When we think of Scarlett Johansson, the first word that springs to mind certainly isn't 'edgy'. 'Sexy', yes. 'Voluptuous', sure. Maybe even 'cool' (we can NOT stop listening to her version of the Steel Train track Bullet), but edgy, as in experimental? Non.
Her image in the Dolce & Gabbana beauty ads, (which Scar is now in her third season of fronting), has always reflected this too - she's usually portrayed, sans vêtements, as a kind of modern-day Marilyn Monroe - cue blonde bubble curls, 50's eyeliner and scarlet(t) or nude lipstick. So it was something of a shocker to see the actress in Dolce's latest cosmetics campaign modelling BLACK lipstick. That's right, black glossy lips - as in weird, catwalky-cool make up.
We have to say, she kind of makes it work, in a gothy-meets-burlesque kinda way (there seems to be a bit of that vibe around at the mo - like Evan Rachel Wood's Gucci Guilty commercial), although the matching smudgy black eyeshadow may be a step too far for those of us who don't favour corsets as outerwear. Of course, it helps if you have the make-up artist of make-up artists (that's Dolce cosmetics guru and Grazia BFF Pat McGrath) painting your face. And it makes kind of a nice change to see Scarlett looking more her age (which, fyi, is only 25) rather than a beyond-her-years sophisticate.
Backstage at Peter Som and Missoni A/W '10
As our Grazia's resident Beauty blogger Annabel Jones pointed out in her Glossip post just last week, black lips have been threatening to become a hit since Chanel launched a black lipstick range last year, and now make-up artists' brands like Bobbi Brown are following on from the catwalk beauty collections with more wearable glosses. Clearly if Scarlett is to continue as the face of Dolce's Beauty range, she can't be pushing nude or scarlet lipsticks indefinitely. After this look, we're looking forward to her ongoing reinventions...[racked]