The good thing about spending most of last year at home is that it’s given us more time to try new hobbies, whether baking, working out, or experimenting with cool eye makeup looks. But you know what they say? New year, a new set of the best eye makeup trends to master. So, if you’re already jaded with the looks you perfected in 2020, then you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. This year, 2021, lively colors and nostalgia are two influential themes, making complete sense since many of us have been binge-watching old TV shows and dreaming of being outside again.
Hottest Eye Makeup Looks 2021
Violet Cat Eye
A violet cat eye is a fire red carpet look. Cynthia Erivo remixed the classic eyeliner look for the 2021 Golden Globes by swapping the black liner with a bright, lively purple. The star’s makeup artist Terrell Mullin created a spiky wing on the outer corner of the eye and in the inner corners for extra drama.
Nail The Look: Mullin only used Giorgio Armani Beauty products to create this look on Cynthia for the Golden Globes. Nail the look yourself!
If you were looking to define and enhance your eyes without bold eyeshadow or eyeliner, you can. Instead, opt for a subtle, drab eyeshadow and fluttery lashes just like the Queen Anya Taylor Joy’s look by makeup artist Georgie Eisdell.
Nail The Look: Eisdell used Dior’s Diorshow Iconic, Overcurl Mascara, on Taylor Joy for the 2021 award season, layering it onto fluffy lashes. If you want to intensify the look, add in some individual lashes. Lashify is one of our favorites lash systems because it offers incredibly realistic results and comes in various sizes.
With tie-dye eyeshadow, no shade in your eyeshadow palette will be left behind ever again. Katie Jane Hughes pioneered this sumptuous abstract eyeshadow look. While mixing and matching the colors might seem nonsensical, the appeal of this look is that anything goes, making it almost impossible to screw up.
Nail The Look: Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes used Bodyography’s Pure Pigment Palette to get this look, and we love it. The 8-pan palette comes with every color of the rainbow. Moreover, the shadow’s extreme-pigment formula provides a high color payoff that can be created depending on how intense you want to look.
The Classic Cat Eye
The cat-eye is a makeup look that transcends seasons and trends as it looks fantastic on everyone. Here, makeup artist Fiona Stiles shows how to do a cat-eye with a ’60s twist on British actress Lily Collins.
Nail The Look: While the cat eye is a simplistic style, it takes a bit of work to apply liquid eyeliner. Lancôme’s Artliner Precision Felt-Tip Eyeliner is an excellent option to start with because it offers an ultra-fine tip that allows for extreme precision. In addition, the liner’s ink-black pigment and wetness are two essential markers, allowing you to draw a clean, dark line without tugging or pulling.
Baby Blue Eyes
Throughout the pandemic, as many of us continue watching old TV shows and listening to our favorite records from the 2000s, we’re not surprised 2021 looks a lot like 2001. That said, channel Y2k with pastel blue eyeshadow sponsors this look. Want to spice things up? Why not pair it with the pinkish lip gloss you couldn’t get enough of in middle school.
Nail The Look: The lightly frosted coating of about-face’s Shadowstick in 2002 gives this look an early ’00s vibe. Then, in it for the long night, the long-wear shadow dries down for a smudge-free look. This formula does not yield.
Wear your happy mood on your eyelids with a few lines of yellow eyeshadow. Better yet: pair your eye makeup to the tops you finally broke out of storage.
Nail The Look: Yara Shahidi’s makeup artist blended yellow and green tones to create this intense dimensional look, and we absolutely love it. First, swipe a lemon shadow such as NARS Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in the Douro. Then create a complete cat flick using Dior’s Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Matte Lime.
A Little Bit of Glitter
When it comes to rocking glitter eye makeup, there are no hard and fast rules. You make your own rules! While some debate that sparkles are most suitable for nighttime or holiday gatherings, adding a dash of glitter eyeliner to soft eye makeup is absurdly pretty. Just look at Lana Condor’s pink, fiery eyes by Anton Khachaturian.
Nail The Look: With your smoky eye set, go into the lash line with a precise glitter eyeliner or one that suits the tones of your smoke eye. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner is a fantastic option. If you’re worried about loose sparkles falling on your cheek, use Neutrogena’s genius Makeup Remover Stick to get it out.
Keeping up with eye makeup trends can be overwhelming, especially considering how fast things can change. It can be challenging to master some of the more complex makeup trends.
The solution to keeping up with makeup trends and maintaining that element of fun is to go for current trends that are simple to pull off. It may take some work to find these easy, stylish, and simple looks, but it isn’t unmanageable. Hopefully, the trends above inspire you to give it a try.