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2021: Some things to look forward to this year

2021 Beauty
Graphic by Amanda Bollig.

After the dumpster fire that was 2020, we could all use a bit of optimism. So, now that we have entered a new year, here are some possible trends or predictions on how we will live post-pandemic. 


The colors grey and yellow will be everywhere, according to Pantone. For the past twenty years, Pantone, a company known for its color matching system, has chosen its color of the year. This color combination is a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Comfort will still be in fashion, with wide-leg or oversized pants and shirts, sweater vests, maxi dresses, and bralettes. IN Style and Vogue says the increase of comfortable clothing will still carry over but in this year, there will be more of an effort to try to “dress up” using items you already have in your closet.  


When it comes to skincare, marketing will be genderless, celebrity skincare will be booming (like Fenty Skin, JLO Beauty). Blue-Light protection that protects the skin from overuse from our devices, Microbiome-focused skincare, and hand care of all types will be big this year. Since wearing a mask will still be a thing, focus will be on the eyes with bold eye makeup. Stained lips that don’t transfer onto masks, lip balms, and “no makeup” makeup will be a trend. Hairstyles will be shag cuts, long healthy locks, bangs, minimized hair accessories, and laidback casual hairstyles will be the focus. 


According to Food & Wine and Delish comfort food, plant-based foods, condiments, pickling/fermenting, and homemade pasta will be all the rage. Also, eco-friendly packaging, virtual cooking classes, take-and-bake kits, and heritage cooking will be a continued practice into the new year. 


There will be no shortage when it comes to binge watching – more streaming services are expected to launch this year. There will also be a continued surge in gaming. Social videos will continue to expand in popularity, and podcasting will become more mainstream. Other things to look forward to are axe throwing, online gyms, and online concerts. Look out for regulation of tech as well, since companies like Facebook and Google are under investigation, there will be a renewed sense of corporate social responsibility when it comes to entertainment (according to Variety, Forbes). 

Image courtesy of Amanda Bollig

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