It’s a tough game to whittle down the best beauty products of 2022: The past 12 months alone saw a staggering number of launches in the multibillion-dollar market, between the palettes, peels, and primers; the lip liners, plumpers, and kits—not to mention the celebrity brand debuts: Naomi Osaka! Jennifer Lopez! Harry Styles!
Of course, such a wealth of options means there’s something special for everyone (seriously, everyone: Thanks to the rise of bespoke beauty offerings like Prose and Function of Beauty’s personalized cosmetics sets, customers can actually create their own tailor-made formulas), but it also means that separating the good from the great, the better from the best, is harder than ever.
With this in mind, Vogue turned to fashion’s top coiffeurs, makeup whizzes, and facialists—those who lend their deft hands to the making of runway and red carpet moments alike—to sound off on the year’s most game-changing masks, mascaras, and more. From a natural energy-boosting supplement to a skin-care device that targets dark spots and hyperpigmentation, here’s a look at the best beauty products of 2022:
From: Fara Homidi, The Makeup Artist
I have honestly never experienced a mascara that stays put quite like this one—fluttery, glossy, and buildable, it never smudges or flakes! Pro trick: If you desire more oomph, use it as a sealing layer on top of your favorite volumizing formula.
This moisturizing but slightly matte Hermès lip stain is a universal pick-me-up. It adds a touch of life to any lip, and its sheer finish offers mistake-proof wearability. It’s always in my handbag, day or night!
A beautiful mixture of muted satins and metallics, these Gucci shadows are so delicious and soft—no matter what combination is chosen, it creates the ultimate sense of sophistication. The soft blue shade is a definite standout and is reason alone to covet this gorgeous palette.
The Opte device scans the face to intuitively find any hyperpigmentation, depositing makeup only on the areas that need coverage! The result is an ultra-natural, even complexion. On top of that, it targets dark spots with spot-fading ingredients, such as niacinamide and vitamin C, and lightens them over time. It is a pricey two-in-one device, but I always think it’s wise to invest in the face as it’s the first thing people see.
From: James Pecis, The Hairstylist
Oribe’s Très Set has been my staple must-have as a foundation for most of my work [this year]. It is a spray mousse that I blow-dry into the hair to create looks with memory, fullness, and shine. It’s the ultimate backstage product.