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The Top 10 Makeup Trends to Try in Autumn 2022

By Gabriella Buckner -
Autumn 2022 makeup trends

Autumn is on its way and we couldn’t be more excited. Call us summer scrooges but this is our favourite time of the year. Not only is it socially acceptable to drink buckets of hot chocolate, but we get to pull on our big coats and wear autumnal shades. Best of all, we’re no longer sleepy and lazy from the summer heat and are re-energised and ready to try out new makeup looks!

Taking inspiration from the autumn look-books and catwalks, we've put together the ten best makeup trends you’re going to want to try this autumn. A lot of these looks are fun and bold as everyone starts to glam up for party season, but the universal key to letting these looks shine is starting with a clean, natural looking base.

Pretty much all makeup experts are in agreement that a natural, glowing base is the best canvas in autumn 2022, especially for building on with bolder lips, eyeshadows and blushes. Try skin tints, serum foundations and creams instead of powders and full-coverage products to create the perfect, your-skin-but-better base.

Now, without further ado, here are our ten favourite trends to try this autumn.

1. Clean girl aesthetic

The clean-girl aesthetic that’s dominated this summer is likely to stick around through autumn. While many of us will want to experiment more with makeup, the fluffy brows, sun-kissed cheeks and glossy pulled-back buns lend themselves well to minimalist aesthetics and French-inspired wardrobes full of trench coats and Breton stripes—which feel like they’ll never totally go away!

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Skin Tint

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Skin Tint

£30.42 £36.00 (16% off)

This sheer foundation will give you a natural, even complexion. You'll look and feel like you're wearing next to nothing - the perfect base for this look.

Sigma Beauty Tint + Tame Brow Gel

Sigma Beauty Tint + Tame Brow Gel

£12.34

Get the fluffy, upswept brows that are characteristic of this trend with a strong brow gel like this one from Sigma Beauty. Go for a clear option to keep it super natural, or a tinted one for more oomph.

2. Bleached brows

Bold and minimal at the same time, bleach brows are a super hot trend that will also stay strong through autumn. Seen on runways and on celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Maisie Williams, lightened brows give you an alien-like, high-fashion look that makes your eyes pop. We don’t recommend bleaching your eyebrows at home as this is a bit dangerous, so either go to a professional hairdresser or try this trend out by brushing concealer through your brows and setting with translucent powder.

Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer

Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer

£11.87 £13.96 (15% off)

This long-wear concealer is amazing at hiding blemishes and discolouration, and its creamy, full coverage means it's perfect for creating a long-lasting bleached-brow effect.

Milani Make It Last Setting Powder Translucent

Milani Make It Last Setting Powder Translucent

£13.11 £16.00 (19% off)

This translucent setting powder absorbs excess oil to keep your makeup in place. In this case, it'll keep your brows looking nice and bleached all day.

3. Graphic eyeliner

Another futuristic and edgy trend to try in autumn 2022 is graphic eyeliner. Bring out your inner artist by experimenting with bold-coloured liquid liners or funky shapes, or keep it sleek with a spiky slash of classic black.

Maybelline Hyper Precise Liquid Eyeliner

Maybelline Hyper Precise Liquid Eyeliner

£6.37

This waterproof liquid eyeliner has an ultra-thin felt tip brush to help it apply smoothly and easily, plus its pigments are super-saturated to help you achieve precise, intense lines.

4. Smudged, sooty eyeliner

In striking contrast to the precision of graphic eyeliner, smudged, almost-messy black eyeliner is a look you’ll want to try this autumn. Purposely imprecise with a worn-in look, this is a great, moody look for those days when you don’t have the time or motivation to create intricate eyeshadow or eyeliner looks. But don’t allow the ease of creating this look make you feel like it isn’t luxe—tons of models on this year’s runways wore super smoked-out eyes!

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner

£13.42 £16.00 (17% off)

The unique formula of the Stila Smudge Stick eyeliner means it can be easily smudged with your fingers to create a lived-in look just like this one. It's also waterproof, meaning it won't smudge any more than you want it to!

SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage Kohl Pencil Eyeliner

SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage Kohl Pencil Eyeliner

£7.05 £9.00 (22% off)

A kohl eyeliner like the Eye Voltage pencil by SOSU is another great option for creating fierce definition. The creamy pencil blends and melts like butter and is perfect for using on your waterline too.

5. Blue Eye Makeup

Blue eyeshadow’s always gotten a bad rap, but this year the shade is back in all its gorgeous hues, from pastel to cobalt to sapphire. Seen on celebrities and TikTok stars alike, this nostalgia-fueled comeback is perfect for fall. Choose a darker shade to compliment the darker weather or a brighter shade to cheer things up.

New CID Cosmetics I Colour Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow - Cobalt

New CID Cosmetics I Colour Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow

£16.00

Applying like a cream but setting like a powder, this silky long-wear eyeshadow from New CID Cosmetics is resistant to creasing so you can wear your blue and bold look all day long.

Stila Shimmer & Glow Eyeshadow - Sapphire

Stila Shimmer & Glow Eyeshadow

£20.19 £24.00 (16% off)

These shimmering liquid eyeshadows have caused an internet frenzy due to the 'eye gloss' effect they create. With a water-infused texture that makes them super easy to apply, they dry down to a comfortable glittery finish with glycerin to condition your eyelids.

6. Pops of Colour

Blue’s not the only colour coming back this fall. Pops of bright, nearly-neon colours around the eye are definitely in. Whether you choose one shade for your entire lid, blend a few together in a delicious sorbet of eyeshadow or dab a shade in the inner corner of your eyes for a unique highlight, this trend proves that cheery neon colours are not just for summer festivals!

Stila Trifecta Metallica Eye, Lip & Cheek Stick - Pink Sapphire

Stila Trifecta Metallica Eye, Lip & Cheek Stick

£19.09 £23.00 (17% off)

This multi-purpose sticks from Stila give a gorgeous gleam to lips, eyes and cheeks with their powerful metallic pigments. Silky and lightweight, you can blend this formula out or build it up for intense colour.

Stila Semi-Gloss Lip & Eye Paint - Michaelangelo

Stila Semi-Gloss Lip & Eye Paint

£17.67 £20.79 (16% off)

Another multi-tasker from Stila, this highly-pigmented lip and eye gloss allows you to create vivid, opaque looks in a range of gorgeous colours (for the pop-of-colour trend, we'd recommend this pale purple shade). There's also moringa oil and cupuacu butter for hydration to keep your eyes and lips comfy!

7. Euphoria-inspired eyes

If you’re not a fan of darker, vampy looks for fall, then you’ll love the Euphoria influence that’s kept its iron grip on the makeup and fashion world, even though season two finished in February! Featuring frosty or foiled eyeshadows, bright eyeliners and gems for days, you’ll be feeling fun and edgy all at once long into the colder months.

Bellamianta Magma Fusion Eyeshadow Pot

Bellamianta Magma Fusion Eyeshadow Pot

£12.01 £14.12 (15% off)

The loose pigment of the Magma Fusion Eyeshadow Pots comes in shades inspired by the fiery hot magma beneath the earth's surface. You can easily blend and build these weightless pigments on your eye. Pro tip: applying with a damp eyeshadow brush will intensify the colour for a high impact look.

PIXI Liquid Fairy Lights - Sun Ray

PIXI Liquid Fairy Lights

£12.01 £14.12 (15% off)

Another product we love for that Euphoria shimmer is this long-wearing liquid eyeshadow from PIXI. Super sparkles create an ethereal look that's totally unrealistic-American-high school-worthy, and an infusion of chamomile and rose soothe and hydrate your eyes.

8. Underpainting

By applying blusher and cream contour underneath your foundation, makeup experts say you can achieve a more natural looking glow. Just use a light-coverage foundation so you can see all your hard work shining through!

Morphe Cream Blush

Morphe Cream Blush

£9.30 £12.00 (23% off)

Morphe's lightweight, blendable cream formula is perfect for underpainting (or for applying on top of your foundation too, of course). There's also nourishing rosehip oil and vitamin E mixed into this formula, which is great news if you are using this for the underpainting trend as the product will be sitting much closer to your skin!

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Bronze Bar

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Bronze Bar

£9.17 £10.79 (16% off)

Get an instant glow with this buttery bronzer. The product melts into your skin for a smooth, velvet finish that's perfect for layering under foundation in this underpainting trend. Like our blush of choice, there's also tons of skin-nourishing ingredients packed in this formula.

9. Glossy lips

Dark, matte lipsticks used to be all the rage come autumn, but if you’re prone to getting flaky lips in autumn and winter, don’t worry! Glossy lips are very on trend, and you still get to keep them soft and hydrated through the dry months. There are plenty of non-sticky options for glosses if you shy away from that, or for extra nourishment, you can try a lip oil or serum. Change things up by trying a tinted option.

Maybelline Lifter Gloss Lip Gloss

Maybelline Lifter Gloss Lip Gloss

£8.47 £8.95 (6% off)

Maybelline's Lifter Gloss will give you just the hydration you're looking for this autumn, with its hyaluronic acid-infused formula for moisturising, smoothing the lip's surface and making your lips look fuller. In comes in a variety of shades as well, so you'll never get bored with gloss this season!

ICONIC London Lustre Lip Oil

ICONIC London Lustre Lip Oil

£21.67

For a lip oil option, we love the Lustre Lip Oil from ICONIC London. This product gives the shine of a gloss and the moisture of a balm with its blend of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. It promises to leave your lips feeling ultra-soft for hours after the glossy finish wears off.

10. Only lipstick

If you want your lipstick to make more of a statement than a glossy lip, then this is the trend for you. This autumn, you can expect to see looks where the face and eye makeup are drastically pared back to let lipstick steal the show. Bright, true reds are the shade of choice right now, but any colour will work with this trend. Choose your favourite and let it do all the talking.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick - 742 Joli Rouge

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick

£15.32

In just one swipe, this extra creamy lipstick will give you intense, full-coverage colour in a satin finish that won't smudge or feather. Plus, organic salicornia extract and mango oil keep your lips moisturised, and the gold tube casing will make you feel super luxe.

Morphe X Nyane Pout Clout Nearly Nude Lipstick Trio

Morphe X Nyane Pout Clout Nearly Nude Lipstick Trio

£13.33 £19.00 (30% off)

If nudes are more your groove, you'll want to pick up this great-value-for-money lipstick trio. Featuring fashion blogger and influencer Nyane's favourite neutral shades, these lipsticks are super pigmented and smooth, allowing you to create your bespoke fave shade to build your look around.

And there you have it! Ten hot makeup trends to keep you busy this autumn. To make it easier to get that clean, natural-looking base that'll make all these looks pop, we recommend starting with a great skincare routine. Check out our roundup of our favourite skincare sets, or if you've already got a great routine and want to give it a little boost, check out our blog on the best skincare supplements.

Gabriella is a junior content writer with a background in creative writing, content marketing and journalism. She’s passionate about all things makeup and skincare, but especially vegan and cruelty-free beauty that is effective and inexpensive.

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