Celebrating diverse beauties at the amfAR Gala 2016

Celebrating diverse beauties at the amfAR Gala 2016

Beyond Barbie

Text: Renée Batchelor

The fashion world has embraced many different kinds of beauty beyond the traditional cookie cutter look, and it showed at the amfAR Gala

Hands up if you wouldn't quite cut it as one of Leonardo Di Caprio's paramours. Nothing against Di Caprio's.... ahem... predilection for leggy, blonde women, but beauty has gotten a lot more diverse in the past few years, and both the fashion and beauty worlds have sat up and taken notice. Now's the time to embrace what makes you different from the so-called 'gold standard', whether you have tawny or brown skin, ringlets or single eyelids.

Models are actually breaking barriers simply by making their diverse selves seen in campaigns and on runways, red carpets and all over social media. Examples include Soo Joo Park challenging the notion that Asian women can't sport blonde hair and Anais Mali, rocking her natural ringlets. Here are some of the drop-dead gorgeous models who attended the recent amfAR Gala in New York and the key product you need for each of their beauty looks.

Jasmine Tookes

Skin-tastic strobing
As seen on Jasmine Tookes, strobing really enhances the beauty of your skin. Start from the base up with an illuminating primer and build for a similar, lit-from-within effect. Finish off with a product like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed that comes in a wide variety of shades, including Topaz, which works on darker complexions.

Sara Sampaio

Full-on brows
Cara Delevingne-esque brows are not going away anytime soon, and if you're blessed with thick, bountiful brows play them up by enhancing them and not over-plucking. The trend is for brows that are not overly-groomed — just add a bit of tint or brow pencil to darken them in barer spots and brush them upwards. Try the Laura Mercier Brow Definer, as it both coats the brow hairs with colour and holds them in place.

Anais Mali

Bountiful ringlets
Our curly-haired Culture Editor saw this 'do and proclaimed it her dream hair, from the voluminous, sexy and sideswept curls to the subtle ombré. If you have natural curls, enhance them by not over-washing them, finger styling (never brush!) and using a great product like Redken Curvaceous Ringlet, an anti-frizz lotion that defines curls.

Soo Joo Park

The perfect blonde
Once you've invested in a pure, platinum blonde like Soo Joo Park's you have to make it last with the right shampoo, conditioners and treatments to maintain the colour and prevent that dreaded brassiness. Try a treatment like Kevin Murphy Blonde.Angel, which revives and repairs, brassy and yellowed blonde tones and takes just a minute in the shower. It also works to enhance grey, bleached and highlighted hair.

Jourdan Dunn

Luminous foundation
If you have a more unusual skin tone and have always found it hard to find the right match for foundation, try brands that specialise in a variety of hues like Nars, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, Bobbi Brown and even Becca (that will be returning to Sephora Singapore later in the year). The key is matching both the undertone and intensity of your natural skin colour. Here Jourdan Dunn's foundation has a velvety-matte finish, but has been blended with a lighter illuminator — note the highlights on her forehead, nose, cheeks and chin — to give it a more 3D look.

Liu Wen

Subtle liner
Liu Wen shows off her naturally glowing complexion with a super light makeup look. And contrary to the usual thick and dark liner that ladies with single eyelids sometimes sport, here she uses black liquid liner to play up her eye shape with the subtlest of cat eye flicks. Create your own thin and ultra-precise line with Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Effect Faux Cils Shocking.