Makeup Looks that are going to Rule 2021

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MakeUp 2021

2020 was quite the year none of us prepared for. The whole quarantine phase had everyone baking banana bread, whipping up some Dalgona coffee, lounging in their PJs and of course pulling off a no-makeup look. From celebrities to influencers, everyone on Instagram became a bit more comfortable with their skin. Covering a zit or a pimple was no longer a concern. People learned to embrace their flaws. 

While 2020 didn’t give us enough reasons to wear makeup, the good news is that 2021 will be the year to experiment with all those wacky makeup looks

Of course, we’re still going to be wearing our masks but, trying out a cute makeup look for a Zoom meeting or Insta live isn’t no harm, right? 

If you’re looking for fun ways to play with your beauty stash, let me tell you that the 2021 makeup trends we’ve dug out look excessively promising.

Whether it’s date night or a casual outing to run errands, these simple makeup looks have all it takes to lift those spirits. 

Also, you don’t have to worry about maskne (face mask-induced breakouts) as these makeup trends are super-skin friendly. 

8 Makeup Trends you’ve got to Try in the New Year 

Before we begin chalking out our favourite makeup looks, let’s throw light on the two major themes that are going to rule 2021. It’s going to be all about vibrant colours and nostalgia. Think cherry-stained lips, retro-inspired eye makeup, 90s-style eyeliner or a bold mascara. Remember, Bella Hadid's 90s hair and makeup look at the MTV VMAs? We’re absolutely gushing over that look and totally recommend it in 2021. 


So, grab your makeup tools ‘cause we are about to create MAGIC. 


1. Coloured Mascara

Back in the day, most beauty junkies would seal the deal with a coloured mascara. It was an effortless way to achieve a dramatic look within seconds. Well, in 2021, this look is making a major comeback. Tint those lashes with some vibrant, rainbow hues, and you’ll literally have all ‘eyes’ on you. 

As we’ve mentioned earlier, in the New Year too we will have to concentrate on accentuating our eyes as our face masks are still going to be on. What better way to do it than adding some depth and subtlety to your eyes?

Pro Tip: It’s important to choose a shade that works for you. If you have black/brown eyes, pick blue mascara while if you have a cat or blue eyes, rainbow colours look stunning. 

If you want the colours to really pop, you can also match your mascara shade to your eyeliner. Rihanna’s pink Coachella look is all the inspiration you need. 

Shop the look: If you want to stock up on some luxuriously creamy, voluminous coloured mascaras, Kiko Milano has a range we’re absolutely crushing on. Metallic purple, electric blue and burgundy are few shades you’ll find. It’s light on the pocket too as it’s on a 20 percent discount, currently. 

2. Blurred Lip Stain

If lipstick is your favourite makeup product, chances are you’ve made sure it looks defined and sculpted. Well, it’s time to ditch those fully lined lips. Blurred lips are all set to become the hottest trend of the season. It gives a relaxed, lazy vibe and is ideal for those who don’t like wearing lipstick for too long. 

To achieve the blurred lipstick effect, start with a multipurpose concealer. It’s a great way to reduce those fine lines. To prevent the lips from drying out, always pick a concealer that is infused with some kind of oil. Once you’ve evenly applied the concealer, apply a pigmented lipstick to the center of your lips. Let it sit for a few minutes. Take a tissue and blot the product off until you’re left with a colour that has stained your lips. You can also seal it with a matte lip balm to hydrate your lips and enhance the staying power. 

Shop the look: The Tinted Lip Serum from Forest Essentials effortlessly glides on the lips to give you the perfect blurred effect. Also, the deep conditioning serum present in the product keeps your lips soft and supple, all day. 

3.  Bold Eye Makeup

Feeling daring? How about bold and bright eyelids to start 2021 with? We can’t say how this year’s going to be but your eye makeup can definitely be sassy and crazy. We’ve already spoken about coloured mascara and liner but looks like bold eye makeup looks are making waves too. 

With a colourful eyeshadow palette, sky’s the limit. You can choose to be as expressive as you want. You can take tonnes of inspiration from things around you while creating a colourful eye makeup look. Pastel hues look great during the day while darker shades such as brown, purple and electric blue are ideal for the night.  

Shop the look: We highly recommend the Makeup Revolution Reloaded Marvellous Mattes Eyeshadow Palette for those who wish to experiment with all those colour block looks. 

4. Dolphin Skin

If you’re someone who loves a simple no makeup, makeup look, you have to try the latest dolphin skin trend. It’s all about fresh, glowing complexion similar to what a dolphin’s wet skin would look like. We thank Celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips to bring this look to life. 

It’s dewy, glossy and super-radiant. If you’re already making summer 2021 plans, you’ve got to try out this look. Whether you’re chilling by the beach or taking a dip in the pool, this shiny skin look is definitely going to make your face look youthful and super-plump. Expect some Insta-worthy pictures.

To achieve this look, skin prep is the most important step. Start by exfoliating your natural skin. Remember, this look is all about that glow. Thus, it’s important to choose a luminous primer and foundation to get that maximum dew. Once you’ve built your base, it’s time for the hydrating finish. A highlighter balm is a perfect way to achieve a flawless, radiant finish. Apply it liberally on your cheekbones and on the bridge of your nose. 

Shop the look: The Too Faced Love Light Highlighter is the best powder, liquid and creamy formula to give your face a natural glow instantly. 

5. Smokey Eyes with Sparkle

Who doesn’t love a dramatic black smokey eye? However, we’ve seen a lot of people go wrong when it comes to creating the look. Remember, you want to look hot and sexy, and not like an insomniac. The key to achieving the perfect smokey eye is to use colour in moderation and of course, blend, blend and blend.

The smokey eye look has been around for years and is going to make its way into 2021 too. However, with a little twist. If you’ve added shimmer or glitter to your eye makeup routine before, you’ve probably added it on the lids. It’s time to reverse the application. How about rocking the glitter makeup under the eyes? 

If you want to create a smokey halo eye look, makeup artist at Bobbi Brown India Disha Buxani has you covered with her super-simple tutorial. Watch it here: 

Shop the look:  To seamlessly achieve a smokey eye, we suggest you buy the Focallure Smokey Eyeshadow Palette - # 02. For the under-eye sparkle, buy the glitter cream from Wet n Wild. The single packing is available in multiple shades and is super-affordable. 


6. Classic Cat Eye Eyeliner

There are a few makeup looks that are classic, sultry and stand the test of time. The cat-eye is definitely one of them. Whether you want to elongate your eyes or accentuate them, you can seamlessly do so with liquid eyeliner. 

In 2020, we’ve seen graphic eyeliner looks all over Instagram. In 2021, we’re definitely going to be seeing more of them as razor-sharp lines are still going strong. The cat-eye makeup look may seem simple but arguably it is the hardest beauty looks to achieve. It takes tonnes of practice and precision to ace the perfect fierce, cat eyeliner

Shop the look: If you’re looking for an eyeliner for an everyday makeup look, the Maybelline New York Colossal Liner is ideal and pocket-friendly. 


7. Fluffy Brows

If there’s one area on our face most of us embraced in the lockdown, it has to be our eyebrows. With salons closed, we all gave our brows the break they deserved. Threading, trimming and tweezing seemed like a tiresome routine.

However, the good news is that what was a compulsion in the lockdown, has now become a trend. People seem to be embracing their fluffy and bushy eyebrows. 

Eyebrow pencils are now passé. Instead, ombre powder brows are in vogue. The newest shading technique gives your eyebrows a super-soft and natural look. 

Shop the look: The Nykaa Wow My Brow Eyebrow Palette is going to be your best friend if you want to achieve a flawless, natural eyebrow look. 

8. Concealer without Foundation

We’re still amidst a global pandemic and looks like face masks are going to the norm for another year. Imagine wearing a face mask and having heaps of foundation trapped under. You’re bound to suffer breakouts and maskne. Thankfully, a liberating makeup trend is coming in 2021. It’s one that will ensure your skin breathes and requires very little product.

We’re talking about the much-debated ‘concealer without foundation’ trend. Don’t just reserve your concealers to cover dark circles and blemishes. You can also use them to even out your skin tone. 

With the right formula and shade, and the right makeup tool such as a beauty blender or brush, you can easily create a smooth and even base. 

Shop the look: The Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer is undoubtedly our favourite drugstore makeup product. 

The Verdict: 2021 is going to be all about expressive eye makeup. Try these hottest makeup trends of the season and you’ll be looking runway ready in minutes. 



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