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. MUAs 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 January, bold eyeshadow hues ruled the roost, spanning from seventies-inspired pastel hues to statement metallic iterations. Dewy complexions proved to be popular, too, where they were sported by key figures in the vein of Kaia Gerber, HoYeon Jung, Lisa from Blackpink, alongside several others. We’d be remiss not to mention the many lacquered lips spotted as well, most of which boasted a high-shine finish and came in diverse shades ranging from chocolate brown to apricot. Feast your eyes on the assortment, below.
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Lisa from Blackpink
Talk about taking matchy-matchy to the next level. Lisa goes the extra mile by dusting her lids in a delicate rose-gold hue to match her new dye job.
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Shimmery blue lids make for an arresting make-up look, especially when they’re paired with a subtle pop of neon. We can’t say we’re surprised that Dua Lipa is leading the charge on this fun—and party-ready—trend.
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Far be it for Lizzo to show up on RuPaul’s Drag Race with subtle make-up. Her impeccable cut-crease is perfectly complemented with intricately-styled baby hairs.
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Celebrity hairstylist, Orlando Pita, is responsible for Ferreira’s bold mane makeover. The new hue creates a brightening effect that makes intense eyeshadow hues appear more vivid than ever.
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Euphoria co-star, Sydney Sweeney, is resplendent in spider lashes and pastel eyeshadow that calls to mind the biggest beauty trends of the ‘70’s.
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A beautifully feathered haircut helps draw the eye, where it works to showcase HoYeon’s luminous complexion and smudged-out liner.
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Coloured liner feels more wearable when it is paired with a complementary eyeshadow hue. Avani is living proof that pink and purple is a good match.
Avani used the Morphe x Avani Gregg For The Bebs Artistry Palette for this look.
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An understated metallic wing is sure to inspire multiple double-takes from the people around you. Dove gets it.
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Jisoo from Blackpink
Who doesn’t love a glittery eyeshadow moment? Jisoo opts for a copper shade with a high-shine finish that is complemented by a nourishing lip oil that comes with an equally blinding sheen.
Jisoo used the Dior Lip Glow in 001 Pink, the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl 090 Black and the Diorshow 5 Couleurs Couture 859 Pink Corolle for this look.
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Kaia is well-aware that full brows and cascading waves convey old-school Hollywood glamour that feels timeless, not trite.
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This tricky eyeshadow trend is easy to ace once you’ve figured out which type of red suits your skin tone. The general consensus—and as demonstrated by Moonbyul—those with fairer complexions should opt for light, pink-based shades; olive skin types will suit reds with orange tones; while darker complexions will benefit from burgundy colours and deep-red hues.
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For those looking to dip their toes in with regard to the neon make-up trend, take a leaf from Pony’s book and attempt it in small quantities first.
Pony used the Huda Beauty FauxFilter Foundation, Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette and Maybelline New York Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter #050 Molten Rose Gold for this look.