Not every celebrity is great at makeup, but these ones are.
Iknow that half of any celebrity’s job is to be relatable and that these days they’re all PR-handled and mediatrained to within an inch of their lives, but there are still a few of them who I feel a genuine fondness for.
Hey, maybe it’s a diet version of Stockholm syndrome after looking at so many red carpet pictures in the course of my work. Maybe I’ve just been successfully marketed to. Either way, there are a few big names that routinely bring me joy.
One quick way to this select list is to make consistently excellent aesthetic choices. It’s an inexact art, as I feel like people look best when they look like themselves, whoever that may be, but there are a few common threads.
I like well-executed, sometimes unexpected choices that highlight a person’s best features and have an element of ease about them. I don’t like things to look overcooked, and I don’t like base products that overwhelm good skin.
You know who’s the best at all that? Lupita Nyong’o. The Black Panther star is extremely genetically blessed, sure, but so are many who don’t look anywhere near as good as she does. A Lancome ambassador and red carpet highlight, Nyong’o knows her way around a makeup chair.
Of late, she’s been pairing a soft navy blue eye with a stained red lip. My plan is to play around with Lancome Ombre Hypnose Stylo Eyeshadow in Bleu Nuit ($50) until I have that blended-out wing just right. Those wishing to emulate the lip could do a lot worse than Revlon Kiss Balm in Crisp Apple. Sheer, moisturising, and $11.
Perhaps less of a boundary-pusher but no less lovely is Alexa Chung. Her laidback charm and ever-present winged liner have put her up there with Natascha McElhone in Californication and 80s Bruce Springsteen in terms of my aesthetic influences.
If you feel similarly, try Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen ($40). Just make sure to shake it or you’ll think it’s run out after three weeks. I know I’m always recommending different liner pens, but new and better ones just keep coming out. I’m simply doing my duty.