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10 Minimal Makeup Trends To Try Before Everyone Else Does

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Big makeup trends to try in 2021
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Living through a lockdown may not have given us all the reasons to wear makeup (we may or not have answered Zoom calls camera off and wearing a sheet mask), but can we just be positive for a second and think about all the makeup looks we are going to SERVE once the restrictions are lifted.

With things like maskne and stressed-out skin, makeup might have been the last thing on your agenda over the past few months, but these Spring-Summer 2021 trends are definitely making us even more excited to play with our beauty stash.

As all S/S21 fashion shows were held virtually, the hair and makeup seemed to be more creative than ever, with some shows even taking masks into account (because let’s face it, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon).

Keeping skin looking fresh in spite of the stress of 2020 has been the M.O, and all your hard work focusing on your skincare regime isn’t going to waste. Bobbi Brown pro artist Hollie Ellis says one of her biggest trend predictions is simply clean, hydrated, natural skin. Music to our ears, tbh. “Au natural skin is likely to be trending in 2021. A minimal base with a natural finish is proving that less is more. Perfecting the skin to really celebrate clean, natural beauty, and focusing on what we already have, rather than changing or manipulating our assets.”


Eyes will be having a moment, which totally makes sense if we are still wearing masks, “The smoky eye is back and looks set to be big in 2021. Kohl liner smokey eyes are a makeup classic that will never go out of fashion,” says Hollie, “They are effortless, chic and sophisticated.”

And if you’re more into a bold lip, all hope is not lost. “A bold red lip paired with clean minimal eye makeup, perhaps just a touch of mascara,” is the trend of choice for NARS Senior Artist, Rachel Hardie. “This gives a romantic feel to the makeup.”

Here you are, the biggest makeup trends of 2021.

Big Makeup Trends To Try In 2021

  1. Sheer, balmy lips

    Bored of mattes? Expect to see buttery, balmy, tinted lips everywhere.

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  2. Brow fun

    From feathery at Yohji Yamamoto to (ahem) eyebrow slits at Miu Miu, brows were the center of attention at the SS21 shows. While we are unsure if eyebrow slits will catch on, feathering up your brows is a great way to add texture and create a fuller brow.

  3. Glazed lids

    A touch of frosting across the lids is our favorite look for SS21. All you need is a little balmy highlight to glaze up the eyes - and you're good to go. If you try one trend this year, make it this.

  4. Red lips are back

    Red lips are a timeless makeup trend and they are going nowhere (yep, even with our continued face mask use). Just make sure you opt for one that doesn’t budge.


  5. Loud Liner

    This year is all about eyeliner, and there are a bunch of different ways to wear it (see slides 8 and 10), but our personal fave? Bright, bold, and colorful.

  6. Radiant Glow

    Been on a beach trip recently? Us neither, but with radiant skin all over the spring/summer catwalks, a healthy glow is key. Luckily, faking a glow is easy peasy nowadays, no matter what your skin tone, or how much your body is craving vitamin D.

  7. The '80s is back

    Playing with the brighter side of the color spectrum will be huge. We’re talking pinks, yellows, oranges­–all the feel-good hues! Play with texture, too: mattes, shimmers, and glosses are all fair game.


  8. Negative-Space Liner

    Into the cat-eye look? You’ll be please to know this blocky feline flick will be a big trend in 2021. But don’t just stick with black, it’s time to experiment with color. Think bright blues, pinks, and even orangey-reds.

  9. Juicy Highlights

    Get that skincare regimen firmed up because this is the year skin is going to shine. Dewy, natural skin was everywhere at the S/S 21 shows. It's all about the prep work though, so invest in hydrating serums and rich moisturizers.

  10. Rock 'n' Kohl

    A thick rim of kohl around your entire lash line is a vibe in 2021. Yes, for real. Don’t hark back to your Myspace days though, no need to take inspo from 14-year-old you. Instead, let the Dior show inspire you and pair it with a nude lip and natural skin.



This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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