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Enjoy Makeup Again, With The Monochromatic Color Palette Trend!

#MACTREND reveals the most popular makeup trends for 2022, as you discover "The Art of Color" with MAC's superstar shades!

Coming from two years of not giving makeup that much attention, we're back to exploring our kits again, and rediscovering our need to express ourselves with every lip swipe, and every blush stroke. After meticulously tending to our skin day in and day out, it's now more than ready to be the canvas for beautiful makeup trends that uplift our spirits! In this new era where masks are a given, we're grateful for the chance to show off a fully-painted face once again, in the comfort of our little social circles, as we start meeting in person.


"Without a mask, everyone is out to play and enjoy themselves using makeup to express themselves. Mask-friendly foundation and skincare is essential, or dopamine trends like using bright colors to spark joy", shares Regan Rabanal, Education Director for MAC Cosmetics APAC. And as we explore new trends, we're taking cue from #MACTREND, the very latest looks grounded in Asian culture and backed up by global data. This season, there is an undeniable return to the monochromatic color palette makeup trend, highlighting classic MAC shades via #MACTHEARTOFCOLOR looks! Keep scrolling to discover each of the five color palettes:


NUDE: #WhippedCoffee

Glam-spiration is coming from everyone’s favourite hug-me drinks, so latte tones and tea accents and milky, creamy, chocolatey shades. Warm neutrals are softer this season, almost pale, with accents of sandy, creamy mid-tones. Go rich and opaque, with deeper cocoa highlights. Think Lustreglass in Business Casual, Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in What Clout! and Powder Kiss Liquid in Mull It Over for your own #MACTREND creations.

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Whipped Coffee
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Powder Kiss Lipstick in Mull It Over; Powder Kiss Liquid in Mull It Over; Lustreglass in Business Casual; Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in What Clout!; Dazzleshadow Liquid in Beam Time; Glow Play Blush in So Natural; Extra Dimension in Beaming Blush


CORAL: #ApricotJelly

Dewy glazes and all-over summery sheens have been trending this season. Trina Turk, Altuzarra and Adeam’s SS22’s shows were eating up the ‘Rose Burn’ look. Interpret your own demure, just-from-the-beach #MACTREND using Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in My Tweedy, Powder Kiss Liquid in Sorry Not Sorry and Extra Dimension Blush in Iced Apricot.

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Apricot Jelly
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Powder Kiss Lipstick in Mandarin O; Powder Kiss Liquid in Sorry Not Sorry; Lustreglass in TNTeaser; Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in My Tweedy; Dazzleshadow Liquid in Not Afraid To Sparkle; Glow Play Blush in Groovy; Extra Dimension in Iced Apricot
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RED: #HauteChili

This season, go deeper with reds and oranges and embrace natural, warm, sizzling tones. We’re seeing all- over spice looks that are giving the iconic Devoted to Chili a 2022 kick for eyes and lips. Match with Glow Play Blush in Heat Index for a look-at-me triple threat.

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Haute Chili
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Powder Kiss Lipstick in Devoted to Chili; Powder Kiss Liquid in Devoted to Chili; Lustreglass in Lady Bug; Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in Devoted to Chili; Dazzleshadow Liquid in Everyday is Sunshine; Glow Play Blush in Heat Index; Extra Dimension in Double Gleam


PINK: #PowerPink

This is power makeup for a season of unapologetic femininity. Searches for ‘Pink MAC Lipstick Shades’ are up 80% year-on-year, so we’re feeling the pink #MACTREND love, and the key shade is a rich, cool pink undertone that oozes romanticism - but play around with unexpected textures and pops of color for a dose of punk rock. Go bold on just lips, or all-in monochromatic. A Little Tamed, Pigment of Your Imagination and Fall In Love are your go-tos.

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Power Pink
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Powder Kiss Lipstick in A Little Tamed; Powder Kiss Liquid in A Little Tamed; Lustreglass in Pigment of Your Imagination; Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in Fall In Love; Dazzleshadow Liquid in Love Yourself; Glow Play Blush in Grand; Extra Dimension in Show Gold


PURPLE: #JuicyPlum

Purples are coming over all regal this season, with searches in Google Trends for ‘MAC Dark Purple Lipstick’ up 550% year-on-year. Juicy plum and ripe blackcurrant shades are already gracing 2022’s red carpets, with a whole load of glossy lacquered finishes thrown in for very good measure. These tones on lips and eyes against fresh, clean skin add an extra frisson of look-but-don’t-touch cool. For your take on this #MACTREND, try Powder Kiss Lipstick in Burning Love, Lustreglass Lipstick in Beam There Done That, Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in Ripened and Extra Dimension in Soft Frost.

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Juicy Plum
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Powder Kiss Lipstick in Burning Love; Powder Kiss Liquid in More the Mehrier; Lustreglass in Beam There Done That; Powder Kiss Eyeshadow in Ripened; Dazzleshadow Liquid in Diamond Crumbles; Glow Play Blush in Totally Synched; Extra Dimension in Soft Frost


Our world has definitely changed, but a lot stays the same—like our love for makeup. We may not have had many chances to experiment over the past two years, but this new era offers a fresh perspective, despite changing times. Regan Rabanal also shared that "makeup trends have evolved due to the pandemic with the impact of mask wearing and virtual meetings. People would like to look good with mask on and while working from home. People also want makeup products that have skincare ingredients, and there is new attention focused on eyes and eyebrows, including brow technology like powder brows with microblading.” 


Surely there is no pressure to get in on all the new beauty trends at once, but this new season invites us to get playful, inject fresh energy, and simply try these fun, monochromatic looks with your MAC favorites. They're easier than you think! 


Swipe through the gallery below to see more monochromatic makeup inspiration:



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