6 Makeup Looks That You Need To Try in 2021

It goes without saying that 2020 was a pretty tough year. And between being on lockdown to battling maskne and everything in between, many of us won’t be too sad to see it go. But leaving behind all the not-so-good stuff that has happened last year isn’t the only great part about moving into 2021—that’s right, we’re talking about new makeup trends. 

1. Metallic Graphic Liner

Is it bright in here, or is it just you? One stunning makeup look that we simply can’t get enough of in 2021 is lining your beautiful eyes with a metallic graphic liner. We absolutely love the Metallic Lights Foil Eyeliner Pencil from Milani because it is a high-impact glitter liner where the pigments pop to perfection. With this deliciously-smooth metallic eyeliner, you’ll always be ready to light up the night or take on the day. 

You can stick with a sleek wing, or you can go over the top with more abstract linework or negative space. Your eyes are your canvas, so let your creativity soar with these stunning metallic shades. 

2. Bring On The Glow

Glowy, shimmery skin is, without a doubt, always in, but take it up a notch with some iridescent color. Whether it’s eyelids speckled with mermaid-esque hues, Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century-inspired lipgloss, or cheekbones that shine with a gorgeous holographic sheen, iridescent makeup products are here to accent your gorgeous skin with a pearly finish. 

Want to shine brighter than the Northern Lights? The Celestial Highlighting Palette can help you to do just that with its three universally flattering, super shimmery highlighters that will turn your vibe instantly electric. You can use it as a normal highlighter, or you can also pop it in the inner corners of your eyes to open them up in a fun way.

3. Shimmery Smokey Eye

This look’s a classic for a reason—it looks fab paired with every outfit, especially outfits with leather leggingsand really ups the drama in your look. Not sure how to create a shimmery smokey eye? We’ve got your back!

Step 1: Apply a good quality primer onto your eyes to help your makeup last longer.

Step 2: Start off with a creamy pencil in a dark shade with a bit of shimmer. Apply this all over your eyelid and crease. Using this as a base will really help the other colors to pop.

Step 3: Go over the pencil by applying a shimmery black shadow all over your lid and on your lower lash line. 

Step 5: Using your blending brush, blend a dark bronze shadow upward and slightly over your crease using windshield-wiper motions.

Step 6: Apply a light beige shadow on your brow bone and blend down toward the crease to get rid of any streaks or harsh lines. 

Step 7: Then, apply a shimmery gold shadow along your lower lash line. 

Step 9: Add those all-important final touches with mascara, layering 3-4 coats for a full lash effect. 

Step 10: Finally, apply a pretty gold glitter toward the inner lower lash line to give it that real luxe finish. 

If this sounds like it might be a little too challenging for you, a long-wear creamy eyeshadow and a long-wear gel eyeliner blended together is a quick and simple way to create a smokey eye with minimal products. All you have to do is apply the shimmery shadow all over your lid, blending it over and over again, towards the outer corner for the smokey effect. Then, apply the gel eyeliner along the bottom of your lid and lash line, smudging it with a small eye brush. And there you have it! 

For those looking for a fun new twist this season, rather than reaching for black or smoky silvers, add in some deep purples and mauves for a gorgeous pop of color with Milani’s Gilded Twilight Eyeshadow Palette. This hyper-pigmented fresh mix of smoky grays, twinkling metallics, and deep purples is the perfect companion for a night out -- no matter how soft or sultry. 

4. Duo-Chrome Shimmer

2021 is all about shimmer and shine. For a simple look that packs a big punch, we can’t get enough of this Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper that will instantly give your eyes a statement-making shimmery finish. 

Simply layer this eye topper on top of your favorite eyeshadow for electric results. With four luminous, vibrant hues in bold glittery colors, you’ll fall in love with its dazzling and prismatic effects. Shine bright like a diamond and add a bit of sparkle to your standard evening look with this breathtakingly beautiful eye topper. 

5. Extreme Color Blocking

In 2021, there won’t be just one singular color that dominates all the makeup trends. In fact, there will be tons of colors—like, all of them. Swatches of red, orange, and yellow on the eyes; shocks of blue on the lips; brushstrokes of green on the cheeks: beauty gurus and professional makeup artists love playing with big blocks of bright, opaque colors to create a striking and unique look.    

Whether you’re new to the makeup scene or consider yourself a pro, the Gilded Jewel Eyeshadow Palette is ideal for packing on bright shades in geometric shapes for a bold, electric look that is sure to pop. Just be sure to start with a solid eyeshadow primer to make sure that your intense colors stay on. Trust us—this is a look that’ll bring in the complements, even when paired with a mask.  

6. Dewy Skin

Many of us are cutting back on how much makeup we’re applying since we’re not going out as much due to the pandemic, but clear, dewy skin is as trendy as ever. There is quite a bit you can do to bring on the dewiness to achieve this glowing look, but for starters, dewy skin starts with self-care. 

Ready to embrace your skin’s natural beauty from the inside-out? Here’s how you can get glistening, dewy skin that shines even on the coldest winter days.  

Step 1: Start with a quality cleanser.

The key to looking fresh-faced starts with, well, a fresh face! Begin your routine with a clean slate. Remove any leftover makeup along with oils and dirt that have settled into your pores over the course of the night or day. Choose a good quality product that is not drying but instead hydrating so that your skin retains enough moisture to withstand any makeup you apply along with the day-to-day wear and tear of the outside environment.   

We love the Green Goddess Makeup Melter Cleansing Balm that works instantly, transforming from balm to oil for effortless makeup removal without a greasy residue.  

Step 2: Follow clean skin with a hydrating toner.

Toners are an often forgotten step in many people’s skincare routines—but they shouldn’t be. Why, might you ask? Because a good quality toner will balance your skin’s pH level and prepare it to absorb all of the wonderful minerals and vitamins in the other products you’re getting ready to treat your skin with, that’s why. To maintain optimal hydration, reach for a toner that’s infused with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, so your skin is left smooth and vibrant.    

Step 3: Massage a rich face oil into your skin

After you’ve rubbed in your toner, massage a rich face oil into your skin like the Green Goddess Glow Oil from Milani. This ultra-light oil is infused with organic Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil to help lock in hydration and soothe your stressed-out skin.     

Step 4: Smooth on your favorite daytime moisturizer

To achieve that dewy, glowing look you’re after, reach for a moisturizer that sinks right into the skin, leaving it soft and supple but not oily. The goal is to have highly moisturized skin without it looking greasy. Choose a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid for intense hydration that lasts. 

Step 5: Before you start applying your makeup, finish your skincare routine with an illuminating face primer

To prepare your complexion for makeup, apply a face primer like Milani’s Rose Lotion Primer to nourish and hydrate your skin. This will not only lock in moisture to keep your skin ultra-dewy, but it will plum your skin and aid in maintaining that healthy glow throughout the day. 

Follow these simple steps every day before applying your makeup to achieve the dewy-skin look. If you’re still looking to enhance your clear natural skin a little more, you can add a touch of cream blush, a dab of lipgloss, a dash of highlighter, and a coat of mascara for a more polished look.  

New Year, New Trends

2021 is an opportunity to try new things, make resolutions, and up your makeup game even further. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and play with trends to create your own unique look.

Let’s leave 2020 in the past and move forward to bigger, better, and brighter things.