Lipstick has been a staple item in makeup bags for over a century, many different shades have come and gone and some have really outstayed their welcome (the noughties were an especially difficult time for lipstick). However, in more recent years, cosmetic companies have gained the ability to develop any color or pigment possible, making a rainbow of dreams a reality.

In 2022, there are more lipstick shades than ever before, with a variety of different finishes and formulas to choose from. But how can you possibly choose which lipstick to buy in 2022 in order to keep up with ever-changing trends? Well, leave it to us! We’ve put together a handy list of trending lipsticks for you to choose from, along with a guide to help you choose an outfit to go with your brand-new shade! P.S, you can thank us later.


Nice and Nude

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’re sure that you know about just how big the nude lipstick industry is right now! Ever since the Kylie nude lip kits were introduced back in 2014 (an iconic era to say the least), nude colors have seriously progressed. But let’s not forget that nude lipsticks have been around for many years (Thanks to the ‘concealer on lips’ trend). Nude lips have seriously taken the beauty industry by storm, and it’s all thanks to their flexibility and versatility. Here are just some of the Nude lip shades we’ve been loving in 2022:

  • Revolution Soph x Lipstick in shade Syrup - This ‘Revolution Cosmetics’, creamy satin finish lipstick is on the cheaper side of the nude lipstick spectrum, but it is such a great value product! The formula is so smooth, with a semi-shiny effect, that lasts pretty well for the price mark. This gorgeous shade pairs perfectly with a neutral outfit and suits all skin tones. Due to its mainly brown undertone, we recommend pairing green or hazel-toned contact lenses with your look, like our Aquarella One-Day Sea Green contact lenses.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick - This lipstick may be a classic Charlotte Tilbury product, but this pinky-nude will always be one of our go-to products to put on our lips, even in 2022! When it comes to the perfect pout, we can rely on this shade to stay matte and moisturized all day. Wear this nude lip with any outfit and any of our natural colored contact lenses… Yes, seriously!
  • Kylie Jenner Bare Matte - How could we not feature a Kylie liquid lip?! This shade is a more purple-toned brown, with the iconic matte liquid lipstick formula. The shade is perfect on its own, but you can easily spruce up your look even more by adding a pop of color. You can do so by wearing some beautiful grey contacts like such as Aquarella One-Day Sepia Gray lenses.

The Peel Is Real

In recent years, beauty cosmetics companies have almost competed with each other to make the most innovative and exciting product, but when peel-off lip stains were invented, the internet went wild. The lip stains promised a super long-lasting shade, that was non-sticky and didn’t transfer or rub off when eating and drinking. One of the companies that offer this product is Wonderskin. Here are some of our favorite shades from their Peel & Reveal range:

  • First Kiss - This cranberry shade is a perfect colour for switching up your routine. The shade is a more daring and bold berry pink, which is great for those days when the rest of your makeup look doesn’t quite as bold. Due to this, we recommend pairing this lip shade with a brighter outfit and some blue toned contact lenses, like our Hidrocor Safira lenses, a gorgeous blue contact lenses you'll absolutely love!
  • Glamorous - A classic red with a modern twist. This bright red is enough to turn heads but in the best way possible of course! This check-me-out colour is a classic for a night of dressing up!
  • XOXO - If you’re all about subtle, then this shade is for you! XOXO is a stunning light rose, great for everyday use, much like our gorgeous Aquarella One-Day Sienna Brown.

Subtle Shimmery

It’s not a secret that makeup has become more and more subtle in 2022, with many opting for the ‘no-makeup makeup look. As a result of this, the subtle shimmer lip gloss trend was reborn! Here are some fan-favourites to help you gloss up your makeup routine:

  • Glossier Holographic - This gloss is a seriously shiny and hydrating product, with nothing but the flawless shimmer in just one swipe.
  • Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer - This award-winning lip luminizer is gorgeous on every kind of skin tone! Pair this gloss with an everyday outfit, or wear it over the top of your favourite lipstick for a show-stopping look.
  • Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss - This champagne-coloured gloss is vitamin-enriched formula, that stands out while remaining subtle. If you’re looking for a new staple in your makeup bag, this shade is for you! Complete the look with a pair of natural green colored contacts like our Aquarella Samba Green.

These subtle shimmers add the perfect finish with colored contact lenses to make sure your whole look dazzles!


So, there you have it, our top picks for our lips in 2022! We really can’t wait to see all the looks we can create with these shades. Whether your favorite finish is matte or glossy, why not try something different this year?