Last year was one that changed everything — including our beauty habits. Many of us found ourselves quarantined at home, unable to get our nails done>>>P, wearing much less makeup and even cutting our own hair>>>P. Gone were the days of luxurious spa treatments, lash lifts>>>P, and bright lipsticks — we swapped them for face masks>>>P, ring lights, and curated skincare>>>P.
As we turn a new leaf and enter 2021, beauty trends have adapted to meet the moment — with bright, show-stopping eyes to pop behind a mask, tons of fun nail trends, and more. We tapped experts in makeup, nails, hair and skin to give us insider info on some of the biggest trends that will take the stage through 2021. Keep reading for some of our favorites.
In 2019, Euphoria-inspired bright makeup hit the scene. Since then, colorful makeup has only gotten more popular — especially now that we’re wearing masks. Celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo predicts that bold eyeshadow colors will be big in 2021 — think every color of the rainbow.
Celebrity nail artist Elle predicts that neutral gel manicures will be a mainstay this year.”It can be matte or glossy,” she says.”Think of it as an extension of your hand, a look that will elongate your fingers.” If you want to take this look to the next level, she suggests adding a gold accent or some sparkles for a delicate and not-so-overpowering look. Pro tip: go for an almond or round nail shape to make your fingers look even longer.
“For hair, we are seeing a lot of big changes and strong silhouettes,” says celebrity hair stylist Kenna>>>P. He believes that 2021 will see”bangs galore.” Curtain bangs will continue to reign, as will short bangs and fringe with tons of curl and volume.
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Oquendo says he’s been seeing more of the fuller eyebrow looks this year.”I’ve heard from a lot of people that quarantine has allowed them to finally grow out their brows,” Oquendo says.”Filled in and defined brows are the way to go.”
Budding Pastel Nail Designs
According to Elle, floral printed designs are huge on the runway for spring 2021. You can ask for floral pastels at a salon, but they’re also much easier to recreate at home than you might think. Pick out a banana yellow shade, and choose petal colors like pastel pink or green.”Using a toothpick, dip it into the banana yellow and dot it onto the nail to create the center of the flower,” Elle says.”Taking a clean toothpick, dip it into the petal shade(s) and make the dots around the center dot, creating petals. The mint shade can also be used to create leaves around the flower.”
One thing is clear in skincare trends right now — moisture is key.”Due to spending more time inside because of the pandemic and now still quarantining during the colder months, we are using the heater a lot —thus, people are having drier skin,” says Dr. Karen Kagha, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Boston.”People are looking for more hydration, so another current obsession is hyaluronic acid serums>>>P.” Hyaluronic acid is easy to add to your routine for a quick boost (or you can try its trendy sister ingredient, polyglutamic acid).
According to Kenna,”bold, face-framing 90s-inspired hair color” is having a major moment. Ask for chunky highlights around the face, or if you really want to make a statement, try a”vivid” (anything out of the range of natural hair colors — think shades like pink, blue or purple).
This is the time to play with your eye makeup like never before.”I have been seeing a lot of appliqué around the eyes,” says Oquendo. Think of adding jewels or glitter around your eyeshadow, or experiment with smoldering eyeliner — another big trend this season.
Many people are choosing to ditch their heavy foundations and concealers in favor of showing off their skin — uninterrupted. This trend is all about embracing the skin you’re in. Dr. Kagha says she’s seen an uptick of patients coming in for in-office procedures like fillers and skin-lifting, which can help skin look fresh without makeup.