People's Choice Awards 2013: The Best (and Worst) Beauty Looks

Five looks I liked... and five I didn't.
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Five looks I liked... and five I didn't.

The People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night were très underwhelming from a beauty perspective. I had much sads going through the pics.

I mean, I couldn't even fully stand behind my headline here—there weren't any hair and makeup looks I really LOVED. So I'm just gonna talk about a few peeps that I "liked."

And then we'll get into the fun part: five of the key beauty crimes that took place on that red carpet. (Shudder!)

The "likeable" looks

Brittany Snow - People's Choice Awards 2013

Brittany Snow: Cute. Could use a root touch-up, but the piece-y, tousled bob style is very good, and I'm a fan of the simple, low-key makeup. Do her blue eyes pop or what?! The mascara's a bit clumpy, but I can live with it. And I really like that warm, not-quite-pink but not-quite-coral shade on the lips and cheeks.

Emma Watson - People's Choice Awards 2013

Emma Watson: I don't care, I always like this girl. Even though one commenter had this to say: "[she] should have stood a little further back from the makeup gun!" Okay, so one could argue that there's a lot of pink goin' on—the eyelids, the cheeks, the lips. But I like to stand REALLY close to that makeup gun myself when it comes to blush, so I don't have too much of an issue with it. And I adore the lipstick, and the half-up hair, and the tight-lining around her eyes... so there.

Rachel Leigh Cook - People's Choice Awards 2013

Rachel Leigh Cook: This one comes closest to what most "normal" people would probably do for dressy-uppy occasion. And Rach looks pretty nice—fresh skin, side bun, bronzey under-eye shadow and not-too-obvious false lashes. The only prob is that the necklace is casting weird reflections on her chin.

Sandra Bullock - People's Choice Awards 2013

Sandra Bullock: Sandy B! I've kind of missed you. I think the last time we saw her on a red carpet was in the 2011 awards season (remember these bangs?) I'm so happy she grew them out. Her hair looks all seksi and undone here, and the pop of fuchsia on her warm skin is a lip-look keeper.

Chloe Moretz - People's Choice Awards 2013

Chloë Moretz: I feel kind of wrong examining a 15-year-old's beauty look... but then again, most of the runway models we pore over here are probably that age too. Truth be told, I'm more a fan of the fluoro-floral dress than anything going on above the neck, but it's nice that they left the hair alone instead of making it all contrived and grown-up, and I think the touch of eyeliner and mascara is enough to dress her up without being OTT. Heck, loads of grown women would look way better if they went this low-key!

The beauty crimes!

Taylor Swift - People's Choice Awards 2013

Taylor Swift: Taylor's got a weird expression here... but then again, who can blame her with that eyeshadow? It's taking over her entire face and really making me question that whole colour rule that says coppery browns accentuate blue eyes. Although I'm sure the people that wrote that rule didn't mean for it to be worn from the bridge of your nose and all the way up to your eyebrows.

Katy Perry - People's Choice Awards 2013

Katy Perry: So the shadow's not as bad as Taylor's, granted, but still I have to ask WHY? The mauve isn't even a particularly flattering colour either, so it's extra-perplexing that it makes a second appearance on the lips. I also think that lip liner makes her look so hard and overdone. Tinted balm, Katy. Buy some.

Kaley Cuoco - People's Choice Awards 2013

Kaley Cuoco: Kaley is a cute girl, but she needs to find a new hairstylist ASAP to stop making her rootage area look so ashy and grey (a common blonderexia issue)... and to not style it into a dated bouffant thingie. (Notice that it's complete with hair accessory on one side. A true beauty WTF if there ever was one.) Eye makeup's not bad, but I wouldn't have done such a Barbie lip with a pink dress.

Melissa Rauch - People's Choice Awards 2013

Melissa Rauch: As you can see, "prom" was a big theme on this red carpet. This one drives me crazy because Melissa is soooo close to looking amazing. All it would have taken was a bit of hair spray to get those bangs out of her face! They way they've been styled, they look way too wispy and curled under (i.e. '80s, and not in a good way).

Katie Cassidy - People's Choice Awards 2013

Katie Cassidy: Remind me to bust out this photo the next time I need to make a point about eyebrows. No matter how good the rest of your makeup or hair or outfit is, there's just no getting around how a skinny brow takes over your whole face. (And not in a good way.)

Honourable mentions!

Head on over to the full image gallery to check out some more potentially bothersome looks, including...

  • Lea Michele, because a tight updo doesn't really flatter her that much, and she needs some blotting papers (although she had a wicked dress on)
  • Olivia Munn, because she forgot to put bronzer on her chin to match her forehead (it's like an Eagle but all happening above the neck!)
  • Morena Baccarin, because she needs Whitestrips
  • Naomi Watts, because she needs to get her roots done, and ditto on the Whitestrips
  • Paris Hilton, because she is ORANGE

What did you think of the beauty on this red carpet?
Who was your fave?
Who's on your "worst" list (I'm assuming there are multiples)?