How to nail the face gem trend for the rest of 2022

It’s all about the glitz and glitter this year.
15 August 2022

If you’ve seen a rise in eye-catching, sometimes OTT makeup, you’re not alone, but before you dismiss the trend, here us out.

The emergence of the face gem trend in 2022 – or should I say, the re-emergence of face gems – comes after a 20-year hiatus. Taking cues from the late 90s and early 2000s, bejewelled rhinestone accents have been spotted everywhere around the world, from the catwalk at Fall/Winter 2022 Fashion Week to of course, the streets of Singapore, too (but maybe to a lesser extent).

Either way, what used to be worn exclusively at red carpet events or during Halloween is now making an appearance in our daily lives, and I’m not complaining. Stopping by the mall or going to the movies? Make it a commotion by donning the hottest makeup trend of the season: face gems.

From glue-on adornments to gemstone stickers, there are an infinite number of ways you can rock the face jewellery trend. Pick your favourite rhinestones, pearls and sequins and apply them along your eyelids, as freckles, on your nails and yes, even on your teeth. Here are our picks.

(Hero and featured image credit: Cholas x Chulas)

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e.l.f. Cosmetics' Face and Body Gems

At S$5, e.l.f. Cosmetics’ face, body and nail pearls are an affordable way to elevate your everyday look. Three sizes make it easy to mix and match and create the right vibe — the tiniest of pearls add a subtle touch of glam, while the largest pearls help complete a bold, daring look. To use them, simply peel off the face gems from the packaging and apply onto dry skin.

Price S$5

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Colorpop's Mixed Crystal Face Jewels

I’m getting major sweetheart vibes with Colorpop’s Mixed Crystal Face Jewels. This sheet of iridescent pastel stars, hearts and gems catches the light in all the right ways, enough to make anyone starry-eyed. Bonus: each jewel is not only self-adhesive for easy application, but also reusable so you can experiment with different looks throughout the summer.

Price US$8 (Approx. S$11)

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Lime Crime's Holographic Face & Eye Stickers

Get lit with the Holographic Face & Eye Stickers from beloved beauty brand Lime Crime. Drenched in euphoric colours, these self-adhesive embellishments come in 44 shapes — we’re talking electric bolts, diamonds, stars and more — and three liner sets. Stick them below your lash line, above your crease, under your brow and everywhere else to add a little excitement to your nighttime look.

Price S$20

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Cholas x Chulas' CryBaby Teardrops

Who else loves Melanie Martinez? Bring her hit album to life with the CryBaby Teardrops from Cholas x Chulas, a small Latinx-owned beauty brand that specialises in all things sparkly. 70 droplet-shaped jewels with a fierce holographic glow come in three colours and two sizes for you to DIY to your heart’s content.

Price US$10.50 (Approx. S$14.30)

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Squish's Flower Power Acne Patches

Instead of crying over your acne, make your breakouts a little more fun — okay, maybe a little more bearable — with Squish’s Flower Power Acne Patches. Healing, protecting and cute AF, these non-drying acne stickers are made from hydrocolloid, which helps draw the blemish to your skin’s surface. Just pop a patch onto your whiteheads before you go to bed or before you head out and peel it off later to reveal flawless skin.

Price US$14 (Approx. S$19.20)

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MAC Cosmetics' Glitter

Get glowing with MAC Cosmetics’ collection of face glitters. The brand offers glitters in 12 basic shades, three holographic variations, one iridescent pick, one option shaped like hearts and another shaped like stars. What you do with these loose glitters is up to you — mix them in with your makeup to add a radiant effect, or use them alone to make a statement.

Price US$22 (Approx. S$30)

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This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia

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