June 30th, 2022
This season, it’s all about low-effort, high-impact makeup looks. Think messy eyeliner, tinted moisturisers, and high-shine lips. If your finished look gives off a just-strolled-off-the-beach vibe, congratulations, it’s officially in.
According to the experts, people are saying goodbye to heavier formulas and matte finishes this summer, opting instead for glowy looks that tend to fit squarely in the no-makeup makeup category. The good news? This means that summer 2022 makeup trends are very hot-weather and amateur-friendly. With a more unfinished look, you don’t have to have the most practiced hand—and you definitely don’t need to stress about the heat and humidity melting your foundation away. Not to mention, you’re probably more inclined to reapply sunscreen every two hours when you know it won’t mess up your contour.
Of course, the classic summer beauty trends are also resurfacing this season. Flushed cheeks, bronzy glow, and bright pops of colour are all coming back in the most low-key, playful ways possible. In other words, these trends perfectly match the more relaxed vibe of summer.
Nude Glossy Lips
This summer, sticking to a natural, extra shiny lip look is on-trend. “Nude lips topped with lip gloss will be big for summer makeup trends,” says NYC MUA Ashley Rebecca. If you love a liner, she adds, “you can bump up the shape of your lips by lining with a lip liner slightly above your natural lip shape to make them appear fuller.”
If you want to stick with the more 90s retro trend, then try a 90s dark brown lip liner with clear gloss. Try Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Univeral Lip Luminizer (£14.40) with NYX Professional Makeup Lip Liner Pencil (£3.50)
The Kardashians never miss an opportunity to start a new trend – whether it’s a magnificent mani, fabulous fashion, or trendy tresses. They’re currently on a trip in Portofino, Italy, and are serving some serious styles.
One of our favourite looks so far comes from Kendall Jenner. Although some are drawn to her bold, overlined lips, we’re loving the OTT blush look created by MUA Mary Phillips.
Get the look with OPV Beauty’s Born to Shine blush palette (£29). This versatile blush palette boasts six colours and was created with all skin tones in mind. Go bold with Positive, a matte raspberry shade, or opt for Kendall’s pink perfection with Uplifting. Mix a matte and shimmer together for the ultimate rosy, glowy look.
Glazed Doughnut Skin
Whether it’s from makeup, skincare, or sweat, glowy skin has never been more in. Recreate the look with & Other Stories Radiance Wand Highlighter Stick (£19) that can be used on top of foundation, or makeup-less skin for that extra glow.
Apply a small amount of highlighter stick over cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, in the inner corners of your eyes & brow bone and blend into the skin. You can build up your desired glow and dew level without the formula getting thick or greasy.
As with most fashion and beauty trends, we take inspiration from past trends. What started from the Pam and Tommy series has turned into a nostalgic love and admiration for 90’s makeup. Frosted lips, brown/black lipliner, bold, bright, and glitter eyeshadow; we are loving it all.
The 2022 spin on the frosted lip has a more contemporary feel. Rather than the shimmer being based in dry lipstick formulas, frosted lips ‘22 is sticking with the healthy, barely-there but better makeup vibe that this summer has got going on, only with a mini glow-up, courtesy of some subtle (or not so subtle) glitz.
For your frosted lips, recreate queen of summer makeup, MUA Mary Phillips’ look for JLo at the Halftime Premier earlier this month; topping off Pat McGrath’s PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil in Structure (£26) with LUST Lipgloss (£27) in Gold Allure.
For bold, bright and colourful eyeshadow try one of Makeup Revolution Power Eyeshadow Palettes (£6 each), we love 90s Baby and Boujee AF.
Metallic Glitter Cat Eyes
The cat eye has evolved to include a flash of glitter this summer. You can add it as a second line to your black liner or substitute the black completely with something more sparkly
No stranger to an electrifying eyeliner moment, Zendaya’s dramatic winged cat eye in a striking metallic blue shade is mesmerising. She hid a subtle white line between her upper and lower lid lines as they swept across her face. Our favourite part of her look was undoubtedly the use of negative space with the floating navy liner above her lid. Floating eyeliner has been a go-to makeup trend for the past few years, but the way Valentino Beauty Global Makeup Artist Raoúl Alejandre put together Zendaya’s multicoloured, metallic eye look really takes it up a notch.
To recreate the look yourself first prep the lid. Use an eyeshadow base, try NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base (£21) to prevent eyeliner from moving or smudging throughout the day. Barry M’s Euphoric Metallic Liquid Eyeliner (£4.99) comes in a range of colours, including blue shade Ecstatic.
If you’re struggling with applying an even symmetrical look, try using a nude colour eyeliner or lip pencil to outline how you want the shape to look and then go over it with your coloured or glitter liner.
Bright Inner Eye Accents
Inner eye accents are everywhere, and for the summer we’ll be seeing brighter colours paired with a more natural makeup like Megan Fox. To create this look try OPV Beauty’s wide range of neon Loose Pigments (£8.50) that can be packed onto lids and inner corners or combined with their Mixing Drop (£10) to create a stronger ultra-finish for cut creases and bold liners. For Megan Fox’s look try Shade 003.
Using an eyeshadow primer will help the colour pigment to stay in place for longer. Try Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (£19.50)
Fox completed her look by rocking some orange nail polish in the same shade as her eyeshadow. In the caption, she joked that this is how she’d look if she was ever cast on HBO Max’s hit show Euphoria. “If I were the AP Literature teacher at Euphoria High,” she wrote.
To get Megan’s neon orange nails try Artistic Nail Design polish in Bellini Bikini, available from louellabelle.
French Tip Nails with Colour
This trend was and is still everywhere with many adapting it with different layers of nail art, see Kylie Jenner adding bubbles, and Jessica Chastain doing a metallic tip for the Oscars.
To get the look add a thin layer of Mylee’s Peach Builder Gel (£12) to give that super sheer nude base. Cure this layer in an LED or UV Lamp and then add your next layers of colourful gels as French tips, we love the SS22 range from Mylee (£63.99 for 10 bottles, or £7.99 each).
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