I've got a couple new faces—plus some fresh hair and makeup ideas!—in this week's edition of celeb inspiration. Leading the pack is Holliday Grainger, my latest brown-bobbed Brit beauty crush...
Here are the latest looks you need to see:
What I love: Doesn't Holliday's beauty aesthetic remind you of Emilia Clarke's SO much? Both are natural brunettes, with long bobs (often worn straight) and English rose complexions—a breath of fresh air compared to the overdone hair and makeup coming out of Hollywood and Instagram these days. I love the simple glamour of her straight, side-parted hair with darkened lashes and the most perfect cherry-red lips. What I'd change: Although they're not offensive, you well know how I feel about false lashes...
What I love: Again, it's simple glamour. Kudos to Diane for rocking the heck out of a red lipstick on her normal-sized lips (is anyone else highly disturbed at how many twentysomething celebs have lip injections right now?!?). Defined lashes and bolder brows frame her face, and then the waves and ruffled neckline add softness. I am constantly amazed at the quality of her skin, even more so considering she used to be a smoker! What I'd change: Nada. Diane looks flawless, as always.
What I love: Halle's hair! I am so glad she has stuck with the bob for so long now—I hope it becomes her new Life Cut instead of the short hair. With the tousled texture and clever caramel highlighting, it makes her look so much younger/softer. The tone-on-tone makeup palette is very model-esque; I'm also thrilled to see minimal foundation and normal eyelashes. I swear she cannot be 49 years old... right? What I'd change: They are by no means JLo-level bad, but I think the overdrawn lips are a tad obvious. It looks more natural when you just overdraw the corners.
What I love: My goodness, Teresa's hair is glorious! Thick, lustrous, smooth, shiny—it's an accessory in and of itself. But I also really like her full but natural brows, glossy hot pink lipstick, and how the blush is warmer and toned-down. What I'd change: Even stars go around with lipstick on their teeth, which is endearing. I want to get rid of the false lashes, and perhaps add a little more coverage on her dark circles. (But she's a sleep-deprived mom, so I get it.)
What I love: The skin realness. It doesn't even look like she is wearing foundation or concealer—Alicia is #goals, basically. She kept the bareness happening on her lips, and her eyebrows look equally untouched. I always love the juxtaposition of a casual face with dressy elements such as the earrings and the spaghetti straps. What I'd change: Still wish she'd find false lashes that aren't so heavy (or none at all, duh). Also unclear on why we've seen this plum eyeshadow so very often... I don't hate it, but brown or taupe would give a more naturally contoured effect.
What I love: It's Alexandra's eyes, as usual, that stand out (how are they so BIG?!). But I'm actually drawn most to her lip colour, a punchy coral-pink that was a great choice with her dress. It's less predictable than a red, and also not as harsh on her ultra-pale skin tone. The matching seamless blush is also spectacular. What I'd change: I'm feeling "meh" on her hairstyle with the flippy ends. Also think she could have done a cool Twiggy lash look instead of the lazy false lash option.
What I love: It's true what they say about bangs—they're as good as Botox. (Well, probably Monica has done that, too, along with filler.) But there is no denying how flattering and stylish this hairstyle is on her. Monica is 51 now, and I love that she has kept her hair long and healthy-looking instead of chopping it off. What I'd change: She went too far on her lips. Not only do they seem injected, but the overlining is too exaggerated.
What I love: Suki took a runway trend and made it wearable for real life. I'm talking about the glitter under her eyes, of course. So fun! This would be a playful look to copy for a big night out, against a neutral eye, natural lashes and nude lips. What I'd change: I don't like when lips look covered in concealer, which is happening here. A little more life to them would be great. I also want to tame the flyaways in her hair.
What I love: Adèle's cat eyes and baby pink lips. Every time I think I'm over the '60s as a beauty reference, I see a look like this and fall in love all over again. With precision flicks, delicate lashes and soft brows, this is so darn pretty. Also, the whites of her eyes are SO white. What I'd change: Nothing!
What I love: Abigail's dreamy skin, always—plus her ability to handle so much eye makeup without looking overdone. This is actually a subtler look than usual, featuring smudgy grey around the lash lines and soft peachy tones on lips and cheeks. Also glad to see she chopped her hair and upgraded her blonde! What I'd change: Speaking of hair, I think it would look more modern if the waves were brushed out... a bit more imperfect.
Bryce Dallas Howard
What I love: Bryce has my dream hair. Obviously, the strawberry colour and mega-shine are highly aspirational. Her simple straight style with long side-swept bangs is also classic and universally flattering. The pop of purple on her lids is a nice touch to bring out her green eyes. What I'd change: It's a real testament to her hair that she still looks good, despite the really bad false lashes! I would ditch those and tone down the blush and the lipstick, which are both too heavy.
What I love: Remember when Beyoncé had hair like this? I was so sad that it only lasted a hot minute, but fortunately Jourdan has picked up the torch. The curly, centre-parted short bob is one of my favourite hairstyles of the moment, especially the way she wears it here, with bare lips and sculpted eyes. What I'd change: I would go even curlier, actually. I feel like that trend of leaving the ends straight is on its last legs, to be honest...
What I love: Never underestimate the power of a glossy red mouth. I love the contrast here against Alison's bare skin, natural lashes and fluffy tousled hair. Notice how she darkened her upper waterlines with liner, to give the illusion of thicker lashes. I wish more celebs would do these understated looks! What I'd change: Even ladies need to trim their nose hairs...
What I love: So many things... Roxane's baby pink lips, for one. Her full and un-groomed brows. The way she parted her hair straight down her widow's peak for a heart-shaped effect. Also the sooty, smudgy, "French girl" look of her eyeliner. She even has a way of gazing at the camera that is similar to our other favourite Frenchie, Léa Seydoux. What I'd change: She added a little pencil to the outer tails of her eyebrows, but unfortunately, it's too warm, a common problem.
What I love: Dakota went all romantic on us! I think it's fun to see her in a different light—with longer hair (from extensions), a half-up style and tawny rose-brown makeup. I'm also digging the little bit of silver glitter, which adds life to the brown palette. What I'd change: Her lips are bothering me, and I think it's a combo of injections (why, Dakota?!), a too-heavy lipstick application and unblended bottom lip liner. With the chunky lashes, it's too much. I also feel like the blush/contour is doing her no favours.
Who had your favourite beauty look lately?