Gluing Pearls to Your Face Is the Latest Weird Beauty Trend

We'd clutch our pearls but someone stole them and put them all over their lips.

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Now that wave brows (opens in new tab) have slithered off the beauty-trend map, another unusual face phenomenon is taking over the Instagram accounts of professional and aspiring makeup artists: pearl accents.

That's right: People are gluing pearls (plastic ones, we hope—grandma would definitely be mad if you took apart her necklace for this) to various areas of their faces to create bold beauty effects that, if you ask us, kind of look like a beautiful disease.

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Although the idea has just recently taken off on social media, pearls as a makeup accent have actually been done before. Perhaps you'll recall 2010, when Lady Gaga (opens in new tab) glued pearls to her face—and chest and abdomen and legs—for the amfAR (opens in new tab) New York Gala.

Lady Gaga with pearls stuck to her face, hat, and clothing.

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And just two years ago, Givenchy sent one of the models down the runway with her face completely decked out in pearls and tulle.

Woman with a mask of pearls stuck to her face.

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And elegant nightmares were had by all.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the look didn't catch on as a mainstream beauty trend at the time. After all, this is what the beauty and fashion industry would call an "editorial look." (That's basically what they call anything kinda weird.) But this new surge on Instagram may be proof that a toned-down version of wearing accent pearls on one's face could become a real-life makeup fad.

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Marci Robin
Marci Robin

Marci Robin is a former senior beauty editor for GoodHousekeeping.com. Previously, she has served as Executive Editor of xoVain and Senior Online Editor of NewBeauty.