ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Which celebrity had the best hair and makeup on this red carpet? Come see!
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Which celebrity had the best hair and makeup on this red carpet? Come see!

With everyone expressing their feelings about Renée Zellweger's face last week, it was easy to overlook all the other celebs at ELLE's Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday night. But we won't—because there's still lots to talk about on this red carpet!

Here are all the night's beauty looks:

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Jennifer Lawrence at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Not bad, Jen. Not bad at all! Her short hair has grown out into this wavy chin-length bob, which is SO flattering on her—especially with all the depth in her blonde hair colour. It feels like she's finally wearing her hairstyle, instead of the hairstyle wearing her. The softly shaded eye makeup is also fantastic; she should always do it this way. And I even like the red vinyl lips. 

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Kerry Washington at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Kerry Washington, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Kerry Washington at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Have we seen the bright eyeliner trend on Kerry before? I don't think so, and with her flawless skin, she wears that swipe of colour along the lash lines really well. Notice how the blue on her eyes is different to the dress, so it's not matchy-matchy overkill. Alas, I have a problem with those over-the-top lashes and her stuck-to-the-head hairstyle, which isn't that flattering. I think it's time to bring back the bangs?

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Bella Thorne at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Bella Thorne, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Bella Thorne at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

I always think Bella has such an interesting look, and I'm partially on board here, thanks to the gold all the way around the eyes, the stained-looking lips and the (actually quite nice for once) false lashes. Problem is, the foundation is whack. Why is it so yellow on the lower half of her face? And does it really need to be that heavy on a 17-year-old?

Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Doutzen Kroes at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Doutzen Kroes, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Doutzen Kroes at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Love Doutzen. See how she has the most genuine smile on this red carpet? Of course her hair and makeup are on point, as always. It's nice to see her rocking what I assume is her natural hair texture, and a fuller brow. I do find her skin texture looks a little prematurely aged for a 29-year-old, but it probably has something to do with giving birth to her second child only two months ago, and already being back in crazy-good shape. Maybe she lost the weight too fast? 

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Jennifer Garner at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Jennifer Garner, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Jennifer Garner at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Aw, I miss Jennifer Garner's bangs. (Need a refresher? Look here.) I thought they made her look younger and cuter; this off-the-forehead style, not so much. Fortunately, her makeup is quite good, aside from the obvious lip liner. Great job on the tightlining, and the light pink lipstick is pretty on her.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Elizabeth Banks at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Elizabeth Banks, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Elizabeth Banks at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Not bad, but I think Elizabeth could do better, don't you? First of all, there's the hair. I'd love to see her with an all-one-length blunt cut instead of these dated layers. And something weird and brassy is happening at her roots. Makeup-wise, she could totally carry off an unconventional lip colour or some fun liner—so I don't get the need for these heavy false lashes.

Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Lizzy Caplan at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Lizzy Caplan, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Lizzy Caplan at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

I love a dark eye on Lizzy, and this is one of her best yet—charcoal black right up to the crease, skinny waterlines and lots of lower lashes. Against the pale skin and no blush, it's very impactful, and it also adds width to her long face. Great easy hairstyle, too. She looks comfortable and like herself, just a little dressier.

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Michelle Monaghan at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Michelle Monaghan, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Michelle Monaghan at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Wow, look at those eyes! Although I have a major hair crush on Michelle (see here), pulling it all back really shows off her amazing gaze. What I find interesting about this makeup is the artistic contrast between the coral pink of her blush (which goes up to the temples) and the warm brown of her eyeshadow. The black in the waterlines ties everything together. So pretty.

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Emmy Rossum at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Emmy Rossum, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Emmy Rossum at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What is it about Emmy Rossum? Almost always, she comes so close to having a great beauty look, but there's something slightly off. In this case, it's the eye makeup application. I get what she was trying to do—have the flicks come from the lower lid, which is a bit of a trend right now, and to also do it in shadow instead of liner. Unfortunately, the shape is too rounded instead of graphic, and I find the black in the waterlines is very harsh on her. Oh well, at least her skin looks amazing, and she didn't add false lashes.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Kaley Cuoco at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Kaley Cuoco, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Kaley Cuoco at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Speaking of #eyemakeupproblems... It looks like Kaley is struggling with the same thing as Emmy, but if I'm not mistaken, it's her false lashes instead of eyeliner that's creating that effect. Why oh why can't she just do natural eyes, like at the Emmys? I'm also concerned about all the pastels. Between the blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner and lipstick, there are a lot of pinks and purples, which never looks that modern.

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Nikki Reed at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Nikki Reed, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Nikki Reed at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Oh no, Nikki looks like she's someone's bridesmaid instead of attending a red carpet event. I've zeroed in on the problem and I think it's the undone side-swept hair. What IS that hair? I think it's supposed to be a side bun, but there are way too many pieces coming out of it. If you're going to wear a super-feminine dress, it's best to go much sharper/sleeker on the hair to provide contrast. A slick bun would've been perfect here. At least the makeup is great.

Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Gillian Jacobs at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Gillian Jacobs, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Gillian Jacobs at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Oh wow—I love everything about this, including the dress. With such strong colours and the pattern, Gillian wisely played her beauty low-key. Her side-swept hair with volume at the part compliments the neckline of the dress (and is a good compromise to wearing hair all the way up). The only adornment with her makeup is basically the false lashes, but they're not obnoxious ones. I'd copy this in a heartbeat.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Julianne Hough at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Julianne Hough, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Julianne Hough at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Anyone else over this textured long bob hairstyle with the straight ends? It feels like Julianne has been wearing it forever—she was one of the early adopters, after all—so it's time for something new. And a darker, warmer colour as well, because this rooty platinum isn't doing her any favours. I will say that I like the cool palette of the makeup (silvery eyes and mauvey pink lips), and the dark brows.

Liana Liberato

Liana Liberato, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Liana Liberato at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Liana Liberato, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Liana Liberato at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

So intrigued by Liana. The first time we saw her was at Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood party, and I'm glad to see she's mixing things up with a different, equally interesting look here. This time, it's all about the metallic maroon on the eyes—and Emmy Rossum, take note. THIS is how you take under-eye liner up at the outer edges. Also check out how her brows are filled in at the top to make them look thicker, which helps ground the look. Finally, she's wearing loose, half-up hair... and it looks cool instead of cutesy.

Brie Larson

Brie Larson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Brie Larson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Brie Larson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Brie Larson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Like Emmy Rossum, Brie Larson is another one who sometimes misses the beauty mark. With this look, the good parts are that her hair is all one colour (instead of the greyish highlights) and neatly pulled back (instead of those knotty things she's been so fond of). The bad part, however, is the blush; it's too dark for her skin tone and overpowers the makeup. It would also be nice to see some definition somewhere instead of just eyeshadow. How about a lip, Brie, or some liner? Such good raw materials gone to waste...

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Tessa Thompson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Tessa Thompson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Tessa Thompson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

This is really nice—and a great example of the new caramel lip colour that's trending right now. Tessa wears it well, with a similar tone on her cheeks for a softly tawny effect. I'm mostly fascinated by her eyes here, though. The liner in the waterlines is SO precise, and with the flirty lashes, it defines her eyes without looking like obvious makeup.

Maggie Lawson

Maggie Lawson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Maggie Lawson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Maggie Lawson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Maggie Lawson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

I'm a fan of high ponytails in general, as well as natural makeup looks, but something about this feels a little underwhelming. Like, perhaps not special enough for a red carpet. I'm trying to picture Maggie in a hot pink lipstick, and I like it. Maybe next time!

Britt Robertson

Britt Robertson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Britt Robertson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Britt Robertson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Britt Robertson at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

And this is why I say that updos are not for everyone. You can be the cutest girl—like Britt here—but just not in possession of the right genetic formula to pull off an updo. It happens. Aside from needing softer hair, I think the makeup is fine, although slightly dated. For example, I'd love to see her in matte, bare lips instead of gloss. And the brows more natural and not so skinny on the tails. 

Renée Zellweger

Renee Zellweger, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Renée Zellweger at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Renee Zellweger, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2014

Close-up of Renée Zellweger at the 2014 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Last but not least, our friend Renée. We've already talked about her new face at length, so let's just focus on the styling here. I don't think it's great. The hair is limp, and that side-swept, off-the-forehead thing isn't doing it for me. I think bangs, and embracing a straight lob (a la Anna Faris) would be great for her. As would a little session with the tweezers! Those brows are sprawling towards her lashes. But I never noticed before that she had freckles—they're pretty adorable. 

 Have Your Say

Who had the best hair and makeup on this red carpet? Who's your least favourite? Which of these beauty looks would you try?