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Katie Holmes | Source: Getty Images
Katie Holmes | Source: Getty Images

'Surprising': Katie Holmes, 45, Rocks Natural Makeup & Belted Maxi Dress in Latest Outing, Sparking Comments

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jun 25, 2024
12:25 A.M.

Katie Holmes recently turned heads in several photos at a film festival with her fresh look. Yet, keen-eyed netizens buzzed with mixed reactions, with one claiming it was more than just surprising—it was filled with emotion.

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Katie Holmes stole the spotlight at the Filming Italy 2024 event in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy, on June 23, 2024. She dazzled in a chic nude-colored long-sleeved maxi dress, cinched at the waist with a matching belt, and paired her look with a pair of snake print heels that added a touch of edge to her elegant ensemble.

Katie Holmes at the photocall of the Filming Italy 2024 in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes at the photocall of the Filming Italy 2024 in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Adding to her outfit, Holmes let her long brunette hair cascade in loose waves and opted for a natural makeup glam accented with smoky eyeshadow and pink lipstick. She completed her sophisticated appearance with a gold chain necklace and a matching hoop nose ring.

Katie Holmes's gold accessories, including a nose ring, shimmer on the red carpet at the Filming Italy 2024 in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes's gold accessories, including a nose ring, shimmer on the red carpet at the Filming Italy 2024 in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

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Photos of the 45-year-old actress from the event sparked reactions among AmoMama readers, showcasing a mix of surprise, admiration, and speculation.

One reader reflected shock at how different Holmes appeared, remarking, "Her looks have changed so much, surprising-I think she is looking much older than she is, and well, that close up she looks angry or bitter, or vengeful [sic]."

Katie Holmes appears serious at the Filming Italy 2024 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes appears serious at the Filming Italy 2024 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

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Another reader speculated that the changes to Holmes's appearance might be due to cosmetic procedures, saying, "That what plastic surgery will do.... Her face is full of plastic surgery!!!!!!! [sic]"

Katie Holmes looks away at the Filming Italy 2024 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024.| Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes looks away at the Filming Italy 2024 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024.| Source: Getty Images

On a more positive note, some readers celebrated Holmes's look. "LOOKING GOOD 😍 [sic]," one enthusiastically commented, capturing a simple but powerful appreciation for the actress's presence.

Katie Holmes on the red carpet at the Filming Italy 2024 in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes on the red carpet at the Filming Italy 2024 in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

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Another admirer wrote, "Beautiful and her daughter is as beautiful as her momma [sic]," highlighting the beauty that runs in the family and drawing a connection between Holmes and her daughter, Suri Noelle. Lastly, a fan praised Holmes for her multifaceted talents and roles, saying, "Stunning actress brilliant as mother too [sic]."

Katie Holmes poses with one hand behind her at the Filming Italy 2024 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes poses with one hand behind her at the Filming Italy 2024 photocall in Santa Margherita di Pula on June 23, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

The mixed reactions to Holmes's appearance highlight the scrutiny that celebrities often face regarding their looks. Holmes has been candid about her beauty routine and reflections on aging two years ago.

Katie Holmes attends Kering Talks Women In Motion in Cannes, France on May 18, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes attends Kering Talks Women In Motion in Cannes, France on May 18, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

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In a 2022 interview, Holmes humorously discussed the challenges of maintaining her appearance in her 40s. "You know what's so upsetting about the 40s? My old tricks don't work," she laughed.

Katie Holmes is seen walking in NoHo, New York City on August 14, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes is seen walking in NoHo, New York City on August 14, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

As the youngest of five siblings, Holmes was always considered the "cute" one, a role she became accustomed to. Despite this, aging has caught up with her, and she is trying her best to keep her youthful glow.

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Holmes, who used to get away with no makeup, admitted to using multiple skincare products, including Barbara Sturm's hyaluronic serum, face brightening serum, face cream, and skin cream.

Reflecting on her younger years, she said, "I used to get away with no makeup. When I was a teenager and a young actress, it was about being sort of grungy. Now I'm like, 'Oh god, I have to do stuff!' It sounds so superficial."

Katie Holmes visits McDonald's Haberfield for McHappy Day in Sydney, Australia on November 16, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Katie Holmes visits McDonald's Haberfield for McHappy Day in Sydney, Australia on November 16, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Holmes continues to dazzle and inspire, whether she's gracing the red carpet or sharing her personal journey. Recently, she took the internet by storm with a daring fashion campaign for the A.P.C. brand.

As reported on June 13, Holmes was featured in a series of bold and stylish photos, including one where she posed shirtless. This striking image showcased her confidence and enduring appeal, captivating fans.

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Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

The photos featured Holmes in various poses, showcasing her elegance and daring fashion choices. In one notable image, she sported a high-waisted skirt. She paired it with a loose, billowy blouse, her hair tousled and voluminous.

Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

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Another shot captured her close-up, accentuating her natural beauty with minimal makeup. She sported a daring red cardigan with a plunging V-neckline that daringly dipped below her chest. Additionally, she donned a gold heart necklace and a simple gold nose ring with matching earrings.

Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

The most talked-about image, however, showed Holmes topless, with her back turned. Her long dark hair cascaded down her back, partially concealing it, while a chic quilted black bag strategically covered her waist. This was complemented by a pair of sleek high-waisted jeans, completing the bold and artistic statement.

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The fashion brand shared the pictures on June 6, and opinions from fans and critics have been pouring in. One Instagram fan expressed their admiration, "Man she's so giving Joey Potter vibes like god she's beautiful dudee."

Another stated, "Joey Potter’s mood ❤️." These remarks refer to Holmes's memorable character, Josephine "Joey" Potter, from the TV show "Dawson's Creek."

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On the other hand, not all responses were positive. One Instagram user expressed, "I don't know I don't like these looks on her…," showing a more critical perspective.

Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

Katie Holmes poses for a photoshoot, dated June 1, 2024 | Source: Instagram/apc_paris

Holmes also shared a group photo from the shoot on her Instagram, captioning it, "Thank you @apc_paris for a wonderful and joyful evening talking about clothing, quilts, friendship, books and more." In the photo, Holmes is seen beaming alongside five others, with the backdrop featuring "A.P.C. Katie."

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This isn't Holmes's first time embracing her natural beauty and confidence. In late March 2021, she did a makeup-free shoot, stating, "I embrace my age with gratitude and I don't worry about not having makeup on. My joy comes from within."

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Adding to her inner joy, Holmes' active lifestyle is a cornerstone of her beauty regimen. She stays fit and keeps things interesting with activities like spinning, boxing, and yoga. She admitted that building confidence has been a journey, saying, "The more focused I am about achieving a goal, the more my confidence goes up."

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The actress also practices a balanced approach to nutrition and self-care. While she enjoys the occasional lavish meal with friends, she generally sticks to a healthy diet, starting her day with a green smoothie and favoring salads and fish. Holmes values self-care and dedicates time each morning for reflection and meditation.

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Given her disciplined approach to beauty and physical wellness, it is no wonder she turned heads during Michael Kors' fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Katie Holmes boldly flaunted her fit physique in a lace bodysuit that showed her black bra underneath.

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Photos and videos of the "First Daughter" star made rounds on different social media platforms, attracting the attention of onlookers.

The online community was quick to shower Holmes with praise, echoing sentiments of admiration for her classy and stunning appearance. Comments on TikTok described her as "classy" and "stunning."

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