While there are some straightforward styles, every expert that was interviewed said that the big theme for 2022 will be individualized beauty. So long are the days of contouring our faces the same way and doing our eyeshadow in traditionally “pretty” blends. Nowadays, they say makeup application is all about doing it in a way that makes you feel good.
“It’s so evident that [makeup] is about feeling it and an emotional connection to color,” says Lisa Eldridge, celebrity makeup artist and Lancôme’s global creative director. She notes that she’s seeing people wear several colors on their face without necessarily blending it the way we’ve traditionally been taught to: “It’s just color for color’s sake — there’s something so nice and playful about it.“
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“In 2022, we will see unconventional explorations of self through experimental makeup looks that are more about individual expression than achieving perfection,” predicts celebrity makeup artist Robin Black. To create this type of makeup look, she says to let your mood take control. “Try anything that pops into your mind,” she says. “It doesn’t need to be flawless, you don’t need to watch a tutorial or spend hours painstaking creating it — no rules, no ‘how-tos.”
Thanks to viral social media videos, people have learned techniques to make their makeup give their faces a lifted look. On TikTok, for example, we saw users apply concealers on the outer corners of their eyes up toward the edges of their brows to give the illusion of wide-awake eyes.
Another example is a technique shown by Eldridge above, where she applies lip liner tactfully to give the illusion of fuller, more lifted, happier-looking lips. To copy, she suggests first applying concealer to the outer edges of your lips to act as a guide, then over-lining the center of the bottom lip, and when drawing up toward the corners, she says to bring the liner into the natural lip and avoid the very edge.
HBO’s Euphoria planted the seeds of rhinestone-heavy makeup into our minds, and Pinterest predicts that the dazzling trend is here to stay. On its platform, it reported seeing a 110 percent increase in searches for crystal eye makeup over the last year, indicating that we’ll be seeing more sequins, glitter, pearls, rhinestones, and more in 2022.
As Serena van der Woodsen once famously said, “Lipstick lasts longer, but gloss is more fun.” Thankfully, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Makeup by Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, predicts that high-shine lips are expected to make a major comeback in 2022.
“It’s a look that’s playful and pouty, but can also have benefits when infused with skincare to treat lips,” he adds. To recreate, simply add your favorite lip gloss to either bare lips or over your favorite lipstick for an even bigger lip moment. Dedivanovic suggests his Pro Volume Lip Gloss ($22, sephora.com).
Instead of channeling a blast from the past, launch yourself to the future with this style of makeup. “This trend is all about making a statement,” says Black. “The best thing about this look is that faux tattoos, face stickers, and foils are easy to remove so there is no commitment.”
We recommend Paintlab’s Eye Stickers ($10, urbanoutfitters.com) to add some easy drama to your eyes.
We’ve all contoured, but strongly defined cheekbones and harsh contrasts are a thing of the past. “There’s a big difference between camera-ready contouring and real life, and I think the beauty world exhaled knowing there’s an easier way with products created to look natural, effortless, and do the work for you,” says Dedivanovic, adding that that’s why he launched his brand’s Soft Sculpt Collection. “I’m confident we’ll be seeing more of it and in gorgeous, skin-loving textures and formulas.”
Eldridge predicts that this baby cat liner will dominate makeup looks in the new year. “It’s very youthful, because it’s less heavy and less pulled-back than a heavy cat-eye,” she says.
Danielle Kimiko Vincent, celebrity brow artist and founder of KIMIKO, agrees that this trend will be everywhere. “Rather than very heavy tails, eyeliner will be more narrow, begin in the middle of the eye and be drawn outwards to create a natural lift — think slimmer tails with a subtle flick,” she says. To recreate, Eldridge suggests using a powder in the same color as your liner to give the tip a nice shadow.
Last spring, lipstick saw a surge in popularity as many of us removed our face masks in light of loosening COVID restrictions. Should the pandemic lessen in severity, Eldridge predicts that bright, bold lipsticks will come back with even more celebration than before.
“That’s what I’m looking toward — really fresh, summery-spring makeup that screams of us being able to get out in the world and just have fun,” she says. She predicts that shades such as bright pink, purple, and orange will have their moment in the new year and recommends the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipsticks in shades Rêve Toujours, Rose Cocktail, and Paris S’eveille ($32 each, lancome-usa.com) to be on-trend.
“The brow lamination look is sticking around as lifted brows that open up the eyes are flattering,” declares Kimiko Vincent. “However, this trend will take on a softer form than a lamination or soap brow, which have maximum vertical hairs throughout the brow that lay quite flat and can appear two-dimensional.”
“I feel that because most of our faces have been partly covered with the masks, that putting extra TLC in eye makeup application is where the rise of ’60s makeup trends comes from,” celebrity makeup artist Dominique Lerma previously told InStyle. “It only makes sense that the ’60s would make a comeback being as that there are so many creative ways you can use lashes and liner to express yourself.”
Multi-Functional Color Cosmetics
There’s no reason to have an eyelash-growth serum and a mascara when you can have a two-in-one product that does it all (such as the Talika Lipocils Mascara, $35, amazon.com) — and the beauty industry has taken note.
“We’ll see more color formulas across foundation, eye makeup, blush, lips, and even nails to incorporate treatment ingredients as consumers want to treat their skin 24/7,” predicts clean beauty chemist Krupa Koestline.
New Old-School Blush
Blush placement is a topic that’s been front and center on TikTok, and in 2022, Eldridge predicts that it’ll be found in an unexpected spot. “In a lot of vintage portraitures, you see that blush came down a little bit lower than we’re told we should, but it actually looked pretty fresh on the skin,” she says.
Eldridge says that splashes of unexpected, bold colors are going to be everywhere this year. “I’m seeing so much more yellows, purples, pinks, blues, greens — colors which traditionally have are considered quite out-there are becoming a lot more mainstream.”
This goes in hand with Pinterest’s predictions, which indicate that vibrant, feel-good looks are going to be a go-to trend. For newbies who want to step out of their comfort zone, Eldridge suggests applying a tad bit of color to the inner or outer edges of your eyes for a subtle, yet impactful, bang of color. “It’s always looks so nice and fresh,” she adds.
The tanned skin, the freckles, the sandy nude lip, the wispy golden bangs framing azure-blue eyes… Margot Robbie on British Vogue’s August cover is the perfect example of what every single one of us wants to look like when the sun hits. The Australian star is, to put it simply, the definition of summer beauty goals.
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Robbie is a golden girl by nature, but it was make-up artist Pati Dubroff (who works with the actor often), who amped things up with a touch of the ’70s for the pages of Vogue. “Invoking the ’70s was a big part of the inspiration for the look,” she tells Vogue over the phone from Los Angeles. “Margot had recently cut her bangs and only really shown them [in public] once before, at the Oscars, so it was really fun for us to take that new hair and mould her character [for the shoot] through that.”
The star’s new fringe is reminiscent of a certain French icon, Jane Birkin, whose hair – specifically the bangs – has spawned countless imitations over the decades. The chanteuse’s oft-emulated ’70s look was a key reference on the moodboard. “Margot is an incredible chameleon and has an openness to play,” Dubroff says, explaining how the duo approach the different looks they create. “Her basic day-to-day look is clean and fresh, with a slight wash of a tone on the eye or lip. She’s such a natural beauty that it’s about not overcomplicating or taking that away. But she does love to transform. This time: into a ’70s beach babe.”
From how Dubroff applied Robbie’s bronzer, to the technique she used to create realistic-looking freckles, here the A-list makeup artist shares exactly how she created the sun-kissed ’70s look.
“Margot had a tan at the time so I just really amped it up. I used cream bronzer and buffed and buffed it in until it laid seamlessly on the skin. To recreate the look it’s really about blending and not relying on powdery products – instead, use cream matte products. I also think that using a flat buffing brush is key. Also, look out for bronzing face products that come out as a gel but deliver a matte finish – they’re great too.”
Chanel Health Glow Bronzing Cream, £38.70, available at Boots.com.
“I added a lot of freckles to Margot’s skin. I actually went on YouTube and learned how to create them in the days before the shoot. I watched a whole bunch of videos featuring different people who were doing their own freckle techniques… it’s a perfect lesson that you’re never too old or experienced to learn something new. The technique that best resonated with me was to use a bobby pin and dip it into a brow product. I used a palette that had both creams and powders in it, and first put the tip of the bobby pin into a cream medium-brown shade and applied to her skin. Then I put it into the brow powder and topped each freckle with that. To finish I gently swirled a clean brush over the skin to take off the top layer of residue. Brow products – but in a different way!”
“As a nod to the early ’70s, it was all about mascara on the upper and lower lashes, not too perfect and a little bit clumpy. When you see pictures of Jane Birkin in that period, her lashes are clumpy on the top and bottom, so we did both. We wanted to create a feeling that she’d done it herself and had had her mascara on for a couple of days. I didn’t purposefully squeeze them together or anything, but just let the layers of mascara do that naturally. If you’re trying it at home, I’d recommend building your mascara up and not being afraid to put more on the bottom lashes.”
“After a good coating of mascara, I paled out her lip to fit with the ’70s theme. It was a time when make-up was all about matte textures – not full-on matte or flat – but things weren’t too shimmery. That happened later in the ’80s. So I incorporated lots of matte formulas into the look in general.”
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour – Nuance, £27.90, available at Boots.com.
You will have spied Italian actor Sophia Loren in British Vogue’s April issue as part of the Hollywood Portfolio, which features 27 of the world’s biggest stars. Photographed looking as glamorous as she has always been, the 86-year-old silver-screen legend has long been a fan of a glamorous look and her attitude to beauty is refreshing. She once said:
“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”
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It only goes to show that Loren feels as good on the inside as she externally looks. Her penchant for Italian glamour has always been a whole beauty mood – it is timeless. There is the trademark feline flick and voluptuous eyelashes; the bold lipsticks, from red to pink; glamorous blow dries; and her bold eyebrows, expertly filled in. These are looks that many of us still imitate today and she is regularly name-checked backstage at fashion shows. Here, let’s take a look at some of her most show-stopping vintage beauty looks over the years.