• OK, so ombr's been around for awhile--but there's a reason why: The two-toned look works on anyone. Whether it's golden streaks like Rachel Bilson's, or warm caramel highlights for a blondie, the ombr look is great for enhancing hair color without the commitment of a full dye job. This is one hair trend we won't might bringing into the New Year.

    Try on Rachel Bilson's hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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  • Half-buzzed hairstyles certainly had their moment this year. From Cher Lloyd to singer Cassie to Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee, it seemed like the shaved 'do popped up just about everywhere. Unfortunately the half-buzzed hair, looked just that: half-done. Leave it in 2011.

    Try on Cher Lloyd's hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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  • With so many retro-inspired collections popping up on the runways this season (Chris Benz SS'12, anyone?) it's no surprise that winged eyeliner is experiencing a full-blown revival. Take a cue for 2012 from winged eyeliner pro, Lauren Conrad, by rocking the '60s makeup trend with a slightly less exaggerated look that's versatile for day and night.

    Try on eyeliner in the Makeover Studio!

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  • Although it was fun to mix things up with bright and wacky eyeliners earlier this year, unfortunately this trend just won't cut it in 2012. An electric blue like Kelly Rowland's is great for the runway and magazines, but it falls short in real life. Unless you're a model with chiseled cheekbones and big, doe-like eyes, this trend just comes off as gimmicky and impractical.

    Try on eyeliner in the Makeover Studio!

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  • Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend, must not have tried a topknot. A super easy hairstyle that anyone, including us curly girls, can do in one fell swoop and look uber-chic? Now, that's a girl's best friend. And one that'll be sticking with us straight into the New Year.

    Try on Gwen Stefani's hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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  • Ah, the feather extensions. The unisex hair accessory that caused quite a stir this year. When Bella Thorne and Steven Tyler are wearing the same trend, you know it's big. Thankfully though, the furry/creepy hair accessory won't be sticking around too much longer. To put it in terms Tyler would understand: It's a one-hit wonder.

    Try on Bella Thorne's hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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  • Braided hairstyles will never go out of style, however the way the braid is incorporated will always change. Our vote for the breakout braid this year is this headband one from Brooklyn Decker. The loose hairstyle keeps the face looking soft and pretty by not pulling too much tension from the front. We give it a big thumbs-up for 2012.

    Try on Brooklyn Decker's hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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  • Let's get this straight: we're not against mixing and matching nail colors...so long as it's done in a tasteful way. These "party nails" from Kaley Cuoco don't quite fit the bill. We get that she was trying to coordinate with her bright clutch, but when you mix such drastically different colors--especially at a formal event--it comes off looking a bit tacky. Come January, stick to colors in a similar palette for a chicer look.

    Try on Kaley Cuoco's hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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  • Eyes, and lips, and nails, oh my! Metallics were everywhere this year and there's nothing we loved more than a sultry metallic eyeshadow. Consider it the smoky eye's sexier cousin, who's here to stay for 2012!

    Try on eyeshadow in the Makeover Studio!

    Photo: © Luca Cannonieri
  • A good bold lip can do wonders for a look, but these super-saturated pouts are a bit melodramatic. Rachel McAdams' deep wine lipstick comes off as more Interview With The Vampire than we'd like for 2012.

    Try on lipstick in the Makeover Studio!

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What To Toss & What To Keep For 2012


What To Toss & What To Keep For 2012

Rachel Bilson's two-toned highlights are a keeper for 2012. Find out what else to keep and what to toss for the New Year.

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