Teen Choice Awards 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards? Here are the close-ups!
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Who had the best hair and makeup at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards? Here are the close-ups!

Every once in a while, there's a red carpet that really wows you—and that's how I feel about last night's Teen Choice Awards. So much hair and makeup excitement here! Have a peek, and then let me know which looks you love:

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell, Teen Choice Awards 2014

It was a tough decision, but I think Shay wins it for me. The Pretty Little Liars star has come a long way in the past year, in terms of beauty sophistication—and this loose, romantic side braid paired with dark red lips is pretty much the perfect combo. So perfect I really want to recreate the hair on myself. Stylist Daven Mayeda used Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (what else?!) to rough up the texture, and Affinage Dry Mud pomade for a matte finish. (Yes, we even want our hair to be matte now.) You can't see it in the pic, but he even fastened the braid with a graphic silver ring, I assume over top of a clear elastic. How cool is that?

No word yet on the makeup, but I'm stalking Shay's makeup artist, Patrick Ta, to find out what products he used. I think her skin looks incredible, matte but illuminated in the centre, and her brows are looking softer than I remember them. I really don't mind the false lashes here, as they're not overpowering the look, and balance nicely with the strong lipstick. Note how the eyeshadow and blush are very, very neutral. Love it all!

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Are you as mesmerized by this photo of Bella Thorne as I am? There's something about her not-of-this-world hair colour with her peachy skin and brown eyes that is SO appealing. I think it's her eye colour that makes this pop—the strawberry hair just wouldn't work as well with blue eyes, know what I mean?

I'm also struck by the harmony of colour here, since Bella usually goes for brighter makeup like the green and yellow eyes at the Kids' Choice Awards. But here, I adore the rose gold palette on her! Especially the glimmery highlights at the inner corners of her eyes. The false lashes at the outer corners work well here, too, as they "ground" the otherwise pale colours. On her lips, makeup artist Amy Oresman used Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Juicy Peach, and the foundation is Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup.

Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Oh God, Victoria Justice is so perfect, isn't she? Probably the easiest client ever for a hair or makeup artist... I imagine you don't even have to DO anything, and she looks amazing. As always, I am astounded by her ridiculously flawless skin and expertly groomed eyebrows... though maybe she could have them a touch more natural, you know? I'd love to see Victoria with longer "fans".

Like Bella, she also went for a peachy makeup palette, with a shimmery pale peach on the lips and the barest sweep of peach blush. More false eyelashes here, and again, I don't mind them (what is happening?!). With her simple, half-up hairstyle, this is a great, understated look to complement her delicate features.

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland, Teen Choice Awards 2014

The night's host, Sarah Hyland, is another one who has come a long way—never thought she'd become a favourite after her rocky red carpet start at the 2012 SAG Awards (think: prom hair and overdone smoky eyes). Here, her hair and makeup is just gorgeous, though! She's got the ideal (rounded) hairline for a severe, slicked-back ponytail. And I love her full brows right now; they're really grown out versus just two years ago. I might just tidy up the few stray hairs along the top in the middle.

Sarah's go-to makeup artist, Allan Avendaño, did the makeup for the night, and I think this rose-brown palette is unusual but quite flattering. I think the key with brownish tones is to not just wear them on the lips but also the eyeshadow, that way it harmonizes together really well. A lighter colour like this is definitely the best way to do a smoky eye right now, too—a much better choice than a heavy dark grey, brown or charcoal.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale, Teen Choice Awards 2014

More gorgeousness here, from Lucy Hale. I always get nervous when I see these types of hairstyles, with the loose pieces on either side... I think Lucy's is borderline, but on just the right side of undone (instead of "prom"). Other than needing a bit of powder on the cheeks, I think her makeup is nice as well—love the tightlining around the eyes, and here's yet another false lash look that I won't complain about. I'm telling you, the makeup artists really stepped up their lash game here!

Kelsey Deenihan was the one behind Lucy's look. She used makeup artist favourite, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, to perfect the skin after moisturizing with Lancer The Method Nourish Moisturizer. No blush, just contour: Mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Amped Up. Then on the eyes, she used Mark All Time Eye Hook Up Longwear Shadow in Tender Love as a champagne-coloured base before smoking them out with the reddish-brown shade in the Mark On the Dot Neutral Eye Color Compact. The liner is Mark No Place to Run Waterproof Eyeliner in Jet Set and the mascara is Mark Lash Act Build and Define Mascara in Blackest Black. To finish, the tawny Mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Bare Hug on the lips.

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Hilary Duff looks fantastic here, especially her hair. I know the textured lob thing has been done and done, but I think she wears this hairstyle really well—way better than most. Super-cute how her long bangs bend to frame her face, like curtains.

I don't have details yet on the makeup, except that her regular makeup artist, Adam Breuchaud, did the look. It's nothing crazy, but it's pretty beautiful. Hilary has great skin, so all that was needed was a bit of brow-defining and subtle smokiness around the eyes (especially underneath the lower lashes, which is the new "it" zone). Is she wearing false lashes here? I can't tell!

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Taylor's not looking all that happy here. I wonder if she's rethinking her hair and makeup choices? I don't really have an issue with anything here... but it's not taking my breath away like many of the others.

I think it's because there's so much happening: bangs, pinky-coral lips, purple eyeshadow, lashes, liner, earrings. It's hard to know where to look. For one, the makeup would've showed off better if she wore her hair off the face. It's really hard to do stand-out, colourful eye makeup when you have long bangs. I'm also just tired, I guess, of her eye makeup technique. Does it always have to be that harsh black liquid liner and false lashes? She should take a cue from, say, Hilary Duff, and lighten things up.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Selena Gomez went sleek and simple for this awards show, and while I can't get that excited about it, I do think she looks great. The real beauty here is the eye makeup: a dramatic black wing that extends from both the top and bottom lids, with some dark grey shadow adding dimension to the outer crease. (The black liner looks like it cracked a bit on the bottom edge... oops!)

With such an artistic eye, you want quite natural brows, as Selena has here—I think filling them in too much would steal the attention and make the look a little harsh. Same goes for the nude lips. She completed the look with a centre-parted, low ponytail. Très grown-up.

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Well, I think Shay Mitchell's side braid was better than Nina Dobrev's... I wish Nina didn't have so much hair hanging out on the opposite side. Hers is a different style of braid, though: what her hairstylist Riawna Capri calls a "rope braid". To create it, she first misted the hair with KMS California FreeShape 2-in-1 Styling and Finishing Spray before creating beachy waves with a 1-inch curling iron. Next, she added texture with KMS California Hair Play Playable Texture. To make the braid, Riawna separated the hair into three sections, twisted them clockwise and then braided them counter-clockwise. After fastening at the end, she spread out the braid, pulled out a few pieces and sprayed with KMS California Hair Stay Medium Hold Spray to keep in place.

Beau Nelson did Nina's makeup, which centred around the eyes. Notice how they're rimmed all the way around? There's that 360-degree trend again. Beau used NYX Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner & Smudger in three shades (Betty, Charlotte and Scarlette), applied with a brush to build a slightly feline shape. He worked NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black into the lash lines, and finished the eyes with a few individual false lashes and NYX Cosmetics Doll Eye Mascara.

Interesting technique on the skin. Beau used a stick foundation that was four shades darker than her skin tone to contour the cheekbones, jawline and nose. Then he added Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in the centre, in a colour two shades lighter. Beau's reasoning is that this is a more natural way to create dimension, instead of heavy contour products or concealers. He also used NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer instead of blush—gosh, that's two celebs who skipped blush. I hope we're not seeing the end of blush! To finish, Beau used NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Bit of Honey on the lips.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Something looks different about Lea Michele here. Is it just that the photographer caught her in a rare moment when she wasn't doing one of her signature hard poses? Also new is the hair. It's lighter, right? I think this colour is super-pretty for her, though I wish she'd crisp up those bangs. They're a bit too wispy and long in the centre, and are getting in her eyes.

They also hide the makeup, which I know is great because Matthew VanLeeuwen was the artist behind it. No word yet on the specific products, but I think the subtly beachy/glowy look goes nicely with her hair.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley, Teen Choice Awards 2014

So Shailene is basically wearing NO makeup here. Or what looks like no makeup, at least. You know me, I'm all for no-makeup makeup looks—like that Rosamund Pike moment from last year that I still think about—but I don't know if this is working that well for Shai. I'm a bit torn. On the one hand, it's nice to see the confidence to rock a bare face in a sea of trying-too-hard Hollywood starlets. I applaud that. And her skin does look nice here.

On the other hand, this is a little too bare when you consider the short hair as well. Short hair requires some more effort... even earrings would've helped. This kinda looks like she just got out of the shower, combed her hair into place, and showed up. I'm imagining this with a super-bold, precision-application red lipstick. Wouldn't that be a wicked contrast with everything else low-key?

UPDATE: Details just in on Shailene's makeup. She is wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Fair-Light Honey, with Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess for subtle contouring and Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator to highlight the high planes of her face. On the eyes, Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze all the way around the eyes, plus the taupe shades from the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Limited Edition Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette at the outer corners for shading. Her mascara is Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara and the lip colour is Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Hope.

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks, Teen Choice Awards 2014

I love how Jordin is the happiest person on this red carpet. She gets major points right off the bat for geniunely looking like she's having fun and glad to be there. I also like this hairstyle better than the last time we saw her, at the Billboard Music Awards, with cornrows. It's hard to tell from this front-on pic, but she's wearing a great big, voluminous, curly ponytail. Amazing!

Makeup-wise, her skin looks great as per usual; it's just the eyelashes that are bugging. They're too fake-looking, and she doesn't need them. I'd love to see her experiment more with liner and golden or shimmery tones on the eyes instead of always lashes.

Chloë Moretz

Chloe Moretz, Teen Choice Awards 2014

This isn't my favourite Chloë look, but it's not bad either. Just a little monotone, is all. Makeup artist Mai Quynh prepped her skin with La Mer Moisturizing Cream before applying foundation, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard and Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge in Bouquet Rose. She smudged Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon in Charbon into the lash lines and bottom waterline, and then used a stiff eyeshadow brush to apply it as a cream shadow from lash line to crease. Next came the two shimmery brown shadows from the Votre Vu Palette Play in Nude, which Mai blended into the crease and smudged along the bottom lash line. Two coats of Votre Vu Eiffel Power Mascara on the top lashes only completed the eyes. For the lips, Mai chose Votre Vu French Kiss in Loulou for a sheer lip look. Nice but boring...

Stylist Gregory Russell did the soft waves in Chloë's hair. After blowing dry, he sprayed sections with Kevin Murphy Damage Manager and twisted them away from her face, holding the ends and blasting the twists with a Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 and Hot Sock attachment. Once cooled, he used a 1.25-inch iron to create random waves, which he loosened by tugging and then hitting them again with the blowdryer heat. To create texture, he misted with Klorane Dry Shampoo, and the finished with Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel Styling Cream through the ends and Kérastase Laque Couture hairspray for hold.

Debby Ryan

Debby Ryan, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Debby Ryan looks so different here! Last time we saw her, it was at the MTV Movie Awards, and she was all va-va-voom in long, strawberry-coloured hair. Now she's gone pale pink—so fun!—and is rocking a cool updo, '60s eyes and a nose ring. I kinda love it. It IS a teen awards show, after all.

Makeup artist Andre Sarmiento prepped her skin with Epicuren Aloe Vera Calming Gel mixed with Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer. Then he perfected her skin with MAC Face & Body Foundation, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage under the eyes. For the cheeks, he used Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer as contour, softened with Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion and Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo in Candlelight on the cheekbones as a highlight.

Debby's lashes are over-the-top, but I think they work here for a retro vibe. Andre completely customized them by cutting up the House of Lashes Siren set. He also coated the top lashes with Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara, and used a waterproof Maybelline mascara on the bottom. He used Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe to define the crease, and Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner in Black to created a winged line along the top lash line. Finally, lips got a layer of NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight, with NARS Lip Gloss in Triple X on top.

To create Debby's updo, hairstylist Bobby Eliot prepped the hair with Oribe Foundation Mist all over and Oribe Volumista at the roots; then he rough-dried it, focusing on achieving volume. Once dry, he flat ironed the ends and sprayed all over with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. We can't see the back here, but the updo is comprised of little knots from the nape upward, which Bobby secured with pins, leaving the ends out. He gave the final knot at the top a slight pompadour shape. To hold, he finished the look with Oribe Superfine Hair Spray. Super-cute!

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld, Teen Choice Awards 2014

It's really too bad about the concealer creasing issue underneath Hailee's eyes, because otherwise I really dig the unusual liner technique that her makeup artist, Jenn Streicher, used here. See how the black dips down in a very fine point at the tear ducts? Very cool. And so perfect with pink lips and full brows. I don't think a 17-year-old needs to be wearing the false lashes, though. Jenn used NYX Cosmetics Epic Black Mousse Liner on the eyes, and NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Snow Cap on the lips.

I also feel like this would've been better with her hair more off her face, to show off the strong eye statement. It would've felt a little fresher and more age-appropriate that way, too.

Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Coleman, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Big news here—Zendaya chopped off her hair, or maybe just got rid of long extensions? It looks like she dyed it darker as well, compared to her last appearance (at the MTV Movie Awards). I am a fan of the shorter length, and the bangs. It feels like she's not trying so hard to be sexy now, which is a good thing. (She's only 17, can you believe it?) But I think I preferred the old colour; it was a bit softer. And something seems a bit off about the texture here. Is it wet or dry? Soft or crispy? I feel like her hair can't decide what it wants to do.

Allan Avendaño, who did Sarah Hyland's makeup, did Zendaya's as well. I just don't get why he made Sarah look fantastic... but then gave Zendaya bottom false lashes. How are bottom false lashes even a thing? Oh well, at least they're not as bad as that one time with Giuliana Rancic.

Laura Marano

Laura Marano, Teen Choice Awards 2014

What would a teen event be without the Marano sisters? First up, we have Laura, who is much improved versus the last time we saw her, at the MTV Movie Awards. She's lightened up her whole look, most noticeably the hair. Great job on subtle Ombré here, huh? When hair is straight, it really separates the Ombré men from the boys (or women from girls; no idea who did this). I think she also did a great job of keeping her makeup soft and pretty: sheer rosy lips, blush and lashes. Perfect for an 18-year-old.

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Vanessa is Laura's older (21-year-old) sister, and I'm loving her look here. Her skin! Is perfect. I might have dreams tonight about this skin. And in terms of the lips and eyes, she got the same memo as Laura about lightening things up. Last time, at the Young Hollywood Awards, Vanessa's makeup was so heavy. Whereas this—with the soft brown liner, flirty lashes and sheer lips—is perfection. I really think you have to be careful when your skin is this pale, and hair and eyes so dark. Your features are already high-contrast, so a less-is-more approach definitely works best.

Emily Osment

Emily Osment, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Emily Osment is a gorgeous girl, there's no question; but she's a great example of someone whose styling team could use few baby upgrades. I'm talking about the spray tan, first of all—I think it's too dark, and we're moving away from that look, especially with blonde hair. And speaking of the hair, I think her waves would look best if she brushed 'em out. The piecey, tousled look doesn't quite work when hair is this long; I think it's for lobs and shorter.

I do like her orange lipstick (which seems to have rubbed off in the centre?), and her skin texture is fantastic. But she could also lose the false lashes... they look a bit too spidery too me.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Anyone else having déjà vu? Ariana's style is stuck on repeat. Which would be fine if it was a good style—like Jennifer Aniston, for example, who sticks to what works. But I don't think the matte brown lipstick, ashy brows or fried-looking hair are at all flattering. I've said it all before... Ariana needs to cut her hair and find a new makeup artist.

Cher Lloyd

Cher Lloyd, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Eeks, I really wish Cher hadn't done the false lashes here. They distract from what was otherwise a really gorgeous beauty look—lovely shiny waves, a curve of black liner and brownish-pink lips (which work here but didn't on Ariana). She would've looked so much cooler without the spider-lash crutch that these celebs tend to fall back on. Notice again the lack of blush... I'm starting to get worried that blush is going to go out of style!

Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Yikes, Cat Deeley needs to tone things down. Waaay down. I get that she wanted to be fun and beachy, but there are a lot of things I'd change here. First of all, the tan is too much and the hair is too blonde and brassy. I think the latter is just too close to her skin tone... I'd love to see her with a richer, darker blonde that's closer to her natural hair colour. That way, her skin and eyes would stand out better (so long as she stops with the extreme tanning). Also maybe a bit of a bang would be nice? I think it might soften her look instead of always having the long hair in a centre part, which drags a face down.

I do love the orange lipstick and pops of colour on the cheeks. But the lashes... eeks! I can see why she wears them, to help give her eyes a lift. (I have this eyelid type and I can see my future here.) But there has to be a better way of wearing false lashes than this! She should take a cue from the ladies at the top of this post and copy their lash looks.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer, Teen Choice Awards 2014

In contrast to Cat Deeley, here's an example of glowy and beachy really working. It helps that Jana Kramer is a brunette and has a naturally darker skin tone, which makes it easier to pull of a bit more colour. She's got great highlights in her hair, too. I love that she's rocking her natural lips with a bright pink.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy, Teen Choice Awards 2014

Haha! I saved the best for last. Mary Murphy has blonderexia and needs help! Or maybe she just needs to back off the tanning and get a hairstyle that is of this decade instead of the 1970s. I actually love the contrast of brown eyes with blonde hair, although I think Mary does look tons better as a brunette. It's hard to believe her look has changed so much since the early days of So You Think You Can Dance. She was totally cute before... what is she thinking?!

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