Behold: 13 Mesmerising Beauty Trends From the Spring 2022 Runways

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When it comes to beauty and fashion month, pretty much anything goes. And as self-professed hair and makeup obsessives, we pretty much live for it. (In our eyes, the weirder and more outlandish, the better.) The sparkling shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris have come and gone, but the artistic visions of designers (and the leagues of über-talented makeup artists and hairstylists) are still swirling in our inspiration-starved brains.

We've taken a beat to ingest everything we saw—from glitter-crusted earlobes and limbs to bumblebee-stamped complexions—and put together a comprehensive list of the most notable (and actually try-able) beauty looks we spotted repeatedly in each and every city. Y2K inspirations continued to pull their weight via glitter, centre partings, crimps and bite-sized braids, as did futuristic nods towards galactic facial embellishments, rainbow-striped eyelids and chrome-finished everything—an elite assortment of beauty fodder if we've ever seen it.

To give you a taste of the magic we saw on the runways, we're sharing 13 of the most prominent trends of the S/S 22 season below, plus the easy-to-use products to help you channel each aesthetic on your own. Keep scrolling—you're in for a treat.

Gen Z–Approved Partings

Spotted at Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Altuzarra, Coperni

Also known as a pin-straight centre-parting. Of course, middle partings have always been a thing (despite Gen Z's outspoken bias for the style), but according to the majority of runways across New York, Paris, Milan and London, the centre part is officially It for the foreseeable future. (Nary a side parting did we see!) What's more, switching up your part is probably the most effortless way to transform the look of your strands in seconds, and people will probably ask if you did something way more drastic.

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Babyliss Styling Pin Tail Comb (£4)

Remington Hydraluxe Volumising Airstyler (£35)

Slicked Strands

Spotted at Jonathan Simkhai, Chanel, Lanvin

Say hello to yet another overwhelming hair trend we spotted across all four cities: classic (and sometimes not-so-classic) slicked-back hair. Whether models wore their hair in sleek chignons; wet, glitter-lacquered waves or back-grazing lengths, the look of glossy strands pulled back and away from the face was unanimously favored.

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Ouai Matte Pomade (£16)

Kristin Ess Depth Defining Soft Matte Pomade (£8)

Peachy-Keen Gazes

Spotted at Drome, Bora Aksu, Anna Sui

Pink- and russet-flushed eyes have remained an unwavering trend in the last few years, but S/S 22's take is lighter, brighter and a bit more whimsical via complexion-popping shades of coral and peach. Try the shade as an eyeliner or all-over shadow. You really can't go wrong.

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Nyx Professional Makeup Epic Wear Long Lasting Liner Stick in Orange Zest (£7)

Violette_FR Yeux Paint Liquid Eyeshadow + Liner in Tendre Corail (£27)

Drool-Inducing Hair Accessories

Spotted at Simone Rocha, Tom Ford, Victor Glemaud

It's hardly surprising that statement-making headpieces and hair accessories have always been an important part of a designer's artistic vision when it comes to showcasing a new collection. And 2022's displays were no different, with tiaras, chunky, stackable barrettes and bubble ponytail holders all making head-turning appearances.

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Besportble Acrylic Butterfly Ball Hair Elastic Bands (£11)

Jennifer Behr Elize Bandeaux (£225)

Crimson Lips

Spotted at Michael Kors, Saint Laurent, Naeem Khan

Red lips never go out of style per se, but their fever-pitch popularity does come in waves. And we foresee an inevitable surge if this fall's runways have anything to say about it. Try it shiny, try it matte or, if you'd rather dip your toe in versus plunging headfirst, try a tinted lip oil for a subdued yet still on-trend take.

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Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lip Colour in Velvet Ribbon (£26)

Versed Silk Slip Tinted Lip Oil in Ruby (£9)

Otherworldly Pouts

Spotted at ACNE Studios, Mark Fast, Duncan

Disco purple, gothic black and sequin studs perhaps aren't the most wearable of lip aesthetics to try day-to-day, but hey, there are absolutely no rules when it comes to beauty, and we deeply enjoyed the transportive, fantasy-like quality of the celestial inspirations above.

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Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 V3 Glitter Lip Trio in Rose Desire (£25)

Ciate London Glitter Storm Lipstick (£15)

Ultra-Fresh Skin

Spotted at Patbo, Altuzarra, Ottolinger

Fashion week isn't always about Mars-transported makeup looks. We took note of plenty of shows that displayed models' fresh-faced, barely made-up complexions. To really help your skin sing next spring and summer (or, you know, now), opt for an airy tinted moisturiser or a light, creamy foundation (if you want a little more coverage) that will look invisible the second it melts into your skin.

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Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35 Sunscreen (£27)

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Skincaring Foundation (£32)

Metallic Accents

Spotted at Simone Rocha, Etro, LaQuan Smith

From the not-so-subtle embellishments freckling models' faces at Etro to crystallised cat eyes at LaQuan Smith in shades of ruby, sapphire and turquoise, gleaming metallic accents could be spotted across countless runways. Usually, it was to accentuate an otherwise bare complexion.

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Zara Holo Balm (£12)

Milk Makeup Color Chalk (£14)

Face-Paint Vibes

Spotted at Rodarte, Paul & Joe

Whimsical designs à la flowers, clouds and rainbows made nostalgic appearances at shows like Rodarte and Paul & Joe. Think of the face paint of your childhood but so much cooler.

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Glossier Skywash in Lawn (£15)

Nyx Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Crème Color Eye Color & Pigments in Cyberpop (£9)

Edward Cullen–esque Sparkle

Spotted at Blumarine, Collina Strada, Osman

Glittering hair and skin practically dripped off the fashion month runways, and we couldn't help but make the comparison to the Cullens' infamously sparkling skin. Body glitter (as seen at Blumarine) has been on our radar for a while now as one of our favorite re-emerging Y2K beauty trends, and we love seeing the spread to strands, eyes, and even ears. Try it if you dare.

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Jason Wu Beauty Celestial Lust Glitter Cream Shadow in Song Bird (£14)

Sunday Riley Fairy Godmother Shimmering Body Oil Gel (£42)

Waves of Neon

Spotted at Versace, Prabal Gurung, Kim Shui

We're used to seeing smouldering smoky eyes and dramatic inky liner grace the faces of fashion week models, but S/S 22's take was noticeably more Technicolor and, dare we say, Rainbow Brite–inspired than the traditional black. The multicoloured strokes at Versace were our personal favourite, but the vibrant looks at Prabal Gurung and Kim Shui were close followers.

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Jade Thirwall x Beauty Bay 42 Colour Palette (£30)

About-Face Citrus Trio (£46)


Spotted at John Richmond, Francesca Liberatore, Yohji Yamamoto

Nothing makes a statement like all-over white (be it on the lips, eyes, lashes or cheeks), which lends stunning contrast to rich skin tones and an icy finish to lighter complexions. For a more wearable take on the looks we saw on the runways, try a dash of white liner on your lids or an icier hit of highlighter to add some glam to your cheekbones and Cupid's bow.

Shop it:

Dior Diorshow On Stage Felt-tip Liner in Matte White (£26)

Rituel de Fille Metamorphic Highlighter in The Sorcerer (£26)

Fireside Flush

Spotted at Brandon Maxwell, Blumarine, Altuzarra

Last, but certainly not least, blush. But not just any kind of blush, a warm, borderline feverish flush that feels reminiscent of the natural rosiness you get after sitting a tad too close to the campfire, drinking a glass (or three) of wine or even just going for a brisk walk in the cold. Depending on your colouring, you can go more orange or pink. Just add an extra layer than you normally might to really give your at-home version runway-inspired legs.

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Armani Beauty Neo Nude Melting Colour Balm (£24)

Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix Eye, Cheek & Lip Cream Pigment in Rustic (£18)

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