10 Jan 2021

How to Create a 2021-Proof Make-up Look

2020 has changed us in many ways. It was a year of introspection, of shifting our focus and reflecting on what works for us and what doesn’t. This internal evolution also had its external effects: At times we were barely allowed to leave the house and thus we started dressing and putting on make-up accordingly.

Logically, staying in and wearing a mask made us care about how we look in a different way. Putting on layers of make-up seemed irrelevant, and a healthy make-up look became the norm. Beauty connoisseurs predict that this trend will continue in 2021.

It’s all about that base

The healthy make-up look trend actually found its roots way back in a pre-Covid era but is gaining territory. We had a little chat with Ines Borgonjon, senior make-up artist at Mac. She told us that there’s a large focus on skincare at the moment. Rather than covering up our flaws with layers of make-up, we have to start with the base and take care of our skin first.

A good skincare routine that works for you is therefore essential, and you’ll need different or less make-up when the base is solid.

Create a natural-looking skin tone

First things first, and that’s making your skin tone more even. A light foundation can be applied, but we prefer a tinted moisturizer or BB cream such as the one from Klairs or Complexion Rescue. Using a BB cream will look more natural and add that extra glow. There’s also a smaller chance it will look cakey after an hour and most BB creams also contain an SPF. You can use a light powder afterwards if you need a little extra coverage, and don’t forget that concealer to cover up your dark circles.

Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish cream

That healthy glow

When your skin is all nourished and looking smooth, it’s time to help nature a hand by creating a healthy glow. Also here, nice and easy is the norm. Ines Borgonjon gave us the advice to invest in a good highlighter such as the Hyper Real Glow palette from Mac. Apply this on your cheekbones, nose bridge, brow bones, and cupid’s bow, and it will provide you with a fresh look in an instant. This product is also perfect to use on the inner eye to make you look more awake.

As a finishing touch, you can add some color to your face by using a blush or creamy lipstick. One of our personal favorites is the Rouge Blush, Golden Nights edition from Dior because it has some subtle shimmer in it.

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette

Dior Rouge blush - Golden Nights edition

Dior Rouge blush - Golden Nights edition

Focus on the eyes

Partly out of practical necessity, the current make-up trends focus mainly on the eyes and brows so that at least something will stand out when you’re wearing a mask. On a daily basis, a good lash curler, mascara, brow powder, and soap bar will seal the deal. When you’re in the mood for a little extra, a colorful touch of eyeliner can make a difference.

The following products made it to our list of basic must-haves: WBCO Soap Brows, Mac Great Brows powder, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, L’Oréal Paris Paradise mascara, and as a finishing touch the Liquidlast 24-hour Waterproof liner from MAC.


Liquidlast 24-hour waterproof liner from Mac

West Barn Co Soap Brows

Great Brows palette from MAC

Great Brows palette from MAC

West Barn Co Soap Brows

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