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Shake Up Your Summer With These Makeup Trends

Rihanna. Photo Instagram – priscillaono

With summer here already, we’re planning our post-quarantine outfits and that includes the much-needed return to bold, fun makeup. The summer months call for lightweight, colourful and exciting makeup looks that won’t melt away. The general summer theme? It’s edgy, nostalgic, and has a lot of attitude.


From blinged our eyes to bold brows to shimmer, shimmer and more shimmer, read on for your dose of summer 2021 makeup inspiration.

Blinged Out Eyes
As long as face masks continue to remain incredibly important to wear, beauty fans will adapt by pulling out all the stops with eye makeup. The world has become more and more obsessed with glitter, diamantes, and neon hues. So have some fun and go wild with your new makeup looks. Embrace layers of glitter and stick on diamonte additions like metallic eyeliner stickers to floral stamps to perk up your day, it’s easy to understand why beauty stickers are making a comeback on social media.

Whether you use them to elevate an already seamless look or you go all out with them, remember to get creative and create your own sophisticated look.

With that being said, focus your attention on the eyes and complete the rest of your look with dewy skin and a simple lip. Let the diamantes do the talking.

Quick Steph. Photo Instagram gngmakeupartistry

Natural Skin
The no-makeup-makeup look is still in vogue this season and it is not going anywhere. This look is all about natural-looking skin. Easiest way to get that? Actually have ultra glowy healthy skin. Social media is now full of influencers and celebrities with flawless skin, brushed up brows, a little lash action and a lip gloss to keep the lips looking juicy. Be prepared to see minimal makeup that complements natural skin this summer.

The first step to achieving this natural trend is to skin prep. You could use a hydrating face mask to gather moisture on your face before applying makeup. Then you apply a primer suitable for your skin type for a natural base. An illuminating primer will have you glowing naturally from the start while a pore filling primer will cover up your pores without clogging them.

Another step to take at getting a natural base is to mix a little moisturiser into your foundation. It will reduce the coverage and make your skin have a dewy, clean finish.

Dramatic Lips
If you’re into taking risks with your makeup, this summer 2021 trend is for you. When it comes to a power mouth, the bar has been raised. Colours like bold reds, bright purples, midnight blues, even deep dark browns are taking the stage this season.

Diana Eneje. Photo Instagram gngmakeupartistry

Stacked Eyeliner
Eyeliner is one of the most versatile makeup products on the market. Take notes from bombshells like Doja Cat and Diana Eneje. Your eyeliner doesn’t have to stick to your lash line anymore, you can be creative and put your own twist on the edgy eyeliner trend. You’ll give off major It-girl vibes with barely any effort.

If you need help planning your weekend glam, opt for a stacked eyeliner trend. From classic cat-eye, liquid liner, jet black; you can go for a thick or thin brush with a gel pot, adding water to make new pigments; and some people prefer an easy solid crayon eyeliner.

Bronzy Glow
What is summer without a classic bronzy face glow? A bronzy, glowing look is perfect for hot summer night outs in the city, dinner dates and trips to the beach of course. This is the season for effortless beauty and the key to getting the bronzy glow is wearing a good bronzer and highlighting key parts of your body like your collarbones, neck and cheekbones.

Because it is such a versatile look, almost anything goes well with it! Rock this look with your favourite summer ensembles and accessories.

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