After being in lockdown for months and following endless social distancing, I know all of us are looking forward to the make-up trend of spring/summer 2021, even though we are spending yet another season amidst the threat of the pandemic. Spring/Summer 2021 make-up trends feel a little more serious this year and seem to be channeling the pandemic situation. Fashion designers are giving everyone front-row seats to their latest digital fashion shows. This year’s make-up and hair trends are inspiring and will surely not disappoint you.

These trends have been designed with our DIY and skincare routines in mind, with no make-up phase during this lockdown. The trends this year are soft, relaxed, and laid-back.  After all, we have been at home for almost a year, and our skin has started to respond well to all the natural skin care routines.

Let’s have a look at some of the coolest trends in beauty and incorporate some of them, as we are all set to get back to our routine lives.

Muted skin

This trend of muted skin has been seen on the runways of Balmain, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton. Not too shiny, not too dewy, not even too matte—just the perfect amount of naturally looking hydrated skin—is going to be a big hit this season. Do not jump back into applying lots of make-up routines yet; have well-hydrated skin with just a hint of foundation, and you are good to step into the outside world post-quarantine.

Do not forget to add a base layer of your cream, moisturizer, or hydrating mist before applying any kind of makeup to your face. This primer with a hint of foundation will give you the perfect natural glow.

How do you keep your skin hydrated?

Use a moisturizing cream rather than a lotion. Creams are thicker and more hydrating. If your skin is really dry, you can also mix in a vitamin E tablet with your cream daily. Follow your nightly care routine religiously and drink at least 3 liters of water every day to keep your skin naturally hydrated. If you do not want to invest in a lot of expensive night creams, just apply two layers of aloe vera gel mixed with vitamin E or almond oil, and you will see your face glowing within a month.

You can also use a hydrator or a face steamer on a regular basis so that your skin does not dry out. The face steamer will also help you open your pores and clean out all the dirt and dust accumulated.

Soft waves

You can see these kinds of soft waves dawned by models on the runways of Prada, Balmain, and Etro. The designers know we have gotten used to working from home in our pajamas, and to break that routine, getting ready with perfect hair and make-up and heading to the office is going to take some time too. Imperfect curls and waves are the whole mood for the coming summer.

I know what you are thinking; styling your hair into perfect beach waves also takes a lot of effort, as does styling in front of the mirror with your curler or straightener. Well, I have a trick for you that will help you get those perfect soft, wavy hair without putting in much effort.

How do I get the soft waves easily?

Wash and condition your hair like you regularly do, then apply a little bit of hydrating serum or a leave-in conditioner.  At this stage, you can also apply very little styling mousse or your curling spray.  After applying the mousse, just scrunch your hair a little bit, part by part, from the roots. This should give you nice soft waves or a wet beachy look.

In case you do not have a mousse or a curling spray, do not worry.  After applying hydrating serum to your hair, just take all of it in your hand and start twisting it from the end until it is completely twisted to the top.  Now take a clip, make this twisted hair into a bun, and clip it. Leave it this way for 2 to 3 hours. Once you open your hair, just run your fingers through it and see the transformed look in the mirror.

In case you do not have two to three hours to wait and need those soft waves instantly, then please apply a heat-resistant serum to your hair and make 6 to 8 partitions. Now twist each partition and run a straightener over the twisted hair. This will also help you achieve soft beachy waves once you open the twists. Please refer to the below images for a better understanding.

Messy knots or WFH knots?

Fuss-free, low-maintenance knots have been everyone’s hairstyle for the whole of 2020. The designers want to continue this trend of messy, tied-up buns as presented by Jacquemus.  And since these work-from-home knots were such a hit last year, why not continue the trend in our office as well, especially when this hairstyle is super efficient and useful while chasing those deadlines or completing those last-minute changes?

How do I get a work-from-home job?

Tie your hair into a ponytail. Make this ponytail into two parts and pull the ends apart to tighten your pony. Now twist the base a few times as if you are going to make it into a bun. Take all the hair together, twist it around the scrunchie of your ponytail, and keep turning until you reach the end of your hair. Then,  tuck the ends inside the newly made bun, and you are done. Your WFH bun is ready.

The almost smoky eye

Smoky Eyes has always been a hit on the ramp, and you can be sure it will create a lot of drama. But since this season is all about being natural and it’s the year for minimalistic make-up, we have seen the designers creating little drama with subtle mid-tone brown eye shadow.

Models at the Tarun Tahiliani show were seen with warm bronze eye shadows and a very thin line of kohl along the waterline.

How do I get brown, smoky eyes?

Apply a light or neutral color to the inner corners of your eye and on the brow bone. This will work as a highlighter. Now take a little darker shade of brown and apply it to the crease.  Avoid the brow bone while applying this. You can also apply this color to the lower lash line of your eyes. Make sure you apply a very thin layer just to highlight your eye further and give it more definition.

Take a darker shade of brown and concentrate this color on the outer lid of your eye. Blend this color perfectly with a second shade of brown so that it looks even and flawless.  Apply this color to the outer parts of your lower lash line and blend it with the previously applied color as well.

Now take brown kohl and apply it along the upper lash line; you can also use black kohl if you prefer.  Apply a very thin and light layer of kohl. After this step, take an earbud and gently start smudging the kohl line into the eye shadow. Do not oversmud it, or your eyes will look messy. If you want to add a little more definition, now you use an extremely thin layer of eyeliner on top of the kohl. And your almost smoky eyes are ready.

Smudged lips

The smudged lips trend has been seen on various fashion show runways, like Tarun Tahiliani, Gucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Bright lip shades like berry, blood red, and tangerine are back in trend. This season is all about convenience and looking your natural best, so why bother applying a lip liner and defining your lips first? Apply these beautiful lip shades directly to your lips, starting from the center of your lips and patting in an outward direction. This will give you a natural, kissed, and undone natural lip look.

This season, give your skin a little break from all the chemicals in your cosmetics and put on minimalistic make-up with bright red smudged lipstick. You can also do a mascara-free look with these brightly smudged lips and see the low-key transformation.

Gelled-back, sleek hair

Till now, we have read in multiple places that this year’s trend is all about simplicity and looking all-natural, and, as we all know, a natural, fuss-free look has ruled this season’s runway. But is it really a spring/summer show unless a few models step out on the ramp in slick—they just came out of the pool hair? Well, this is a timeless hairstyle that can never go out of style. This hairstyle reflects the health of your hair and gives you a hydrated, frizz-free look.

Today, who among us does not struggle with flyaways and frizzy hair? Even people with the most extensive hair care routine can have a bad day and struggle with unmanageable strands. This hair trend is the perfect solution for getting rid of those flyaways.This hair trend has been seen in the Burberry, Balenciaga, and Nanushka shows.

How do I get a sleek hair look?

For this look, make sure your hair is clean and has absolutely no dust or grease in it. Damp your hair and comb it, removing all the knots. Now do a perfect middle partition in your hair, going all the way to the back of your head. I suggest using a tail comb for this partition, and it will make your life simpler. Make four partitions in your hair, and then start applying hair gel, starting from the roots and working towards the end. You will have to use a lot of hair gel for this look.

After you have applied the hair gel, comb your hair again from the roots towards the end in one single stroke. The hair gel will help your hair stick together and give you the sleek look you desire. Once you have achieved the look you want, spray on some glossy finishing hair spray. This will help you keep everything in place throughout your event. You can also spray some of the hair spray on the tail comb brush and run the brush lightly through your hair; this will help you get rid of the flyaways.

Hope this blog on spring/summer Beauty trends for 2021 was helpful to you guys.

Let me know if you have tried any of the above tips in your daily life.