Summer is finally here! And that means it's time to get inspired by fresh summer makeup looks. From monochrome lips and eyes to natural, bushy brows, these inspiring ideas will get your creative cosmetic juices flowing.
It doesn't matter whether you have a preference for easy makeup looks or more complicated designs, trying a new summer makeup look can really boost your mood and deliver a shot of confidence. Whether you add the best cream blush to your makeup bag or go for a graphic liner, the beauty world is your proverbial oyster.
Part of the joy of makeup is experimenting with different looks, playing with colors, and finding out what suits you. To discover the top trending looks for summer, we've got expert advice from iconic makeup artist, Ruby Hammer (opens in new tab) MBE. With decades of experience painting the faces of well-known celebrities and models plus her own eponymous beauty brand, her pro tips will help you nail this summer's best beauty trends.
Which summer makeup looks to try now
Follow Ruby Hammer's advice to try the trending summer makeup looks of the season:
- Monochromatic looks: "The first trend I’m seeing is monochromatic looks across the face – think eyes lips and cheeks all in the same tones. Not necessarily the same shade, but the same tone," says Ruby. This means matching your eyeshadow, blush, and lip color to tie your whole look together.
- Multi-purpose products: Handy for travel, there's no need to buy two products when one can do the job just fine. "I’ve definitely seen an increase in demand for hybrid products – specifically for the lips," explains Ruby. "People are no longer opting for long-lasting matte colors and are looking for products that care for your lips as well as color payoff."
- Natural brows: Groomed eyebrow shapes that don't look too done have been increasing in popularity this year and this summer is the perfect time to showcase your brows. Ruby explains how to get the look, "There’s been a return to natural brows. People are simply using a spoolie and angled brush to elevate what hairs they have."
- Light coverage: Warm temperatures can result in heavy foundations sliding off but this year, breezy options like the best lightweight foundations, skin tints, and the best tinted moisturizers are taking precedence. "People are looking for lighter-weight coverage that looks natural on the skin," says Ruby.
21 inspiring summer makeup looks for 2022
1. Monochrome bronze
Swap mismatched colors and use the same one for eyes, lips and cheeks. We love Michelle Pfeiffer's soft pink makeup look here. "The best thing about this trend, is that it’s super easy to achieve," says Hammer. "Finish your look by using your blush or bronzer of choice to do a wash of color on the eyes (and lips if the texture allows) to pull it all together. It’s great for women who are in a hurry or time-poor because it takes the guesswork out of things and you can do your full face with minimal products."
2. A cream blush flush
Rather than matching tones yet using separate products for lips, cheeks and eyes, this trend uses just one single product to create a harmonious makeup look that ties together. The result? A slim downed makeup bag that's handy for travelling light and a natural makeup look that works all over.
To make it work for you, we suggest adding a touch of cream blush to cheeks, lips, and brow bones and blending out until seamless. That way there are no harsh lines and you'll look naturally sunkissed rather than clown-like.
Nars Air Matte Blush in Orgasm | RRP: $30/£26
Silky and lightweight, this small pot of blush is perfect for using all over and streamlining your makeup bag. The added jojoba oil gel makes it hydrating enough for lips and it won't settle into fine lines.
3. Naturally fluffy brows
This trend is all about embracing what brow hairs you have and making the most of them. "Use one shade of colour for definition and apply sparingly," says Hammer. "It’s all about lovely tidied up, groomed brows. The no makeup makeup effect for your brows."
If your eyebrows are a little sparse you may want to look into eyebrow lamination. This treatment brushes up the hairs and sets them in place for six weeks or so, making them look thicker and fuller while staying natural-looking.
Urban Decay Brow Blade | RRP: $26/£22
The fine felt tip at one end and the tapered pencil at the other, make this brow pencil a must-have for recreating lifelike hair strokes. If your brows are lacking, this will enable you to draw on a natural-looking brow with ease.
4. Fresh, dewy base
Rather than covering up every so-called 'imperfection' on the skin, try going for a lighter base and revealing some of your natural skin. If you have freckles, a few beauty marks, and scars, embrace them and don't be scared to show them off.
If you feel like you still need a little something, Ruby Hammer recommends skin tints as these even out the skin tone without masking. They're particularly great for menopausal women too, "This move towards a lighter-weight, natural finish is wonderful for women going through menopause as it doesn’t require lots of layers which then slide off your face during hot flushes."
Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF30 | RRP: $42/£39
The ballpoint applicator of this skin tint is so fun and easy to use. Draw it on areas that need coverage then blend, blend, blend.
5. Burnt tangerine dream
Orange is a classic go-to shade in summer makeup looks, but as Viola Davis' nicely-coordinated look here shows, burnt orange has a cool factor and elegance that true tangerines sometimes lack. Try it in a modern, vinyl lip stain for sunny glossy lips, or you could tick another trend box and dab liquid blush in a deep peach onto your cheeks and lips.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour | RRP: £16.50 (UK only)
This watery formula is so highly pigmented you only need a tiny bit to create a beautiful, juicy-looking flush. There are 12 shades - all beautiful - but Grace would be best for recreating this summer makeup look.
6. Clear gloss
Clear lip gloss is back from the '90s and sticky, shiny lips aren't going anywhere fast. This trend is actually perfect for those with thinner lips as glosses are one of the best lip plumpers on the market. It's a good idea to pick clear gloss for a more natural look and avoid wearing it on windy days!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Crystal Gloss | RRP: $20/£19
The doe-foot wand makes this gloss easy to apply and allows for even distribution on the lips. Use alone or over lipstick to create a mirror-like shine. The peach scent won't be for everyone but we think it's delicious.
7. Ramped-up blush
A little more blusher than usual is a nifty way of boosting a dull complexion, especially if your skincare routine has gone out the window during a busy summer schedule. That extra dab of pink or peach brings a youthful glow to the skin and makes you look more awake!
If you're worried about looking a little too flushed, take a look at our guide on how to apply blush and you'll be sitting pretty in no time.
Clarins Joli Blush | RRP: $29.50/£27
This buildable formula gives you maximum control over how much blush you apply. It's hydrating, easy to blend and comes in shades suitable for all skin tones. Start on the apples of the cheeks then sweep up towards the temples for a flattering flush.
8. Fuchsia lips
Pair toned-down eye makeup with a bright lip and you've got 2022s summer makeup looks, nailed. It's an easy and fast way of making yourself look put together and we love the dopamine hit of wearing such a bright color. Choose one of the best long-lasting lipsticks to avoid transfer when you eat and drink so you won't need to touch up throughout the day
Catrice Pro Ink Liquid Lipstick in Dream Big | RRP: £4.99 (UK only)
With such intense pigments, this liquid lipstick gives great color. It's comfortable to wear and not too drying but make sure you prep lips with a lip balm before applying to avoid staining.
9. Smoked out eyes
A sultry, smoky eye looks amazing when you're out on a warm summer evening so, take Jane Fonda as inspiration and get blending. Cool-toned individuals will suit black and grey colors while those with a warm skin tone will suit deep browns.
If you're worried about ending up with panda eyes and don't know how to apply eyeshadow, try using one of the best cream eyeshadows as these are generally longer-lasting and far more forgiving than powder alternatives.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Black Mirror | RRP: $23/£17.50
Smooth this inky black cream eyeshadow all over the lid then blend it out with a fluffy brush. Voila! The easiest and speediest smoky eye with one handy product.
10. Neon brights
It's not a makeup trend for the faint of heart but, neon colors are making a comeback. And this time it's all about the eyes. Think, bright turquoise eyeliner or like Tracee Ellis Ross, a slick of highlighter yellow on the lids.
This trend works particularly well on brown eyes as the bright shades flatter the depth of dark eyes. If you're skeptical of neons, start with a tiny accent of color at the inner corner of the eye - it's a far more forgiving way of mastering this trend.
3inA Makeup The Colour Pen Eyeliner | RRP: $19.30/£13.95
Take a steady hand and this bright liner pen and sweep it gently across the lash line. (A Q-tip will take care of any mistakes!) This adds a fun pop of colour and brings the focus to your eyes.
11. Brighter highlights
Remember when YSL's cult-status product Touché Eclat was first released? In 1992 this industry-changing pen transformed the way we highlight forever. Gone were thick, heavy concealers, and in came lighter, creamier highlighting wands.
It's with this trend that your Touché Eclat should see a resurgence from the vault of your beauty arsenal. Dab it on the center portion of your face including cheekbones and brow bones and see your complexion light up.
YSL Touché Eclat Illuminating Pen | RRP $38/£28
A few clicks and this instant brightening formula will bring radiance to even the dullest complexion. Blend it with your fingers for a really seamless finish.
12. Lots of lashes
There's only so much even the best mascara can do... sometimes you just have to reach for the falsies just like Gwyneth. On the red carpet, you can guarantee almost every celeb is wearing a pair of false eyelashes. They instantly make eyes appear bigger and finish off a look.
Unsure of how to apply lashes? Designs with a thin band are easier to master and corner lashes are even easier still. Use a decent lash glue and practice applying before your event or evening out.
Eylure Volume Lashes 101 | RRP: $7.65/£4.99
Enhance your eyes with these comfortable and easy-to-apply lashes from Eylure. Apply the glue then wait until it's tacky before applying to make the whole process significantly easier.
13. Glazed skin
Fresh, radiant skin is the backbone of dewy makeup and this summer, it's gone one step further. Say hello to 'glazed' skin. Ditch all of your setting powders and blotting papers and embrace your skins natural luminosity.
If you have dry skin, radiant, hydrating foundation formulas are a great place to start - then, give your complexion kilowatt shine by incorporating one of the best highlighters into your routine.
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Fluid Foundation Natural | RRP: $120/£110
This ultra-luxe foundation feels like liquid silk on the skin and leaves the most beautiful, natural and radiant glow. It's best applied with a damp beauty sponge or brush and lasts all day.
14. Silver accents
A small flash of silver on your lids can really make your sun tan pop. Grab a metallic eyeliner and apply a dot or line to the outer corner of your eyes and it'll make your lids sparkle.
This colour is particularly flattering on pale skin tones but deeper skin tones look best with bronze or gold accents. Feeling brave? Add on a small gemstone or crystal to liven up your look even further.
Rimmel Wonder'Swipe 2in1 Liner to Shadow in Slay | RRP: £6.99
Use this multipurpose product to draw tiny silver accents on your eyes or cover the entire lid in metallic - the choice is yours! It's inexpensive and gives great shine.
15. Tightlined eyes
For years we were told never to tightline (otherwise known as waterline) the eyes with eyeliner as it can make you eyes look smaller but this trend is actually about creating an intense smoky eye like SJP's.
Apply one of the best eyeliners you have on the rim of the eyes and it will make your lashes look fuller, thicker and more dramatic - perfect for an evening out.
Charlotte Tilbury Rock'n'Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Bedroom Black | RRP: $29/£21
Jet black and super intense, this is the liner to go for when tightlining your eyes. It's blendable for a few seconds before it sets dry and then it won't budge all night.
16. Skip the mascara
If using your best mascara is an absolute must and it happens to be your holy grail makeup item, this trend won't be for you. It's essentially just avoiding mascara all together and letting your lips do the talking, à la style icon Tilda Swinton.
The outcome is a modern and fresh take on summer makeup with the attention being drawn to your lips rather than your eyes. A great tip is to curl your lashes then leave them, this will make you look more awake without the need for mascara.
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate | RRP: $42/£35
Need high impact lip colour for when your lashes are bare? This calls for Chanel. This creamy, hydrating and pigmented lipstick is luxe and we love it.
17. Ballet pink
Create a softer, ballet-dancer-inspired look with one of the most flattering trends for summer 2022. Tones of petal pink have been gracing the eyes, cheeks and lips of so many A-listers and it couldn't be easier to do at home.
Pink is one of the best eyeshadows for brown eyes as it enhances the natural warmth of the eyes, but any eye colour can wear it. Skeptical? Try a light, warm brown to mimic the same effect.
Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Tutu | RRP: $62/£48
The blend of muted pinks and browns in this Dior palette make this trend very wearable. Pack color onto the lids then take the deeper shade through the socket to define.
Next time you self tan your face, give 'tan-touring' a go. This trend incorporates self-tanning with contouring to give a more chiselled look to the face.
The best results are had from using a contouring brush to 'carve' out natural contours with the best fake tan for face. Blend through the cheekbones, temples and either side of the nose to create a look like Liz Hurley's.
Tan Luxe The Face Illuminating Self Tan Drops | RRP: $50/£36
Take a few drops of this magic self-tan and apply it with a brush to the hollows of your face and you'll have mastered 'tan-touring.'
19. Vampy chic
Vampy colors like deep purples and reds aren't reserved for autumn/winter. If you're going to a party or summer soiree, try out the vampy trend on yourself. It looks particularly great on medium to deeper skin tones and has a 1920s, flapper vibe.
Deeper colours can be a little difficult to apply neatly - follow our guide on how to apply lipstick and you'll have it nailed.
Huda Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in Famous | RRP: $14/£18
For long lasting colour with no touch ups needed, head to Huda Beauty. This rich burgundy shade is the vampy trend all over and the clever formula won't dry out your lips.
20. Matching your eyeliner to your glasses
It may sound peculiar but matching the color of your glasses to your eyeliner and eyeshadow has an immediate awakening effect, as seen here on Meryl Streep.
The technique creates an optical illusion that your glasses are a part of your face and if the colors match, it makes your eyes appear the same size as your frames. So, if your glasses have metal frames like Meryl, go for a silver or grey eye look. If they're brown, opt for a rich brown hue and so on.
MAC Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Phone Number| RRP: $19/£16
Keep your pencil sharp to line the upper lash line and blend out to recreate Meryl's look. This smoky grey shade is perfect for metal frame wearers.
21.Soft cat eye
Rather than intense black liquid liner to create a cat eye, use your eyeshadow to strategically wing-out the outer corner of the eye. The result it far softer and perfect for summer makeup looks.
We love Margot Robbie's makeup here as the brown eyeshadow subtly draws attention to the outside of the eyes, making them look bigger and doll-like.
Iconic London Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette | RRP: $45/£45
This palette contains every color you could need to create the ultimate winged-out look. It's buildable so build up a few layers where you need more intensity.
woman&home thanks Ruby Hammer MBE for her time and expertise
Emma North is a Beauty Writer who works for digital titles including woman&home, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own, Chat and GoodtoKnow. Emma’s career in beauty journalism began with internships at publications including Vogue, Elle, The Telegraph and Glamour. She was then taken under the wing of Funmi Fetto, Contributing Beauty Editor at Vogue where Emma assisted with Funmi’s debut beauty book, Palette.
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