According to Makeup Artists, These Trends Are Going to Be Big in 2021

January 07, 2021
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

You may have all but retired your makeup bag last year (2020 was rough, people), but there’s no better time than the new year to ramp your  beauty routine back up. New year, new makeup, right? And while graphic liner looks and mask-friendly makeup are still relevant for 2021, there are few new trends to keep on your radar. We asked professional makeup artists to share their makeup trend predictions for the new year. Read on for their top picks. 


Olive Eyes 

“One trend that is going to hit the streets running is olive, sage and green eyeshadow. The beauty of an olive or green shadow is that it reads similar to a neutral shade that can be worn daily, but is definitely a step outside of your comfort zone. The olive tones will bring out the honey and caramel flecks in brown eyes, intensify mesmerizing hazel eyes and are a beautiful contrast for those blessed with baby blues. To get this look, I used my Omnia Pro BOM 401 Shade Brush and I packed on the Bodyography Glitter Pigment in Prism for a pop of green with a pearlescent finish.” Dominique Lerma, Omnia Brush Executive Artist

Retro Makeup

“2021 is going to be the year retro makes a comeback! We are going to see bright colors and lots of eye makeup. You can expect a focus on big volumized lashes with different shades of brown on the lips.” Nour Agha, YSL Beauty Nation Makeup Artist  

Smoky Eye 2.0

“Dust off your smoldering pencil eyeliners. I predict 2021’s biggest beauty trend to be the return of the smoky eye. Not as uniform and glamorous as before, but more rebellious and rocker chic. Pairing this with glass skin will be the ultimate duo.” Billie Gene, Beauty and Fashion Expert

Bronzed Complexion

“There were a lot of beautiful new bronzers released in 2020 that never really got to see the light of day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so my prediction is that hopefully we are going to start seeing a lot of beautifully bronzed skin, looking sun-kissed and outdoorsy.” Jenny Patinkin, Founder of Jenny Patinkin Beauty

Creative Eye Designs 

“In 2021, I look forward to seeing more of the glass skin trend paired with creative eye looks. I enjoy seeing lines drawn freely and colors used in a refreshing way.” Jonet Williamson, Makeup Artist and Grooming Expert

Skin First

“After months of staying at home, fighting maskne and skipping over our facials and waxing treatments, I think skin will be number one. We’ve already seen such a huge increase in skin care and tools. But then the floodgates of social life will (hopefully!) open and I do think we’ll have a glamorous era, exotic yes, dramatic lashes, speckles of glitter, lipstick and glass-like skin.” Ashlee Glazer, Makeup Artist

Pops of Color 

“Brightly colored eyeshadows and very playful application techniques like graphic liners aren’t going anywhere. Makeup is going to have a bit of an anything goes type of moment.” Jenny Patinkin, Founder of Jenny Patinkin Beauty
Photo: Nour Agha

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