BAFTA Awards 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 BAFTA Awards? The celebrity close-ups are here!
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Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 BAFTA Awards? The celebrity close-ups are here!

I never quite know what to make of the BAFTAs (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards), which are one of the last red carpet stops along the way to The Big One, a.k.a. the Oscars. I feel like anything goes at this one, which is why you'll see Angelina Jolie all casual alongside Léa Seydoux in hyper-groomed vintage waves and Lupita Nyong'o in her signature bright makeup. Oh, and my girl Amy Adams in a berry lip, too. Here are the all the hair and makeup close-ups....

Amy Adams

Amy Adams, BAFTA Awards 2014

Amy Adams' blue eyes are popping like crazy here, and it's thanks to a few strategically placed individual false eyelashes. For once, I 100 percent approve; they're subtle enough to add emphasis without looking too heavy with her delicate features. Then the shiny berry colour on her lips makes her eyes stand out even more. As for the hair, I'm pretty sure my love of the side bun was inspired by Amy. She wears this style often, this time going for a super-sleek version with a deep side part. Notice how far over the part is, and how her hair is combed a little bit up (instead of down across her forehead).

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o, BAFTA Awards 2014

Here we go again with another daring and colourful makeup look on Lupita Nyong'o. She matched her eyeshadow to her green Christian Dior gown, which should be all wrong, but turned out to be a very high-fashion, colour-blocked effect. It works because she really went for it, wearing the green in a graphic shape all the way around the eyes, and pairing it with an equally strong, red lipstick. (Can you picture this with a wimpy nude gloss? No.) Lupita's skin tone makes it easier to carry a lot of colour; if you're paler, tone down the red and green so you don't look like a walking Christmas present.

This just in: Makeup artist Kay Montano used Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette in D03 Menthe à l'Ô and Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Eyes Palette in DR3 Vert Mystère on the eyes, and Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor in 185N Rouge Valentine on the lips.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, BAFTA Awards 2014

This is the first time I've ever noticed recent before and after subject Angelina Jolie wearing false eyelashes. I'm not sure I approve. On the one hand, they're making her eyes look especially almond-shaped here, and I can see how they add femininity to her masculine outfit. But they also tend to cheapen a look, unless they're super-subtle like Amy Adams'. I don't think Angie needed them. She already looks incredible with a fairly simple beauty recipe: long, loose hair, nude lipstick and smoky shadow with her signature winged liner.

Léa Seydoux

Lea Seydoux, BAFTA Awards 2014

I absolutely love this. Léa Seydoux wore her hair in one of the most perfect examples of Old Hollywood waves I've ever seen. They're really set—not loosened up or fluffed, like we see on a lot of celebs lately—but they still look smooth and touchable, and the collarbone length keeps things young and fresh. I'm also obsessed with her makeup, a navy blue smoky eye with a fairly strong pink on the cheeks and soft, bare-looking lips. Let me point out once again how the eyeshadow and liner go all the way around; that's definitely the way to do your smoky eye these days. I love how the shadow is extended and blended at the outer edges for a feline touch.

Update: The eyeshadows are from Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette in DO4 Lumière d’Azur, and the blush is Lancôme Blush Subtil in Rose Sable. Here's the full breakdown of products celebrity makeup artist Mary Wiles used.

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman, BAFTA Awards 2014

Not bad, but nothing to write home about, Uma Thurman. What she gets right is her hair—she tends to wear it in these soft, textured updos that really flatter her. (Although I wouldn't mind seeing her hair down, for once.) The makeup is maybe a little dated. I'd rather see a more matte lip, as glossy nudes feel a bit mid-'00s at this point. (The gloss is just fine in bright colours, mind you.) I'd also like to see her smoky eye with less brown and more grey. I don't like the two colours together and feel like monochromatic looks are what's current. And I never thought I'd say this, but Uma could use a few Amy Adams-style false lashes.

Update: Makeup artist Kelly Cornwell used the Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette in ST1 Brun Adoré and Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara on Uma's eyes.

Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko, BAFTA Awards 2014

Olga Kurylenko is super-gorgeous, but I'm wondering if her plump, dewy skin and lips are au naturel? Hmm.... Anyway, she looks very pretty here in the peach blush and lipstick. Hair is a bit messy, probably because she's not famous enough yet to have her stylist follow her around and make sure everything is sitting perfectly for the photos.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, BAFTA Awards 2014

This isn't Cate's best look—the bright orange lipstick with hair down looked much younger on her—but I don't have anything bad to say about it either. It's basically a textbook makeup look for mature skin: no shimmer, no hard lines, everything soft and well-blended. It's also nice to see a natural face on a red carpet. Somehow, I don't think Cate will ever end up in this column.

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris, BAFTA Awards 2014 (2)

Naomie Harris was by all accounts one of the best dressed of the night, and I think her half-up hairstyle complimented the dress really well (even though half-up hair isn't the most on trend thing right now). The height at the top and the overall sleekness keeps it from looking dated. Her makeup is fine—I like the tight-lining around the eyes—but I'm undecided on the lip shade. Is pink gloss the right choice for a bright pink dress? I might've mixed things up with something more contrasting, with a matte texture.

Imogen Poots

Imogen Poots, BAFTA Awards 2014 (2)

Wow, I love the colour and neckline of this dress. Hair up was absolutely the best choice for it, and I'm kinda loving Imogen Poots' soft texture with bangs pushed to one side. (It looks so effortless, which is what the Brits do best.) The makeup colours work well with the dress and with Imogen's enviable English complexion. The lipstick has just a touch of brown, but not so much that it's unflattering. Notice the thick, black liner along the top lash line only, with soft shadow and natural lashes. There's also a gorgeous flush on her cheeks, although her skin texture is possibly a bit powdery.

Lily Allen

Lily Allen, BAFTA Awards 2014

Leave it to Lily Allen to bring the fun, in the way of dramatic, graphic cat's eyes and a giant pink bow in her hair. While these things might look ridiculous on most people, I think she totally pulled them off. The thick, winged black liner with a dotted application on the lower lashes is very runway. I like that she didn't go heavy on the blush or lipstick, as that would've made this cartoon-ish.

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson, BAFTA Awards 2014

Is it the lighting or is Gillian Anderson's foundation actually orange here? I sincerely hope I'm looking at a trick of the light. (Because otherwise, her makeup is pretty good.) We do need to have a talk about the hair colour, however. I think it's way too light blonde and she needs a deeper shade with more warmth—like maybe a strawberry blonde? The visible roots also drive me crazy. Celebs need to stay on top of that business. It's not like they don't have the money.

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez, BAFTA Awards 2014

I don't have any major issues with this beauty look on Michelle Rodriguez (rumoured girlfriend of Cara Delevingne, didja hear?). She has those heavy-lidded eyes that can't handle a lot of eye makeup, so I think the natural look, with soft pink lips and blush, is just fine. Her hair does look a bit crispy/frizzy, so I'd have run a smoothing serum or hair oil through it.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, BAFTA Awards 2014

Oprah Winfrey went for a high-drama hair look with this giant mane of curls, and I love it. If your hair will do this, you've gotta rock it from time to time. (From a body perspective, it's also a neat trick because it makes the rest of you look smaller by comparison.) I like this wine colour on her, too, although I probably wouldn't have put it on the eyelids.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal, BAFTA Awards 2014

Tragedy has struck, and it's in the form of Maggie Gyllenhaal's hair. She is such a cute girl, I can't even imagine what possessed her to get a Caesar haircut. It's like George Clooney's old hairstyle reincarnated. Maggie, it's called Viviscal. Take it for a year, until your hair grows into a bob or long bob, and then we'll talk. She's got such striking blue eyes that she doesn't even need much makeup—I love them with the cherry red lip here.

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