To say that we’ve all eagerly anticipated the summer of 2021 would be an understatement. After a year of wearing minimal makeup for our Zoom meetings and reading numerous articles on quarantine skincare, many of us feel more than ready to start experimenting with some fun and bold makeup and try a trend or two this summer.
When it comes to 2021 summertime looks, the trends are nothing short of inspirational. From neon eyeliner colors that create a stunning contrast to bold lips that make a serious style statement, here are some of the biggest 2021 makeup trends that you’ll want (and absolutely can) wear all year long.
Rosy, summery cheeks
Flushed cheeks are always in. They give the skin that healthy glow, and they look amazing on every skin tone. Blushes come in a variety of shapes, hues, and forms. You can find the stick version of blush or you can go down the traditional route and get yourself a compact one. They also come in the form of tints, stains, loose powder, liquid blushes, and cream base, so there’s definitely something for everyone.
As for the blush shade, you can match it to your natural flush – simply pinch your cheeks to see what hue you should be looking for. Or, use your fave nude lipstick as an inspo and simply go for a blush that’s one shade darker. You can also mix a couple of shades from your blush palette, or go for a shimmery blush that doubles as a highlighter (more bang for your buck!). Either way, you’ll be getting your rosy, summary cheeks in less than two minutes.
Glowy, radiant skin
If there’s one thing we all crave for year-round, it’s that radiant skin glow that occurs in the summer. The good news? Maintaining your sun-kissed summer glow is simply a matter of a good skincare routine (e.g. hydrating moisturizers, less frequent exfoliation) and a couple of practical makeup products. Subtle shimmers, in particular, will be big this summer as they’re perfect for getting that natural sheen, while light-coverage bronzers will ensure you get that beachy glow.
Because this glowy look is so trendy and makes the skin look fresh and polished, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular among Australian women. Even though it’s winter there, many of them are browsing their favorite brands of cosmetics online in Australia and searching for products that will help them maintain their luminous complexion during cooler months. And while knowing how to apply your makeup properly will largely influence the end result, the makeup products you use also play a vital role. Pigmented and long-lasting products will ensure a flawless finish, so if you’re planning on updating your makeup bag, definitely focus on quality.
Natural, soft brows
Speaking of keeping things au naturel, another major 2021 makeup trend we’ll be seeing everywhere are feathery soft, natural brows. This summer season is ideal to let your brows grow and achieve that natural look, so if you were contemplating it for a while, now’s the right time to do it.
Steer clear of harsh and strongly defined eyebrows, and instead, aim to achieve a more feathery, effortless look. Shape and fill in the brows to frame them, sketch those individual hairs, and use a clear gel to add the finishing touch and some definition. For a beach-friendly makeup look, make sure you use eyebrow products that are water-proof, and remember to put your favorite setting spray on so that everything stays in place.
Neon eyeliners and eyeshadows
While this year’s summer makeup trends suggest taking a more natural approach to defining brows, when it comes to eyes, it’s all about going bold with neons. Nude and pastel shades are still going strong, but for those who want to do away with neutrals and subtle, no-makeup looks, neon eyeliners and eyeshadows are just the tools you need to achieve a trendy summer look.
Bright, summery hues such as lime green, bold teal, and electric pink are ideal if you want to experiment with your eye makeup looks, whether that means wearing pigmented eyeshadow in your eyes’ inner corners for a subtle pop of color or rocking a colorful eyeliner in the form of stunning graphic lines.
Bold, playful lips
What’s a makeup look without a defined lip? This summer, we’re expecting to see a shift from browns and soft nudes to a palette that’s more vibrant and playful. Pastel and coral hues are a definite win this summer season, with timeless red, super-saturated orange, and bright pinks taking the center stage. Because they make big enough of a statement on their own, bold and playful lips are best paired with glossy lids that add just the right amount of shimmer to the overall makeup look. If you do, however, choose to go with bolder eye makeup, go for a nude lipstick to tone things down a bit and achieve a more balanced summery look.
Summer is the season that’s all about bright colors and playful makeup techniques. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re reserved exclusively for when warm weather arrives.
Without a doubt, these summer trends can easily be rocked year-round, so feel free to use them as inspiration for both your warm and cold-weather makeup looks.