If there’s ever been a beginning of an era that could do with a total new decade do-over it’s 2020. Rather than the triumphant start to the roaring Twenties we optimistically hoped for last December, the past year has been overarchingly indoors, isolated and, at times, inconsolably sad. Even our beauty routines took a hit. As hairdressers and salons everywhere closed, we perfected cutting our own hair, returned to box dyes and mixed up endless DIY face masks. Where quizzes and puzzles replaced restaurants and raves, we mastered the messy bun and red lip combo solely for 2D Zoom interactions in our pyjamas.
So, as 2020 comes to an end you won’t find us mourning another year over. Instead we’re looking forward to 2021 and to a fresh, new 365. Accordingly, we turned to the hair and make-up pros nominated in the Fashion Awards’ coveted New Wave category to predict the future beauty trends destined to redefine the Twenties and signal a celebratory new start to the decade. Because, frankly, we’ve decided 2020 didn’t count.
From retro glamour and minimal eyebrows to CGI make-up and butterfly clips, these are the innovative, inspiring and uninhibited beauty trends forecasted to bring us a new look and a whole lot of joy in 2021.
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Latisha Chong, Hairstylist
What I’ve learnt about beauty in 2020 is…
‘In 2020 I’ve learnt that beauty is controversial. It isn’t a linear idea that encompasses one aesthetic judgment, whether subjective or objective. I feel like we should let others express beauty through their own lens without dictating what beauty is because of our biases.’
The big beauty trend in 2021 will be…
‘I cannot conclusively predict what trends will come forth due to the pandemic. However, I hope retro glamour re-emerges.’