The end of August is always bittersweet. It’s hard to say goodbye to the carefree days of summer (especially summer Fridays), but at the same time, there’s so much to look forward to in the fall — and this sentiment applies to beauty, too. Summer makeup is all about dewy skin, bright eyeshadow colors, and the oh-so-popular sunburned blush trend (which is still going strong and will probably continue for months to come). The best new makeup products of August 2022, however, reflect everything that’s exciting about fall beauty, from bold lipstick to warm, smokey eye looks.
If you’re looking to amp up the coverage in your beauty routine for the upcoming season, check out the new skin care-infused foundation from Lancôme and Dior’s unique powder formula. Merit’s first-ever cream bronzer will help you extend your summer glow well into winter, plus it features a balm-like consistency for fool-proof application. On the color front, YSL’s richly pigmented lipsticks can take you from day to night with a range of soft neutrals and bold reds. Of course, you can’t forget about the skin prep; Caliray’s blurring primer and Youthforia’s radiance-boosting setting spray will ensure your makeup looks its very best.
Ahead, discover the best of this month’s new makeup launches and get stocked up for the season.
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August 2022’s Best Primer
This versatile primer can be worn alone, underneath foundation, or mixed with glow drops for a smooth, filtered effect. The glowy-but-matte finish is also great for all skin types.
| Pros: Lightweight, blurring | Cons: Only 1 fl oz of product | Notable ingredients: Collagen peptides, oleic acid, vitamin E, niacinamide |
August 2022’s Best Setting Spray
This isn’t your average setting spray. In addition to extending makeup wear, Youthforia’s Pregame Setting Spray contains a moisturizing serum as well as a pink tint to add radiance to the skin.
| Pros: Hydrating, extends makeup wear | Notable ingredients: Glycerin, centella, panthenol, allentoin, hyaluronic acid |
August 2022’s Best Concealers
The perfect mate to Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Foundation, this medium-coverage concealer conceals, brightens, and smooths the under-eye area. It also features skin care ingredients to improve skin’s appearance over time.
| Pros: Hydrating, contains 10% active skin care ingredients | Notable ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C, vegan collagen |
The serum-like consistency of this concealer helps it to glide on seamlessly while adding a natural-looking radiance. It also features nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which plumps and hydrates.
| Pros: Lightweight, waterproof | Cons: Limited shade selection | Notable ingredients: Coconut water, Alpine rose, hyaluronic acid |
August 2022’s Best Foundations
This skin care-infused foundation features hydrating hyaluronic acid and smoothing mandelic acid. The lightweight, medium coverage is easily buildable for all-day, radiant wear that won’t transfer.
| Pros: Hydrating, non-comedogenic, contains SPF 27 | Notable ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, mandelic acid |
This lightweight powder foundation offers a natural-looking matte finish while its nourishing ingredients benefit the skin. The formula contains iris extract known for its protective properties, rose extract to refine the pores, and wild pansy extract to hydrate.
| Pros: Creamy texture, transfer-proof, travel-friendly | Cons: Limited shade range | Notable ingredients: Iris extract, rose extract, wild pansy extract |
August 2022’s Best Bronzer
Cream bronzer application is made easy with Merit’s latest launch, a sheer, balm-like bronzer stick that’s basically mistake-proof. Also, the four shade options all have neutral undertones, so there’s no chance of unwanted orangeness.
| Pros: Lightweight, blendable, balm-like consistency | Notable ingredients: Fatty acids |
August 2022’s Best Lip Balm
Byredo’s classic lip balm got an upgrade with three new, scented options: chamomille, bergamot, and mint. The same nourishing formula comes packaged in Byredo’s signature curvilinear metal casing and a magnetic closure.
| Pros: Nourishes lips, has magnetic packaging | Notable ingredients: Jojoba, shea butter |
August 2022’s Best Lipstick
YSL’s new lipstick formula offers high pigment while nourishing lips for up to 10 hours. Choose from bold pops of color or neutral shades to suit any mood, day or night.
| Pros: Moisturizing, strong color payoff | Notable ingredients: Grape oil |
August 2022’s Best Eyeshadow Palettes
Available in four shades to suit every skin tone, these eyeshadow palettes are designed for adding dimension to the eyes through highlighting and contouring. Each palette contains three matte shadows, one flesh-toned shimmer shadow, and two playful shades with either a satin or shimmer finish.
| Pros: Talc-free, fragrance-free |
Get party-ready with this boldly colorful palette from Huda Beauty. The warm tones suit a variety of skin tones and are easy to take from day to night.
| Pros: Pigmented, blendable, compact |