Whether you’re rocking makeup in your house for the ‘gram or you need to put together a look for a zoom call, you’ll definitely want to master these makeup trends for 2022 before the next season arrives. Be prepared, you’re going to fall in love with them!
Makeup Trends for 2022
Post-pandemic fantasies of freedom and festivity are resurfacing on the runway in the shape of stellar eyeshadow application techniques and artistic eyeliners. The Y2K return is also in full effect, with pastel eyeshadows and glossy lips from the 90s making an undeniable comeback.
After analyzing various buzzing makeup trends from the runway, celebrity red carpet looks and Instagram beauty trends, we have compiled nine hottest makeup trends for 2022 that we’re predicting will take over the fashion community.
1. Flawless Skin, Neutral Eyes with Red Lips
Radiant skin with red lips has always been a cult favorite. Though there was a major shift of attention from our pouts to our eyes this year, this iconic makeup trend of all time is making its way back in full throttle for the next year.
For 2022, we saw the classic red lipstick trend revive at Yves Saint Laurent and Michael Kors’ NYFW show. And it made it clear that 2022 will be full of fresh skin, red lips and soft neutral eyes.
But which is the most fashionable shade of red to wear? Crimson. It is edgy, moody, and unexpected but also surprisingly wearable regardless of skin tone. Many celebrities like Taylor Swift and Kat Dennings frequently flaunt their favorite shade of red on the red carpet.
Therefore, any bold color and texture that puts the lips in the spotlight paired with a glowy face, and a touch of mascara is going to be in style for 2022. Neutral shades of eyeshadow to look out for are taupe, tan, and apricot. This makeup trend is perfect for dinner dates, online conferences and friends-gatherings.
2. Classic Rosy Look NOT No-Makeup Look
Not to be confused with the no-makeup trend we all have tried throughout the years. The effortless rosy makeup trend is all set to shine on the Instagram feeds of your favorite fashion moguls and celebrities. This year the soft makeup look definitely shows, but it is not too much or in-your-face.
The most popular hues of pink that are in for the next season to create the classic rosy look are peach, coral, taffy, rouge and rose. (I, for one, am a sucker for a coral pink makeup look.)
Additionally, you don’t have to go all out to incorporate the pink color, just a subtle wash of rosy shades on your lips, cheeks, eyes. The best part? You can never go wrong with rosy eyes, a similar-colored blush, and matching lips.
Due to its simplicity and straightforwardness, this makeup trend is perfect for an everyday makeup look. Also, it will work for any season throughout the year.
3. Glossy but Not Glass Skin
There’s a reason the glass-skin craze has lasted so long, it is because glowing skin is always in. However, we are predicting a similar makeup trend for 2022 that will have us reconsidering our use of highlighters. Glossy but not glass skin.
Editorial-worthy glossy makeup is the latest international trend as seen on beauty campaigns for magazines and runways of various brands like Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Dolce & Gabbana. Therefore, if the influx of various glossy lip, eye, and face products hitting shelves is any indication, it is about to be everywhere.
While glass skin is all about the insane shine, glossy makeup is more about a soft-focus, hazy, lit-from-within appearance, with subtle gloss elements on the lips and/or eyes.
Additionally, the prominent colors we’re seeing emerging on the runways and celebrity red carpet appearances are orange, peach, mauve, and rose. This makeup trend is so dreamy and pretty, it is perfect for lunch dates and casual outings.
4. Graphic Eyeliners
Graphic eyeliners were everywhere this year, and they’re here to stay for the next year as well. It is one of the hottest makeup trends for 2022. Also, it has already paved its way on social media platforms by our favorite celebrities.
Graphic liners can be as simple or as dramatic as you want. This trend is all about expressing yourself, using vivid bright colors and letting your creativity run wild.
You might agree, winged eyeliners and smoky eyes have had their sweet time in the spotlight. That’s why we are obsessing over these stunning abstract designs.
A few of the trendiest graphic eyeliner looks we will be seeing next year are floating crease, open-ended eyeliner, and double floating eyeliner. Level up your makeup game by indulging in this trend for your next selfie, zoom party, and meet-ups.
Also read: Different Types of Eyeliner Styles and Looks
5. Lower Waterline Eyeliner
If you like 90s makeup, you’ll be pleased to hear about this makeup trend. The grungy waterline liner look is making a trendy comeback.
Thanks to the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter show at Paris Fashion Week, this trend is one of the top makeup trends for 2022 that has already struck a chord with the beauty community widely on Instagram.
Also popularly known as reverse cat-eye, this makeup trend is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of applying eyeliner to the top lash line, apply it to the lower lash line. Further, extend it along and smudge it out to create a smoky reverse wing.
This simple yet glamorous eyeliner look is perfect for parties, dinner dates and other special occasions.
6. Pastel Eyeshadow Shades
You think pastel eyeshadows are suitable only for the spring season? Of course not! These soft shades have now become the latest year-round beauty trend.
Thanks to Viktor & Rolf’s royal extravaganza at Paris Fashion Week, it revived our love for pastel eye makeup, and Giorgio Armani’s dreamy show only secured it.
The models wore bright, eye-catching pastels on their eyelids in the pearlescent flushes of soft pinks, purples, blues, and oranges. We won’t mind you stealing this chic makeup trend for your next wedding look!
7. Eyeshadow to the Brow
From the list of makeup trends for 2022, this one is definitely for you if you are not afraid to experiment with your look.
Eyeshadow blended to the brow screams high fashion and we are here for it. Popularized by fashion editorials of brands like Chanel, Givenchy, and Tom Ford, we are predicting this makeup trend to create a frenzy.
Whether it is metallics or warm colors, if done right it can boost your oomph factor many notches higher. Though it’s not just a subtle method to try something new, it is definitely a universally flattering and versatile trend.
This makeup trend is perfect for those nights when getting a little wild is acceptable. Get as creative as you want with colors and textures!
8. Eyeshadow without Gradient or Smokey
Aren’t we all so bored of the smokey eyes and nude eyeshadows? The good news is, 2022 is going to be all about introducing colors in your makeup routines and expressing yourself. As seen on Kaia Gerber for Yves Saint Laurent, this makeup trend screams confidence.
Compared to the rest of the looks, this eye makeup calls for pigmented colors. Simply swipe across the pigment on eyelids without blending in with transition colors or any blending at all. Vibrant colors like silver, yellow, orange, pink, and blue will reign supreme.
Lastly, this makeup look calls for zero blending. Therefore, it is perfect for quickly transitioning from your daily office look to a baddie within minutes. Perfect for post-work shenanigans and weekend outings.
9. Metallic Brown Eyeshadow
Shimmery cheekbones, foil-plastered lids, and burnished lips transferred from the future reigned the beauty campaigns this season. From Bobbi Brown and Charlotte Tilbury to MAC and Dior, makeup artists completely indulged in this makeup trend.
The trendiest color to wear? Bronze, sepia, taupe, and amber. Whether it is a smoky eye or a subtle wash of color, this look can be as simple as you want or as dramatic as you please.
Even our favorite celebrities have jumped on board, rocking full-on metallic looks that are to die for. The best part about it? Metallic makeup looks great on any Indian skin tone and can give you the gleam from dawn to dusk.
Also, if compared to the rest of the makeup trends for 2022, this trend is suitable for any occasion by choosing different shades of brown.
Whether it is the high fashion eyeshadow to the brow trend or the old school Gareth Pugh grungy eyeliner. This year has given us major fashion-inspo as well as makeup looks that were surprisingly wearable.
So, these are the hottest makeup trends for 2022 that we predict will take the beauty community by storm. Let us know your favorite trend by commenting below and don’t forget to share with us your latest makeup looks by tagging us on IG @shilpaahujadotcom.
Akarshi is a Fashion Journalist at ShilpaAhuja.com. She has completed her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Amity University, Mumbai, and is originally from Mumbai itself. Prior to ShilpaAhuja.com, she worked with an e-commerce fashion brand where she interned as a fashion designer and also led the social media marketing team for the company. She loves fashion, blogging, sketching, baking, and traveling. When she’s not writing, she loves to read about astronomy.