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Glossy vs. Matte Makeup Trends in 2022

Whether you’re a fan of a glossy look or a matte look, there are a number of makeup trends coming your way this year that will surely be something to pique your interest. While one is usually more popular than the other, 2022 is the year for both. 

Whether it be a matte foundation or a glossy lipstick, here are the matte and glossy makeup trends for 2022 that you need to know about. 

Matte Metallics 

Metallics are making a comeback in a big way, and this year the matte metallic look is all the rage. You have the standout silvers and golds, but without the glittery look that was made famous in the early 2000s. 

Matte metallics are also very easy to wear, as a small amount of eyeliner is more than enough to take your look to the next level.

Glossy Glitter

On the other side of the spectrum, glossy glitter is back in fashion too. Similar to the matte metallics, glossy glitter eyeliner and eyeshadow are all the rage as a way to take a simple, clean look and give it a touch of color that seriously grabs attention. 

While there is no one color more popular than another, using such small amounts is the chance to explore a variety of colors.


A matte monochromatic color palette is a brilliant way of getting a sultry and classy look without going overboard with colors and different types of makeup. Browns, in particular, are in the limelight this year. 

They are some of the best shades to use for nighttime looks, especially when combined with a dark red shade of lipstick. 


Sunkissed is a subtle look we are seeing this year and is a combination of matte and glossy elements. A light matte touch on the cheeks and around the eyes is complemented by glossy lipstick in red or orange shades. 

This type of look is perfect for a day out or lunch and compliments sunny days brilliantly. It is also great for those with problematic skin, as the light amount of makeup won’t cause too much discomfort. 

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Negative Space Eyeliner

Negative space eyeliner is a relatively new trend that is certainly finding its feet this year. Using a matte eyeliner of any color, you are simply filling in the outline of your eyeliner instead of filling it in completely. 

It is a very simple look that instantly draws the eye, especially if you use a bright color. Speaking of bright colors, this is the best way to add a pop of color without going overboard, especially if you choose a bright green or orange. 

Contoured Lips 

Contoured lips are a trend that we saw come out last year, and 2022 is the year it will settle in for good. It isn’t as bold as outlining your lips as people did back in the late 90s and early 2000s and instead gives your lips a subtle but noticeable shape. 

Experts say that you should keep the colors similar, but they don’t have to be the same, and ensure your lips aren’t too dark, as you will accidentally recreate the outlined lip look. 


Red is the color of the year in the world of makeup. The classic color is back again, whether it be matte red lipstick, a red gloss, or red eyeshadow. Even if you aren’t a massive fan of bold red lipstick, it is relatively easy to pull off. 

Combining red lipstick with a little bit of eye makeup and keeping the rest of your look fairly natural is a simple but unforgettable choice. 

Glazed Lips 

Glazing isn’t just for donuts, and glossy lipstick will give your lips an extra dimension you didn’t think they needed. Once again, combine your glossy lip with matte touches to let them stand out. 

You can also keep the rest of your face completely natural, with a lip gloss being more than enough to elevate your look with only a couple of minutes of effort. 

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Matte Blues

Red may be back, but matte blues are also taking over. Blue has always been a color that, when used correctly, can add a pop of color that can transform even the simplest of looks. Matte blue eyeshadow, in particular, has become a favorite this year. 

You use enough to give you the color you need without using so much that you look like you’re halfway to clown makeup, a problem many people have when using bright colors. 

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