We’ve seen the beauty realm evolve in a multitude of ways over the past decade. Long gone are the days when celebrity beauty 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.
Throughout the month of August, it was a full-on festival takeover—which only brought on more outstanding beauty moments from our starry performers. Case in point? The throng of looks served up at the Lollapalooza 2023 fest. Amidst glitter galore on the likes of Sabrina Carpenter and the girls of NewJeans, there was also the inimitable Rina Sawayama whose stage appearances have often leaned towards the bold: see her bleached brows elevated with a futuristic twist. Then there was also Billie Eilish’s internet-breaking move: the return of her coloured roots circa the pop singer’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go era.
Feast your eyes on the full assortment of this month’s best celeb beauty moments, below.
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Rina Sawayama adds to her ever-growing list of festival appearances with Lollapalooza in Chicago this year and sweeps up the audience instantly with her badass energy and her fierce, piercing eyes—emboldened by her lightly bleached brows, coal-rimmed peepers and a final swig of metallic underliner.
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For her star-studded ‘Snooze’ music video, celebrity make-up artist Deanna Paley heightens the shine on her mien—by bringing a vertical strobe of highlight down her nose bridge and enlivening her pout with a luscious swipe of gloss.
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Haerin of NewJeans
Since their debut, NewJeans has been dealing out new inspiration for the beauty set—and their Lollapalooza 2023 stage was no different. See Haerin’s magnetic presence: commanded through holographic strips of metal on her lids and a visible ring of sequins around her arm.
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Niki is entering her cool girl years and shows off a rocker chic vibe with her recent appearance at Lollapalooza 2023. Owning the stage with her R&B tunes, the Indonesian singer-songwriter gave her peepers the alternative treatment with an abstract liner outline and a pop of sunshine all around her lids.
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Thai K-pop singer Sorn has returned with her fellow ex-CLC member Han Seung-yeon in ‘Rowdy’ and has pulled out all the stops for her music video look. Sequins were strewn across her entire upper lid and a mash of violet and greys was delivered in her shadows—altogether making for the distressed package elucidated in the MV.
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Trust Kylie Jenner to always serve for a night out. Catching the Internet waves for this particular Dilara Findikoglu ensemble, the Jenner sister made sure her make-up was equally snatched to match: radiant blush, a deliciously plumped pout and well-moisturised tresses for that balmy summer vibe.
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With an Internet-breaking post captioned ‘Remember me?’, Billie Eilish has returned to her bleached roots era. Rather than the spunky green we saw all through 2019 and 2020, she debuted a fiery pit of red atop her crown for her Lollapalooza headlining stage.
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Chisa of XG
XG has never failed us on the beauty front, and they’re definite inspo for those looking to tap into their alter-ego. See Chisa’s eclectic pull of heavily-crimped ponytails, sunburnt blush and a two-tone splash on her lids.
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More from the Lolla stage: Sabrina Carpenter reminding us all how she’s a real-life Barbie doll. Dialling up on that sun-kissed glaze for the look, the pop singer sports a gleaming countenance rosy-red blush teamed with graduated lilac shimmers on her peepers.
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The Blackpink Born Pink tour might be nearing its end, but the girls have yet to stop serving new beauty and fashion moments every now and then. For the vocalist who often emanates the indie-louche aesthetic both on and off-stage, her recent swivel to pigtail braids paired with dainty ribbons has been a welcome surprise.
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Ariana Grande’s been making headlines for more reasons than one as of late but there’s no question that R.E.M Beauty’s newest sweetener foundation release is one that we’re plenty excited for. In a campaign for the release, the pop star-cum-business owner wears a larger-than-life sculptural crown and glossy pout.
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Karina of Aespa
Three-dimensional flowers? Check. Eyebrow embellishments? Check. Botanical manicure? Check. Let’s just say that Karina’s entire aesthetic from the ‘Better Things’ MV was absolute eye-candy.
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Umi’s Asia tour has been an absolute blast to keep a finger on—what with her exquisite choice of face sequins for each one. For her recent appearance in Singapore, she chose to go with a less is more route: applying a minimal number to her nose bridge and edges of her eye.
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Joy of Red Velvet
Joy has always aced a soft goth pull and for her R to V concert promotional video, she came through once again. Her dark academia ensemble was paired perfectly to her jet black mane, proving a stark contrast against her brightened mien. Of course, a bitten pinked lip and softly-smudged shadow was only the cherry on top.