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.
July was led by a clear, cultural moment: Barbie. Be it the multitude of looks from the press tour or simply nods to the candy-coloured universe, stars from all over had their go in decadent doses of pink—see Florence Pugh’s pink buzz cut, Haerin’s tone-on-tone make-up look and Somi’s transformation into the very doll herself. Elsewhere, Han So-hee makes a case for temporary, quirky tattoos, Issa Rae and Latto give in to the subversive lip trend and India Amarteifio takes a glorious Wimbledon bow in an eye-catching mane sculpture.
Feast your eyes on the full assortment of this month’s best celebrity beauty moments, below.
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In Paris, FKA Twigs was on the receiving end of an ethereal transformation. See copper-glazed lids, a natural shade of blush a luscious pout of gloss which made for a soft, earthy-tone combination—set against her sharply structured braid formations and metallic earrings.
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For her appearance at Valentino’s haute couture show earlier in the month, the Oppenheimer actress debuted a fresh pink buzz cut that went in harmony with her sheer lilac gown. The new hairstyle just happened to be a prelude to what we could expect from her press tour for the Nolan film later in July, where she notably paired her hair to her terracotta ensemble too.
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Haerin of NewJeans
Talk about a stellar comeback. Amidst the aesthetic rampage of NewJeans’s music videos released for their sophomore album release, this particular capture on Haerin was a fairy dream. With lilting tone-on-tone brush strokes on her lids and cheekbones, the K-pop starlet finished off her look with fuschia-toned ribbons in her mane.
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At Wimbledon, India Amarteifio brought out all the stops for her crowning glory. Experimenting with Afrocentric styles, Dionne Smith, her hairstylist, had her locks transformed into an asymmetric sculpture reminiscent of hats—perhaps even one that might have been seen at the garden parties in Queen Charlotte.
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This Barbie is a gladiator. Transforming on the red carpet at the Barbie London premiere was none other than Hari Nef—who finished her Dilara Fındıkoğlu gown with an equally powerful make-up moment that shone through strobes of silver on her inner corners and under eye lids.
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Han So-hee was a picture-perfect capture of dishevelled grunge during her time in Paris—definitely reinforced via her starring moment in Jungkook’s MV for ‘Seven’ which dropped earlier this month. The South Korean actress knew exactly what she was doing when she shared these selfies of her colourful, temporary body tattoos, a grand match with her long, deep red locks.
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America Ferrera was a vision of old Hollywood glamour at the Barbie premiere in London—sporting softly tousled tresses and a deep scarlet pout.
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Lisa of Blackpink
At Blackpink’s debut on the BST Hyde Park festival stage, Lisa was a fiery goddess—with her glittering lids vivified by red sequins and her sharp talons sporting a crimson manicure.
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At the Iris Van Harpen haute couture show, Latto embodied the high-octane shine of the house—contrasting the spot of highlight on her cheeks with a black-lined, glossy lip.
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Momo of Twice
Trust main dancer Momo to debut a new wolf cut on her Instagram—in a hot and bothered sort of way.
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For the announcement of her ambassadorship with Armani Beauty, Sadie Sink saw her beach waves softly caress her made-up mien: of flawless skin, a coral-tone blush and nude pink lips.
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Jeon Somi is South Korea’s Barbie, there’s no doubt about it. For her Vogue Korea interview with stars Margot Robbie and America Ferrera, the starlet’s signature blonde hair was a perfect match with the brief, and she dialled it up with some doll-like lashes and a berry-tinted pout.
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In Seoul for the premiere of Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, Hayley Atwell almost seemed transformed into her iconic role as Peggy Carter, with her retro curls and striking red lip.
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Hinata of XG
XG’s soon-to-be album is already looking to be a masterful concept waiting to happen but for the ‘GRL GVNG’ music video, Hinata’s glow-in-the-dark facial embellishments were definitely a clear standout.
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More on the Barbie train, ‘President Barbie’ Issa Rae drenched her lids in a peachy hue whilst her lips were a glistening, subversive contrast to the Barbiecore movement.