The beauty icon: Anne Hathaway

Her signature look: Fearless elegance. Hathaway is a distinct beauty, with her gamine neck, ivory complexion, auburn locks, gorgeous lips and expressive brown eyes. She sticks to classic hair and makeup looks, but constantly changes it up, opting for a pretty petal lip, expressive false lashes and choppy pixie locks for one occasion and striking lacquered red lips, arched brows and slick strands for another.

Her style legacy: Know when it’s showtime. Hathaway’s off-camera look may be unassuming and low-key, but her on-camera look is total movie star. On the red carpet, for press appearances and in editorial, she pulls out all the stops and has confidence in spades. The more daring the gown, the more self-assuredly Hathaway wears it.

Her “it” moment: Her leading role in The Devil Wears Prada. Some may argue Hathaway’s “it” moment was her breakout role as the star of The Princess Diaries in 2001. While it put her in the big leagues, especially among a younger demographic, The Devil Wears Prada (released in 2006) cemented her there. It showed Hathaway could both carry a film, even acting beside Meryl Streep, and emerge as an unexpected style icon. In 2011 she cohosted the 83rd Annual Academy Awards with eight wardrobe changes from top fashion designers, including Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford and Versace.

Her now moment: The press tour for Les Misérables, which opens Christmas day in the United States. Showing off a short pixie cut and a lithe figure, Hathaway is currently somewhere between looking like her character Fantine, which required a dramatic physical transformation, and looking like herself as we’ve become accustomed to seeing her. For recent TV appearances, Hathaway has worn simple sheath dresses paired with timeless beauty looks, channeling Audrey Hepburn. But for the New York premiere of Les Mis, Hathaway rocked an avant-garde high-fashion Tom Ford gown with the designer’s knee-high, cutout, gladiator-style booties. While the ensemble evoked mixed reactions, it served as further proof that Hathaway takes bold risks in film, fashion and life.

Her beauty booty:

Straight from her lips: “I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven’t looked in a mirror for days, and I’m doing things that make me happy.”

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