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Our favourite fashion tributes over the years

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and when it comes to the fashion world, there’s no shortage of tributes, homages and show-stopping throwbacks to admire. 

From Elizabeth Hurley’s infamous black Versace gown to the timeless fashion of Princess Diana, we relive our favourite fashion recreations and reimaginings.

Who better to pay tribute to themselves than Jennifer Lopez? The star cemented herself as a fashion icon when she wore an ultra-revealing green Versace gown at the Grammy Awards in 200. Two decades later, JLO stole the show at the Versace Spring/Summer 2020 Milan fashion week show, strutting down the runway in a reimagined version of the famous dress.

24-year-old Zendaya proved once again she is a style queen at the 2021 BET awards, where she wore the same purple Versace gown Beyonce wore at the 2003 BET awards, where she made performed her first solo hit ‘Crazy in Love’. For her BET appearance, Zendaya opted for a longer, flowy version of the ethereal dress.

 

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Elizabeth Hurley’s figure-hugging black Versace ‘safety pin’ dress is so famous it has its own Wikipedia page. In 1994, a then-unknown Hurley stole the show when she wore the gown at the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere with her boyfriend Hugh Grant, a moment that not only propelled Hurley into stardom, but made Versace a household name. 25 years later, Hurley donned the sexy dress once again for Harper’s Bazaar’s April 2019 issue, this time with a “more demure” version and a long sleeve on one side.

For her 2019 Met Gala appearance, Crazy, Rich, Asians actress Gemmy Chan paid homage to the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in her 1968 film Boom, with a breathtaking crystal headpiece.

Zendaya seems to have shown a love for fashion homages, this time with a tribute to the one and only, Cher. Her stunning yellow Valentino gown, which she wore to 2021 Oscars was a lovely nod to a yellow cut-out jumpsuit Cher wore on The Sonny and Cher Show in 1970. This time, Zendaya chose to accessorise her yellow look at $6 million of dazzling Bulgari jewels.

The Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana many times over the years. In one of her most recent appearances, Kate donned a bright blue Zara blazer and pleated skirt which looked strikingly similar to an outfit worn by Diana in 1992 during a visit to South Korea.

Quick, sheer foundations you can apply with your fingers 

Want a quick skin pick-me-up you can apply with your fingers?

With the advent of working from home and more casual social get-togethers when we do meet up with friends, demand has boomed for makeup that’s easy and low-key, and crucially, takes only a few seconds to apply.

Beauty brands have well and truly come to the (non-existent, COVID-compliant) party with sheer foundations and tinted moisturisers that can be applied in the five minutes warning you often get that a Zoom call is imminent, or your friend is popping by.

That or the fact you’d rather get outside and enjoy the fresh air on a weekend morning than labour over a finely-tuned makeup routine. 

Fresh, radiant skin looks more modern anyway, and these new foundation alternatives deliver in a big way. They each give a touch of coverage that can be smoothed on evenly with fingers, a sponge or a brush, many have beneficial skincare ingredients that improve the condition of your skin while you’re wearing them and one even has crucial SPF included, key whether you’re spending time outdoors or even working inside. 

Huda Beauty GloWish Multi Dew Skin Tint, $64

If you are a fan of GLOW all of your wishes will have come true when you try Huda’s new skin tint! Loaded with Damascus Rose Oil, Red Bell Pepper Extract and Plant-Derived Squalane there’s plenty to nourish and hydrate your skin but it’s the shimmer-free, yet intensely dewy finish that has us hooked. It works well mixed in to a more full coverage option too.

 

MAC Studio Radiance Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation, $64

Long a favourite of makeup artists for its multitasking, suits-everyone real-skin finish, MAC’s original lightweight Face & Body Foundation has recently been renamed and extended in shade range. Easy to work with, sheer, buildable and with a naturally radiant (not shimmery) finish that complements, rather than completely camouflages skin.

 

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40, $81

This new arrival is an exceptionally high-performing all-rounder that gives a fresh, modern finish, enough coverage to even-out redness and imperfections and has skincare wonder ingredient Niacinamide to smooth skin’s texture, as well as hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and squalane to lock in that hydration. All that, and it also has a respectable dose of SPF to protect skin from UV damage and premature aging.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation , $52 

Light coverage that skims over pores for a beautiful, even result that’s sweat and transfer-resistant. It you do want a bit more coverage it can be built up slightly in the areas that need it.

Dior Forever Natural Nude Lightweight Foundation, $109

When you want skin to look great but not like you’re wearing a mask, this is an exceptional performer that’s luminous and natural looking. With a high concentration of water, it leaves skin looking fresh and plump but still lasts well throughout the day. 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Oil-Free,$80

Known for its iconic and hugely popular tinted moisturiser that’s easy and comfortable to wear with a super natural-looking finish, Laura Mercier has just released an oil-free version with an extended shade line up. It’s now easier to match your skin colour to this hydrating wonder.