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skinimilism makeup trend 2021

Skinimilism is 2021’s biggest makeup trend, it is the new wave of barely there, natural everyday makeup, sparked by the Covid-19 Pandemic which has changed the way we use cosmetics entirely. Skinimilism focuses on hybrid skincare/makeup solutions that give your skin the ultimate glow-up. It is all about dewy radiance and natural flush. Think post-workout glow, but without the sweat. Perfect for working from home! It is refreshing to see makeup trends moving away from heavy matte coverage and ultra-defined contouring. 

woman with glowing natural makeuplook

How to achieve Skinimilism look in 2021

It all begins with skin… This trend is all about showing off your natural skin. There is no better time to focus on creating positive habits in relation to your skincare routine. Check out my blog on giving yourself a Luxury Facial at Home, which has advice on skin type and product recommendations. 

Corrections will be made

I am a woman in my 40s and I have lived a life. My dark circles under my eyes tell a tale, but I prefer to hide them! For trialing the skinimilism trend, I used a wee bit of colour correction under my eyes, and brightened with Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher concealer which islightweight magic!

photo of woman with no makeup
Before photo of myself sans any makeup – only skincare

Enhancement – Not Coverage

The beauty of skinimilism is that it is quick and simple, using minimum products that will enhance natural beauty rather than mask it. Hybrid cosmetics which have skincare benefits work double time for this relaxed concept in beauty. I have researched and purchased some of the new trend-setting formulas and tested them myself last week. Here’s what I think:

Becca Zero No Pigment Foundation – this hybrid ‘clear foundation’ blurs away pores and fine lines and provides hydration with a transparent, matte finish. In my opinion, it is nothing more than a silicon based primer like so many that are already on the market. It didn’t do much for my skin. The irony of Becca announcing that they will cease trading in September 2021 on the day I tried their Emperor’s New Clothes of makeup was not lost on me!

woman wearing Becca Zero No Pigment Foundation
Here I am with Becca Zero No Pigment Foundation. Literally ZERO difference from my no makeup self. Aren’t I brave btw????

Illamasqua Beyond Veil – I have used Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil primer in my kit for some time. It plumps and hydrates and gives an excellent primed surface for foundation application.The Beyond Veil is a similar formula with the addition of radiant pigments that make your skin look as if it is glowing from within. I love the hydration boost it gives, and the glow is gorgeous. Would work well as a highlighter too.  

woman wearing Illamasqua Beyond Veil
Wearing Beyond Veil by Illamasqua. Still brave. Slightly glowier!

Glossier Futuredew – One of my faves out of the products I trialed for this article. This serum hybrid contains botanical extracts that hydrate and promote a natural glow. On first application,I thought it was possibly too shiny, but my skin absorbed the hydration after a few minutes and I had the appearance of healthy, dewy skin, like when you’ve just finished an invigorating workout. If you’ve watched any of my Instagram live demos, you know I’m a big Glossier fan, and I recommend that you give this product a try because it is just so nice.

woman wearing Glossier Futuredew
Feeling myself wearing Glossier Futuredew

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter – Again, if you’ve followed me or had your makeup done by me in the past, you know that this is my ride-or-die product! I use this as a primer on most makeups I do, because it reduces redness, minimises texture, and gives the ultimate radiance to the skin. It works equally well on it’s own giving an ethereal light beaming from within type look. So very pretty, and it does provide light coverage if you don’t wish to bare all. Fantastic for obliterating redness.

woman wearing Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
Hollywood!!!!! Glad to have a little coverage. Defo the best for my tired 40 something skin!

Revolution Super Dewy Tinted Moisturiser – A late entry into my trial, but a very worthy contender. I do enjoy a tinted moisturiser! Revolution is impressive, affordable cosmetics that really work, and they are vegan and cruelty-free.This fabulous formula gives sheer coverage with a dewy finish. Almost like a silk stocking for your face (I do realise that sounds really weird,but please just go with it!). I can see me wearing this on a daily basis. Fresh, glowy, and bright.

woman wearing skinimilist makeuplook
Finished look wearing Revolution Superdewy Tinted Moisturiser, Glossier Balm Dot Com in Cherry, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher

To complete the skinimilism look, I suggest these extras:

Makeup by Mario Secret Glow Highlighter – clear balm highlighter for glass skin highlights like nothing you’ve ever seen before. 

Revolution Super Dewy Blur Balm – don’t buy the Becca Zero foundation, buy this instead. It works better to minimise texture and create a satin finish on the skin. I would recommend using this beneath the likes of tinted moisturiser if you have pores/fine lines you’d like to minimise.

Glossier Balm Dot Com – the Cherry flavour is perfect for lightly tinting lips and cheeks. And it tastes like my childhood (if you’re interested).

Glossier Cloud Paints – perfect for popping sheer gorgeous colour on your cheeks, layer it beneath the Makeup by Mario Secret Glow.

Glossier Boy Brow – the fastest brows EVER, and it makes even my baldy brows looks lush and full.

Basically, buy anything from Glossier, they are bomb at natural makeup!

If staying in is the new going out (because, you know, stupid covid), then skinimilism is the new glam. And this glam is my jam, for now. It is a new kind of kindness to our skin, and to ourselves. We are allowing our true self shine through, and we should embrace that. No filter, no foundation. I think the skinimilism trend is born out of self-love and self-care. Let it glow!

You can guarantee that once we are allowed back out into the world, I will be wearing ALL of the makeups in many, many layers. I have a lot of time to make up for!

What do you think of the skinimilism trend? Is this something you are currently embracing, or are you interested in trying? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Instagram! Be sure to follow me and join in on my Thursday night live demos, we have a lot of fun! Hope to see you there.

Next week, I am sharing my best tips for buying makeup during this pandemic, where we cannot visit beauty counters for advice or try testers. It’s going tobe a good one!

Vicky xxx

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