Another season has come and gone, from the comfort of home. When was the last time you dressed in something a little more structured than loungewear? How about makeup? Have you gone full glam with bold eyes above your mask recently?  Do you feel pretty? 
Not only can makeup enhance your natural beauty, wearing makeup can also boost your mood. Feeling good about how you look can give you confidence, but beauty routines can also provide a creative, fun outlet for self-expression that can lift you up during tough times. It’s time to get back into it. Let’s dive into the latest beauty and makeup trends and get ready to have some fun! 
Start Here 
Before you go dip into your arsenal of makeup, let’s review an essential pre-requisite for any beauty look. All good beauty looks start with a good skin care routine. 
Cleanse – a clean slate is essential. Look for a cleanser that is gentle yet effective for your skin. Wash your face twice a day to ensure all dirt, makeup, and debris is removed for a fresh start. 
Moisturize – before you dry off completely, grab some moisturizer. Moisturizers are most effective if you use them while your skin is still damp because damp skin absorbs the product more readily. That also gives the moisturizer the chance to lock in that hydration. 
Yes, that’s right. Dolphin skin is a trending hashtag and trending 2021 look. What is dolphin skin? Fresh, smooth, dewy, glowing appearance. Nice! How do you achieve the look? It is all about choosing products that offer luminous, pearly finishes and strategically layering them.  Focus your highlighting to the tops of your cheekbones and brow bones. Avoid highlighting too much on the forehead and around the nose and avoid products with glitter. 
Purple is the new vibrant neutral 
Vibrant eye colors are another hot makeup trend. Purple, one of my very favorite colors, is the perfect balance between vibrant and subtle, depending on the shade and finish of the products you use. It doesn’t have to be on your eyelids alone or at all. Many women are having fun with color on their lashes. If it’s still a little too much for you to handle, try a layer of brown or black mascara over your bold color of choice to bring it down to your comfort level. 
Your Lips are Moving 
I know. I know. We are still in masks when in public, but how about the times that you’re not? Small gatherings, video meetings and meetups, and just for yourself and those selfies. Color trend is go for it bold. Another popular lip trend for a more natural look is colored or neutral lip balms. Lip balms are more subtle and provide double duty with hydration.  
Practice Makes Perfect 
The ball is now in your court and the next move is up to you. Grab your favorite outfit, put shoes on in place of slippers and get ready to play with your makeup. Explore which beauty trends suit you best and experiment. Perfect your look. Practice makes perfect. Bold or neutral or a combination. Have fun and post your confident selfie!