Best of Beauty 2012: The Five New Beauty Faces of the Year

Wed, 5 December 2012 1:39PM

I don’t know about you, but I love the beauty old guard. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz … For me, they’re great role models for ageing with style. But – with all due respect – they’re not always the most exciting women, at least when it comes to hair and makeup. And I don’t blame them. Comes an age when you do start to settle into a look you know suits you. Especially, I imagine, if you know you’re going to be battling paparazzi, and their expose-every-pore lenses, all day every day. They don’t call it warpaint for nothing.

That’s why I also love to look for new beauty faces on the red carpet. Generally, the younger celebs are still finding their best looks, and so are more open to experimenting with beauty buys and trends. Which makes for much more inspiring viewing back here in the peanut gallery, don’t you think?

With that in mind, I thought I’d recap some of our year’s newest, most favourite beauty faces. They might well be the old guard one day – but for now, before they start looking a little seen-it-done-it-bought-the-t-shirt, we’re taking as much makeup and hair inspiration from them as we can.

1. Julianne Hough

Okay, the 24 year old is not so ‘new’.  As a ballroom dancer she won America’s Dancing with the Stars twice, and as country singer, she has made number one on the Billboard Country Album charts. But she has only recently broken through into Hollywood and the mainstream. After starring in the Footloose remake a few years back, she partnered Tom Cruise in this year’s Rock of Ages. She was our One-to-Watch back in May. However, she didn’t really rock our beauty world until she cut her hair and shook her look up. Just some of the trends she’s successfully tried these past few months are the bob, the pompadour, oxblood lips and the top knot. Personally, my favourite look is the mermaid-esque water waves ‘do, from the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

2. Bella Heathcote

Amanda Fowler has come a long way from Ramsay Street. These days, ex-Neighbours star Bella seems to be on red carpets the world over. Her breakthrough came early in the year, appearing in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Since then her biggest role, at least in my mind, has been ‘Owner of the World’s Most Fabulous Fringe’. Her usual look: she sets off her signature blunt, heavy bangs with large doe eyes, fluttery lashes and a stained lip. Although she is just as talented at wearing lavish lipstick and slicked-back hair, so she’s a definite keep-an-eye-on for all beauty lovers.


3. Cara Delevingne

Voted the model of the year, she certainly was our face of the spring/summer 2013 collections, where she seemed to pop up on every single runway. But we have most loved Cara’s off-catwalk style. Her signature look: strong, statement brows, smoky eyes and a long mussed-up mane. Although she can do polished-chic perfectly, with the occasional red lip or super-chic chignon, like this stunner of a style:


4. Amber Heard

True, The Rum Diary actress has become best known for her bisexuality and alleged affair with Johnny Depp, but we’ve been fascinated to see her morph from a Marilyn Monroe-like red-lipstick-wearing blonde bombshell, to a sleek and chic brunette (albeit one with ombré ends).


5. Elle Fanning

She’s more known for her love of designer fashion, but Dakota’s little sister has been making a beauty statement, too. While the 14 year old tends to go for a tween-friendly fresh-faced look over a made-up one, she has championed this year’s yellow-blonde trend, as well as hair accessories such as sweet bands and flowers.


Tell me, Primpers, who have been your most inspiring beauty faces of 2012?

Kat x

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  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 01:44pm

    How cute is Bella??? I agree with you Katrina, I love the older favs (particularly Gwen), but their look is well refined over many years. Leave it to the “kids” to play with styles 😉

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 01:56pm

    Amber Heard looks stunning! I’m loving her bold look!

  • Posted by: snowwhite Enthusiast // Wed, 5 December 2012 02:27pm

    The fanning’s have a talented and lovely couple of girls. They grow up far too quickly.

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 02:55pm

    Cara Delevingne is a definite stand-out for me! That blonde hair and dark brows combo… All her beauty choices are flawless, and she is stunningly gorgeous!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 03:04pm

    I like the way Cara Delevingne looks, i also like her earings, so interesting

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 03:23pm

    Julieanne Hough and Cara Delevingne are two very hot newcomers to the stage. I will be watching their stars rise over the next year.

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 03:24pm

    i have just fallen in love with Cara Delevingne this year, she always looks so gorgeous, i love her brows! Also Amber Heard is amazing, i jut love her look altogether!

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 03:35pm

    I love julianne hough’s look as its something I could recreate for myself. By I do love how amber went from blonde to brunette so gorgeously.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 04:27pm

    Love Julianne water waves look its so stunning. They all look gorgeous and Elle Fanning is so adorable :)!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 06:27pm

    Cara Delevigne all the way, but Amber is gorgeous too!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 08:05pm

    I quite like Amber Heards look!

  • Posted by: Mampha Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 08:38pm

    For some reason Cara’s look really repels me. No idea why.
    Her eyes look fabulous in that shot, but looking at her brow I imagine she has to do a lot of work there, poor girl. I can sympathise.

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 09:54pm

    Cara’s smoky eye is gorgeous and her skin is so glowy

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 12:38am

    Amber Herad is definitely up there….so hard to pick with so many beautiful celebs!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 08:43am

    Ive fallen in love with Cara Delevingne after seeing her here on primped. She always looks so beautiful.

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 04:44pm

    Elle is so adorable! winner!

  • Posted by: Caitlin // Thu, 6 December 2012 08:26pm

    Cara Delevingne, definitely!

  • Posted by: matty Enthusiast // Thu, 6 December 2012 08:41pm

    I like Amber Heard’s eye and lip combo. It’s given me the inspiration to be brave and try a bold red lip.

  • Posted by: sarbear Enthusiast // Fri, 7 December 2012 09:00am

    I love Cara’s strong look… She always looks so polished

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sat, 8 December 2012 10:44pm

    Cara Delevingne

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Tue, 11 December 2012 10:44pm

    Elle Fanning is such a natural beauty, she will be quite the drop-dead stunner as she gets older.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 04:18pm

    Cara is so striking, love her brows!

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 07:19pm

    i wouldnt have put little miss elle-14-year-old-fanning in this list – Dakota would have been much more appropriate with her sensible and classy makeup and fashion at her many premiers this year – stark contrast from whats seen on most other tacky and trashy 18 year old hollywood stars!

    the rest i totally 110% agree with!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 08:07pm

    Bella is very cute and stunning naturally, therefore she is my fav from this list but the other girls you have listed and very pretty as well.

  • Posted by: Becstar // Sat, 15 December 2012 08:31pm

    God Amber is beautiful. She has almost iconic good looks. No wonder Johnny is smitten.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 01:36pm

    i like cara’s hair do

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 16 July 2013 08:30pm

    They are all inspiring in there own way. All beautiful and deserve their places on the podium.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 5 May 2014 06:07pm

    Amber is gorgeously made up, love those red lips, they are popping with colour.

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