Dua Lipa (opens in new tab)'s Grammys (opens in new tab) look was nothing short of epic, despite this year's red carpet being a more dialled down affair. And she was in good company: Phoebe Bridgers channeled a gothic near-black lip while Lizzo posed with pearlescent pink nails and waist-length extensions adored with giant pink clips.
But for us, it was Dua who stole the show. First there's the see-through, crystal-embellished Versace gown. Featuring a sparkling butterfly motif on the bodice, its antennae joining the dress's spaghetti straps, it immediately called to mind Mariah Carey, who once famously wore a butterfly top with jeans, and Christina Aguilera who donned a silver sequinned butterfly dress to the 2000 Grammys.
Naturally Dua's beauty squad then got to work and also helped to tell the story. Dua's manicurist Michelle Humphrey matched butterfly embellished nail art to the 'Levitating' singer's beaded gown.
Next up was the perfectly co-ordinated shimmery pastel eyeshadow that picks out the pinks and lilacs in the dress. No news yet as to who the make-up artist was, but the look brought '70s beauty bang up to date for 2021.
Complete with lashings of mascara for definition and a lesson in the best eyeliner for beginners (opens in new tab), plus soft rosy cheeks and lips, Dua epitomised pretty, feminine glamour with a just the right dose of sex kitten.
And once when you've got past that makeup marvel, there's no overlooking the hair. Dua is a self-confessed hair chameleon - last year alone the singer went from honey blonde to pink and then red to brown; from sporting a textured lob to baby bangs and then eye-skimming bangs.
But for Sunday night, the look was pure class. Poker straight, shiny, waist length and perfectly parted, we can't help but think Dua is referencing another music icon.
And something tells us, Cher would approve of the whole sparkling get up.
Fiona Embleton is a multi-award-winning beauty editor who has tested over 10,000 products in her 10 years + of writing and shooting beauty stories. For the past four years, she was the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, having previously worked in the role of Beauty Editor at both Stylist and Cosmopolitan. She has recently gone freelance and alongside My Imperfect Life, she has written for titles including ELLE UK, ELLE Canada, Buro 247, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Vogue Scandinavia, and ES Magazine. Beauty journalism allowed her to marry up her first-class degree in English Literature and Language (she’s a stickler for grammar and a self-confessed ingredients geek) with a passion for make-up and skincare, photography, and catwalk trends. She loves jumping on the latest internet-breaking beauty news, dissecting the best red carpet looks, and having the crème de la crème of dermatologists, make-up artists, and hairstylists on speed dial so she can tap them for the best advice. She’s a discerning beauty shopper and knows it can be confusing trying to navigate what’s hype and what really works. So if she really likes something, you can trust that she has reached that opinion by vetting it against everything else she’s ever tried. Her career highs? Interviewing Cate Blanchett and winning a Jasmine Award for the deeply personal feature Cancer Stole My Mother’s Scent.
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