ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards 2011: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Which celeb had the best hair and makeup?
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Which celeb had the best hair and makeup?
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We all know awards season in Hollywood runs January through March—but is it really realistic to expect celebs to go the rest of the year without celebrating themselves? Of course not, which is why ELLE magazine is only too happy to accommodate with its annual Women in Hollywood tribute in L.A. They've been doing this event for 18 years, apparently, and it's a nice little bridge to get us through until the People's Choice Awards roll around in early '12.

If Fashion Week isn't really your thing and you've been hankering for a good celebrity beauty-fest, then you'll want to dive into this one. It was pretty much all A-list, and even brought out a few faces—Freida Pinto, Katherine Heigl, Naomi Watts—that we really don't get to see that often. (Some may argue that in the case of Katherine Heigl, that's a good thing. But I digress.) Anyway, mostly I would like to pay my own tribute to Elizabeth Olsen, who I think has replaced Olivia Wilde, and maybe even Emma Stone before her (!), as the new object of my beauty affection. But let's take a look at everyone's hair and makeup choices...

Whoa, Jennifer Aniston's hair grew out fast!

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It seems like it wasn't that long ago that Jennifer got her hair cut in a lob... but I guess it WAS February. Can hair grow this long in seven months? Maybe, but I have to wonder if extensions aren't providing just a little bit of help here (see those shorter pieces around her neck?). I'm also detecting a mild case of the Eagle, and would really like to urge Jen to ease up on the tanning. I know "golden California blonde" is her raison d'être, but as we stare down the barrel of 2012, I'm growing a bit weary of that particular look. It's a little too 2005.

I like Reese Witherspoon's hair here.

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I'm a Reese fan—what can I say? I know not all of you are, and that's okay, I get it. But I kind of dig her particular brand of quirky beauty. Yes, even the pointy chin. I really like how she's wearing her hair here—it's actually the exact same style as Jennifer's, but somehow looks more modern with the solid non-streaky colour. She's also not afraid to rock the pale, and the minimal makeup is a wise move that keeps her looking fresh-faced and youthful. Love the green earrings too!

Naomi Watts is so pretty. The End.

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Okay, it's not really the end—keep reading!—but I don't think I have much more to comment on in respect to Naomi Watts. The girl is gorgeous, in that delicate natural blonde way. (Us bottle blondes are hella jellis.) I especially like her hair here, even if it has a bit more layering than I'd normally advise. (It works here because it's been styled properly, but my beef is that layering can be brutal on hair this fine when worn straight.)

What is UP with Evan Rachel Wood's makeup (and hair)?

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Seriously, someone needs to answer this for me. I think the makeup bothers me more than the hair here, although both are problematic. But I've noticed this thing with ERW—her makeup always seems a tad too overdone, and it's terribly aging. Look at the eye makeup. Look at the lips. Is all of that really necessary? She'd look a lot fresher if she went as minimalist as Reese or Naomi. And the hair has waaaay too much product in it; it looks greasy.

Nicole Richie wins the prize for best bangs.

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Aren't they amazing? Of course I'd have to see this pic in the middle of a particularly challenging stage of my own bang-growth attempts. It just makes me want to cut mine. I love the way they're angled on the sides, and they're the perfect counterpart to that slight bump at the crown. PS: Aren't her eyes a pretty colour? I never noticed before.

Freida Pinto, annoyingly, requires zero effort for the red carpet.

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You want to hate her. It probably took 10 minutes to get ready but she still looks incredible. Simple hair, simple makeup—just gorgeous skin, a hint of blush and gloss and lining the waterlines of the eyes with a dark pencil. If only it was this easy for the rest of us.

Camila Alves is not as sexy as usual here.

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Not that she needs to look sexy all of the time, but it's kind of what the public expects from Camila, right? I just feel like she had a bit of a style crisis with this look—I really never thought I'd see her wear polka dots of all things. And I don't think they go with the earrings or the hair. Not that it matters that much when you win the genetic lottery, of course. Her full brows and lips are all kinds of amazing.

Katherine Heigl is still looking a bit old lady-ish.

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I don't know what it is, exactly. The haircut itself? Or the way she styles it? Or is it those earrings and the neckline of her dress (complete with beige bra strap hanging out)? There's just something about Katherine that screams for a stylist, because you have to admit she's wasting the pretty. Her acting career (and personality!) aside, I do think she's one of the most attractive women in Hollywood. Mainly it's her smile. I'm kind of obsessed with the rounded shape of her teeth.

Is Amber Heard looking Goth or glam here?

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I'm going to say glam—even though that lip colour is almost too dark and her skin is looking dangerously pale. Somehow, it's working for me. And I totally dig the hair, which is nodding to the retro trend but still looking soft and touchable. The little highlights at the inner corners of her eyes are a great finishing touch.

I think Elizabeth Olsen is totally adorable, but...

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I just realized why she does that thing with her mouth. You know, the pursed lips in the pic at the top of this post. All the Olsens do it, and so does Snooki, and I kinda find it annoying because why not just SMILE? But now, if you look at this photo, you can see why. Call me picky after all of my dental work, but someone has a bit of an overbite problem. Just saying. Not that it bothers me all that much because the rest of her is so fabulous. It might even be kind of endearing. I love the hair (sort of Ombré, but not in your face), the brows, the smokified eye makeup.

Now, over to you guys:

Which celebs rocked your favourite beauty looks here?
Who is bothering you the most?
Do you think Elizabeth Olsen will be an even bigger deal than her sisters?