Critics’ Choice Awards ’12: The red carpet beauty round-up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow…)

Critics' Choice Awards 2012 - Michelle Williams

Can I squeeze in a little red carpet beauty appetizer before we get to the main course? The appetizer being the Critics’ Choice Awards, natch (they happened last Thursday), and the big, juicy, main being the Golden Globes (which, unless you’re on a no-media diet, took place last night).

So let’s hold tight on the last one for a moment, because there are a couple of important beauty developments from last week that deserve our attention. Namely, Michelle Williams’ incredible new hair colour; the fuchsia lipstick favoured by Diane Kruger and Kirsten Dunst; the coppery tones done best by Charlize Theron… and finally, just HOW Emma Stone manages to look so darn amazing at every turn. It’s not fair.

Diane Kruger

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Diane Kruger Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

Perfect and effortless, as always. Do you like the lip? I love hot pink with pale yellow. Notice also the slightly chunkier eyelashes.

Kirsten Dunst

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Kirsten Dunst Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

Speaking of pink lips, here’s another example. Pretty, right? I think we tend to save the bright lips (other than red) for the warmer months, but this just shows you don’t have to—the hot pink pops against the black in a younger way that you’d never get from a red.

Elizabeth Olsen

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Elizabeth Olsen Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

Okay, I love this girl, but I’m not sure I love the makeup tones. Is it just me or is everything a little too… brown? I know tawny shades are making a comeback, but I can’t help but think a little more colour would be more flattering and healthy-looking. Perhaps a warmer lip or cheek with that eyeshadow (and the complexion-dulling yellow dress)?

Emma Stone

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Emma Stone Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

Le sigh. My Emma obsession continues. I NEED to make my eyeliner do that. (It looks like the flicks are coming from the lower, not upper lid?) Love that it’s a shimmery navy, to match the dress, and the lip and cheek colours couldn’t be more perfect with her hair and skin tone. Does this girl ever make a misstep?

Charlize Theron

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Charlize Theron Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

While Elizabeth Olsen’s brown makeup didn’t do it for me, I’m admiring the copper lids that Charlize has here—not sure if it’s because she’s quite tanned, wearing black, has a pinky lip or all three. The braid-bun is impressive too—cute idea if you want a twist on ye olde side bun.

Michelle Williams

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Michelle Williams Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

Probably the reason I love this hair colour so much is because I’ve dedicated the better part of a year trying to be blonde but not TOO blonde. (Yes, I’m taming my blonderexia.) See how this strawberry blonde is more flattering with Michelle’s skin tone than the platinum? She looks adorbs.

Evan Rachel Wood

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Evan Rachel Wood Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

What is it about ERW that gives off the aura of beauty desperation? This is just too contrived—the juvenile hair, the overdone brows, the heavy lashes and eyeshadow. Even the lipstick and blush are sorta wrong in colour (they look kind of too “mature” if you know what I mean). I would like to scrub it all off and start over.

Stacy Keibler

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Stacy Keibler Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

You know what? I may not have always been kind to Stace, but she looks pretty good here. The hair could use some brushing out at the ends, and I’m not sure about that eyeshadow (was it really necessary with the lip?), but overall she’s come a long way. See what a few months of George’s tutelage can do?

Busy Philipps

Critics Choice Awards 2012 Busy Philipps Critics Choice Awards 12: The red carpet beauty round up (I spy lots of fuchsia lippie and copper eyeshadow...)

What a gorgeous blue-red! (And gorgeous lips as well.) I like that she wisely went for minimal makeup everywhere else. The only thing, and this is really nit-picking, is that I may possibly have an issue with her hair colour. It’s that ashy blonde that can look a bit dull and grey.

What do you think?

Which were your favourite looks from the Critics’ Choice Awards?
Do you agree that Evan Rachel Wood needs a makeunder?
How do you feel about this whole brown makeup trend?

13 Comments

Thomas
Monday, January 16/2012 at 2:22 pm

Diane Kruger is undoubtedly stunning, but I can’t help but feel she’s wearing too much foundation here? Just seems a bit too cakey, however I LOVE the minimal mascara. Elizabeth Olsen is soooo pretty!! So much more fresh-faced and youthful than her skeletal, drug-addled sisters. Nonetheless, I agree, the overly brown tones just seem a bit too old for her, I think she should be enhancing her natural glow, not toning it down! Emma Stone does look really nice here, but I can’t help feeling the colours are being repeated? Michele Williams hair is GORGEOUS. I hate that I live in Britain where red hair is mocked!! I would LOVE to have that colour, although as we discussed before, it might be a bit too warm for my neutral self! :D WTF is up with this Evan Rachel Wood person’s eyebrows? Why are they orange? Why? And I don’t particularly like the hair, it looks like that twisted bunch style circa 2002. Not good. Stacy Keibler is the living embodiment of Barbie, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Not with those deep-fried crispy ends.

Huge fan, hyper-hair-colour-aware Thomas xx

http://changingcoloursofahairdyeaddict.tumblr.com/

P.S. Do NOT listen to anyone like that utter f***wit Ed. Clearly some people have turd for brains, especially when they are that rude to a BEAUTY editor for writing an informative article about BEAUTY on a BEAUTY website. You and everyone else here understands why you changed your teeth, and they look HOT. End of!

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Jenna
Monday, January 16/2012 at 5:53 pm

I agree about Diane’s foundation. There are spots on her face where you look at it and think ” oh, that’s foundation!”, which isn’t the usual perfection we get from Ms Kruger. Hmm. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh. Still looks very good otherwise!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, January 17/2012 at 8:29 am

Hmmm you may be on to something re: Diane’s foundation. I thought she always had gorgeous skin, so not sure why she needed so much.

This actually might be one of my favourite Emma looks – I like it better than both the PCA and the GGs.

Re: ginger hair – I honestly don’t get why everyone is so anti-ginge in the UK!?! I mean, isn’t Harry ginger? I would be so happy to have a more reddish colour naturally!

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ana p
Monday, January 16/2012 at 3:26 pm

Yup. Lovin’ Emma Stone again too. Running out and trying this blue liner thingy. I think Lise Watier and MUFE have something like it. Question: WHO does her make-up? Because I think we should all be studying that person’s book for tips! Personally, I’m over the fusia lippie as every hipster in the Vancouver area rocked it this past year. But it does look nice with a bit of a tan, I must say.
Michelle Williams, be still my heart. Her stylist has it right all the time. Can’t wait for your notes on the GG’s! Two words….Angelina Jolie…??

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, January 17/2012 at 8:35 am

I think she’s worked with a few people but lately it’s Rachel Goodwin:
http://www.rachelgoodwin.com/tag/emma-stone/
I too need to study up for tips!!!

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Mellyjo
Monday, January 16/2012 at 4:31 pm

Does anyone else find Busy Philipps hair a bit too tall for her already long face?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, January 17/2012 at 8:35 am

Yes!

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Lisa
Tuesday, January 17/2012 at 3:55 pm

yup! way too tall. should’ve done like a deep side part with a low messy side bun. all wispy, like it is now, but in a style that adds width, not height. i suffer from the same face shape, so i think i’ve perfected the art of width-adding!

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Stacey
Monday, January 16/2012 at 5:08 pm

I am sorry all I could notice at first is Busy Phillips left ear lobe, why does it look like Mike Tyson got ahold of it? @ Mellyjo, the hair is def too tall. Stacy K. has such small eyes I would rather see minimal shadow, no bottom liner, and maybe some falsies to open them up. Elizabeth Olsen, no, just no. For once I think Kirsten Dunst nailed it, as did DIane K. I could also do without Charlize looking like she is ill all the time w/ the reddish hues around her eyes, I think one nice swoop of black liner would have done her wonders.

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Cassandra
Monday, January 16/2012 at 5:08 pm

I don’t like the fuschia lips. Too something….it just doesn’t look right on them.

Emma looks good but I don’t like the very dark eyeliner all around her eyes. It’s a bit much and takes away from her eyes and I think it ruins the rest of her look.

Stacey would look perfect if she picked a different tone of coral for her lip. This one is too opaque or something.

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Marina (Makeup4all)
Tuesday, January 17/2012 at 5:00 am

It seems that Charlize (almost) never does it wrong. Maybe her looks are not the most exciting but they are always beautiful.
Absolutely love the lipstick colour on Kirsten Dunst and Diane Kruger.

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Sophia
Tuesday, January 17/2012 at 2:31 pm

I like what Diane Kruger’s got going on, although I know what the previous poster is saying about the foundation. In real life it would look weird but maybe it’s forgivable when she’s being photographed a lot.

Otherwise, what’s with all these brown lips? That’s a look I just can’t get behind. Pinks and reds (in varying concentrations/hues) just seem to do way more for the complexion.

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Amberly
Tuesday, January 17/2012 at 11:32 pm

I love the pink lip on Diane and Kirsten (in fact I am saying heck yes to Kirsten’s whole look), and I pretty much always love Charlize. I agree about ERW…hmm. Would love to see you give her a makeover! And Michelle looks really pretty, I am also liking her hair color. Ever since reading about the sentimentality behind her short hair, I will always be a fan.

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