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As we get ready to bid farewell to 2019, we can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. It is the year that Savoir Flair turned 10, after all! And what better way to celebrate the past 12 months than with a look back at some of the celebrities who influenced our beauty looks? But no, we’re not talking about your usual suspects (read: anyone from the Hadid or Kardashian-Jenner family).

Instead, we’re paying homage to the year’s more unlikely beauty icons. These leading ladies are paving the way for increased inclusivity and creativity with their bold, brave, and sometimes bonkers beauty looks – and we couldn’t be more excited. This is our kind of #girlpower.


Not only did Lizzo explode onto our playlists this year with her seriously catchy tunes, but she also firmly secured her place on our best beauty looks list. Whether she’s rocking a bright red wig, crystal-covered eyes, or every color of the rainbow, she does it with unapologetic confidence and diva-like swag.

A true beauty chameleon, she has tried it all (remember those fuchsia finger waves and matching pink peepers at the MET Gala?), so it came as no surprise that she was revealed as the face of Urban Decay earlier this year. So toss your hair, check your nails, and make like Lizzo with a bold beauty look. Because haters gonna hate.

Lucy Boynton

When it comes to the ultimate statement stare, you can always trust British beauty Lucy Boynton to deliver. Ever since her breakout role in Bohemian Rhapsody, the actress has taken fierce lashes and statement lids to the next level on virtually every red carpet, making her a true beauty queen in our books.

With the help of her makeup artist Jo Baker, the actress has yet to meet an architectural cat-eye or unconventional shadow that she won’t experiment with – glitter tears, graphic flicks, and embellishments included.

Isabela Moner

Dora the Explorer, oh how we adore her – especially when it comes to her amazing makeup looks and on-point hairstyles. There’s no denying that American actress Isabela Moner killed it with her beauty looks this year, stealing the spotlight from red carpet veterans.

A fan of a shimmery metallic eye and statement lip, she has also taken beauty risks with her graphic cat-eye flicks, cool ‘dos, and flashes of color – all of which definitely paid off. So, if you’re in need of some #beautyinspo, have a quick scroll and you’re sorted.

Sophie Turner

Game of Thrones might be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less obsessed with the show’s “It” girl Sophie Turner. Over the past year, she has become one of the most exciting celebrities to follow, from her seamlessly cool style and chameleon-like beauty transformations to that surprise wedding in Las Vegas. And let’s not forget her major hairstyles.

And the man behind her mighty mane? Turner’s go-to hair guru Christian Wood, who took her tresses from short to long, wavy to straight, topknotted to fishtailed, and everything in between. If there ever was anyone who could convince us to slick silver sparkles into our locks, it’s this dream duo.

Katherine Langford

If we could pick just one beauty look from the 2019 American Music Awards, it has to be Katherine Langford’s red velvet eyes and glossy skin get-up. And her hairline embellished with gold beads? Swoon.

But whether she’s braving rouge eye makeup, faux bangs, or 60s-inspired doll eyes, the Aussie actress always exudes effortless elegance and cool-girl edge, ensuring that she pulls off every beauty look imaginable with confidence. Needless to say, we’re now on the hunt for red eyeshadow palettes…

Zazie Beetz

She may have starred in this year’s most talked-about movie, Joker, but Zazie Beetz also made headlines for her bold makeup looks and penchant for DIY beauty products. When the actress isn’t taking to Instagram to reveal the ingredients of her homemade, all-natural body butter and love of a clean skincare regime, she’s hitting the red carpet with pearl-adorned eyes, full-on ‘fros, and lots of color and sparkle. What cool combination will she go for next? We can’t wait to find out.

Julia Garner

Julia Garner may have been on the big screen for a few years now, but this year, she won an Emmy for her role as Ruth Langmore in Ozark and seriously stepped up her beauty game with the helping hands of makeup artist Hung Vanngo and hairstylist Bobby Eliot.

The actress matched her gold statue to her makeup look at the 2019 Emmy Awards, where she teamed a metallic eye and lip for the ultimate golden goddess look. Earlier in the year, she made blue her hue with soft pastel peepers, and has even gone for a coral lips and bold blush combination – all while embracing her naturally curly locks. Love.

Zoey Deutch

When it comes to downright sophisticated beauty, no one does it better than Zoey Deutch. She may be just 25 years old, but the American actress has become known for her cool, modern take on classic beauty looks and retro-inspired style. We particularly love her perfectly coiffed bob – whether worn with soft, bouncy waves or sleek and straight – and statement red smile. Because you can’t go wrong with a rouge power pout, right? Exactly.

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