After the no-makeup days of lockdown, then dealing with a more normal but still face-mask-wearing life, next year should bring a touch more eccentricity to the makeup department. While it’s hard to know if face masks will still be a must-have accessory of everyday life, it seems that women are opting for more bold and daring beauty choices. So, after being somewhat neglected in recent months, lipstick is now poised to return, albeit in an unexpected colour — black.
Going bold in 2022
We knew that the pop-punk aesthetic was making a comeback on the fashion scene, but it was not 100% sure that it would also take over the world of makeup. But that just goes to show how much people are raring to liven up their lives with a touch of audacity. Gone are slippers, dull complexions and sweatsuits, giving way to more extravagance, self-expression and freedom. New data shared by the global fashion research platform Stylight  points to a strong craze for black lipstick, as from November.
In fact, the platform reports a jump in clicks of more than 1,000% for Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in the Black Honey shade. And it’s a trend that’s confirmed on social networks, with several tens of millions of views for the hashtag #blacklipstick on TikTok, and more than 500,000 publications on Instagram, including a host of recent posts and videos.
But that won’t be the only extravagant beauty trend coming next year. Even more surprisingly, self-adhesive face jewels also seem to have been gaining popularity for several weeks. Stylight reports that search interest for "face gems" tripled in the month of November on Google, and sharply increased on its own international platforms. In particular, ColourPop’s face crystals set saw a 100% increase in clicks over the previous month.
Focus on scalp skincare
Not only have brands increased the number of scalp care products, such as brushes and exfoliating scrubs, in recent months, but beauty fans are going crazy for these items. It became a trend, dubbed “scalp skincare”, a focus on caring for the scalp.
Search interest for the terms "scalp products" increased by 70% on Google in November, while the favorite product among internet users seems to be the NatureLab Tokyo clarifying scalp scrub, with clicks up 350% on Stylight in October-November compared to the previous two months.
More natural products for more protection
As in 2020 and 2021, organic and vegan skincare products will also be in demand, as well as tinted suncare and blue-light protection products, reflecting a desire to prevent environmental damage and combat the signs of skin aging.