Asking yourself what the biggest makeup trends are for 2022? Simply put, it’s all about natural, luminous looks, so get ready to get your glow on this year. If you’re looking for the best makeup trends for this spring and beyond, whether it’s bold eye makeup or a minimalist bronzed face, we’ve got you covered.
We talked to Nick Lujan, Global Head of Education & Artistry at Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, and celebrity makeup artist Ariel Tejada to break down the biggest makeup trends we’re going to see all year long and how you can do them at home. You may be surprised at just how simple these can be.
1. Bright blush
Blush is back and better than ever. Statement blush — and even over-blushing — is one of this season’s newest makeup trends. Brighter color choices, like bold peach and punchy pink, are taking center stage right now, and it’s easy to do at home.“The key to this look is to use less product on your brush, but not be afraid of vibrancy,” says Lujan. “By working a small amount of blush product deep into the bristles of your brush, you can create beautiful soft washes of color.”
The way you should apply blush is also changing for this trend: “The color is applied to the apple of the cheek and pulled into the temple and into the crease of the eye,” says Lujan.
2. No-makeup makeup
“The goal is to have minimal coverage with a glowing finish,” says Lujan. Use a luminous, dewy foundation or a barely-there skin tint for this trend. “For additional coverage, spot cover with a medium- to full-coverage foundation.”
With warmer days just around the corner, a bronzed style is stepping to the front of the line now. Rather than using bronzer to create a chiseled look, try tantouring. It is exactly what it sounds like: contouring with self-tanner for a more natural, effortless style.
“I’ve done this with some clients and even on myself by using SOL by Jergens Deeper by the Drops,” says Tejada. “I mix a few drops of the tanning serum in my moisturizer, and I apply on the places that I want to have contoured (i.e., nose, cheek line, jaw, etc.). It’s easily seamless and offers a natural long lasting (during the day) look.”
4. Glossy lips
Pucker up this year with shiny, glossy lips. Whether you’re opting for a nude lip (which Tejada says never goes out of style) or looking for a bit more color, the juicy, hydrated glass-looking lip is everywhere these days.
Use a high-shine gloss and “juxtapose the glossy lip with a matte complexion or matte eyeshadow look,” says Lujan. “Texture is a major trend this year!”
5. Statement eyes
From Euphoria to the spring fashion runways, there’s no question: it’s all about the eyes this season. Bright eyeshadow, adorned features and glitter is everywhere right now.
“[Adorned features] can be as simple as adding one rhinestone to the inner corners of the eyes,” says Lujan. “Just place a dot of latex free lash glue and allow it to get tacky. Then gently press on a gem of your choice.” If you’re not ready for bedazzling your eyes, try starting with a metallic glitter shadow or bold eyeshadow shade to incorporate this trend into your everyday makeup looks.
6. Faux freckles
Long gone are the days of trying to hide freckles. Instead, we’ve gone the opposite way: faux freckles are one of this season’s biggest beauty trends. As we head toward warmer weather, we’re also keeping an eye out for more natural, summer-forward makeup looks.
“I love the natural effect faux freckles create when you are wearing medium to full cover foundation,” says Lujan. “My thought is, the more coverage you wear, the more sculpt, blush and freckles you need to bring life to the skin.” You can try henna, eyeliner, brow pencils or a freckle pen to create this sunkissed style.
7. Bold brows
Beyond statement eyes, it’s the season of accentuating your favorite features — after all, this year’s makeup is all about showing off your personality. We’re still seeing full and fluffy brows as just one of many bold features this year. Brow lamination continues to trend this year.
To ease into highlighting your favorite features like your brows, use a brow pomade or tinted brow gel and “try a lighter application first and then work up your confidence to apply more,” says Tejada. “Great makeup brushes make the difference.”