Beauty Moments We Obsessed Over In 2023

2023 has been a year of beauty experiments for many and pared-down routines for some. Here are the top beauty moments that we discussed this year.

Published On Dec 29, 2023 | Updated On Mar 07, 2024


The beauty industry has seen a meteoric rise in fan fare in the last decade. Skincare routines and new ingredients aren't uncommon topics during coffee breaks and pop culture beauty moments have claimed viral status, almost as popular as cat memes and baby videos. Fueled  by the growing trend of having self care high on priority lists, beauty is no longer reserved for just the ones unfairly labelled “high maintenance”. It's been an exciting couple of years for brands and consumers alike and 2023 has been no different—serving up buzzworthy moments we're still not done talking about. 

Front row has not been the same since Doja Cat turned up drenched in thirty thousand Swarovski crystals applied by hand by iconic makeup artist Pat McGrath at the Schiaparelli Haute Couture SS23 show held at Petit Palais in Paris. Known for always pushing the boundaries of art, Doja cemented herself as fashion's most daring child in 2023.

How do you do your hair and makeup when you're presenting at the Oscars for the first time? Deepika chose a soft, blurred skin look with demure winged liner to match the feminine silhouette of her ensemble. One phrase from netizens explained her look at the Oscars perfectly, “That's beautiful”!

Anne has had an interesting year of fashion and beauty. Bringing her character Andy Sachs from The Devil Wears Prada to life at the Michael Kors Spring Summer 2023 show, she gave everyone a taste of nostalgia. And for the Met Gala, she turned in a contemporary, beehive-inspired 'do that kickstarted the ‘big hair’ trend for the rest of the year.

Alia Bhatt may be the one who's had a more eventful 2023 than both Anne and Deepika combined! From her Met Gala appearance to making the rounds of international fashion shows as Gucci's first Indian global ambassador, our girl has been busy. And with Rani, she also managed to give audiences a movie beauty look that is instantly recognisable and will remain with us for while.

Characterised by a straight, usually cheek-length sidelocks and frontal fringe, the Hime cut is popular Japanese hairstyle that has taken over the Asian entertainment industry. From K-pop idols to Taiwan's high school romances featuring the cut, this hair is cool everywhere. 

Minimalism has been the leading bridal beauty brief for the past couple of years and Kiara Advani chose to stick with it. Healthy skin paired with flush cheeks, peachy lips and voluminous hair completed her bridal look and we loved all of it!

2023 saw many celebrities open up about their real skin journeys, From Lili Reinhart speaking about adult acne to revered dermatologists sharing their own struggles, social media offered more than just unsolicited beauty advice this year. 

Makeup-free selfies and appearances have become the norm in 2023. Selena Gomez, Millie Bobby Brown, Lady Gaga, Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon or even Pamela Anderson, going makeup-free for a quick sun kissed were a sight for sore eyes. 

Last but not the least, we're ending this exhaustive list with some industry news. K-beauty took over Indian skincare vanities this year and we can understand why. Backed by result-oriented formulations, innovative ingredients an affordable costing, K-beauty is here to st(l)ay!

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