From the unexpected appearance of the fringe to the decade-defining brown lip trend, these beauty details made a memorable mark in the 72nd Miss Universe
The Miss Universe 2023 competition certainly had a memorable run this year. The global event continues to push the boundaries as it welcomes a more diverse and inclusive roster of delegates—an empowering movement that celebrates every kind of beauty and emphasizes authenticity, intelligence, as well as advocacy on the main stage. But that’s not the only thing that is making our hearts beat as the show was also teeming with fashion and beauty moments that were on a pedestal of their own.
The beauty recap begins with none other than Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray who wore a refreshing interpretation of a smoky eye. Meanwhile, Miss Universe 2022 R’Bonney Gabriel provided a new inspiration for the pageant makeup department with her take on a cut crease look. Of course, in addition to memorable takes were several iterations of a classic glam look, as seen on Olivia Culpo, Jeannie Mai Jenkins, and Maria Menounos.
And as another season of the prestigious competition comes to an end, we look back at all the hair and makeup looks that commanded attention. From the renaissance of the high chignon to decade-defining brown lipsticks, every detail perfectly accompanied each delegate’s confidence. Below, we listed the most memorable beauty moments in the 72nd Miss Universe.
Nothing is as timeless as a classic high-bun
Miss Puerto Rico was certainly among the candidates who stood out from the competition. During the competition, Karla Guilfú Acevedo graced the main stage clad in an embellished violet gown. As for her makeup? The harmony of a brown and peach palette accompanied her look. For her hair, Acevedo’s take on a classic high bun proves that the style will always be a perennial favorite in the pageant beauty scene.
The fringe made an appearance
Waist-grazing tresses, classic chignons, voluminous curls—it appears that forehead-baring hairstyles are a standard among pageantries, but that is not always the case. Take a cue from Ms. Belgium Emilie Vansteenkiste. Despite her short journey, the candidate made an ever-lasting impression with her fringe hairstyle. That is to say, most beauty details seen on the main stage look and feel more true to every delegate.
Short hair, don’t care
Short hair is often perceived as a beauty strategy in pageantry. Still, candidates like the newly-crowned Ms. Universe 2023 Sheynnis Palacios proved that taking one’s strand above the collarbone can be an empowering move. Her long bob was among the refreshing beauty entries seen in the competition, but what made it truly special was the way her hairstyle spoke volumes of her personality. And in case anybody needs a masterclass on how to style the hairdo, just take a cue from her soft-textured waves.
Let the eyes talk
Emphasizing the beauty in beauty queen, Miss Philippines Michelle Dee was among the candidates who truly stood out. Of course, who could ever forget her meticulously designed evening gown by Mark Bumgarner? But her beauty direction also deserved equal attention. Dee’s smoky eye look was inarguably among the memorable beauty details in the competition. Meanwhile, her clean, slicked-back hair was the perfect finishing touch to her overall look.
90s brown lips
Brown lips are undeniably a favorite this pageant season. Take Miss Australia Moraya Wilson and Miss Thailand Anntonia Porsild, who showcased different interpretations of the lip look. While it might not be as bold as a rogue red, the hue is one beauty choice that can perfectly complete any look without dividing attention. May it be matte or glossy, nothing can be as classic and as versatile as the 90s favorite.
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