And just like that, 2022 is off to a start. As cliché as it may be, starting a new year is exciting and can serve as a clean slate to start new on anything you want, whether it be discovering a new hobby or experimenting with bold makeup trends.
Seriously, 2022 is the perfect time to completely change up your signature makeup look or experiment with a specific product that’s been on your mind. As the world starts to open up more and more, you can pretty much do whatever you want when it comes to your makeup. “After a year of limitations, beauty is anything but limited and 2022 will be full of possibilities,” Nick Stenson, senior vice president of store & services operations at Ulta, tells Bustle.
Think bright colors. Glossy sheens. Geometric shapes. Makeup trends in 2022 are shaping up to be bold and super fun. But with so many options, it’s hard to know where to start. To help narrow it down, Stenson and Keri Blair, M.A.C Cosmetics’ senior national artist, broke down the 2022 makeups trends they think will be huge. Scroll down to find one you’ll love.
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As for colors to look out for next year, Blair says you’ll want to stock up on anything pastel-colored. Lavender, soft pink, light peach, baby blues — these are pretty shades to try for your next eyeshadow or lipstick.
Stenson predicts that graphic eyeliner will still be going strong well into 2022. “There are no rules when it comes to graphic eyeliners,” he says. “Be as creative and imaginative as you want.” Take a cue from Yara Shahidi and opt for a bold color like neon blue and draw on a negative space cat-eye for something really dynamic.
Another color callout from Blair is mint green. Splash it across your eyes (as seen here on the Jason Wu Spring Summer 2022 runway) for a pretty watercolor effect.
The no-makeup-makeup look will continue to go strong for the new year. Stenson says people are going to want to show off their “real selves” and embrace unique features, like freckles and birthmarks. “The look is less about covering imperfections and more about accentuating one’s natural beauty,” he says. Opt for sheer coverage with a tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation to get that natural-looking glow.
Stenson says that consumers are growing more mindful about what they put on their skin, especially when it comes to makeup. He sees clean beauty products being the go-to for many. Something like CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation gives you a lightweight formula with buildable coverage and a clean formula that is made without parabens or phthalates.
Add intensity to any look with long, voluminous lashes. Stenson says that consumers will look to lengthening mascaras and faux eyelashes to really make a statement with their eyes. Pro tip: He recommends cutting the lash strip into three pieces and placing the longer, outer end first along the lash line, followed by the middle, and then the shorter piece for a more natural look.
Go all out with your makeup look with face jewels. Stenson predicts these fun added details are something people are going to flock to in the new year, as face gems add sparkle and playfulness. Take a cue from Amanda Gorman and dress up your next look with jewels around your eyes.
The fascination with ’90s trends is still going strong. Take a page out of Bella Hadid’s book and opt for super-arched eyebrows. (The non-committal can fake the look with concealer.)
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