My Celebrity Life

Low Maintenance Beauty Looks To Try Now

When it came to our beauty priorities this 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 a quick facial massage. Having said that, while there’s no doubt that spending this time on my skin was very 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, I really miss doing my hair and makeup. At the start of the 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 kind of, 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.

PHOTO: @SIGNECATSEYES

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, in reality, take hours to execute. I’m talking genuinely quick, stress-free looks that lift my spirits and leave me looking and feeling my best.

And it would seem I’m not alone. In fact, my saved folder of Instagram is full of other people’s low-key, low-fuss beauty looks that I am just itching to recreate in the new year. Keep scrolling for the 11 beauty trends I’m getting ready to embrace for 2021.

Matte Finishes

PHOTO: @DRONME

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m all about the glow, but achieving the perfect faux glow is no mean feat. In fact, layering up product after product to get that light to hit just right is starting to prove a little tiresome. So, with my skin in good shape after a year of TLC, I think I am finally ready to start embracing matte textures. New-gen formulas leave makeup looking soft, subtle and diffused, with zero dryness or discomfort, and I’m here for it.

My Celebrity Life – Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation
Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation

My Celebrity Life – Morphe 2 Wondertint Cheek Lip Mousse
Morphe 2 Wondertint Cheek & Lip Mousse

My Celebrity Life – Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick in 53 Rouge Orange
Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick in 53 Rouge Orange

Faux Pixie Cut

PHOTO: @MARYLJEAN

It’s safe to assume that, for most of us, visits to the hair salon have been few and far between this year. While we’ve been focusing on doing everything we can to keep our hair healthy and strong, I must admit I’m kind of missing the fun of switching my style up from time to time. My hair is seriously long, and I haven’t had it short since I got a VB-inspired inverted bob when I was 14, but the temptation to go for the chop is starting to bubble. With hair appointments off the cards right now in my local area, I’m nowhere near brave enough to go for it, but playing with up-dos to mimic a short style is something I’m into. In fact, I’m kind of in love with the idea of doing a side-swept low bun like this one to create the illusion of a pixie cut. The biggest win is, if I get bored of it, all I have to do is take it out.

My Celebrity Life – Cantu Up Do Brush With Natural Bristles
Cantu Up Do Brush With Natural Bristles

My Celebrity Life – GHD Tail Comb
GHD Tail Comb
 

Naked Liner

My Celebrity Life – Larry King Hair Care Flyaway With Me Kit
Larry King Hair Care Flyaway With Me KitNaked Liner

Naked Liner

PHOTO: @NLMARILYN

To be brutally honest, eye liner is really not my thing. I like a natural makeup look and whenever I apply liner, I can’t help but feel a bit too done. I have friends, however, who quite literally cannot leave the house without the perfect wing. However, in true low-maintenance fashion, there is one particular emerging liner trend that I’m kind of here for. It would seem that liner people have also adapted their looks for a more fuss-free lifestyle, and I have started spotting what I like to call ‘naked liner’ popping up on my Instagram quite often. The look is really quite simple: just liner. Skipping the shadow and just applying a very subtle flick across the lash line is exactly the sort of understated look I’m planning to embrace next year.

My Celebrity Life – Ruby Hammer Precision Eyeliner
Ruby Hammer Precision Eyeliner

My Celebrity Life – Stila Stay All Day Micro Tip Liquid Eye Liner
Stila Stay All Day Micro Tip Liquid Eye Liner

My Celebrity Life – Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner
Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner

Dewy Blush

PHOTO: @ALLLISONHO

I know I just said I’m ready to ditch glow, but I’ll make an exception for this. It seems to be a trend that springs up every year, but this time around, it’s really happening people. Blush is officially back. Forget super-pigmented powders that are tricky to get right, it’s time to embrace creamy, dewy formulas instead. Just dab pigment onto cheekbones, brush your brows through, apply a layer of mascara and behold a natural-looking, glowing look that oozes health and radiance. Plus, the best thing about cream blushes is, if you want to amp things up, they look great dabbed onto the lids and lips too.

My Celebrity Life – Lumene Invisible Illumination Watercolor Blush in Coral Bloom
Lumene Invisible Illumination Watercolor Blush in Coral Bloom

My Celebrity Life – Iconic London Sheer Blush
Iconic London Sheer Blush

My Celebrity Life – Honest Beauty Creme Cheek Blush
Honest Beauty Creme Cheek Blush

Colour Wash Lids

PHOTO: @SPICY.MAYO

Trust me, I’m a nude kind of girl through and through, but there’s just something about a pop of watercolour-like shadow on the lids, teamed with a bare face and bare lashes that seriously appeals to me. Just a swipe of pigment over the lids, blended out with a super-fluffy brush or your finger is all it takes. Let’s face it, a colourful lid is exactly the sort of joy we all need right now.

My Celebrity Life – Glossier Skywash
Glossier Skywash

My Celebrity Life – Huda Beauty Neon Orange Obsessions Pressed Pigment Palette
Huda Beauty Neon Orange Obsessions Pressed Pigment Palette

Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow
Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow

Power Brows

PHOTO: @MARENSCHIA

For some time now, full-on power brows have been on their way out. I’m talking the sort of heavily-drawn on, highly-arched, HD-style brows that we would spend hours agonising over just a few years ago. However, a new sort of power brow appears to be emerging for 2021. Sitting somewhere between the fluffed-up brow we saw dominate 2020 and the bold brow of yesterday, the new power brow is full and big, but still soft and feathery. I’m excited to master this one.

Refy Brow Pomade
Refy Brow Pomade

BBB London Ultimate Arch Definer
BBB London Ultimate Arch Definer

Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Sculpting Pencil Styler
Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Sculpting Pencil Styler

Feathery Fringe

PHOTO: @SARAH_NOVIO

Feathered hair is set to be big for 2021 thanks to its zero-fuss nature. While I’m all for soft but choppy layers throughout, the thing I’m really excited for next year is the return of the feathered fringe. While blunt, glossy styles are too high maintenance for a time when salons might be closed for months at a time, wispy, feathered styles can work, even when grown out. Keep ends nourished with an oil and create texture with volume sprays.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast
Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

Aveda Nutriplenish™ Multi-Use Hair Oil
Aveda Nutriplenish™ Multi-Use Hair Oil

Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Scalp Serum
Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Scalp Serum

Deep Bronze

PHOTO: @JULIESFI

Like so many others, I wasn’t able to escape to the sunshine this year, so I’m swooning over bronzed, sun-kissed looks. Maybe as an intentional protest, maybe just by accident through over-compensating – deep, matte, sun-stripe bronzer is back. The key for next year, is to ensure the shade is right. Steer clear of warm oranges and instead opt for deep, red tones swept liberally over the apples of the cheeks and across the nose for a convincing sun-kissed look. Paired with a dark nude lip, it’s a totally evergreen look.

Guerlain Terracotta Original Bronzer
Guerlain Terracotta Original Bronzer

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'R Instant Warmth Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’R Instant Warmth Bronzer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

Mermaid Waves

PHOTO: @KARODALL

I was ready to start living out my mermaid hair dreams at the start of 2020, but things didn’t quite play out how I’d hoped. While this style was set for big things this year, it seems the trend hasn’t faded, rather instead simply been postponed until our social lives pick up again. The effortless look can be achieved with simple plaits or a heated waver. I picked up the Amika High Tide Deep Waver earlier this year and can’t wait to show off some cool, textured lengths.

Amika High Tide Deep Waver
Amika High Tide Deep Waver

Mark Hill Pick 'N' Mix Mermaid Waver
Mark Hill Pick ‘N’ Mix Mermaid Waver
Just Red Lipstick

 

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Oribe Dry Texturizing SprayJust Red Lipstick

Just Red Lipstick

PHOTO: @VALERIALIPOVETSKY

Red lipstick can be messy at the best of times, but throw face coverings into the mix and it’s basically mission impossible. It’s safe to assume, therefore, that over 2020, most of us put our red lipsticks away somewhere safe, with the hope we could return to them again soon. However, the truth is, it’s just not clear how much longer it will be until we can show off our red lipstick to the world again, and I miss it. In a bid to lift my spirits, I’m planning on swiping my lips with rouge every single day in 2021. If you ask me, a bare-faced look teamed with a striking red lip is the perfect way to feel pulled-together while working from home, without any major effort.

Armani Beauty Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick
Armani Beauty Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Walk of No Shame
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Walk of No Shame

Dior Dior Addict Lacquer Stick
Dior Dior Addict Lacquer Stick

Sleek, Straight Lengths

PHOTO: @ITSHEYMORGAN

I’m not sure about you, but not using any major heat on my hair (and masking every single say) over the past year or so has been great for the health of my strands. They are strong and resilient but that’s not to say they look great. In fact, without any heat styling, for the majority of the year they have been a little lacklustre. Considering, as a whole, hairstylists are saying they’re pleasantly surprised with the condition of clients’ hair post-lockdown, it’s time to embrace seriously sleek, straight hair for 2021. With good heat protection, good strengthening treatments and new-gen straighteners, you can go for a dramatic, straight look without causing too much damage.

Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener
Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector

Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil
Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil


Credit: Original article published here.

Related posts

Customisable foundation can help you find your perfect skin tone match

John Turner

How menopause can mess with your skin – and what to do about it

John Turner

Friends: Joey writer reveals plot to kill off Ross and Rachel in Matt LeBlanc spin-off

John Turner
%d bloggers like this: