Saturday, 16 October 2010

The natural look vs night time glamour - Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton at the film premiere of Tamara Drewe
I have been meaning to write this post for a while but somehow never got around to it. What got me thinking about the natural look vs the more obviously made up look was the recent (well they were recent when I first decided to post about this!) pictures of the beautiful British actress Gemma Arterton at the premiere of her latest film.

A male friend, who knows nothing about beauty I might add, told me that she was being slated in the papers for not having made much of an effort with her appearance. He thought she was wearing no makeup at all. What this really translates to is that she chose a more natural look, something in stark contrast to most celebrities who adorn the red carpet.

I was intrigued to see whether she was, as my friend implied, wearing no makeup at all so I had a look at the pictures. When I found them I couldn't understand what the fuss is about. She looks stunning! To me, it looks clear that is she is wearing some makeup, but in an understated way, to enhance her already perfect features rather than alter them completely.  If I had skin and features that were as good as hers, I would definitely go out like this, regardless of the occasion.

Gemma Arterton - a more made up look
I think the reason this outing by Gemma has caused some controversy is because the media and the public are so used to seeing incredibly glamorous looks on A-listers, looks that are a long way from what any of us would appear like in real life. They represent a beauty that almost seems unattainable for most normal people (who don't have makeup artists, facialists, stylists, hairdressers and airbrushing at our disposal).

I love looking at the different makeup of celebrities, in particular Kiera Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Eva Green, Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart, to name but a few. Cate Blanchett aside, most of these women are usually sporting immaculate skin and at the very least a smokey or a statement lip at premieres, more makeup than you would ever normally wear. Among these stars and at a premiere, Gemma's look does stand out.

Scarlett Johansson

Kristen Stewart

However, I think it stands out for all the good reasons. She is clearly confident enough in herself to choose how she wants to look for a big occasion and the natural look is what she feels comfortable with. Good on her. It is such a shame that she has to put up with criticism for appearing more like a human being than a goddess, with most of that criticism coming from men.
What do you think of Gemma's look? Do you prefer it to her more obviously made up photos? Would you like to see famous faces go more au naturel for big events or is a glamorous appearance what you expect?

My favourite picture of Gemma Arterton, great shot and fabulous makeup!


  1. I think she looks lovely, look at her skin - it's glorious! I think it's a nice juxtaposition between evening wear and a more undone face. She's definitely wearing make up - concealer, blush, lipstick and mascara at least, she just hasn't covered herself in it.

  2. I think her skin is amazing and that is what I see (and a defined upper lash line). I *wish* I could get away with that!

  3. Hi Grace & Jeanie,
    I would be so happy if I had skin that looked that glowing. Whatever she's using, I want it! (could maybe be down to the fact she's just got married, wedded bliss etc?)
    Jennifer X