Lily Collins was destined to grace beauty billboards and silver screens alike, a fact all too apparent with her breakthrough role in Mirror Mirror, the 2012 adaptation of the Snow White story in which the up-and-coming actress played the raven-haired, rosebud-lipped fairy-tale princess to perfection. To the surprise of nobody at all, Lily soon clinched another coveted role: Lancôme ambassadress.
Like Snow White, Lily carries off a ruby lip beautifully, setting it against her creamy skin like the proverbial cherry on top. If you’re one of her six-million-plus Instagram followers (@lilyjcollins), you’ll know that Lily regularly lashes on a deep red lipstick, such as Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir, which she wore to this year’s Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, paired with an elegant wing of liner. The look was vintage Lily, because if you zoned in you noted that the cat-eye liner had been etched in outline only, tapping into the negative-space makeup trend. It was a refreshingly modern riff on Hollywood glamour, in the same way that Lily’s bushy brows give her Audrey Hepburn-esque allure a cool, contemporary tweak. “I love a classic cat eye and a bold lip,” says Lily. “But I really love seeing what new looks my makeup artists come up with every time I go to an event.” If you also Insta-stalk Lily’s favourite face-painter (@fionastiles) you’ll see many of those looks as they hit the red carpet, a stage on which Lily has long felt at ease, having made her social debut, aged 18, at Paris’s famed Bal des Débutantes.
Fast-forward ten years, and Lily has truly come into her own, proving herself to be much more than celebrity offspring.