We’re used to seeing Elisabeth Moss in her Mad Men plain-Jane beauty look: hair cropped short and dark and whisked into various sprayed-to-death ‘dos on the set of Mad Men. But the actress is clearly looking to change up her look and be taken seriously as a beauty and a style icon, boasting a new fresh-faced-yet-glamorous look.
While she looks fantastic with a cropped cut, Elisabeth’s extensions add to her feminine aesthetic, with her loose curls and soft style complementing the dress’ formal and stylish vibe. If you’ve got the time, you can blow blow-dry your hair then set with large rollers, but if you’re hoping to get out the door in a hurry, simply create waves with a straightener or curling iron, then pin bangs or shorter layers back with an embellished clip or bobby pin.
Peggy Olsen is associated best with her dark hair colour and relatively stiff style, but with her blonde base and rich lowlights, Ms. Moss has created depth and multi-dimension, far from anything brassy or flat. Using her colour to complement her light skin tone, the dark elements prevent her hair from blending into her skin, while the delicate blonde brings out her snowy tone. By blending both shades carefully, Elisabeth also avoids the dated stripy look, as well as the eventual horrors of obvious outgrowth.
Further testimony to the fact that tanning is passé© and out of style, Elisabeth embraces her peachy complexion completely and plays up her fresh-faced look with light blush, minimal eye makeup and pink lips. Using colour to highlight her cheekbones, the lack of eyeliner or shadow allows the rest of her face to shine, with just enough black on the lashes to make her bright blue eyes stand out. Boasting a shade on her lips that seems almost natural, Elisabeth also plays up her natural beauty, not relying on drama or cosmetics “ only on her genetics.
While you may think a dress boasting the same colour as skin shade and hair tone will translate into a plain, boring aesthetic, Elisabeth’s delicate, vintage-inspired gown is light, airy and the perfect example of less is more. Though clearly not in regards to the dress’ presence, the gown’s simplicity and subtle embellishments plays off the actress’ natural beauty, and works as an anchor to her relatively free-flowing hair and peaches and cream complexion.