We can all agree that 2020 and 2021 were tough years. But some positive things came out of these pandemic years and that is the amount of experimentation with beauty! With everyone stuck at home, unable to get haircuts, not needing to wear makeup everyday, and generally having a lot of time on their hands, beauty trends started to shift. Easy options won out, the desire to go back to natural beauty was born, and time to experiment with fun options was also available.
With this in mind, here are some beauty trends to expect in 2022:
We can call this easy beauty. Instead of using “full coverage” foundations, you’ll likely see a lot more barely-there bases such as tinted moisturizer. Let’s let those freckles and “flaws” show! I personally am totally on board for this one. It’s actually how I’ve done my makeup for many years. You can see my makeup tips for women over 40 in this previous post. The “skin peeking though” method is a much more natural look that I love. That means lots of cc creams, tinted moisturizers and sheer to medium coverage foundation should be in our makeup bags. Below are some of my current favorites.
With lots of time at home to experiment, not to mention an abundance of makeup tutorials, we can expect the unexpected this year. Color could make a big step forward with eyeliner, eyeshadow, and eyebrows.Colored eyeliner adds a fun flair as do neon eyeshadows. Bleaching eyebrows may make a comeback as well. Have some fun and try new things! We may also be moving away from the matte lip color. Glossy is the new trend and I’m so glad because matte lip products don’t look great on most of us.
You may have noticed a slight shift toward refills rather than entirely new containers for your beauty products. Refillable containers will significantly cut down on the amount of waste created by the beauty industry each year. Less waste is great for the environment. We hope this will continue for 2022 and beyond!
Going Waterless (but it’s not what you think!)
- Using nourishing oils and botanical ingredients as the base to beauty products instead of water is a trend that has multiple benefits. First of all, not using water means that the products will be more potent. So hopefully, you’ll need to use less of them to get the same results.
- Secondly, the use of oils and botanicals will not require the use of preservatives for the products to keep long-term.
- Lastly, reducing water consumption by the beauty industry is going to be beneficial to the environment overall. Seeing as the worldwide trend of a depleting water supply is looming, reducing water usage in beauty products is a great step in the right direction.
Statement Hair and Height-Defying Hair
Staying home more for two years has also had a significant impact on hairstyles. Without easy access to haircuts, many people have lived with hairstyles growing out and not being able to tame them. The result? Embracing “rebel cuts.” We may see more of this trend moving forward as a significant way to express yourself. With searches for “shaved head dye designs” and “mullet hairstyles” trending lately, we will probably see a lot of hybrid and retro styles plus colors a-la Billie Eilish. Popular hashtags for hairstyle trends include the wolf cut, shag, and mullet haircut.
Along with statement hair, we should continue to see high puff hairstyles. Between “space buns” and the top-knot, tall hair styles will remain in style this year. I’m all for the top knot, but don’t think I’ll be sporting a mullet or any of the other trending statement hair styles.