9 Must-Try Lipstick Trends in 2021

Lipstick color trends in 2021 are a playful mix of vibrant color and barefaced beauty. Pretty pastels, earthy lipstains, and classic color palettes are all the rage on the runway. 

No matter what lipstick trend you want to try, makeup this year is all about balancing glamour with comfort. Masks aren't going anywhere, but that doesn't mean you can't have gorgeous lips.  

Whether you work from home or you’re out and about, wearing the right body-safe lip color will add a touch of glamor to your day. 


Trend #1: Playing With Pastels

Pastel eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lipstick in 2021 are giving us major 80-90s nostalgia. The best part about pastel products? The color is buildable, so you can work your way from sexy and sheer to a romantic, intense look. A light mauve, sparkly lip topper makes you look as ethereal as an ‘Angel.’ Wear it alone or with your favorite and purple lipstick shades. 


Trend #2: Grunge Elegance

From chunky highlights to baggy pants, 90s looks are coming back in a big way. The same goes for smoked out, sultry shades of lipstick. 2021 is the year of the grunge goddess, so expect to see the rise of the dark red lip (minus the liner). ‘Magic’ crème lipstick makes hydration for your pout high fashion. To channel Calvin Klein, blend out brown eyeshadow on your bottom and lower lids.


Trend #3: Coral Kisses 

It’s been a tough year, but a good beauty routine keeps the blues at bay. When beauty gurus reach for red in 2021, they’ll go for super vampy or sunny shades, no in-between. Block out the cold and channel beach days with a touch of ‘Fabulous/Coral’ lip balm. Swap the classic Kardashian contour and self-tanner for soft, bronzed shades of blush. This year, precision is taking a back seat to no-fuss glamor.


Trend #4: Plush, Metallic Pouts

The holidays might be over, but that doesn’t mean your lips can’t shimmer and shine in 2021. L’oreal Paris forecasts the metallic lip will pop up throughout the spring. Pay homage to the year’s 90s obsession with a ‘Delicious’ candy lip. Wearing a mask? Pair your lipstick with a primer to prevent bleeding and smudging. 


Trend #5: Gothic Glamor

Dark lipstick isn’t just for teens. Designers like Chanel dazzled us with a soft Goth color palette on the winter-spring 2021 runway. The cold months are perfect for shades of dark brown, blackberry, and oxblood red; as long as your lipstick isn’t flat black, it’s guaranteed to look beautiful. Go on--be a little ‘Outrageous’ and turn heads when you’re out on the town. Become a dark queen for the day with a matte lip stain so gorgeous, it should be ‘Forbidden.’


Trend #6: ‘No-Makeup’ Makeup

If you mask up often or prefer wearing a fresh face, this year’s ‘no-makeup’ makeup trend is for you. Beauty experts predict that 2021 will embrace the natural lip shape--no harsh liner or overdrawing. For a lovely, all-natural look, swipe on Jojoba-infused lip balm inCheeky/Pomegranate. Top off your lips with a clear lip plumper for extra volume.


Trend #7: Go Bold or Go Home

Bright lipstick will be all over Instagram Live in 2021. If you’ve always wanted to play around with every shade of the rainbow on your brows, lids, and lips, bold is trending! Gen-Z beauty is dominating the fashion world, and vibrant lipstick is the best way to experiment. Transport yourself into a noir ‘Fantasy’ with a statement smoky eye, and color your pout ‘Charmed’ with a dramatic shade of Fuschia. 


Trend #8: Just Peachy! 

Glass skin is still in, so play up a dewy glow with peachy lipstick. 2020’s avant garde eyeliner trend isn’t going anywhere, and peachy, matte lips balance out vibrant makeup. Paired with a CC cream and blush, this lipstick shade will make you glow. Dab on Chatterbox lip stain to dress yourself up in seconds for virtual meetings. 


Trend #9: Lovely in Lilac

Lilac-silver hair color, violet eyeshadow, and lilac lips are a few of 2021’s emerging editorial looks. This may come as a surprise, but purple is one of the most universally flattering lipstick shades. Fierce is ideal for fair, cool skin, while Fetish looks gorgeous on dark skin with warm undertones. To stand out from the crowd, pair purple lipstick with colored mascara or face jewels