In the days of old, there posed a certain untouchable quality to celebrity make-up. Exquisite beauty looks were reserved for the red carpet, and were pored over by cosmetics connoisseurs through paparazzi photos. Readers remained in the dark with regard to the inspiration or techniques behind each artfully-painted visage, and resorted to emulating them through their own prowess. Then arrived the age of social media. The advent of Instagram has given our favourite personalities the power to control their own narrative, where they’re able to post up close-up photos and instructional-videos of their made-up miens. It is clear to see that once established barriers-to-entry have been cast aside, allowing for even beauty novices to pick up the intricate skills required to craft a celebrity make-up look. Make-up artists of today have gained a respectable amount of clout as well, whereupon several have amassed cult-followings thanks to their detailed tutorials coaching audiences on how to achieve a specific trend or make-up style.
And so, the sole question that remains is this: What are the best celebrity make-up looks you should know? Vogue aims to help you answer that question with a monthly curation of stellar beauty Instagrams; a series of photos hand-picked to help ease you out of a beauty rut as helpfully provided by our favourite faces from Hollywood, the K-Pop sphere, and more.
In the month of April, we were treated to daring make-up ventures. Think vivid colour palettes comprising lavender, electric blue and tangerine red that were liberally applied to the lids and lips—of which were showcased by big names in the vein of Ariana Grande, Yeri from Red Velvet, and more. Feast your eyes on the assortment, below.
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Should colour coordination not be a strong suit, take a leaf from Lizzo’s book and amalgamate shades from within the same colour family when doing up your lids.
Lizzo used the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation and Powder for this look.
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Yeri from Red Velvet
Forego black liner the next time you’re thinking of sporting kohl-rimmed lids. Instead, add a touch of whimsy by opting for a lighter hue that is sure to turn heads. Yeri’s take makes for an eye-catching statement that doesn’t appear OTT.
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No one rocks gelled-down strands, thin arches and a sleek cat eye better than Alexa Demie.
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Frosted eyeshadow is back. FKA Twigs is making a case for it, at any rate.
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There’s no doubt that nineties nostalgia is still at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Korean rapper, Jessi, is no exception—where she drew inspiration from pop icon, Baby Spice, in her latest music video.
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Irene from Red Velvet
Strobe highlighter is back in business. Irene opts for a more subtle take by concentrating her sheen along the brow bone.
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Trust Ariana Grande to pull off this bold seafoam shade hue with aplomb. To avoid looking washed-out, layer on a matte-black wing close to the lash line to keep peepers looking defined.
Ariana Grande used the R.E.M. Beauty Eyeshadow Palette in Gogo Boots for this look.
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For an intriguing take on the classic smokey eye, attempt it with space grey eyeshadow instead—as demonstrated on beauty trailblazer Hyuna.
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Intensify a sultry eye look by adding a hint of copper to the mix. Dove Cameron avoids zombie comparisons by limiting the shade to the tail-end of lids.
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Long live the cut crease. Zendaya’s grey and silver-tinged rendition comes with just the right amount of dramatic flair.
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Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira pays homage to the ‘90s by pairing spidery lashes with brown lipstick.