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.
In the first month of 2023, the beauty captures were truly not to be missed with some of the largest award shows in tow, followed by the much-discussed front row at Paris Fashion Week. Take Rihanna’s surprise appearance at the Golden Globe Awards for example, where her flooring Schiaparelli gown was royally elevated by means of an architectural up-do. What came next was Doja Cat’s appearance at the maison’s haute couture show—where she shone from head-to-toe in Swarovski crystals. Moments in-between include fresh hair makeovers; see Hailey Bieber’s fresh cut and IVE’s Wonyoung’s frizzy perm. Feast your eyes on the full assortment, below.
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At the Critics’ Choice Awards, Anya Taylor-Joy proved she was the ultimate Dior muse—looking like she just stepped out of a ’20s Hollywood flick. Where soft contours and golden-bronzed eyes make for the perfect contrast against her golden blonde tresses and pale skin.
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Wonyoung of IVE
The IVE member just turned up the edge on her usually neat and prim look—with a head of frizzy curls and a subtle smoke around her eyes.
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Hailey Bieber has us feeling inspired to chop it all off, after debuting a fresh blunt bob on Instagram towards the end of the month.
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At the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Stephanie Hsu was a sweet vision with her braided bun and double liner look.
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She’s fun, she’s fresh and she’s flirty. Ahead of the month of love, Somi’s acing the assignment with a graduated pink mane and kiss marks all over her cheeks.
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For her own appearance at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Julia Garner proves her might in a bold, cherry-red lip—paired off with a slick and sophisticated up-do.
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Lisa of Blackpink
As far as mirror selfies go, we’ll say this month’s win goes straight to Lisa. The Blackpink member shared a GRWM snap from backstage of the group’s Riyadh stop during their world tour and caught all the right details: metallic sequins and all.
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Serpent shimmers could never go wrong—and more so than ever when they’re on Dua Lipa’s lids.
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You know a hairdo’s been done to perfection when you simply can’t take your eyes off it. Sadie Sink’s decadent waves for her look on the Critics’ Choice red carpet is one of them.
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The true winner from the Golden Globes? Rihanna. Apart from walking in fashionably late for the evening, the pop star boasted a grand combination of a precisely sculptured crown and a full rose-gold face of Fenty Beauty, of course.
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Taeyeon of Girls' Generation
Taeyeon dials up on the grunge with her gothic graphic liner and fresh wolf shag.
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A moment not to be missed from the first month of 2023? Doja Cat’s glinting Swarovski look of 30,000 crystals—all painstakingly adorned in just under five hours.
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Chaeryeong of ITZY
The ITZY member who was just here in Singapore took to the group’s Instagram account to show off her graduated talons, paired aptly with her siren eye moment.