As the year’s end draws closer, we look back at the most memorable moments of 2023. And in the world of beauty, there’s been plenty to fawn over. Food served as unlikely makeup inspiration. Emma Corrin proved the buzzcut’s modern marketability, and honey blonde hair overthrew the years-long reign of ginger hues.
Despite strikes delaying much of the usual red-carpet fanfare, a great deal of creativity and bold trends still landed on our radars. Just think of Hailey Bieber’s instantly viral lips, Margot Robbie’s Barbiecore throwback looks and just about every time Jodie Turner-Smith stepped out.
But as Chanel Beauty’s makeup artist Victoria Baron declares, beauty in 2023 was less about the hyper-specific aesthetics that dominated 2022 and embraced a more collective vibe shift.
“I think a mood and attitude defined 2023 rather than a specific makeup look,” she tells GRAZIA. “The makeup looks from the runways and red carpet were all about expression and creativity and celebrating individual beauty. We eschewed convention more than ever but did so in the name of expression over clout.”
“There were bold, bright lashes, metallic gold eyes, bold, unexpected lip colours and a return to grunge holding hands with glamour,” Baron notes. “Whatever the look, it was all designed to create a mood of freedom and boldness. With makeup, it was more of a feeling and air of confidence.”
To reminisce about the year that was, Baron shared her favourite beauty looks of the year and her tips and tricks for recreating the looks ourselves with Chanel Beauty’s new Holiday 2023 collection.
Where everyone else was clamouring for our attention with colour and accessories, Kristen Stewart blew so many out of the water with her simple but punchy ’20s look—of which Baron says the secret is all in the skin and brows.
“Create a look of flawless skin and the hard-to-nail ‘no makeup’ makeup look,” she tells us. “It’s all about utilising effective skin preparation and light-handed application using my cheat product for effortless natural skin, Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint ($107).
“For a more wearable brow, brush upwards and outwards and fill in the spaces where needed to create a natural and full shape before using a brow gel to set them into place.”
And for a natural sheen, she recommends highlighting the cheekbones with Chanel Duo Lumière Exclusive Creation ($104), a luminescent powder highlighter duo rendered in festive champagne hues.
Margot Robbie‘s bright and lively appearance at the Golden Globes was a masterclass in summer holiday makeup that is light but still feels dressed up. To achieve the look, Baron recommends washing a brightening iridescent eyeshadow over the eyes before applying a generous layer of Chanel Noire Allure Mascara ($68) to the top lashes—post a good curling—from roots to the tip.
“Use the tip of the mascara wand to redirect and separate any unruly lashes,” she advised before moving on to lips.
“Dab Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait Exclusive Creation in 867 Roaring Purple ($80), a highly pigmented and hydrating lip colour, to your lips straight from the bullet and blot and blend with your fingertip.
“Use the excess from your fingers and add to your cheek for a subtle and natural flush.”
Whitney Peak’s Met Gala look solidified the actress as a bonified beauty muse. According to Baron, channelling this ethereal Old Hollywood glam look is all about reflection.
“To replicate this highly pigmented effect, try using a slightly dampened eyeshadow brush and press the shadow on the eyelid rather than brushing it,” suggests Baron. “That way, the product stays contained and equally vibrant.”
Follow it up with a highlighter under the brow bones and the tops of the cheeks with Chanel Duo Lumière Exclusive Creation ($104) for an impactful glow.
If one look defined 2023, it was Lily-Rose Depp’s seductive smokey eye game throughout the press tour for The Idol. Modernising retro graphic liner with an effortless blurred effect, it’s a look set to stick around for the new year.
“After creating a flawless base, use a small eyeshadow brush like the Chanel Pinceau Ombreur Contour No. 203 ($51) to line the eyes with a shimmering black shadow from Lumière Graphique Exclusive Creation ($128),” says Baron on replicating the bold eye.
“Line the upper and lower waterline with Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 10 Ebéné ($40), and add mascara on top and bottom lashes.”
Baron recommends opting for a nude shimmering lip colour like Rouge Allure Laque in 90 Golden Beige ($62) to balance the eye.