Kate Middleton, Olivia Palermo, Kate Moss, Katy Perry: Our Beauty Icons of 2011

27 December 2011

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Kate Middleton

A lot happens in a year! Well, it does when you’re Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge.  Who didn’t scream and squeal with excitement as she emerged with her kohl-rimmed eyes and beautiful blusher for the Royal Wedding in April?  Well, everyone in Grazia HQ sure did and from that moment, an icon was made. From the beauty look she created herself on the big day to those gorgeous ‘scouse brows’ she's been sporting recently, K-Middy has been making beauty headlines all year. We’ve seen her Chelsea blowout tumble into luscious curls, her eyeliner become softer and a whole host of copyKates rush to the Bobbi Brown counter to recreate that bridal beauty.  Here’s to 2012 and another year of Catherine Middleton’s developing style.

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Kate Moss

Our other favourite bride of 2011 (and yes, another Kate) is Mossy, who has had more than her fair share of beauty moments this year. When she wasn’t wowing us with her bridal beauty – who wouldn’t glow when they have Charlotte Tilbury on make-up duty? – she’s thrilled us with lashings of hair extensions, a sexy fringe and, of course, that classic combo of scarlet lips + smoky eyes + blonder-than-blonde hair for red carpet outings. Although she's long been a beauty icon, the superduper model's creative credentials were cemented with the launch of her very own range of lipsticks for Rimmel earlier this year, which we LOVED. So what can we expect from La Moss in 2012? We’ve got our fingers crossed for another major hair update…

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Olivia Palermo

Wow, hasn't Olivia Palermo had a good year?  After spending 2010 establishing herself as a seriously stylish fashionista with a wardrobe to die for, the lovely lady has amped up our envy with her ridiculously glossy, delightfully voluminous and utterly versatile hair. In fact, OP might just have the best hair do on the beauty block. Oh yes. Whether the New Yorker whips out a swingy 'lob' (that's long bob), a chic ballet bun for the FROW, a flawless blow-dry on the red carpet or a sleek ponytail in a photoshoot, we inevitably find ourselves cooing at the results and desperatley wishing we could achieve such perfection. We sigh. Olivia, we’re raising a glass to another beautiful year - don't let us down.

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Katy Perry

It goes without saying that one of the top beauty icons of the year is Katy Perry. We love her brave and bold approach when it comes to beauty (okay, and fashion) and us Graziettes try to be as experimental as she is (we said 'try'). From her ever-changing hair colours (we've seen black, pink, blonde and even a blue streak!) to her wacktacular eye make-up (loving the glitter and lashings of lashes, BTW), Mrs. Brand always surprises us. In recent months, our favourite K-Pez look has to be her blonde-slash-pink hair. We see it as the next wave of the dip-dye trend, a more subtle and sophisticated take on going colour crazy, don't you agree? And when she's teaming her look with a funky manicure, Katy's guaranteed to get a big thumbs up from Grazia Team Beauty.


by Liz Hambleton, Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Rose Beer, Angelica Hermon


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