This will be the biggest make-up trend in 2021, according to a pro make-up artist

Will you be giving this a whirl?

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As 2020 draws to a close (*huge sigh of relief*), we're looking ahead to all of the excitement that a fresh new year brings, including next year's beauty trends.

From the hottest hair colour trend for 2021 to the biggest skincare trend next year, as the world slowly returns to "normal" we'll be ready to embrace the fun side of beauty like never before. 

With this in mind, we grilled a professional make-up artist for what she thinks will be big for 2021 – and it's all about the velvety finish when it comes to skin. 

"A key trend I keep noticing [is that] matte, velvety skin has made a comeback – this time with a modern edge," explains Rachel Hardie, Lead Artist for NARS. "Skin should look like skin and really reflect the light.

NARS x Erdem SS21 beauty look

Velvety matte skin, as seen at NARS x Erdem SS21

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"I would really encourage to layer the luminosity underneath matte formulas and ensure minimal foundation is used, setting thoroughly with powder. I find the Soft Matte Complete Foundation is a great formula to create this look."

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Considering that we've all been hiding under masks and dealing with the resulting impact on our skin, it's no surprise that creating a base with a matte finish is surging in popularity. 

When we no longer have to worry about masks, however, another trend Rachel predicts will be big next year is standout lips, as seen at Rodarte SS21. "My favourite trend of the season is so timeless; a bold berry or deep toned lip paired with clean, minimal eye make-up, perhaps just a touch of mascara. 

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"This gives a romantic feel to the make-up," she adds. "A great colour to use is Opulent Red."

When the time comes we'll never take mask-free lipstick wearing for granted again, that's for sure. Roll on 2021!

Lucy Abbersteen
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, InStyle and Woman & Home, and regularly contributes to My Imperfect Life. Most recently she was Junior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. Covering skincare, haircare, make-up and wellbeing, her job involves anything from picking the brains of the world's top dermatologists to swatching the latest and greatest foundations. When she's not got beauty on the brain, you're most likely to find her spending time with dogs (her sister owns one very sassy cockapoo), reading or sleeping. She's also a big fan of RuPaul's Drag Race, rosé and and house plants that stay alive.