2021's Biggest Eye-Makeup Trends Took My Smize Game to the Next Level

POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy
POPSUGAR Photography | Anvita Reddy
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After the year that was 2020, it's no surprise that 2021 makeup trends are bold, bright, eclectic, and above all over-the-top. You can speak volumes without saying a word with a simple wing and feathery lashes or a smoldering, bold smoky eye. If eyes are the windows to the soul, then eye makeup is the drapery and molding that frame them. Eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, brow products galore — eye makeup is truly where makeup and art intersect.

Since we will continue to wear masks for the foreseeable future, eye makeup will make a statement more than ever. From colored mascara and white eyeliner to bringing back the '80s and '90s, I tried most of the 2021 eye-makeup trends so that you can incorporate them into your own life. These looks can work with or without a mask — you can even match your eye makeup to your masks. Some of these trends are definitely a challenge but don't worry. I got you covered on the tips and tricks I used, including all products you need to get the look and make it your own.

White Eyeliner
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White Eyeliner

Attempting the white eyeliner trend was a challenge for me. I used the NYX Professional Makeup White Liquid Liner ($7) which has a wonderful color pay-off but the brush is not stiff at all. The liner kept getting in my lashes and all over the place. If you are not skilled at using a liquid liner with a softer brush, check out the SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Wink-It Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner - Waterproof ($14), or SEPHORA COLLECTION Glide Liner ($14) instead! I also used the Milk Makeup Kush High Volumizing Mascara ($24) to lengthen my lashes.

Glossy Lids and Lips
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Glossy Lids and Lips

Take #skinamilism to the next level. The glossy eyes and lips trend is the go-to for when you want to embrace your inner glow. I swiped a neutral shade over my lids and then dabbed a bit of my all-time favorite Lancôme Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss ($20) on my lids and lips. The shine is unreal. If you're in the market for a neutral palette I recommend the ColourPop Nude Mood Eyeshadow Palette ($14) for warmer-tones and the Persona Identity Eyeshadow Palette ($42) for cooler-tones. You can also get the look with the NUDESTIX Glow, Glow, Glow 3pcs Set ($25).

Bold and Bright Technicolor Lids
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Bold and Bright Technicolor Lids

Technicolor lids are probably the most adventurous I've have ever gone. I primarily used all eyeliners and shadow sticks to get that bold and bright look. I recommend SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Shadow & Liner ($14) and Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow ($29). Get all the shades you need to rock technicolor lids with the NYX Professional Makeup Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette ($18) and the Violet Voss Tie Die 4 Eyeshadow Palette ($36). I also used the Lilly Lashes 3D Mink ($30) for a real dramatic effect.