Whether you’re sipping something refreshing poolside, jet setting somewhere dreamy, or living your best life outdoors, dabbling in new beauty trends can make your summer season all the better. Summer makeup looks for 2022 are all about fresh and glowing skin, juicy color palettes, and experimentation. Grab your makeup brushes and scroll onward for summer makeup ideas and inspiration to make this the best summer ever.
Glazed Donut Skin
In the past, summer looks have taken inspiration from red carpet glam, but this year the inspiration is in the kitchen. Yep, “glazed donut skin” is a major summer beauty trend for 2022. Before you start with the “what the…” let us be perfectly honest when we say we’re obsessed. Not just because it looks good, but because it means you’re giving your skin the TLC it deserves.
Layering skincare products is key to nailing the dewy glazed donut aesthetic. Here’s a plan that’s suitable for all skin types:
Step One: Start by cleansing your face with a hydrating cleanser, such as Confidence in a Cleanser.
Step Two: Follow up with a hydrating serum, such as Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
Step Three: Finish with a moisturizer, such as Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer for normal to dry skin, or Confidence in a Gel Lotion if you have oily or combination skin.
Step Four: In the morning, repeat the process and then apply CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40. Formulated with 90% skincare ingredients—including 2% niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and green tea extract—this face makeup helps skin look brighter, smoother, and softer over time while instantly imparting a natural dewy finish. It’s so much more than a standard tinted moisturizer, plus it packs an SPF 40.
Pro Tip: A setting powder or spray can help foundation stay in place. For max glazed donut impact, spritz Your Skin But Better Setting Spray+ after you’ve finished applying makeup. You can also use it to freshen up and impart dewiness throughout the day.
Along with glazed skin, rosy lips are a total summer makeup look must. The goal is to add just a hint of flirty color for a “your lips but better” aesthetic. You can certainly wear your favorite bright lipsticks throughout the summer, but if you’re keeping just one lippie in your bag, make it rosy.
Pillow Lips Lipstick in Wistful is the perfect shade of dusty rose. Try Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Balm Treatment in Rose if you prefer a glossy finish. And don’t shy away from layering the two, starting with the lipstick first.
Elevated natural makeup is a definite do, and what better way to create instant natural warmth than with a soft sweep of blush across your cheekbones? Try Bye Bye Pores Blush in Naturally Pretty. Not only does it add the perfect amount of color, but it minimizes the look of pores and nourishes with skin-loving ingredients such as silk, peptides, antioxidants, and hydrolyzed collagen.
While natural makeup is one of the top summer makeup looks, this season we’re also seeing lots of juicy bursts of color. There’s no shortage of ways to lean into this 2022 beauty trend.
Ways to add more color to your summer makeup look:
Pack up the traditional winter hues and reach for vibrant eyeshadows such as green, blue, or gold.
Opt for high impact color via Superhero No-Tug Retractable Eyeliner in Bold Blue, Mystic Emerald, or Powerful Plum.
Try a bright burst of pink with Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks.
Wear lipstick in red, orange, or fuchsia. Pillow Lips Lipstick in Fanciful (a bright, orange-y red), 11:11 (bright fuchsia), and Gaze (magenta plum) are all perfect, flattering picks.
Tightlining isn’t a new beauty trend; it’s a makeup technique from the ‘90s and ‘00s that’s making a major comeback alongside other nostalgic faves like cropped bobs and frosted lids. This eye makeup look involves lining your upper waterline with a pencil eyeliner, which delivers the perfect dose of definition and drama. It gets its name because the liner is placed higher and tighter than where you'd usually apply it. As a bonus, it can make your lashes appear fuller!
A coat or two of Tightline 3-in-1 Black Lash Primer - Eyeliner - Lengthening Mascara is our favorite (and easiest!) way to get this look. This ultra-skinny wand coats your lashes at their actual roots for lash-changing results. You can also try Superhero No-Tug Retractable Eyeliner in either Super Black or Brilliant Brown followed by Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara.
Metallic Cat Eyes
Metallic cat eyes are another way to amp up the drama this season. It’s a perfect summer eyeshadow look for nighttime outings, weddings, or anytime you feel like having fun with your makeup. Start by applying a wash of metallic eyeshadow across your lids. Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick in Epic Amethyst, Bionic Bronze, and Silk Armor are excellent options. Blend the eyeshadow out with clean fingers or a makeup brush—such as Superhero 4-in-1 Eye-Transforming Super Shadow and Liner Brush—then use Superhero Liquid Eyeliner Pen to create the perfect winged eyeliner easily.
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