’s up next to release some sort of mermaid or unicorn inspired makeup for the Summer season? Perhaps Urban Decay? They do aquatics pretty damn well….!

As much as I love mystical creatures, I dunno about them in my makeup. I’d probably be more excited if someone finally brought back corals and peaches for Summer. I fear I’m boring. Sorry.

Well, off the topic of mermaids and unicorns another hot trend this Summer would be metallics. Metallic eyes, metallic lips, everything metallic is coming your way this season. I’m hopeful metallics end up being as wearable as the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow. Because, if I’m being honest, most days of my life metallics end up look rather frosty and overkill on me.

The trend is already hitting drugstores as well. L’Oreal released (or maybe re-released) a collection of metallic Colour Riche Lipsticks. I’m not sure if these are repromoted shades but looking through none of the shades looks familiar.

So, there you have it!

I suspect we’ll see more unicorns, mermaids, and metallics as we head deeper into the season.

And of course, mermaids and unicorns mean more highlighter. Sorry, folks, that’s one trend that’s never going anyway.

How do you feel about the unicorn, mermaid, and metallic makeup trend?

Do share!

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  • Kimmwc03

    I like the trend for spring and summer. I’ll be tired of it soon though.

    • Lisa I

      This. At 52, it feels silly to me. Would love a new peach cream blush, tho

    • Susan

      Me too. I’m 58 and all shimmer isn’t flattering for me. That said, I saw swatches of the new Tarte eyeshadow palette on their web site and I think it’s very pretty and summery.

      I’m OK with mermaid stuff for summer. Unicorns usually strike me as silly and babyish.

      Another good movie is “Ondine,” about an Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell, yum) who catches a woman in his net one day out at sea, and his little daughter thinks she’s a selkie.

      • Isabella Muse

        Ondine was an interesting film ๐Ÿ˜€ plus added bonus Colin Farrell right? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jessica

    I’m all about the the mermaid unicorn stuff. I bought the new Stila glitter shadows and just purchased the tarte palette, highlighter and brushes yesterday. I’m in a warm sunny place so these colors/trends work pretty much year round. Also life is too serious sometimes you just need to sparkle!

    • Isabella Muse

      Enjoy Jessica! ๐Ÿ˜€ Love the sparkle, not sure I’m sold on the iridescent pinks and purples though!

  • Christian

    I am so excited for all the color that 2017 is bringing to the make up world! I know our time to shine was coming soon and I am so happy that this year isn’t about neutrals, peaches, and winged eyeliner! Color, Metallics, duchromes, and iridescence are my jam and I’m ready for 2017!!!!

  • Rachael

    Well, I’m almost 33 and received a crochet mermaid tail blanket for Christmas and The Little Mermaid is still my favorite (okay, I’m obsessed with Disney anyway) but I’m just not into the trend in makeup. Also, I LOVED Legend as a kid, okay still do but I haven’t seen it in years. That should be remedied soon!

    • Isabella Muse

      your mission, should you choose to accept it, watch Legend this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christina Tran

    What a coincidence, I’m currently watching Starry Night, Starry Sea as well and have watched Legend of the Blue Sea. They’re actually too corny for me and make me roll my eyes, but then I can’t stop watching. Haha! I’m also watching Ten Miles of Peach Blossom, which is completely different from these two, but it’s so pretty and full of magic!

    I’m totally into this mermaid trend right now, but that might be because I like to wear colorful eye makeup and am rarely in neutrals and browns. I’ll be purchasing the Tarte palette, the new Stila glitters, and possibly Saucebox’s new mermaid palette as well. I just love the colours!

    • Isabella Muse

      Isn’t it lovely? I’m really enjoying it ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha yeah but aren’t all dramas corny? ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m watching Ten Miles of Peach Blossom as well! It’s quite beautiful! I’m so boring lately, I’m totally into my nudes…!

      • Christina Tran

        LOL! Muse, we should totally exchange our list of dramas to watch, though it sounds like we’re watching the same things. I can’t believe I’m watching 4 dramas at the same time; I don’t even have the time to watch these, yet I am somehow miraculously squeezing them into my week (in the wee hours of the night!).

        • Isabella Muse

          omg I am too! I’m watching 5 at the moment EEP! I don’t even have TIME to watch this stuff but somehow I squeeze in minutes here and there ;-D I was up until 3AM the other day watching (and my alarm is set for 4.45 am to start work on the blog and get ready for my “real” job). So many problems haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ What’s on your to watch list? I’m gagging for a subtitled version of master devil don’t kiss me, did you see reviews/posts about it? It looks rather cute!

          • Christina Tran

            Yup, that sounds like me…it’s so sad. Haha! In my defense, the episodes always cut off at some climatic point, so I’m forced to watch at least part of the next episode to see what happens.

            I have a backlog of dramas to watch, sadly. I just checked out master Devil Don’t Kiss Me…I guess I’ll have to add that one to my list. I’m kind of interested to see Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People, but I’m also halfway through Bordertown Prodigal (if they ever finish subtitles); I’m not sure how I feel about that one, but I already watched half, so I have to finish it. LOL! I actually only started getting into Chinese dramas again recently after having not watched them for years. I watched them all the time as a child, then I switched to Anime, then K-dramas…and now it’s all of them…LOL!

          • Isabella Muse

            yup yup and yup! haha did that this morning with Kiss Me! I tried to get a 15 min watch it because it ended on this cute climax ๐Ÿ˜€ Eagerly waiting Devil Don’t Kiss Me to pop up somewhere! Rebel The Thief Who Stole the People looks really good but I might need to finish what I’ve started before I even consider starting anything else I prefer Chinese over Korean to be honest, I’m also liking Thai ones lately too. Well, yeah, safe to say I’m all over Asia lately haha ๐Ÿ˜€

  • diane

    you know i’ve loved mermaids for year…i’m equally excited and torn over this because they’re getting popular to the point it’s getting to be too mainstream..can i say i loved mermaids before they were cool? LOL ..of course that being said, i still ordered those stila mermaid glitter shadows..and some tarte unicorn stuff. okay, i’m basic.

    • Isabella Muse

      hah I loved them them before they were cool too! add me to that list ;-D You’re def the original email though, D!

      • diane

        the original email! LOL ๐Ÿ˜› I know what ya meant..long week? <3

        • Isabella Muse

          oh god lol you get me thank god. Too much multitasking! and a damn long week I love you for understanding ๐Ÿ˜€

  • breyerchic04

    I’m into it. I like pink and purple highlights and blushes, shimmer, metallic, it’s a cool toned girl’s dream. But I don’t feel like corals really ever go out for summer, the most popular one might change a little but they’re always a valid look.

  • Isa

    I like it, because it’s something new and I’m a sucker for cute/kitschy packaging. However, I don’t know how much of these colours I’ll actually wear. Blues and greens are the most difficult colours for me to wear. I swear, I’ll be totally stumped if someone gave me a palette of those colours and told me to create a look with them. It’s sad, because those are the colours I’m most visually drawn to!

  • Silvia

    Oh! My! Have I enjoyed these posts love everything mermaid, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings yes, bring all that fantasy on. I’m 53 turning 54 pretty soon in April but adore all these type of make up and colors having a very cool face (lol! pale I mean). Must catch up with all your movie recommendations and Ondine sounds great. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the Tom Hank mermaid movie so cute!
    Must mention this, on my last marathon in Big Sur there was a little green elf playing the flute around a huge tree it was about mile 21 so we were all too dead tired. It was so cute! I raised my hand to wave to the little guy. How about that for pure fun?! A lepricon! Will never forget it! That marathon is the toughest I have run and trained for but beautiful indeed. The art students take pride in doing the huge mile markers some have a punch of cute light sarcasm and is so fun! Indeed my last marathon since 2011. Wanted to finish with a Big Bang before retiring from the craziness got burned out they are fun but lots of training also. Maybe some day when turning 60 will surprise my family with yet running/walking another one they are all scared when I do one (think I’m going to die in one of them Lol!) My two brothers call me to wish me good luck early morning. They think I’m crazy. Yeah well, while running and endorphins mixed I get to see lots of mermaids and unicorns. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann Marie

    Any idea where the loreal metallic lipsticks are? I’m googling and I see nothing — -wahhh!

    • Isabella Muse

      My Harmons and Walgreens stores had them. I haven’t seen them online!