In comparison, many other female politicians of recent time, such as Hillary Clinton and Theresa May, would focus on heavier, matte make-up, pillar-box red lipsticks and powdered blusher. Their image is therefore harsher and sterner – which is what makes Harris’s more relaxed approach to make-up so much more appealing. Strength actually lies in a soft and subtle approach now, instead of the traditional bold red lip and fully lined eyes.
“Kamala Harris is a modern politician who understands that you don’t have to trade-off looking professional with taking care of your appearance,” says celebrity make-up artist Ruby Hammer. “She’s got foundation on, but applied in a non-obvious way with a brushing of powder on top – which she’d need under the bright studio last night.” However, although she’s ‘genetically blessed with good skin’, Hammer thinks the strategic use of a subtle base make-up makes her look fresh and youthful.