Top Makeup Artists Created Stunning Spring/Summer 2021 Makeup Looks for Digital Shows, Runways, and Celebrities
After a year of quarantine, “looking the picture of health,” or else “beauty that comes from within” is the leading makeup trend for SS21. Skin routine is the essential step before a makeup look. Beyond bare skin, we saw fantasy looks focusing on bold colors and graphic effects. Let’s check what makeup artists tried backstage at the SS21 celebrity photoshoots, fashion shows, and beauty ad campaigns. The goal was to bring joy and speak of a brilliant comeback!
A fresh, dewy, glowy skin – the result of maximum skincare and minimum makeup – is a major trend for 2021 inspired by the “quarantine look.” Lightweight foundations and sheer powders were used backstage at Burberry by Isamaya Ffrench and at Etro by Lucia Pieroni. A bare-faced freckle-adorned look by Maybelline Global Makeup Artist Erin Parsons was seen at Jason Wu. That “baby face” with rosy cheeks we all wish to get through healthy habits was achieved by NARS global artistry director Jane Richardson for Erdem, and by Romy Soleimani for Ulla Johnson. What Mary Phillips does on JLO, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber is called “dolphin’s skin”!
All shades of blue on your eyes! Pat McGrath launched her UltraViolet Blue eyeshadow topped with the Cyber Clear Eye Gloss for a strong-pigment, holographic-shine effect. Dick Page experimented with cobalt blue brush strokes for Zero + Maria Cornejo. Makeup artist Rebecca Davenport also picked electric blue eyeshadow at Bethany Williams. Anything more charming than Julia Garner’s eyelids by the talented Hung Vanngo.
Messy Smokey Eyes
Smokey eyes are forever a trend; this season with a rock & roll vibe. Matte black kohl was smudged around the eyes by makeup artist Jessi Butterfield for Alice + Olivia. A perfectly undone 90s look at Savage x Fenty was mastered by Priscilla Ono on Bella Hadid, the so-called “bedroom eyes.” Blurry but more curated, the Chanel smokey look was created by Lucia Pica.
Playful Bold Lips
Bold lips, mostly in bright colors, give a “femme fatale” makeup look like Anya Taylor Joy’s by Georgie Eisdell. Pinks and reds exude a flirtiness, while the naked-face-bold-oxblood-lip look by NARS Director Global Artistry UZO for Rodarte gave room for “dark romance.” Most lip color formulas were matt and highly pigmented. At Dolce & Gabbana, it was red lips by Pat McGrath, while at Versace, it was tangerine ones by Lucia Pieroni. Makeup artist Diane Kendal at Max Mara also gave the models opaque lips in various red shades.
At Tom Ford, fuchsia lipstick had a glossy finish, a disco inspo by makeup artist Beau Nelson on model Marjan Jonkman. Lip gloss was applied over red lips at Molly Goddard by makeup artist Miranda Joyce.
Graphic Black Kohl
Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup Peter Philips zooms on dramatic black eyeliner. A thicker-line black kohl effect was also nailed at Giambattista Valli by Isamaya Ffrench. A slimmer cat-eye look mastered by Pat McGrath appears on the SS21 Moschino ad inspired by French royalty, starring, among others, Irina Shayk.
Pat McGrath created for Valentino a graphic jet-black cat-eye makeup look with rhinestones and a floating eye line below the brow bone for next season, an evolution from the SS21 look. The 60s trend was also reinvented at Saint Laurent by YSL Beauty Global Director and Makeup Artist Tom Pecheux. A more blurred version was conceived by makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez for Christopher John Rogers.
Brows have gone through many transformations lately. A balance was reached at Rodarte with a defined arch and feathered edges. Strong brows were also central at Chanel Couture. Celebrity brow expert Kelley Baker gives rich brows to Kylie Jenner and the Kardashians. So sexy!
When Lancôme Global Creative Director Lisa Eldridge did the “rainbow effect” for Dua Lipa, girls worldwide got obsessed! At Halpern, purple eyeshadow was applied until the brow bone, a signature look for makeup artist Terry Barber. Behind sheer face masks at Bora Aksu, models hid a broad palette of solid lip colors from hot pink to icy blue, applied by Janeen Witherspoon. Turquoise, plum, and green were painterly at Tomo Koizumi by Ryota Nakamura. Color is what we need!