Kids' Choice Awards 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards? The beauty close-ups have arrived!
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Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards? The beauty close-ups have arrived!

The pics are in from Saturday night's Kids' Choice Awards—and it's quite a mixed bag of winning looks as well as a few beauty faux pas. ('Cuz that's what it's like to be a "kid." You make beauty mistakes. Then you grow up and realize that less is always more.) Ah, but it's sure fun to look at what these crazy kids get up to! Here are all the looks from the red carpet:

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

Freakin' LOVE Lea's makeup here—has it ever looked better? And oh, guess who was behind it? None other than Melanie Inglessis, who spilled all her red carpet secrets and favourite prodz in my interview with her the other day. (It's a must-read.) No wonder Lea looks so great. Now, we all want to know what this lip colour is, and I can confirm it's a Lip Tar from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I'm guessing it's Anime (described as "seriously neon fuchsia"), worn with just brows and lashes—and you can bet that's a Giorgio Armani foundation on her skin.

What I'm not loving here are her bangs (and neither would Bill Angst). He's always taught me to keep them skimming the bottom of the brows; that would look a million times better on Lea with the otherwise lovely faux bob. A longer bang could've been pushed to one side more easily, too, so that there wouldn't be such a drastic contrast between straight (bangs) and wavy (lengths).

Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice attends The 27th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in LA

Can you say perfection? Victoria is one of those rare celebs who never makes a hair or makeup misstep on the red carpet. Aside from her obvious genetic blessings, I think it's because she tends to keep things simple and understated, letting her natural beauty shine through. Her makeup is soft and just barely peachy, with a hint of sheer, glossy colour on the mouth, and a peach flush to the cheeks. She has fantastic brows that frame her face, so really doesn't need much in the way of eye makeup except some subtle shading for definition.

Her simple hairstyle demonstrates that you don't always have to do something complicated. The side part and the shiny, straight texture are all she needs.

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

Uh-oh, Bella. She used to be one of my favourites in the teen set (can you believe she's only 16 years old?), but this time didn't quite hit the mark. Most of all, I'm not crazy about this hairstyle. This is when half-up, half-down definitely looks dated. (A more modern way to wear it is like Lucy Liu.) Or, if Bella had just made a decision either way, to leave it all down or put it all up, it would've much improved this look.

I'm also not crazy about the yellow and green eye makeup. Green, I can take, but yellow doesn't usually belong anywhere near the eyes—unless you're Rachel McAdams back in the day and wearing a simple, runway-esque hit of neon yellow liner with everything else bare. But again, if the hair weren't such a let-down, it might've worked.

Debby Ryan

Debby Ryan, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

Now, THIS is gorgeous. (Also: can I please have some of her collagen?) The look is all about the juicy, slightly glossy pink lips, which are reminding me of a Sonia Kashuk product I've been testing lately, the Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm in Enchanted. Should be coming to Target stores soon. Watch for it; it's amazing.

What's also worth noting about Debby is her hair—the light reddish colour is unusual and flattering, and so are her long, loose, just slightly textured waves.

Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

And here we have another redhead; Jayma Mays went for the oh-so-trendy mid-length waves and I think they look just great on her. Also note the little bang pushed to one side—very cute.

She, too, decided to get a little more playful with her makeup. I quite like the blue-green liner rimming her eyes all the way around; the key is that it's soft and smudgy, without any hard lines, and she's got a darker colour in the waterlines to make her eyes pop. I suggest the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mainline for this. I also suggest NOT wearing it with this kid of lip colour. I think a bare lip would've worked better... or at the very least, this shade without the obvious lip liner. I have to ask: WHY don't celebrities use something like No Bleeding Lips?

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

Selena didn't walk the red carpet like the others, but in this pic you at least get the gist of her look, which was based on her natural curls. I don't think I've ever seen her hair with this texture. I'm into it.

Makeup-wise, I could do without the false lashes, but she's got some interesting shimmering gold happening underneath the eyes. I think our tendency when doing evening makeup is always to reach for the dark or colourful pencils/shadows, but lightening things up with a metallic is such a nice idea.

America Ferrera

America Ferrera, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

Haven't seen America Ferrera in forevs, and I can't help but miss her glossy, shiny, long hair when I see this mannish 'do. I mean, it's impressive and all that the hairstylist (Renato Campora) can make hair look like a faux short haircut... but as someone in the Fug Girls comments said, "the hair is making her look too much like a middle-aged power mom." Someone (like probably a supermodel) should do this hairstyle, but I don't think it's for America.

Nothing really to say on the makeup; it's fine. Although is there a little shine above her lip? After Melanie Inglessis warned about mattifying there, I'm always checking now to see if people look like they're profusely sweating.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

I can't comprehend how Kaley has some of LA's best hair and makeup people working on her, and yet the result is still this. Always this. (By "this" I mean the '90s prom hair; the obvious highlights; the harsh lines of her eye makeup.) Let's talk about the makeup first. I found this Insta pic from her makeup artist Jamie Greenberg's account—and Kaley actually looks pretty nice there. I don't know how the heavy under-eye and waterline liner happened after that. Does Kaley add it herself in the car enroute to the event? I've heard from some makeup artists that clients do that... like they have this compulsive need to add more, more, MORE! And actually mess up the understated job their makeup artist worked so hard to achieve.

Or maybe it was supposed to be like this. Jamie's inspiration was "girly punk," so she used Mark No Place to Run Waterproof Eyeliner in Jet Set, Mark i-Mark Wet/Dry Eye Shadows in Chenille and Pewter, and Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara to create the edgy eye look. On the skin is the must-own Armani foundation again, and Clé de Peau concealer, and the lip colour is Mark Juice Gems High Shine Lip Gloss in Cherry Bomb. I'd be fine with it all, if only the eye was softer.

The hair I wish were sleeker. Anytime I see two even tendrils (one on either side of the face) with an updo, it just looks dated to me.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

You knew she'd be here. And one of the biggest surprises of the night was that she didn't wear her usual half-up, half-down hairstyle. (Maybe Ariana does read here. Haha.) Instead, she wore her hair down and completely straight—and I have to say, it looks a million times better. I can even overlook the super-dark root area, given her circumstances. (For those who don't know, Ariana's hair is super-damaged from colouring it for Victorious, and she now wears a wig for roles, and extensions.) I still wish she'd just lose the extensions and rock a short haircut, but I guess baby steps.

Her makeup isn't really floating my boat either. I find the thick black liner looks really heavy on her, and at the very least needed a lighter lip to keep it in balance. Or, if she really wanted to do a lip, then DO A LIP. I feel like this pink is sort of half-assed. Ariana, see Lea Michele for how to do it.

Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

No clue who Zoey is, but she's officially on my radar now for this stunning pink makeup look. I don't think I've ever been in favour of shimmery pink eyeshadow, but OMG, it looks incredible on her. I think because she doesn't have a lot of lid space to work with, the shadow all the way around her eyes doesn't overwhelm; plus, it looks like she's got some brown/black liner in the waterlines to ground it. Going matchy-matchy with a pink gloss was just the right choice, but pink in her dress or the blush would've been overkill. (The peach blush keeps things in balance, so that her entire face isn't overwhelmed by cool tones.) Makeup artist Adam Breuchaud, you are a genius.

Her amazing full brows and loose, brown hair complement the colour palette beautifully. Stylist Aviva Perea used Oribe Surfcomber Mousse, plus spritzes of Oribe Après Beach and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish to get that covetable texture.

Laura Marano

Laura Marano, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

We've seen Laura a few times now on the red carpet, and I think she's a gorgeous girl—I just think she'd be even more gorgeous if she stopped fighting her natural hair colour. Not everyone can or should be a blonde, and this Ombré effect is too high-contrast for her base. I find it really detracts from her colouring. Don't you think she'd be better off with a solid-toned chocolately brown to set off her eyes and flawless pale skin?

That's really the only thing that bugs here; her makeup is just fine. She's one of those lucky types—like many/most of you brown-eyed people—who can wear a lot of eye makeup without it overwhelming her or looking harsh. Compare to the lighter-eyed Kaley Cuoco to see what I mean. I really love the black in the waterlines for Laura; it makes her eyes look so enormous.

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

So Laura has a sister: meet Vanessa, who is making her first Beauty Editor appearance. Unlike Laura, she seems to have all-one-tone hair colour, and I love this high ponytail wrapped in a piece of hair.

I don't mind her makeup, but it could've used a slightly lighter hand. I don't see the need for false lashes and heavy eyeshadow, nor does the strong eye need so much on the lips. I think a fresher face would've showed off her beauty to a much better effect. These girls have such amazing skin!

Pia Mia Perez

Pia Mia Perez, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

So Pia Mia is Kylie Jenner's best friend, apparently (and a singer from Guam who rose to fame for a Drake cover). I'm getting a baby Rita Ora vibe from her, what with the matte red lips, strong brows and the bleached-blonde hair. It's a look, that's for sure. And you know what? The headscarf is actually a neat trick for disguising visible roots. Although it's not exactly evening wear.

I'll always be a low-key beauty kind of girl, so this doesn't really appeal to me—although I do get that she's not even trying to look natural. And I think that's okay; I just think a strong statement like this works best when you're hyper-groomed. So, no frizzy texture to your hair, no visible roots, etc. Otherwise it can come across just a little messy, which I think is what's happening here.

Stefanie Scott

Stefanie Scott, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

Thought under-eye concealer creases only happened to grown women? Nope. Stefanie Scott is just 17 years old and she, too, is experiencing this problem. Fortunately, the rest of her makeup is spot-on, not to mention completely age-appropriate. I always love the combo of hot pink lips with a red dress, and Stefanie really isn't wearing much other makeup save for some emphasis along the upper lash line and soft shadow. And look at her gorgeous brows—aren't these teens lucky to be growing up in an era when natural arches are encouraged? Those of us who lived through the '90s and early '00s weren't so fortunate.

I'm not quite sure what's happening with the hair here. There are tiny braids and loose pieces of hair, and I think it's passed to the wrong side of "undone."

Alexa Vega

Alexa Vega, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

I guess I should have warned you about this one. Did you just do the biggest double-take? I, for one, am shocked—shocked, I tell you—that this kind of styling is happening in Hollywood in 2014. For the record, Alexa is only 25 years old, and I'm sure is actually pretty underneath the layers of makeup and this terrible hairstyle. Which should we trash-talk first? Okay, I'll start with the hair. I'm not in love with the colour, but the main problem, as I'm sure you've already spotted, is the curling action on that front piece. Seriously, WTF? I have no words.

The next beauty crime is the Sharpie eyebrows. I feel like some people have taken this new "full brows are in" thing to a whole other extreme. Yes, it's great to have strong brows, but not when they look like they've been created with a marker! I just can't abide by the sharp angles and the dark colour, which totally overwhelm her face. We've also got a false eyelash problem, a tightlining problem, a lip-lining problem and heck, I'll even throw in a blush problem. It's all too much and is making her look easily 20 years older.

Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Coleman, Kids' Choice Awards, 2014

You didn't think things could get worse? Ha! I saved Zendaya for last, because I think looking like you're wearing a mask even tops Alexa's dated, heavy-handed makeup job. Now, at first glance, I thought, "Wow! Zendaya is stepping it up!" If you recall, the last time we saw her was at the Grammys, with a look I felt was too mature for her 17 years. When I first saw this top knot, I got excited. A top knot is youthful! A top knot is cute! Unfortunately, this top knot is destroyed by the fake bangs. You read that right. There are hairpieces that you attach to the front of your head to make it look like you've got bangs, when you don't. Almost always, the colour and the texture don't match up, and they look super-obvious. In the past, I've asked hairstylists about them and was met by cringing expressions. Just not a good look.

I'm not sure which is worse, though, the fake bangs or the makeup. There is just no way a 17-year-old—or any woman of any age!—should be wearing foundation that's this heavy. It's got a greyish cast to it, and doesn't blend into her neck at all. I also dislike the lipstick, although possibly it could've worked with a fresh skin finish. Is it just me or does she look like wax statue?

Annnd that's a wrap! This sure was an interesting one, as far as red carpets go. I'd love to hear what you think about all the looks....

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