Trends 2021: The New Wave
Femina|January 2021
After a tough 2020, we’re ready for a fresh start. Sukriti Shahi spotlights the beauty trends that are expected to dominate 2021
Sukriti Shahi

Given a chance, we all want to do 2020 again! Last year can be described as unprecedented, isolating and sad, to say the least. Our beauty routines took a hit too; from cutting our own hair to mastering a subtle makeup look for online meetings, we did it all ourselves! Beauty trends 2020 were soon replaced by at-home skin and hair care routines with DIY face packs and boxed dyes.

And we’ve all had enough! It’s time to enter the new year with 12 months of fresh trends, adjusted well to the norms of the pandemic. And, happily, the year of stringent skincare routines and all those natural DIYs isn’t going to waste—healthy, naturally-glowing and radiant skin will be one of the biggest trends of 2021.

While we have tuned our skincare routine to take care of dull skin (blame the increased screen time) and ‘maskne’ (face masks still are the first frontier in prevention), it’s time to bring out the colour palettes. According to experts, 2021 will bring back retro glam—exaggerated eye looks from the early ’90s and 2000s are going to rule the trend charts. As far as hair trends are concerned, we are rooting for both messy, imperfect hair and structured looks in the upcoming year.

ALL ABOUT SKIN

All that effort you put in to perfect your skin won’t go to waste; natural, healthy and glowing skin will be a big trend this year. No matter what looks—bold, subtle or classic—are chosen for eyes and lips, they will be set against a clean and minimal base. “There will be a growing importance on the role of a perfect base for day-today makeup,” says Daniel Bauer, celebrity makeup artist and Global Makeup Director, MyGlamm. “I see correctors, primers and concealers being part of every girl’s makeup kit. The real driver for the most iconic looks will be all Instagram-ready and totally wearable looks,” he adds.

As face masks are not going anywhere this year too, the face and eye makeup product categories will witness an exponential growth. The idea is to ace a ‘lit-from within’ look! “Au naturel skin is one of the biggest forecasts in 2021 trends in beauty, and with good reason,” says Navreet Josan, National Artist, MAC Cosmetics India. “Fresh hydrated skin with a hint of foundation and concealer will lead the way.” Complementing the clean base with a flush of colour on the cheeks, rosy blush palettes are going to find their way into our vanity cases. “Rosy cheeks will be a big trend in 2021,” agrees Josan. “A hint of colour and freshness added to the skin after staying indoors most of 2020 won’t hurt anyone! Try a higher placement of the blush on your cheeks, so the hint of colour is visible when wearing a mask.”

Beauty looks sported at the recent international fashion weeks have also put the well-contoured face under the limelight. With foundation, concealer, and blush, the contour palette will become a makeup essential.

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