If you had asked us back in March whether or not we thought we’d be reporting on spring/summer 2021 fashion and beauty trends come October, you would have gotten an “eh, we seriously doubt it.” Alas, here we are, ears-deep in head-turning lip, lid, and hair looks courtesy of our favorite designers, who still—worldwide pandemic be damned—pulled out every last stop in the name of fashion. Spring/summer 2021’s runways might have been different than most (or, okay, all) of fashion-month runways past, but the influx of designer- and makeup artist–induced magic didn’t fall short and begs plenty to celebrate. Face shields and masks might have been considered an unexpected plot twist pre-2020, but the industry’s best found a way to just—excuse our Tim Gunn voice—make it work.
From New York to London to Milan to Paris, we spotted so many screenshot-worthy beauty trends we’re planning to replicate ASAP. We most definitely appreciate the artistry of OTT makeup and hair looks, but this is an ode to the comparably attainable fashion week moments that feel more chic pedestrian than Mars-extricated alien. Keep scrolling! 12 noteworthy beauty trends and the must-have products you need to re-create them are just below.