The year 2021 was all about trending manes and makeup inspiration. Shiny crystals and rhinestones accentuated the face and hair, and long bobs and curtain bangs added a new look to both Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities who rocked stunning looks for others to emulate. Here is our round-up of the most promising hair and makeup trends to bookmark from 2021.

Bedazzled Hair

It is the second innings of frosted eyeshadow, snap clips, chunky highlights, just like in 2002. Twenty years later, the obsession with bedazzling…it all is back.

Rhinestones have been used to add glitter to the hair and face, with celebrities sparkling their way down the red carpet at the 2021 VMAs and Met Gala. There has been a glimmer of sparkle and shine at the Spring/Summer 2022 runways too.

Alicia Keys slick chignon glitter caught the attention of the shutterbugs and fashionistas at the MET Gala 2021. Saweetie proved that you don’t need long tresses to add some sparkle to your mane. She had root-to-tip jewels on her wet-look bleached bob.

Bling it on with crystals and stones

It wasn’t only the tresses that had sparkle and shine at events this year. Celebrities flaunted crystals of all shapes and sizes as part of their makeup. Amanda Gorman had a trail of crystals as the focal point of makeup, with the rest of the look understated with a nude lipstick and subtle glow on the cheeks.

Dua Lipa’s crystal-lined cat-eye makeup was also a raging hit at many events and so was Storm Reid’s pearl eyeliner. Ella Emhoff and Julia Garner also sported the jewelled eye makeup, sporting a stunning new-age look. As per celebrity makeup artist Jenny Patinkin, face jewellery will be a propelling trend. Watch out for celebrities with polka dots on lids, crystals on the lash-line, and much more.

Neon eye makeup a raging hit

Eye makeup has always been the focal point for most celebrities. From dramatic to chic – the eyes bring out the best in the face. However, this year saw a lot of celebrities looking to add a pop of colour to their eye with neon eye shadows and liners being extremely popular.

Be it Cynthia Erivo’s bright purple contrasting liner with her lime green Valentino Couture gown at the Golden Globes 2021 or Emma Chamberlain’s tweak on the smoky eye with a pop of neon at the Met Gala 2021, every look simply dazzled.

With the pandemic finally giving everyone a breather, celebrities could get out and give their hair a makeover. From wispy finger cuts to long bobs, they rocked some great styles that have been trending through the year and look to stay in 2022 too. Deepika Padukone’s cropped haircut topped the charts of celebrity hairstyle inspiration. The chunky face-framing highlights were another favourite. This is a huge trend in Hollywood circles, with Dua Lipa as the front runner of this retro hair trend.

2021 was also all about nourishing hair and skin. Celebrities went for more natural and organic styles without damaging their hair. Whether it was Sanya Malhotra’s curly crop or Sonam Kapoor’s jet straight hair. The idea was to have healthy, nourished hair with a natural glossy sheen.

Another popular hairstyle choice was the curtain bangs. Priyanka Chopra Jonas also jumped on the curtain bangs train, looking like the girl next door.

Many celebrities were seen with pinned hairstyles- again rehashing a 90s style. Dua Lipa’s sleek bob haircut with barrettes pinned on either side is a huge style inspiration. Many other artists also tried this hairstyle to give a retro twist to their tresses.

Some of the bold hairstyle lovers went in for a pixie cut. This bold and fuss-free hairstyle has been a hot favourite for most who were tired of their ragged hair during the Covid years. Sayani Gupta and Mandira Bedi were two of the celebrities who rocked the look through 2021.

Celebrities manis to mimic

Celebrity nail art often goes beyond the traditional matte nails. It is all about some elements of sparkle, dazzling details, and intricate artwork. This year’s top favourite is Dua Lipa with her butterfly mani that she flaunted at the Grammy wearing a 90’s inspired look. Another mani to ape is Jisoo’s gemstone studded one, where celebrity nail artists turned the nails into miniature crystals. Kylie Jenner’s mix and match nails with featured tips in neon green was another hit. These stunning manicures set the trend for the coming year too, with much attention paid to drama and colour.

All the stars brought out their A-game in 2021 with dashing hair and makeup styles, trending haircuts, and boundary-pushing manicures. So, take all the beauty and fashion inspiration from these style gurus and create some exceptional looks for your clients.