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The Best Makeup Trends to Try in 2021

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 4, 2021
The Best Makeup Trends to Try in 2021

Let’s be honest here… 2020 makeup trends didn’t exactly turn out the way we expected. The white eyeliner you were saving for spring and poppin’ purple eyeshadow for New York Fashion Week were likely postponed when you spent the year staying inside. And as much as you liked getting personal with your sheet masks and at-home beauty rituals, the year 2021 is made for all the bold colors, shimmers, and glam makeup that you can handle. "2021 is going to be a rebellious expression against everything 2020 was," makeup artist Carolina Dali told POPSUGAR. And we love it that way.

Be honest, you missed blending out eyeshadow looks with eye brushes and doing a sky-high winged liner that’s so Violet Chachki's makeup style, and the 2021 makeup trends will let your inner artistry shine through. Be prepared to focus on the eyes (as you still need a mask!), and say “new year, new makeup” with these 2021 beauty trends that you don’t want to miss!

Colorful lashes

BFF Mascara by Colourpop
Source: Colourpop

Let’s get this out of the way… PPE masks aren’t going anywhere in 2021. But you can still rock all the best new makeup trends with only half of your face showing, whether you’re a simple makeup enthusiast or glam queen for life. In fact, you’ll get the best of both beauty worlds with one of the top 2021 makeup trends: colored lashes! Mascara is a classic everyday beauty product that gives your lashes an effortless lift in seconds, but don’t ever think that it’s boring. You can step away from the black and add a bit of edge to your look with a green, blue, red, or purple texture that will have all eyes on your eyes. That’s right, we’re talking about the cult favorite BFF Mascara by Colourpop. This buildable, non-clumping beauty product doesn’t just create volume and length, it coats your lashes in every color of the rainbow. The shade Blue Ya Mind is an easy way to incorporate your favorite color in your beauty routine, while Purple Prose is a sweet lavender and Wine O’Clock a deep burgundy that’s ideal for your virtual night in with the girls. Pick your signature hue to make a statement at work, home, and Google Hangouts - with a bold look that takes only a few seconds to complete!

Dewy skin

Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops by tarte
Source: tarte

“Skinimalism” is the 2021 beauty trend that every publication, makeup artist, and skincare enthusiast can’t stop talking about. And once again, it all comes down to our basically non-existent makeup routines in 2020. We learned how to prevent Maskne instead of follow a 10-step YouTube tutorial for flawless foundation, and as a result… many have started to embrace their skin’s tsexture. Instead of Instagram glam, they go for a dewy complexion that enhances the skin’s natural radiance. Dewy skin has always been a “thing” in the beauty world, but it’s having a major moment in 2021. And this trend is easy to achieve with the right creams, serums, and oils. Our favorite? Rainforest of the Sea™ Radiance Drops by tarte. The top beauty products by tarte have always blurred the lines between makeup and skincare, and this one is no exception. These radiance drops effortlessly absorb into the skin and leave a dewy glow without clogging your pores, making them ideal for all skin types and a great beginner product for those who want to dip their toes (or face, or shoulders) into skinimalism. They’re formulated with the exclusive tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ complex, a proprietary blend of algae and marine flower extracts that smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while softening the skin, along with Jojoba, Coconut, and Maracuja oils for countless wellness benefits. You can wear this product alone for a naturally dewy glow that people will totally believe is 100% natural, or add a few drops into your foundation for the sparkly makeup look you’ve been craving.


Metallic Glitter by NYX Professional Makeup
Source: NYX Professional Makeup

You already know about skinimalism, but it’s also okay to be a little extra sometimes. And how can you show your glam side more than with a little glitter? You may have gotten a few rare moments of radiance during quarantine, such as your cut crease for the Zoom holiday party makeup look or practicing beauty tips from RuPaul’s drag queens after a binge-watch. But the year 2021 may bring you the first night out in a long time, and you deserve to sparkle like the true queen you are. That’s where the Metallic Glitter by NYX Professional Makeup comes in. These shimmer powders can be used to brighten up your eyes, cheeks, lips or body… and they’re available in a variety of ultra-reflective colors to fit your mood. The midnight blue Darkside that’s great for the club (when it’s safe!), iridescent Lumi-Lite for ethereal vibes, Style Star for celestial beauty - each one can be mixed and matched to fit your makeup style and keep up with the trends. No matter how or where you use them on your skin, the NYX Glitter Primer will lock them in place and keep you looking luminous all throughout 2021.

Multitasking beauty products

The Multiple by NARS
Source: NARS

While multitasking beauty products aren’t exactly a new trend (tinted moisturizer, anyone?), they definitely fit with the minimalist theme of 2021. You want to spend as little time, money, and product as possible while still looking gorgeous… and it’s never been easier than with a hybrid foundation-concealer. Or blush-bronzer. Or dual-ended contour and highlighter stick. If you want to multitask even more, you can conquer two 2021 makeup trends with one product after you purchase The Multiple by NARS. This formula lives up to its name, as it lets you create a monochromatic makeup look (a classic runway makeup trend) by using the same color on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. The warm and sheer colors are natural enough to melt into your skin without looking too obvious, delivering a dreamy finish that works for both work or play. Orgasm is a best seller, a warm pink with golden shimmer that’s perfect for upcoming spring makeup looks, while you can also choose from 9 other hues to become a multitasking masterpiece. 95% of MIRA guests say that The Multiple is creamy, blendable, and smooth.

White Eyeliner

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo by Urban Decay
Source: Urban Decay

If you’re a minimalist who loves an off-white outfit and home decor as much as the Kardashians do, you’re going to be really happy about this 2021 makeup trend: white eyeliner. It had a moment back in June 2020 when Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga wore the best white floating eyeliner for their “Rain on Me” music video, and it’s going to be an even bigger deal in 2021. Why, exactly? It’s unique and simple, while still making a statement in your Zoom math class. This beauty product really brings out the shape and color of your eyes, making them appear bigger and brighter than ever before. Set the black aside and try a cat eye or graphic liner with the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo by Urban Decay. It won’t just give your best feature a boost of metallic white for subtle, 2021-friendly glam… it’s also infused with vitamin E, jojoba oil, and cottonseed oil to protect the fragile skin on your eyelids. If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you should always show kindness to your skin… and you can have your hydrating white eyeliner and wear it too with this Urban Decay favorite.  

Liquid eyeshadow

 Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila
Source: Stila

Eyeshadow looks can be a lot of fun to create, but also a bit messy. There’s the makeup brushes that need cleaning, the art of blending that you need to master, and the fallout that you may or may not have to wipe off your vanity. However, there is a way to enjoy your favorite colors on the eyes with less mess and half the application time… and it’s called liquid eyeshadow. Just a swipe or two on the lids will embellish your eyes in creamy, captivating shades that dry in seconds - making it ideal for the days you’re running out the door or want a simple touch of color. While you may be used to blending out 2, 3, or even 5 shades of eyeshadow on your lids to create a dramatic cut crease, those days will likely be few and far between in 2021. It’s all about practicality and style with just one shade, and you’ll be looking flawless with the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow by Stila. Choose from seven hues like Kitten Karma, Rose Gold Retro, and Molten Midnight to embrace the subtle shimmer that 2021 makeup trends are all about. 96% of MIRA guests say that this Stila product is long-lasting and non-creasing, and 93% agree that it’s extremely blendable.

Bold lip color

Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in Dark Fantasy by Shiseido
Source: Shiseido

Don’t let PPE masks take away your love for bold lipsticks, because they’re still very much a thing in 2021. If we’ve learned anything from the French beauty we saw while admiring Emily in Paris makeup looks in 2020, it’s that a striking pout can take you anywhere. The Parisians prefer to keep the eyes relatively bare while plumping up the lips with a bright scarlet or burgundy shade, and it’s a truly iconic look to wear on your Zoom hangouts with the girls. Go full French girl with a classic red, like the Super Lustrous Lipstick by Revlon in the shade Fire & Ice, or swipe on a bordeaux shade that matches the glass of wine in your hand. Like the Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in Dark Fantasy by Shiseido that’s one of the top-rated lipsticks on MIRA. Even if you’re working all day with your PPE mask on, you can still come home and swipe on a bold lipstick for your virtual date or happy hour to feel pretty and powerful. That’s the name of the game with 2021 makeup trends!

80’s pastel eyeshadow

Sugar Crystals Pressed Pigment Palette by Violet Voss Cosmetics
Source: Violet Voss Cosmetics

Pastel eyeshadow is nothing new when it comes to spring makeup, but not when it’s inspired by past decades! Makeup artist Scott Osbourne told POPSUGAR that 80’s pastel eyeshadow is destined to become one of the biggest makeup trends of 2021, and you’ll be seeing it everywhere in just a few months. “We're reverting back to the '80s and '90s era of glam with a very mod but new, innovative twist," he said. "This trend will be big in the spring for the new year." Bright pink and blue, electric green, and bright yellow on the eyes after a year of nothing but lip balm and leggings? Yes, please. Sugar Crystals Pressed Pigment Palette by Violet Voss Cosmetics is your go-to eyeshadow palette for this 2021 makeup trend, as it contains 18 pastel shades to transport you back to your favorite decade in no time. With names like Mint Choco, Blue Razz, and Pistachio, you’re about to get a taste of 80’s glam with this sweet palette.

Shop all the best makeup products to keep up with the 2021 trends on MIRA.