Celebrity beauty looks have always been a big part of Beauty Editor. But lately, I've been thinking about the common denominator that always draws me in. Skin!
Not the kind of skin you might see on Instagram and YouTube, which Nick Barose recently critiqued so well. As you know, we're in a brave new world where heavy base, extreme contouring and strobing, and even baking/clowning (gasp!) have not only moved into the mainstream but actually become aspirational for some folks (not me).
I believe in a much fresher aesthetic, and feel it's becoming increasingly important to showcase and promote that on this website—as a counterpoint, if you will, to all the artifice out there.
Hence, a different spin this week on our regular red carpet beauty round-up. I'm calling it "skinspiration," and have specifically chosen celebs who are playing up beautiful, glowing skin. Let me know what you think?
What I love: How apropos that I'm kicking off a "skinspiration" series with the queen of flawless skin, Cate Blanchett. At age 47, she's proof that a great complexion is by no means exclusive to teens and twentysomething models. I love that she didn't over-powder her face, retaining a natural sheen. With her ultra-fair colouring, the barely-there lip stain and seamless blush are just perfect. A dark fringe of lashes and chic straight bob complete the look. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Kerry's another one with a complexion I've always admired. She's pregnant again, so I'm sure that's contributing to this glow! It really doesn't look like she's wearing foundation, which is the goal—just some contour and highlighter to make that cheek pop. The updo and glossy hot pink lips are so fun. What I'd change: Her usual falsies aren't too bad here, but I still prefer the look of normal lashes.
What I love: If I haven't said this before, Bella is officially my new beauty crush. This look is all kinds of amazing, especially what's happening on the cheek: super-subtle blush that almost could be coming from within, plus a touch of luminizer. I also love her red lipstick, chunky black lashes and lack of eyeshadow (except for a sprinkling of gold glitter). Her hair colour, length, texture and style are 100 percent aspirational to me. Bella is definitely one to watch! What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Elle always does playful makeup in a fresh way, and this look is no exception. The theme was "peach": lips got coated in an unusual shimmery metallic, and cheeks got a matching bold (but matte) shade. It's more blush than I'd normally be comfortable with, but she pulls it off because of her flawless skin, minimal eye makeup and simple blowout. The matchiness feels like a deliberate style choice, not overdone. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Imogen is a breath of fresh air on the red carpet, what with her semi-dewy glow and loose, fluffy hair. She went for a stained look on her lips, cheeks and even lids—and nothing looks heavy or powdery, including her skin. I love that this is a little bit imperfect and not hyper-groomed. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Here's yet another example of skin looking the way skin naturally looks—with a bit of shine. Maybe more than some people would be comfortable with, but I think America looks radiant, not "oily." The well-blended shadow and liner really enhance her brown eyes, and are balanced by nude blush and lip gloss. Her top knot is perfection. What I'd change: I'm not sure if anything could be done about the angular brow tails, so... nothing. (The false lashes aren't too bad.)
What I love: Last time we saw Alycia, she was working a red lipstick; here, it's all about the gold and purple tones on her eyes. Now there's a colour combo you don't see every day—and it's not screaming for our attention, either. I find this makeup extremely flattering and I'd copy it in a heartbeat. Her skin is also gorgeous (although possibly got a bit too much sun on her forehead?). What I'd change: Sunscreen! And lip balm.
What I love: This is more foundation than I think Gigi needs, but is still a pretty interpretation of what I'll call the "Millennial" nude makeup look. So yes, she is strobed and she is contoured, but it's with a lighter touch—and without false lashes, dark eyeshadow or harsh brows, it comes across more natural. I love how this colour palette flatters her ashy hair and grey-blue eyes. What I'd change: A lighter-coverage base, and less goopy lip gloss. The nose contouring isn't bad from afar, but I notice it up-close.
Who is giving you the most "skinspiration" this week?