It’s official: Evening glam is now about low-key makeup and undone hair… but Kim Kardashian did not get the memo

Kim Kardashian makeup

The purpose of this post is not to knock Kim Kardashian—not really. Because I think she’s an incredibly beautiful woman and for those of us with a little extra junk in our trunks, it’s a wonderful thing that she is proudly waving the curvy girl flag, like Jennifer Lopez years before her.

But Kim, honey—seriously. Do you think you could wear any more makeup? Your latest red carpet appearance, complete with a kajillion false lashes, thick, waxy-looking foundation and goopy, glossy lips is dangerously close to entering drag queen territory. We can’t see any of your real, natural prettiness under there. (And I shudder to think what it takes to remove all that goop. Perhaps you should consider the Oil Cleansing Method, Kim.)

Besides, if you look at what practically every other celebrity is doing on the red carpet lately (well, except for ol’ Swifty, but let’s consider the AMAs a good start), the cool thing to do now for evening is to be SUPER LOW-KEY with your hair and makeup.

Let me show you what I mean with this pic of the stupidly, ridiculously hot 48-year old Demi Moore:

Demi Moore Nov 2010 Its official: Evening glam is now about low key makeup and undone hair... but Kim Kardashian did not get the memo

Here, in a nutshell, is what the look is all about: Shiny, healthy, loose, smooth but not “styled”-looking hair. Gorgeous, radiant, slightly dewy skin. And most importantly, subtle, subtle makeup. (Just like Kate Middleton’s engagement look.)

So many of us, when we’re thinking about an evening look, reach for one of two things: the bright lip or the defined (smoky or winged-out) eye.

But it doesn’t have to be that way—at least not all the time. A bare-ish face and undone hair can be a wonderful contrast against a dressy evening look. In fact, the sexier/sparklier your outfit is, I would argue that the more low-key you should go with hair and makeup.

Let’s take a look at a few more examples. Here’s Emmy Rossum, who I always find annoying to look at because she has this cat-who-swallowed-the-canary expression, but who I must admit has nailed this look:

Emmy Rossum Nov 2010 Its official: Evening glam is now about low key makeup and undone hair... but Kim Kardashian did not get the memo

As you may recall, I usually dislike too-tight updos, so this one gets top marks from me.

But really, the look is all about her skin. And beautiful skin it is! No Eagle here—just an ethereal glow with the barest flush of peach that is echoed on the lips.

The thing is, it’s actually quite a bit of work to do “no makeup” makeup, so I will now direct you to this post on how to do minimal makeup without looking like a hot mess. And also check out these tips on getting the best result with your foundation, because that is KEY.

AnnaLynne McCord went for a more matte version of the look. Clearly the girl loves matte because we saw it with her Bardot-esque look at the Power of Women Luncheon. But this time, she went for softer, undone hair:

AnnaLynne McCord Nov 2010 Its official: Evening glam is now about low key makeup and undone hair... but Kim Kardashian did not get the memo

I actually love this one the most, and the brown eyeshadow is the perfect way to emphasize her green eyes. (BTW: How nice is AnnaLynne’s skin looking lately? If I recall, she was battling some pretty bad acne before, but happily it looks to be under control now. Cod liver oil perhaps?)

Then we have BeautyEditor.ca fave Jessica Alba, who, like the models at Lanvin, chose to play up only her lashes:

Jessica Alba Nov 2010 Its official: Evening glam is now about low key makeup and undone hair... but Kim Kardashian did not get the memo

My only gripe with this is that her under-eye concealer is not the right shade (probably it looks fine in real life but shows up more white in the photographs—bad makeup artist!). Other than that, typical Alba sun-kissed prettiness.

The next pic is of some actress I’ve actually never heard of—Katie Cassidy—but who has represented this look so well that I had to include:

Katie Cassidy Nov 2010 Its official: Evening glam is now about low key makeup and undone hair... but Kim Kardashian did not get the memo

I die over this hair. Unlike the Miley Cyrus version, it’s a bit messy, lived-in—and a whole lot sexier. And see how, with all the sequins, a lot of makeup would’ve been too much?

So:

Do you agree that Kim Kardashian needs to step away from the pancake makeup… and false eyelashes… and candy-pink lipgloss?
What do you think of this bare-faced evening look?
Do you think you’ll try it—or is playing up your lips/eyes more your thing?

17 Comments

Anya
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 7:22 pm

Someone was asking me about my blog the other day and asked me: “Do you do celebrity style and stuff like that?” I told her that I feature style icons sometimes and she was like: “Oh, like Kim Kardashian! She is really someone to look up to.” I almost burst laughing! It was really hard to keep a straight face. I don’t get why she is famous! Make her go awaaaaaaaaay, pleeeeaaaaseeee!

I love the make-up on Emmy and Jessica — they have such beautiful big brown eyes!

Haha, Katie is David Cassidy’s daughter and she is on Gossip Girl. In my GG recaps I refer to her as “Miss Porny Eyebrows” (because it’s so true!). Nice make-up though.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:35 pm

OMG re: Kim K.! Haha!

Thanks for the tip re: Katie – now I totally know who she is. I rarely watch GG but I saw her in a recent episode… she’s kind of bland, no? And I do think you may be right about those eyebrows—yikes!

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Beauty Reductionista
Wednesday, November 24/2010 at 8:26 pm

I’ve often wondered what KK looks like without makeup. Totally agree with the entire post!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:37 pm
Beauty Reductionista
Tuesday, November 30/2010 at 10:38 pm

Ooooh, she looks much younger without makeup. Hope she learns to tone it down later on!

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Skybluesky
Thursday, November 25/2010 at 12:47 am

Ugh, Kim Kardashian. Just remember her claim to fame, hahaha. It’s sad because she’s very pretty but she obscures it with too much makeup and who knows what else. Love all the other ladies, though!

OMG I’m so glad I’m not the only one that feels that way about Emily Rossum! If you look at the proportions of her face, though, you’ll notice that her nose, while very pretty, is too small for her face. That’s my personal theory on why she has that look.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:40 pm

Ahhh I think you’re on to something with your Rossum theory. I think she’s had a nose job. Compare the 2 links posted here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002536/board/nest/158813529

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Laura Carinci
Thursday, November 25/2010 at 12:57 pm

I LOATHE Kim Kardashian and her media whoring ways. Plus, her caked-on makeup is terrible time and time again.
Great post! Gives me lots of inspiration for a wedding I’m attending this weekend. Thanks :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:41 pm

I am kind of dying to see it in real life actually!
Hope the wedding was fun!

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Farah
Thursday, November 25/2010 at 1:09 pm

Kims lashes are WAY over the top she already has beautiful lashes i dont see why she needs them. I love kim but im with you on this pic!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:42 pm

Glad you agree!

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Gimped
Thursday, November 25/2010 at 2:54 pm

Kim is a gorgeous woman, but she definitely needs to lay off the makeup a bit. Just tone it down a little — a little less lash and foundation and she would look gorge again.

I can’t believe Demi looks that amazing. Does anyone else wanna throw things at her in a jealous rage? I’m still (barely) in my 20′s and I’m jealous of her already. The rest of the ladies look amazing as well. The last pic — OMG so pretty.

I like the no-makeup look for day, but I don’t think I could do it for night. Unless, like mentioned above, the outfit warranted it. I like to play with my makeup, and evening is really the only time I get to do that. Pls don’t take that away from me!! :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:45 pm

Haha okay – not taking anything away from you… I think all of these looks (except Kim’s of course) would look gorgeous with a bright lip or smokier eye! You are right, it’s so much fun to play. But the fresh dewy skin thing IS becoming a big deal just fyi…

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Pr
Friday, November 26/2010 at 5:24 am

while were on the topic of lashes, I have a bit of a dilemma im looking for a mascara thats a. natural or has natural ingredients in it…and b. something that keeps my lashes soft i hate the sticky hard feeling i get with most mascaras. any suggestions?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:48 pm

I can think of a couple – although not too sure how soft they are…

There is this one from Tarte, I think it’s one of the tubular kinds:
http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P216912

And this from Korres:
http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P199105

Oh and you might also try Jane Iredale:
http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=870&category_id=729&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27

Hope that helps!

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Jane
Friday, November 26/2010 at 6:33 pm

I WANT Katie Cassidy’s make up. All of it, on my face. Beautiful!!

And she is David Cassidy’s daughter? Love it almost as much as I loved him in The Partridge Family *sigh*

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 29/2010 at 5:51 pm

Her skin looks so radiant, doesn’t it? The only change I’d make (to Anya’s point above) would be to make the eyebrows a bit fuller/darker. (It’s a good angle here but if you Google you’ll see the problem.)

And yes she is David Cassidy’s daughter!

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