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10 beauty memes that gave us life

10 beauty memes that gave us life

Meme magic

Text: Renée Batchelor


If there's anything good left in the world today, it's memes. Which led us to gather ten of the best beauty-related ones we could find

A good meme will have you laughing and also shaking your head in agreement. Deeper than a one-liner or a glib comment, the perfect meme is social commentary, self-effacing mockery and comedic relief in one. We've already explored how we got our beauty inspo back in the day. Now see how much you relate to these little bits of joy. Memes are often anonymously created, and then spread like wildfire, moving faster than a hand, foot, mouth pandemic or a video spoof. But for some, meme-making has become an occupation, that tests ingenuity, cultural knowledge and smarts. (Believe us, we've tried and it takes serious skill). Here are some spot on beauty memes that we've scoured the world wide web for.

THE CULTURALLY-RELEVANT MEME
Fan of the remake of It? Then you probably know by now that Jessica Chastain has been cast as the adult Beverly in the It:Chapter 2, and that Bill Skarsgård — who incidentally some people find creepy-hot — will reprise his role as Pennywise in the sequel. Is clown red the new hair colour of the year? It just might be.

 

THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS
Who hasn't tried to flaunt a cool, new manicure... hands up?

 

BLENDING IN WITH THE SCENERY
Only serious makeup enthusiasts will get this one. For those who don't, go read our story on beauty blenders.

 

WHEN YOU USE FACETUNE SO MUCH YOU LOOK LIKE A NEWBORN
Ever met someone who looked nothing like his or her Instagram pictures? Too much facetuning or Meitu XiuXiu-ing will only make you look like a bloodless, veinless vampire with weird, sparkly eyes that are all pupils no iris.

WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE
Kim Kardashian is bound to appear in a beauty meme (or thousand) thanks to her cultural ubiquity. We're guessing the second picture is waaay before she met her current makeup artist Mario. Also, this is accurate because our makeup often reflects our (deteriorating) state of mind.

 

ON NO MAKEUP DAY
If we had a dollar for every time someone said we looked tired when we didn't wear makeup, we might be as rich (and beautiful) as model Taylor Hill. 

 

WHEN YOUR FRESH NEW COLOUR IS NOT AS FRESH AS IT USED TO BE
If you've ever dyed your hair a crazy shade like clown red or neon pink, you'll know these things last shorter than a failed, summer engagement. Most of us have felt the aching disappointment in a hair colour that washes out just when it was beginning to grow on us.

 

BETTER WITHOUT?
A meme that sums up our relationships with makeup — and comments on the unrealistic standards that men (unknowingly) hold women to. Deep.

 

BEAUTY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
You need to know math and everything. What was an acute angle again?

 

A WORK OF ART
The Mona Lisa wasn't a plain Jane y'all. She just didn't have a contour kit handy.

 

 

 

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