From enviable runway-ready complexion to the sharp definition of a red carpet-worthy cat-eye, Elsa Hosk is a walking masterclass in covetable beauty looks. As the Swedish supermodel (and former Vogue Scandinavia cover star) celebrates her 35th birthday, we're indulging in an inspirational trip down (makeup) memory lane, detailing seven of her best beauty moments.
Natural mermaid hair
When compiling a list of Hosk's best beauty moments, her envy-inducing tresses cannot be ignored. While she cut her coveted curls into a bob earlier this year, we still find ample inspiration in her previous 'just-out-of-the-ocean' mermaid hair. Paired with the Swedish supermodel's signature "golden hour" glow – rosy cheeks and sun-kissed shimmer – and a subtle smoky eye, you'd be remiss not to try this low-key look.
Slicked hair, retro liner and statement lip
Last midsummer, the Swedish supermodel gave us a masterclass in sleek beauty. Swept-back hair lays the foundation for this look, shifting the focus onto Hosk's meticulously sculpted face and chiselled cheekbones. A subtle vintage-wink comes in the form of a flicked liner, but let's pause on the lips – bold, red, unapologetic. They're the kind of glossy crimson we can't help but covet.
A flicked-out bob and black hair bow
Mod-like looks are a regular part of Hosk's beauty repertoire. The 1960s flair came back in full force with the addition of a black bow to Hosk's flicked-out waves. But beyond the trendy bow, Hosk flirts with other signatures of the nostalgic bygone era – ascertained in the soft winged-out smoky eye and a plush nude lip. There's a modern edge to the overall look, however, seen in the deep side-part and the soft pout carved out by a contemporary latte-coloured lip pencil.
The single strand
While we may not love the moniker "slut strand", there's certain power in face-framing pieces of hair. Hosk plays up this look with the slicked-back severity of a wet-look low-bun, juxtaposed by the delicate wisp of a blond lock. Her cheekbones are cut sharp, the supermodel's piercing, pale blue eyes lined by deep grey eye shadow – emphasised by faux lashes – and a matte nude lip to finish the look.
Maximalist rosy blush
Rosy and romantic, here Hosk hones in on the Gen Z-approved power of maximalist blush. Set against her dewy, illuminated complexion, natural, brushed-up brows, and with the addition of subtle mascara, the fresh-faced flush becomes the focal point for this look whether paired with a slicked-back middle part or voluminous waves. Our top tip? These bold yet balmy cheeks are perfect if you're not well-versed in the world of makeup. Just load up your fluffiest brush and have a go.
High-shine silver lids
Hosk's eyes are another feature that we've often fawned over. This look, centred around her blue gaze, feature a shimmery silver eyeshadow that extends to the inner corners of the eyes for an illuminating effect. Topped by a crisp and precise winged eyeliner, defining both the upper and lower lash line, the look is finished off with glowing, dewy base, achieved with a glossy mauve lip. The supporting base is just as important when recreating this icy stare, however, achieved with a luminous foundation and a touch of highlighter on the high points of the face.
A half-up-half-down hairdo
If there's one break-out hair trend beyond the bob to keep an eye on this season, it is the hair bow. Elsa Hosk has made sure of it, not only on chopping her long hair into bob, but sporting a variety of bows over the past few weeks. One of our personal favourites is this simple silk string adorning Hosk's half-up-half-down 'do. Equal parts affordable and simple to recreate, it is the perfect way to add some feminine flair to edgier outfits.