8 Spring 2022 Makeup Trends That Will Get You Out Of A Beauty Rut

From dewy skin to cherry pouts.

by Hilary Shepherd
Here are 8 spring 2022 makeup trends to try for your next beauty look.
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The top Spring 2022 makeup trends were first spotted on the runways last fall. And while it feels like a lifetime ago, they were well worth the wait: As predicted, dewy textures, vivid color (not just on the eyes, but the lips and cheeks, too), and yes, facial accessories (that Euphoria inspo is still going strong) are going to be everywhere this season.

While some spring beauty trends are evergreen, this spring feels particularly ripe for showcasing glowing, natural-looking skin. Perhaps it’s the last two years spent in lockdown, suggests Lilly Keys, makeup artist to stars like Charlie XCX and Olivia Rodrigo, when many of us looked after our skin more than ever. Either way, embracing your natural skin texture is in. And while there are plenty of foundations and concealers that’ll do the trick (as in, provide desired coverage but still achieve a natural finish), Keys says it’s essential to prep skin with hydrating cleansers, moisturizers, and primers.

But don’t skimp on color, says makeup artist Nydia Figueroa, especially on the eyes. Neon-colored lids and lash lines are here in a big way — and the look is surprisingly easy to try. Elsewhere, you’ll see blood-red lips and flushed cheeks this season, signaling optimism and happiness. If there’s one rule of thumb you should live by this season, “say yes to blush draping,” says Figueroa. “Adding a pop of color while getting those cheekbones snatched makes my heart happy.”

Need a primer on what to buy? Check out Bustle’s first-ever Beauty Awards, where you’ll find the best editor-approved skin care and makeup products to get you ready for spring. In the meantime, read on as Keys, Figueroa, and more break down the most highly anticipated makeup and skincare trends for spring 2022.


No Makeup-Makeup

“This is a trend that always dominates the spring season because people want to look polished and flawless without looking like they’re wearing a lot of makeup,” says makeup artist Nydia Figueroa. To keep things looking natural but still relatively covered, she points to PÜR Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer. “I would apply this only where needed, and then use a powder to set. You can also add a little bronzer and blush for color, but keep it minimal,” she adds.

Keys agrees, noting that less heavy contouring and more embracing of natural features is a tried-and-true classic this season. To incorporate a bit of a sun-kissed or flushed element, Keys recommends an easy bronzing gel or cheek blush, such as Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker or Chantecaille Liquid Lumière Anti-Aging Face Illuminator.


Neon Eyes

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According to Jaleesa Jaikaran, makeup pro and member of the Humphreys Witch Hazel Committee, the neon eyes that were heating up the runways last fall are here to hang around for spring — and she predicts they’ll likely stay for summer, too. “Eyes have been having a blast over the last couple of years because let’s face it: They were our only prime real estate to showcase. [With neons,] it seems we’re pushing the envelope even further — and I am here for it.” The pro points to Danessa Myricks Waterproof Cushion Color in Totally Tangerine, Uoma Beauty Black Magic Carnival Color Palette, and Suva Beauty UV Brights as some of her faves this season.

They key to incorporating some blazing color onto your eyes? “Prime lids with a great eyeshadow primer, like Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer or M.A.C. Pro Longwear Paint Pot,” Jaikaran says. Then, dust lids lightly with translucent powder to allow for blendability and smooth strokes.


Dewy Skin

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A glowing complexion is always a top spring trend, notes Figueroa, but this year, it’ll be especially pronounced on the cheeks and shoulders. “I love using the Be a 10 Be Bold Powder Highlights because they glide on with ease while controlling oil — a must for those warm spring days,” she says. To achieve maximum impact, she recommends taking a brush, wetting it with setting spray, and applying highlighter where light naturally shines on your face and body.

If you want some extra coverage on your face, but still want that soft, dewy texture, Keys recommends going for a full-coverage foundation with a natural finish, like Hide Premium Foundation, which is oil-free and buildable.


Red Pouts

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A red lip feels timeless, but this spring will see different shades and finishes of the bold color, from the deep cherry at Saint Laurent and the glossy purple stain at Missoni to the cheerful, bright red at Michael Kors. For a shade that’s “truly universal,” Figueroa suggests Rich In Color’s Big Momma lipstick. “It creates a big impact while being long-lasting and lightweight.” While a crimson pout makes a statement all on its own, the pro adds that the perfect match for it is “small, winged liner.” Chic.


Colorful Mascara & Eyeliner

Vivid color isn’t just a popular trend for your eyelids this spring. Keys says that mascara in fun shades (jewel tones like blue, magenta, and teal, specifically) will be major this season. “I love how it adds a little drama to the eyes without being too [intense],” she says.

Elsewhere, vibrant, colorful eyeliner will also be in. “Don’t be scared of bright colors,” Keys says. “Liquid liners are easy to use — and you can have so much fun with them.”


Glossy Lips

Accentuated, plump pouts are “definitely on the menu this spring,” says Jaikaran. She recommends framing lips with a brown, beige, or muted pink liner to add dimension and volume to your pout without being overpowering. Next, apply a satin or high-shine lipstick (she loves Glossier Ultralip) and finish with a luminous gloss like Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer or Maybelline New York Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid.

Pro tip: “Having beautifully hydrated lips is key to achieving this pout,” Jaikaran says. Exfoliate lips with a sugar-based lip scrub and follow with a hydrating mask, like Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Then, with a tissue, clean off the outer lip before going in with your lip pencil.



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Draping your cheeks and temples with blush is a great way to look fresh, sun-kissed, and “beautifully lifted,” says Jaikaran. Whatever formula you prefer — powder, cream, or liquid — blush is officially back.

To achieve a flushed finish, the pro adds that it’s key to have a healthy, hydrated base. Prep skin with a calming toner and moisturizer before adding primer, she says, then apply your favorite blush a little at a time, building until you achieve that perfect color payoff. “It’s a good idea to start at the mid-cheekbone and move upward, not forgetting to give those temples some blush love.” Her go-tos? Nars Blush in Orgasm, Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Love, and Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Divine Powder Blush.



It’s safe to say that face bedazzlements — and Euphoria-esque rhinestones around the eyes in particular — have some staying power. “A fierce way to elevate the eyes is by adding a row of rhinestones on the upper lid area above the crease,” says Jaikaran. “Simply apply clear lash glue with a Q-tip or fine point brush directly to the skin and use a wax tip applicator or tweezer to adhere the stones onto the glue.”

If you’re not great at symmetry but still want to lean into the trend, she recommends applying rhinestones in a “scattered pattern” along the outer corners of your eyes and along the temples, or even along your baby hairs. While any variety of stones will work, Jaikaran prefers micro holographic stones, which you can find on Amazon.