We’ve seen the beauty realm evolve in a multitude of ways over the past decade. Long gone are the days when celebrity make-up ops would be dedicated solely to the red carpet with techniques used often obscured from the public eye. We’ve fast moved on to an aspirational age of social media: how-to tutorials by the professional artists themselves, established content creators sharing their own cosmetic hacks and even full-face routines by some of the biggest A-listers. And we’ve all emerged the better for it.
It’s undeniable—the likes of Instagram and TikTok have given us all a space for unabashed self-expression. And for some, an artfully made-up mien or a customised change of talons are the perfect canvases to do so. Pop culture has had significant influence in the sphere; with entire visuals modelled after those seen in HBO’s hit drama Euphoria, creatively materialised by make-up artist, Donni Davy. Experimentation is abound, with novice creators and popular personalities alike attempting to ace a make-up look that is all the rage or share a thematic one-off look for others to recreate.
Then begs the question: how do we sieve out the best of all? Make-up trends surely begin somewhere, and learning from our seasoned celebrities is never a bad place to start if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Vogue Singapore might be of help to you on that front—with our monthly curation of captivating beauty moments, courtesy of our favourite faces from Hollywood, the K-pop scene and more, just for that fresh jazz of inspiration.
As for the month of February, the awards high had been serendipitously coupled with the onset of fashion’s fall/winter 2023 season, giving way to a throng of mesmerising beauty looks from both the red carpet and the FROW of various designers’s shows. One only needs to recall the spellbinding make-up pulls from the BAFTAs—most notably Jodie Turner-Smith’s crystal-showered mien—or Dakota Johnson’s sweet-sultry delivery for her attendance at Gucci in Milan. Elsewhere, a range of experimental manes also stole the show, from Florence Pugh’s intricately fanned-out crown to Barbara Palvin and Rina Sawayama’s ’70s-inspired ponytails. Feast your eyes on the best celeb beauty moments, below.
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Rihanna proved she is the moment with her Super Bowl halftime performance—accompanied by some massive Fenty Beauty moments—but little did we know, she had already teased the same magnetic red lip and ’90s face-framing wisps when she was at the Apple Music halftime conference just days before.
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If we could crown a winner for most elegant attendee at the awards shows this year, it would be awarded to none other than Hoyeon Jung. From that pop of red to her sleek, snatched updo, she nailed the classic red carpet beauty pull to a tee.
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At the most recent SAG Awards 2023, Jenna Ortega wore a reverse smoke—inspired by the classic ’70s pastel eyes—and contrasted it with a coral flush and beige lip.
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Haerin of NewJeans
If we’re talking pink and pretty, the girls of NewJeans are probably doing it best. Haerin wears a matching pair of statement hearts on her cheeks for an adorable selfie moment.
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Celebrity hairstylist @peterluxhair did a smart match for Florence Pugh’s beauty look at the BAFTAs, creating an intricate fan out of the actor’s crown—as if to mimic the textural tulle of her orange Nina Ricci gown.
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Gyuri of KARA
For South Korean group KARA’s fanmeeting in Japan, Gyuri opted for a Y2K pigtail moment and embellished her beach waves with colourful butterfly clips.
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Jodie Turner-Smith turned heads on the red carpet at BAFTAs for both her Gucci gown and captivating make-up look—courtesy of celebrity MUA Joey Choy and Charlotte Tilbury. The details? Think crystals dotting her entire undereye area and the crush of lilac and deep purple encasing her eyes.
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Our Nov/Dec 2022 cover star can always be counted on to deliver alternative looks and this pairing of marine-esque lids with the high ponytail reminiscent of the ’70s is one to file in our beauty books for sure.
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K-pop legend BoA goes with a trusty half-up half-down hair pull and jazzes it up with braided locks and metallic ribbons.
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Megan Fox returned to her luscious head of natural black locks for her appearance at the Grammy Awards earlier in the month and paired her smokey lids with a menacing manicure and pale, glossy lip.
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Dakota Johnson was a sultry vision at the Gucci FROW as her signature face-framing hairstyle was teamed with a rock chic eyeliner and a peachy pout.
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Barbara Palvin makes a case for the ginormous bow once again and pairs it with a geometrical liner look—courtesy of Armani Beauty of course.
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Tessa Mae Thompson
These sinuous finger waves as on Tessa Mae Thompson are ringing in 1920s glamour and we’re all here for it.