11 Beauty Looks I Am Impatient to Try This Year

When it came to our beauty priorities last year, skincare reigned supreme. Given the fact that most of 2020 was spent in the comfort of our own homes, any need, want or desire to pay attention to our hair and makeup routines dwindled. Time usually spent on makeup application was instead used for self-care rituals like kicking back with a face mask, doing an at-home manicure, or indulging in a quick facial massage. Having said that, while there’s no doubt that spending this time on my skin was much-needed (in hindsight, it acted as a nice form of escapism), I’m officially ready to get back into this beauty thing properly.

Sure, it’s been great to let my skin breathe and give my hair a bit of a break, but the truth is that I really miss doing my hair and makeup. At the start of last year, not having to wake up early to spend time applying my makeup and styling my hair felt good, but I think the novelty is starting to wear off, and now, I’m sort of over it. In fact, I’m more ready than ever to pull out my full beauty arsenal and get creative. I miss applying eyeshadows and playing with palettes, I miss feeling great with one swipe of lipstick, and (dare I say it) I even miss curling my hair.

But that’s not to say I want to go back to how things were entirely because, in reality, I still want things to feel easy for me and be relatively low-maintenance. Looking at my beauty routine with fresh eyes, I have come to the realisation that what I really want is to look and feel great without too much effort. And no, I’m not talking about the sort of no-makeup makeup looks and “just out of bed” hairstyles that actually take hours to execute. I’m talking genuinely quick, stress-free looks that lift my spirits and leave me looking and feeling my best. 

It would seem I’m not alone. In fact, my saved folder on Instagram is full of other people’s low-key, low-fuss beauty looks that I am just itching to re-create now that the new year has arrived. Keep scrolling for the 11 beauty trends I’m getting ready to embrace for 2021.

I know I just said I’m ready to ditch glow, but I’ll make an exception for this. It seems to be a trend that springs up every year, but this time around, it’s really happening, people. Blush is officially back. Forget super-pigmented powders that are tricky to get right. It’s time to embrace creamy, dewy formulas instead. Just dab pigment onto cheekbones, brush your brows, apply a layer of mascara, and behold a natural-looking, glowing look that oozes health and radiance. If you want to amp things up, cream blushes look great dabbed onto the lids and lips, too.

Like so many others, I wasn’t able to escape to the sunshine last year, so I’m swooning over bronzed, sun-kissed looks. Maybe as an intentional protest, maybe just by accident through overcompensating, deep, matte, sun-stripe bronzer is back. The key for 2021 is to ensure the shade is right. Steer clear of warm oranges and instead opt for deep, red tones swept liberally over the apples of the cheeks and across the nose for a convincing sun-kissed look. Paired with a dark nude lip, it’s a totally evergreen look.

I was ready to start living out my mermaid hair dreams at the start of 2020, but things didn’t quite play out how I’d hoped. While this style was set for big things last year, it seems the trend hasn’t faded. It’s simply been postponed until our social lives pick up again. The effortless look can be achieved with simple plaits or a heated waver. I picked up the Amika High Tide Deep Waver at the start of this year and can’t wait to show off some cool, textured lengths.

Red lipstick can be messy at the best of times, but throw face coverings into the mix and it’s basically mission impossible. It’s safe to assume, therefore, that most of us put our red lipsticks away somewhere safe with the hope we could return to them again soon. However, the truth is that it’s just not clear how much longer it will be until we can show off our red lipstick to the world again, and I miss it. In a bid to lift my spirits, I’m planning on swiping my lips with rouge every single day in 2021. If you ask me, a bare-faced look teamed with a striking red lip is the perfect way to feel put-together while working from home without any major effort.

I’m not sure about you, but not using any major heat on my hair (and masking every single day) throughout 2020 was great for the health of my strands. They are strong and resilient, but that’s not to say they look great. In fact, without any heat styling, for the majority of last year, they looked a little lacklustre. Considering hairstylists are saying they’re pleasantly surprised with the condition of clients’ hair post-lockdown, it’s time to embrace seriously sleek, straight hair for 2021. With good heat protection, good strengthening treatments, and new-gen straighteners, you can go for a dramatic straight look without causing too much damage.

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK. Next up, The Most Jaw-Dropping (and Copyable) Beauty Looks From Every Fashion-Week City

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