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 makeup 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 March, we were treated to full-octane make-up looks as such as with densely packed glitter eyeshadow in bold hues of red and silver, as well as angular wing flicks that appeared seconds away from taking flight as seen on the likes of Charli XCX and Gigi Hadid. Feast your eyes on the assortment, below.
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The prolific singer-songwriter knows that the key to an entrancing make-up look lies in an unique amalgamation of hues and textures. Her audacious eyeshadow from the Sweetest Pie MV is a prime example, where the bold carmine shade she sports is given extra dimension thanks to a generous dusting of glitter paired with heavily smoked-out eyeliner.
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Bridgerton’s newest leading lady channels her character’s fiery and passionate temperament with this warm-toned make-up look featuring rose and bronze hues.
Simone Ashley used the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Palette in Bronze Seduction, the Permagel Ultra Glide Pencil in Xtreme Black, and Dark Star Mascara for this look.
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Who says eyeliner only comes in bold, graphic iterations? Charli XCX utilises eyeshadow to craft her wing so as to ensure the shimmer on her lids serve as the standout feature.
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There’s no better way to dip your toes into a new eyeshadow trend than by applying it in selective swathes over your lids. Gigi Hadid gets it.
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Old-school Hollywood glam never goes out of style. Euphoria actress Maude Apatow takes it a step further by opting for dramatically-arched brows that pay homage to fifties icon, Marilyn Monroe.
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You don’t have to put on a full-face of make-up to turn heads. HoYeon Jung is living proof that refined, understated make-up makes as much of a visual impact.
HoYeon Jung used the Chanel Beauty Sublimage Le Soin Perfecteur for this look.
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Yeri from Red Velvet
Avoid dreaded pink eye comparisons by keeping scarlet-tinged eyeshadow light and thoroughly-diffused around your peepers. Red Velvet’s Yeri pulls off the tricky trend with aplomb.
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Bad gal RiRi dials up the intensity of her make-up by extending her eyeshadow all the way up to her brow bone. This strategic placement grants a lifted effect to the entire face, creating the impression of chiselled facial contours.
Rihanna used the Fenty Beauty Icon Refillable Semi-Matte Lipstick in 06 Scholar Sista for this look.
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Precision is hardly required for this party-ready look. If anything, just embrace the sentiment that more is more, especially with regard to glitter. Sunmi makes sure to pack it on atop a statement smoky eye.
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Swap out blindingly bright glitters and highlighters for a goods that grant a subtle sheen, à la Lizzo. The singer extends the treatment to her mane, too, with gelled-down baby hairs that shine enticingly from every angle.
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We’ll consider this FKA Twigs’s official application for Euphoria high. Face jewels? Check. ‘90s-inspired gloss? Check. The girl is a definite shoo-in.
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Regency-core make-up, but with a modern twist. No surprise that beauty aficionado Halsey is on top of the trend.
Halsey used the About Face Matte Fluid Eye Paints in Scream of Consciousness, La Zona Rosa and On Pointe for the look.
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Best album aside, Olivia Rodrigo also wins at the eyeliner game.