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6 eye-catching beauty trends to try post-quarantine

The pandemic has transformed countless norms in our lives – and beauty is no exception. Maybe you’ve eased up on manicures at the salon or threw out your heat tools entirely, or maybe a TikTok tutorial inspired you to experiment with funky styles or bright hues.

If you fall into the latter category (aka you’re itching to be bold with beauty trends post-pandemic), you’re not alone, says makeup artist Lauren D’Amelio. “People will start expressing themselves through beauty as the world opens up again,” she explains, noting an uptick in clients wanting to get glam for events or weddings. “Now that people are starting to return to the office, I believe that cosmetics and cosmetic services will be more important than ever before.”

Ready to make a big statement heading back into the world? These five makeup artist-approved 2021 beauty trends should get your creative juices flowing.

White Eyeliner

You might think white eyeliner‘s sole purpose is to brighten up your lower waterline to make your eyes appear bigger, but lately, it’s taken on an entirely new role. For a classic cat eye, try swapping in white eyeliner for black eyeliner, or get a little more creative with a graphic look like in the photo above. For precision and staying power, go with a liquid eyeliner in white, a waterproof formula with a brush tip applicator.

Coral or Pink Lips


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After a year’s worth of hiding beneath masks, let’s be real: Your lips deserve some spotlight. “I feel like bolder lip colours, such as pinks and corals, are really making a statement right now, especially heading into summer,” says D’Amelio.

Rainbow Manicures


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Mismatched rainbow manicures are a playful beauty trend that’s likely here to stay. And the best part? You can easily achieve the look at home – no nail art skills necessary. Try different colours for finger, or for a more subtle take, choose varying shades of the same colour and paint each on from dark to light for an ombre effect.

Bold Inner Corners


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Replace white eyeshadow on your inner corner lids for a colourful, super-bold shade – and prepare for your eyes to seriously pop, says D’Amelio. “I personally love this trend. It’s super fun and easy,” she explains. “I recommend starting off with more of a neutral eye look and adding a pop of colour in the inner corner using a small shadow brush.”

Some of D’Amelio’s favourite shades to try: emerald, yellow, pink, blue, and purple. “Using coloured shadows will also help accentuate your natural eye colour,” she adds.

Money Pieces

In terms of hair colour, the “money piece” is trending, as NYC-based hair stylist and Redken ambassador Rodney Cutler recently told Shape. Ask your colourist for two vertical streaks of colour to frame your face – it’s a statement whether you opt for a punchy blue, green, or pink, or a more natural(ish) blonde, brown, black, or red.

Matte Skin


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Not that dewy skin is over, but matte skin is definitely swinging back into favour. That’s good news if your skin develops a sheen throughout the day that you’d prefer to avoid, especially during the warm summer months. For an option that’s full-coverage but still lightweight, go with a formula with a natural matte finish.

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