When it came to our beauty priorities last year, skincare reigned supreme. Given the fact that most of 2020 was spent in the comfort of our own homes, any need, want or desire to pay attention to our hair and makeup routines dwindled. Time usually spent on makeup application was instead used for self-care rituals like kicking back with a face mask, doing an at-home manicure, or indulging in a quick facial massage. Having said that, while there’s no doubt that spending this time on my skin was much-needed (in hindsight, it acted as a nice form of escapism), I’m officially ready to get back into this beauty thing properly.
Sure, it’s been great to let my skin breathe and give my hair a bit of a break, but the truth is that I really miss doing my hair and makeup. At the start of last year, not having to wake up early to spend time applying my makeup and styling my hair felt good, but I think the novelty is starting to wear off, and now, I’m sort of over it. In fact, I’m more ready than ever to pull out my full beauty arsenal and get creative. I miss applying eyeshadows and playing with palettes, I miss feeling great with one swipe of lipstick, and (dare I say it) I even miss curling my hair.
But that’s not to say I want to go back to how things were entirely because, in reality, I still want things to feel easy for me and be relatively low-maintenance. Looking at my beauty routine with fresh eyes, I have come to the realisation that what I really want is to look and feel great without too much effort. And no, I’m not talking about the sort of no-makeup makeup looks and “just out of bed” hairstyles that actually take hours to execute. I’m talking genuinely quick, stress-free looks that lift my spirits and leave me looking and feeling my best.
It would seem I’m not alone. In fact, my saved folder on Instagram is full of other people’s low-key, low-fuss beauty looks that I am just itching to re-create now that the new year has arrived. Keep scrolling for the 11 beauty trends I’m getting ready to embrace for 2021.
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