Grammys 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 Grammy Awards? The red carpet close-ups have arrived!
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Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 Grammy Awards? The red carpet close-ups have arrived!

After a whole slew of red carpets to celebrate achievements in film—the SAG Awards, Critics' Choice Awards and Golden Globes—it's time to switch things up and see how the folks in music do it. Last night's Grammy Awards were the scene of some highly creative hair and makeup looks, and I've got the close-ups to prove it. Which ones worked and which ones didn't? Let me know what you think!

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland, Grammys 2014 (2)

I'm so excited over Sarah Hyland, who looks absolutely perfect here and was hands down my favourite of the night. (I didn't get to watch the show, and hear her dress wasn't so great, but as always, these are 100 percent above-the-neck assessments.) I freakin' love when celebs go through these beauty transformations—it was only in 2012 when I was commenting on her curly prom tendrils and frosty makeup, and now here we are two years later with this beautiful sheer red lip, strong brows, flushed cheeks and textured updo. I'm on the case of finding out what that lipstick is (her usual makeup artist, Allan Avendaño, didn't do this look, so I've got some beauty sleuthing to do). Hair was by stylist Ryan Richman and is exactly right. I love that she didn't distract from all the gorgeousness with any earrings.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora, Grammys 2014 (2)

White-blonde Marilyn Monroe waves, purple eyeshadow and baby-pink lipstick: you wouldn't think this would work, but it kinda does. I think the deliberate clashing is actually the key; set against Rita's warm skin tone, the coolness of the hair, eye and lip colours really pop. (Whereas on somebody with my colouring, it would just look like bad '80s makeup.) The trick to the purple eyeshadow is also the 360-degree application all the way around the eyes. I'm not normally a false eyelash person, but with this kind of statement, I get the need for them.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, Grammys 2014

Well, at least it's not red lipstick and winged black eyeliner, right? I appreciate that Taylor mixed it up and tried a smoky eye with a bold hit of silver at the inner corners. (See how this inner corner thing is really taking off as a non-traditional place to put your eyeshadow?) I like her sheer pink lips, too, but something about the rest of the look doesn't quite do it for me. Even though ponytails are cute on her, with this makeup I would've loved to see a more grown-up hairstyle. Sleek, straight and side-parted might've been nice.

Ciara

Ciara, Grammys 2014

Remember how Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde both exuded that pregnant-woman glow at the Globes? Well, add Ciara to that list because she, too, is expecting and has the skin to show it. I don't think I've seen her look better—this warm, neutral makeup with peach lipstick is super-pretty, and I love the hair colour on her. I don't know if most people could work this undone faux bob, but she totally rocks it.

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick, Grammys 2014

I don't think this was the right hairstyle and jewellery for the event—something more rock 'n' roll would be more appropriate. But Anna looks great all the same. Beautiful skin, and I'm really liking that strong line of shadow extending from the outer corners of her eyes. Her makeup artist, Vanessa Scali, used Maybelline shadows in Barely Branded and Bad to the Bronze, with their gel eyeliner in Blackest Black and Falsies mascara in Very Black. The rosy lip gloss is Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined (an amazing new launch you MUST check out... I also love Vision in Violet).

Katy Perry

Katy Perry, Grammys 2014

Is it just me or is Katy's skin looking a bit fresher than usual? Seems less heavy and mask-like. Apparently it's CoverGirl CG Smoothers BB Cream mixed with CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup and I think I might be able to believe that. (Usually, I just don't buy it when drugstore brands say celebs are wearing their full makeup—the top makeup artists just don't like lower-end foundations. But a BB would be more sheer, so... maybe.) Makeup artist Jake Bailey also used CoverGirl's Bombshell linermascara—along with a few false lashes, I think—and cream eyeshadow in Gold Goddess.  On her lips is their Lip Perfection Lipstick in Heavenly, with a lip balm layered over top. I like this softer look on Katy! Makes a lot of sense with the high-drama hair, which stylist Renato Campora twisted into a rope bun after getting grip with the new Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo (hopefully coming to Canada soon). That has to be fake hair in there, right?

Beyoncé

Beyonce, Grammys 2014

I dunno about this hairstyle. It's definitely better than the clips I saw of the dripping wet version, but while Rita's and Ciara's hair looks soft and smooth, B's looks a bit dry and fried. Possibly it was too ambitious to go from wet to dry backstage during an awards show? I don't mind the makeup at all, although her lipstick is bleeding on the upper lip. It's nice to see her in such a strong statement (dark red lips and smoky eyes), and I'm surprised that she had no false lashes either.

Pink

Pink, Grammys 2014

I don't care for her hairstyle, but liked Pink's makeup—fresh skin and a nice neutral shade on the lips, but with some interesting black shadow on the eyes. The latter is CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black, with some careful blending, and it's paired with the same Bombshell mascara and liquid liner that Katy Perry was wearing. Pink is also wearing CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipstick in Coffee Break.

Madonna

Madonna, Grammys 2014

I wish Madonna would just give all the props a rest—I'm exhausted just looking at her. I also think she'll be a future subject in the Before & Afters, so stay tuned. But grills, hats, crosses and plastic surgery aside, her hair and makeup isn't bad at all. Her longtime makeup artist, Gina Brooke (who I interviewed about oxygen facials here and about her fave Make Up For Ever products here) was behind this look. I'm wondering if that's Madonna's own shade of Aqua Rouge, 8 Iconic Red? I like that Gina paired it with just mascara on the eyes and a nice flushed cheek, although skin texture is maybe a bit powdery.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys, Grammys 2014

Like Pink's short haircut with the height at the top, I'd never in a million years want to wear this pompadour hairstyle—but I think Alicia Keys pulls it off really well. The makeup is quite gorgeous; the bronzey tones show off her great skin and cute freckles, and I like the soft pop of silver that highlights her smoky eyes.

Paula Patton

Paula Patton, Grammys 2014

My God, these false eyelashes. Sure, they "open up" her eyes, but they also look like two scary insects landed there. I don't think Paula needed to go anywhere this dramatic; she already has fantastic full, dark eyebrows that frame her face. The rest of the makeup's not bad, although the skin texture looks a touch heavy. And her hair isn't do anything for me—I think if you're gonna go for a pompadour shape, you need to think about how it's going to photograph, and the back bits are very distracting. I don't know what to call this hairstyle, but I'm not a fan.

Anna Faris

Anna Faris, Grammys 2014

Madonna might have to wait. My friend literally just sent me an email this morning asking to make Anna Faris the next plastic surgery investigation. Quote: "I can't for the life of me put my finger on what that girl did to her face, but she looks sooooo different and a little weird." What do you guys think? I didn't see her live, so I don't know how she's emoting these days, but something IS potentially a little off in the mouth region here. Aside from that, I adore her hairstyle and it's seriously renewing my interest in cutting bangs again. (I could do this look no problem!) Makeup is again that neutral palette we've seen on Anna before, except here I don't mind it at all. Makeup artist Georgie Eisdell created a soft grey smoky eye with Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Slate, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Grey and Laura Mercier Eye Colour in Vanilla Nuts.

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne, Grammys 2014

I want to know how Kelly gets her hair to fall so perfectly that it almost looks like a wig. Is it a wig? I didn't think so. Anyway, I'll give her some props for a nice-looking bob here, even if it is purple. Makeup-wise, I don't even mind that wine-coloured lip stain (which kinda complements the hair). It's the eye area that I usually have a problem with. Just not feeling the false lashes that look like they're weighing down her lids. I think she could keep the heavy liner and just do more subtle lashes, and it would look a lot better.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen, Grammys 2014

Model Chrissy Teigen predictably looks gorge, if not a little J.Lo for my taste. I love her hair the most; stylist Giannandrea gave her an "edgy rock 'n' roll texture" with a tiny braid on one side (a great idea to add interest to your waves). On her eyes, makeup artist Mary Phillips used the to-die-for Tom Ford Beauty Eye Quad in Cocoa Mirage to create the smoky look, along with his Bronzing Powder in Terra for a golden glow on the cheeks (with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in Beige Rose for a touch of pink). Her lipstick is Tom Ford's Spanish Pink... I would've stopped there instead of layering the gloss in Rose Crush over top. It just would've been a little fresher and cooler without a heavy/shiny lip.

Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Coleman, Grammys 2014

I guess the reason Allan Avendaño couldn't do Sarah Hyland is because he was doing Zendaya Coleman's makeup. If you recall, I gave her look a giant miss at the AMAs last year (and then had profanities yelled at me by one of her fangirls in the comments... it happens). It's nice to see some beauty improvement this time, with more modern hair and makeup that shows off her strong brows and pretty features. I don't know what the shadow is, but Allan did say he used Chanel Rouge Coco in Sentiment on her lips. I still think the overall look is way too sophisticated for a 17-year-old...

Lorde

Lorde, Grammys 2014

Here's Lorde, also 17, but way, WAY cooler in the hair and makeup stakes. Sorry, Zendaya. It's all about her dark purple lip, which is a touch Goth and I think totally, show-stealing amazing. Beautygeeks did the Twitter sleuthing last night and found out it's a combo of MAC Lip Pencil in Vino (deep violet purple) with MAC Lipsticks in Cyber (black-purple satin) and Heroine (bright purple matte). I love how she wore it with beautiful brows and that mass of long, loose, wavy hair.

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles, Grammys 2014

I'm not feeling this. While I love the idea of messy, half-up hair with tons of little braids and a baby faux-hawk, it doesn't always fly on non-model types off the runway. It's the kind of thing that works best when you're below age 20 (Sara is 34). And being drop-dead gorgeous doesn't hurt either. I think she could've kept the half-up style and the wavy texture, but in a more sophisticated way. I did like how this looked from afar with her dress and accessories.

Amber Rose

Amber Rose, Grammys 2014

Not too many people in this world could show up to a red carpet with a dyed blonde buzz cut—a.k.a the single more unforgiving hairstyle on the planet—and look like this. So I bow down to you, Amber Rose, I really do. She has the perfect head shape and features to rock this look. I love her eyebrows and the palette of the pinky-brown blush, eyeshadow and lip colour against her warm skin, brown eyes and light hair.

Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield, Grammys 2014

Natasha Bedingfield has the colouring to wear this cool platinum blonde hair—I just don't know why the bangs are cut to the middle of her forehead? Maybe it's because I was traumatized once in this matter during what I thought was a routine bang trim, but I feel like eyebrow- or eyelash-skimming bangs are almost always the way to go. Pretty lip colour on her.

Martina McBride

Martina McBride, Grammys 2014

Martina has beautiful blue eyes that really stand out with her dark hair. I like the choice of lip colour (a cool pink), just wish it wasn't so glossy and the lip liner wasn't so obvious.

Tia Carrere

Tia Carrere, Grammys 2014

I had to look her up, but Tia was apparently the "hot girl" in Wayne's World. At age 47 now, she's still hot stuff, with great brows and a gorgeous thick mane of hair (that has been nicely highlighted, I might add). I don't think her blush (warm) quite harmonizes with the lip gloss (cool).

Skylar Grey

Skylar Grey, Grammys 2014

Skylar went for a nude makeup look to go with her nude dress, and I never feel like this kind of thing works when you're just looking at the neck up. From this vantage, she looks kind of grey and washed out, and the ponytail isn't helping things.

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton, Grammys 2014

OMG. Paris is orange. Orange! This is perfect example of what happens when celebrities get too famous and surround themselves with "yes men/women" who don't intervene when the celeb wants to do something like this—a way too dark fake tan. (Probably reminds her of the good old days of the early '00s, right?) Paris needs to hire some people who will say no. No to bad tans and heavy contouring and over-the-top hairstyles (Sarah Hyland wore the messy updo much better). Also, is she wearing coloured contacts? I can't even.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, Grammys 2014

Nothing new to see here, folks. In fact, there is literally nothing new. I'm almost certain Ariana had the exact same look—certainly the hairstyle and as far as I can tell, the makeup also—the last time we saw her at the AMAs. Can you believe it? I think I have to move on now because this girl really bugs.

Pauley Perrette

Actress Pauley Perrette arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

I included Pauley because she's an example of someone with hair that's been dyed too dark. I can see her with a rich, cool dark brown, but the solid black is so harsh for her, and makes her hair look like it's not in good condition. There is so much potential if she did that, and styled her hair straighter and sleeker. She can do the sharp angles, just needs a trim and a flat iron.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert, Grammys 2014

If you weren't over fake tans before reading this round-up, then I hope you are now—between Paris Hilton and Miranda Lambert, there's a very compelling case on this red carpet for not tanning at all. This is way too dark for her colouring and makes the look a bit dated. If she had her natural skin tone (and lost the earrings), there would really be something here. I could totally see this done more simply, with the matchy-matchy red lip and dress, and maybe some fluffing out of the waves.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves, Grammys 2014

I've been alerted in the comments that Kacey Musgraves needs to be here (thanks Jaimie!). As with Anna Kendrick, I'm not sure about such a romantic look for this occasion, but remain impressed that a red carpet newbie could get her hair and makeup so right. She wore a loose side bun with glowing skin and pink lips; this picture actually doesn't even do her justice. A quick Google indicates she's got more beauty tricks up her sleeves—so I hope we see more Kacey in the future. Watch out, Taylor Swift.

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