Olive skin? These are the 2022 make-up trends you need on your radar

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There is nothing more exciting than the start of a new year and all the fresh trends it brings with it. And, for 2022 the beauty world is really upping its game with some serious switch up trends to give your look a new year makeover. From the introduction of some statement colour, the rise of green and the welcoming nod to peachy hues – for those with olive skin you are in for treat.

Maximum colour. Minimal skin

Yep, this is the year that pops of colour will be making a comeback. From neon eyeliner to block colour washes, statement blush to colour pop pouts anything goes – just as long as you keep the skin minimal and flawless.

Heavy contouring, excess powder and baking all need to take a backseat and instead skin mimicking foundations and light concealing is key to give this trend a 2022 update. And we are here for it. If you’re lucky enough to have olive skin then we say let it glow baby and show it off!

Now, the only question is, do you go for a neon eyeliner flick? Or a bright eyeshadow? Decisions, decisions.

We heart the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in Brights, £16, for when you fancy trying out a range of colours. Use dry for a wash of colour or dampen an angled precision brush to use as a liner.

It’s time to go green

For those with olive skin, green has always been one of those tricky colours that most shy away from wearing, but we are here to tell you not anymore! This hue can work well teamed you’re your own green undertones just as long as you get the colour correct. The key to remember is the brighter the better – and always avoid khaki and mint.

So, when you’re shopping look for emerald jewel tones, neon or deep green and you will be on the right track.

Our favourite green make-up products for olive skin are –

Clarins Ombre Satin Eyeshadow in Green, £20

Dolce & Gabbana Intenseyes Creamy Eyeshadow Stick in Green, £29

Diorshow on Stage Liner in matte pop green, £28

Peach, please…

Let us introduce you to your new glow-getting skin saviour. Enter, peach. This coral shade works for all skin tones to give a natural, healthy, sun-kissed finish – but it really comes into its own on olive skin. The warm orange undertones work well with the green and yellow undertones of olive skin to add a subtle, sun-kissed warmth that complements your skin and mimics the sun on your skin. And, let’s face it with most of us unable to travel abroad for the last 22 months – we could all do with a bit of faux-warmth.

For 2022, the focus on blush is here to stay, but this hue isn’t just reserved for the cheeks. It can be worn on the eyes and lips too meaning your products can become multi-purpose. This trend, otherwise known as monochromatic, it another winner for those with olive skin. Just ask Jennifer Lopez. Yep, J Lo is a big fan of this look for her make-up as its youthful and fresh without every looking overdone.

Our favourite blushes that can double down and be worn as eyeshadow are –

Best for… Deep olive skin tones

Delilah Colour Blush in Clementine, £26

Best for… Medium olive skin tones

EX1 Cosmetics Blush in Pretty in Peach, £9.50

Best for… Pale olive skin tones

Benefit Georgian Peach Blush, £27.50

Shiny, glassy lips

Ok, so it looks like we might be spending a few more months with our mouths firmly behind masks, but that doesn’t stop us longing to wear the classic ‘90’s glass lips. Yep, this is gloss but amped up to give your pout the full-on shiny finish.

Although it looks incredible in a bright colour, it becomes incredibly high maintenance so it’s best to stick to neutral or clear products to really pull this off with ease.

These are our olive skin go-to glass lip products -

Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Gloss, £26

Mac Cosmetics Lip Glass in Love Nectar, £16.50

Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, £17


“If you want a flawless finish then you need to try EX1 Cosmetics. I use it on all my clients and always have a bottle in my personal make-up too. It looks so good on camera, doesn’t give any flashback, and gives skin a golden glow.”


“I have olive skin so I really wanted to try EX1 Cosmetics, as I had no idea what shade I would be. I tried the match me tool, thinking it was a bit of a gimmick, but it got my shade spot on. For someone will yellow or green undertones these products are amazing!”


“Before I used EX1 Cosmetics I tried EVERY premium foundation on the market. Some were ok, but most left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed. I didn’t have much hope for a foundation costing £12.50, but I was SO wrong. The medium coverage looks like your skin but better and it doesn’t oxidise.”


“I’ve always been told I have warm or medium skin tone, but every foundation I ever tried was either too pink or too orange. After trying the skin classification tool and realising I have warm skin with green undertones – everything makes sense! Now, I look for make-up aimed at olive skin – like EX1 Cosmetics – and I have never looked back!”


“I used to mix at least two different foundations to create the right shade for my skin – until I found EX1 Cosmetics. The shade match is spot on and the formula blends perfectly into my skin. I love it.”


“I had seen that loads of celebrities using EX1 Cosmetics Foundation and I was intrigued to see if it lived up to the hyp e. It blew me away. The formula feels so premium for £12.50. I recommend it to everyone.