Beauty Icon: Kate Moss
The beauty icon: Kate Moss
Her signature look: British rocker glam. Moss’s look is not about precise lines or steady-handed techniques, but rather makeup and hair that seems lived in. She emphasizes her eyes, which she often plays up with a monochromatic palette and loads of liner that is smudged and then winged and smoked out at the corners. Her hair is known for its piece-y texture and soft wavy layers in shades of dirty blonde that have always perfectly complemented her untraditional gamine beauty.
Her style legacy: The waif. She got her start at the age of 15, appearing in all her freckled quirkiness in The Face and modeling for John Galliano. The fashion industry quickly embraced her for her petite and more androgynous shape after a decade of favoring much taller, curvier ’80s supermodels. She became a controversial figure following her comment that she lives by the motto, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
Off-catwalk and off-camera, Moss maintains her “It” girl vibe with a trendsetting wardrobe. During the day, she pulls off her own brand of cool in sharp blazers, t-shirts, skinny jeans, fedoras and knee-high boots or Wellies. For the red carpet, she pulls out all the stops with either daringly short cocktail dresses or floor-length gowns with thigh-high slits in metallics, like gold, champagne and pewter. She also doesn’t shy away from lavish embellishment. Sequins, fringe or fur often accent her wardrobe.
Her “it” moment: The 1993 Calvin Klein ad campaign. The campaign featuring a scantily clad Moss alongside an ultra-buff Mark Wahlberg catapulted her career and made her a household name. It also put her lithe figure under the magnifying glass. She became the poster girl for what detractors said was an unhealthy “heroin chic” image. Moss’s beauty prevailed, however, and her head-to-toe style became widely emulated and celebrated.
Her now moment: Fashion royalty. She turns 39 next week. Even with a younger crop of models and starlets, she is still front and center where it counts—most recently on the cover of her own book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book.
Her beauty booty:
- To create Moss’s lived-in makeup look, start with a long-wearing foundation in a semi-matte finish, like Chanel Perfection Lumière Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Sunscreen Makeup.
- To emulate her enviably high cheekbones, apply a dark contour shade directly under yours at a high angle— starting near the top of the ear. Try: MAC Sculpting Powder Pro Palette in Shadester.
- Add a touch of golden glow to your face with a light dusting of bronzer, like Dolce & Gabbana Glow Bronzing Powder in Sunshine.
- Rim your eyes with an inky pencil, like L’Oréal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Black. Smudge the outer corners of your eyes.
- Layer on black and gray eye shadow around your eyes. Try: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad in Maestro.
- Apply several coats of volumizing black mascara, like YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking, on your top and bottom lashes.
- Pat on a creamy beige lipstick. Try: Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in Shade 3.
- Finish by adding texture to your mane. Use a body-boosting hair spray that adds definition to layers. Try: Redken Quick Tease 15.
Straight from her lips: “It sounds really corny but I think that if you’re beautiful inside it shows on the outside, for sure.”