Each year, the Pantone Color Institute names one stand-out shade as the ‘Color of the Year’. From fashion to beauty and architecture, the Pantone Color of the Year helps dictate the year’s major trends. In 2020, it was the Classic Blue — a subtle, soft hue that reminded us of clear, beautiful skies for days on end. And while 2020 but anything but beautiful, the good people over at Pantone are pretty hopeful for 2021, which is why they chose not one, but two colours this year. Termed as ‘Illuminating’ and ‘Ultimate Gray’, this year’s colours resemble optimism and reliability, and are such stunning choices to incorporate in your glam game!

“Practical and rock-solid, but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit”, read an official statement by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. We believe that is an excellent message to start the new year with and can’t wait to walk around with bright yellow and grey hues on our eyes. Here are some looks to inspire you as well…


01. Sun-kissed


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With the colour yellow at your disposal, it is the perfect opportunity to create a sun-kissed moment. Keep the rest of your face muted, but dewy, and draw focus on the eyes with a bold, winged colour fill. This striking eye look has been created by using illuminating yellow kohl as a base, enhanced by topping up with a neon yellow and champagne gold shadow.


02. All about the metallics

All about the metallics

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The 2020 party season saw a lot of metallics taking centre stage, and we think the trend is going to bleed into 2021 as well. One of the best metallic shades out there is grey. This metallic grey eye paired with a bold, creamy red lip looks oh-so-stunning. An unusual pairing of contrasting pigments that work so well.

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03. An ode to bumblebees

An ode to bumblebees

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If you are a fan of quirky eye looks that are inspired by nature’s elements, this one is right up your alley. Use a bright yellow liner to accent your sleek and matte black eyeliner to create a unique, bumblebee-inspired look. Dab some yellow eyeshadow in the inner corner to make your eyes pop!


04. Soft 60s shadow

Soft 60s shadow

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Combining the soft 60s grey eyeshadow look with the modern floating eyeliner trend, this eye look by Dua Lipa is proof that you can create stunning eye looks using grey! If you are not a big fan of smoky eyes but still want something dramatic, this is a good way to go!


05. Floating half-ring

Floating half-ring

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Conceptualised by runway MUAs and popularised by supermodels like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, the floating liner trend is here to stay in 2021! On days when you are running late, but need your fun makeup fix, this bright yellow crescent liner style will do just fine!

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