Maybelline Predicts The Future Of Fashion (And The Economy?)

We're always curious about what a new year will bring (hence our horoscope obsession). While we think we're pretty good at predicting major trends, we also love being blown away by something completely out of left field, à la lip tattoos and wild fascinators.
Case in point: Maybelline New York's totally out-of-the-box 2012 calendar. While they've been slowly adding some edge to their looks for a while now, we were so not expecting them to blow the covers off as dramatically as they did. Bold, colorful makeup looks, complete with glitter-coated lips, feathery falsies, and even graphic designs, complement wild, super-sexy ensembles that embody the usual hyperbolic vision of "the future" that fashion always seems to conjure up (a whole lot of metallics, a whole lot of spandex, and very few pairs of pants).
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We're definitely hoping for more adventurous and colorful makeup trends in 2012, because let's face it — if the world is ending 365 days from now, you wouldn't want to regret not trying a bold lip or a sultry new shade of shadow, right? And, although we're trying not to look too much into the editorial shots for other predictions about the future, we're finding it hard not to at least wonder: Will the economy rebound so resiliently that our window washers, meteorologists, and veterinarians can all afford to look ultra-glam every day? Will our crossing guards be stopping traffic with their couture clothes instead of stop signs? Well, we can always hope...
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We definitely hope neon stays big in 2012.

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Extra, extra! Newsies go on pants strike!

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We're not exactly sure what climate this weather girl is dressed for, but we'd like to go there right now.

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This is pretty much how we'd like to spend our final moments if the apocalypse does come.

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The recession hits the Greek God Hermes, who is forced to become a window washer. Or a high-fashion model of a window washer.

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Because when you're working with power tools and old tires, there's nothing you'd rather be wearing than a leotard and ripped fishnets. We're guessing her garage is where all the broke-down flying cars go when they need a tune-up.

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That should be enough takeout to last through fire and brimstone.

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We would be too afraid not to obey this crossing guard.

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It looks like the only pants in the future are leggings, which, as we all know, are not pants.

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Somehow this train looks a lot more fun than our usual commute on the N/R.

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We totally pledge allegiance to this look.

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Is sexy vet the new sexy nurse in 2012? Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline
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