2021 Roundup: 10 Top Tiktok Beauty Trends
As far as 2021 is concerned, TikTok has definitely been one of the most prominent social media platforms out there. The platform has garnered over one billion monthly users, and the most prolific, creative, and unconventional ones at content creation at that. It has become to go-to platform to find out about iconic and trendy music, dance crazes, memes, and many, many more niches.
Today, we delve into one of the many niche categories TikTok has become the vanguard in — beauty. In the world of #BeautyTok, the past year has given the Internet world an abundance of beauty trends, new (and old, but previously undiscovered) makeup products, and even some life-changing beauty hacks and routine upgrades that have dominated our screens on a daily basis.
From killer eyeliner looks to faux freckles, which #BeautyTok trends do you think can take the credit for everyone’s 2021 glow-up? We rounded up the top ten TikTok beauty trends of 2021 for your review.
1. Soap brows
The trend of soap brows have been huge since 2020, but it still continued to reign in 2021 as THE top trend for brows, garnering over 220 million views on TikTok. For those unfamiliar, soap brows have maintained its virality and popularity because of its effectiveness and simplicity. It is basically using soap instead of eyebrow gel to groom your brows.
Low-maintenance beauty trends such as soap brows have been seen to take the TikTok world by storm in 2021. Swedish makeup artist and widely known brow expert Linda Hallberg notes, “All new trends are picked up super fast nowadays; it’s crazy. But now that full and fluffy brows are on-trend, soap is the easiest way to achieve the look, especially if you don’t have fluffy brows by nature.”
2. Graphic eyeliner
2021 was another year of innovation and breaking away from the norm. That’s why this next trend is placed in a top spot, too. Graphic eyeliner is basically drawing more than just the basic winged eyeliner, adding some more dynamics to it and taking it a step further.
This trend has taken many funky and creative forms and has even adorned red carpet appearances of famous artists.
3. Winged eyeliner
This iconic trend has been a mainstay for 2021. It still holds as one of TikTok’s most popular beauty trends with over 125 million views.But one new beauty hack we learned in 2021 is how to nail that classic winged eye with just a bobby pin or even an ID card. Now, you can do winged eyeliner without having to worry about whether or not your lines are perfectly straight.
4. Heat-free hair styling
To achieve the perfect, bounciest curls in 2021, TikTok brought the most creative and impressive DIY hacks centerstage.
In TikToker @222bev’s viral tutorial, she makes use of large socks to curl and twist her hair overnight. Her I-Woke-Up-Like-This look the morning after may just give those curling iron companies a run for their money.
5. Glass skin
Glass skin is part of this ongoing beauty trend called skinimalism which aims to uplift and nurture your base features more, rather than covering up blemishes. Glass skin is a new trend that is sought after for more poreless, bouncy, and luminous skin.
With over 200 million views on TikTok, X-step routines and beauty hacks dominate feeds and inspire people to take the healthier route to achieving that skin glow.
6. Faux freckles
What better to match your cottageore aesthetics than faux freckles? 2021 was faux freckles’ heyday in TikTok. Everyone’s feeds were filled with techniques and tutorials that taught us the basics up to the more experimental and innovative ways to draw your faux freckles.
In addition, it dominated a lot of Instagram beauty filters, too!
7. Cat and kitten eye
Another classic beauty trend that has held its spot in the limelight even before 2021 is the traditional cat eye. A cooler and hipper take on this that emerged in 2021, though, is its little sister, the kitten eye, which is a more chic, subtle, and dainty version of the classic beauty trend.
8. Ombre lips
TikTok’s favorite beauty trend for lips actually started to boom in Korea, then slowly mounted its presence and went viral in the rest of the world. Ombre lips has allowed people’s lips to have a fuller look, with its multi-tonal style.
Experiments, tutorials, and hacks relating to ombre lips have reached over 250 million views on TikTok alone.
9. Nail polish removal with… tampons?
We did mention that TikTokers by nature are pretty unconventional, right? Year 2021 gave us this truly unique insight posted by Makeup.com’s assistant editor that you can use tampons to remove your nail polish in the cleanest way, without putting your manicured nails in peril.
10. Lamination brows
We already established that bushy brows are in. Lamination brows has become one way for people to achieve a fuller, more even eyebrow look.
It is well-liked on TikTok since it’s very low-maintenance and long-lasting. It’s basically like a perm for your eyebrows, making use of very natural and non-permanent methods you can easily try at home.
Simple and out-of-the-box beauty in 2022
Now that we’ve got the rundown of the hippest TikTok beauty trends that invaded our screens the past year, the common theme we can pinpoint is that beauty trends are turning towards the simple, low-maintenance, natural, yet really creative route this time.
Since the pandemic happened and a huge part of people’s lives have shifted to the virtual world, the beauty world has also come to appreciate the importance of going back to the basics and caring and nurturing one’s natural beauty, while never compromising on aesthetics. Innovation in the beauty world has taken this particular form, and we’re all here for it.
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