amfAR LA Inpsiration Gala 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

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

The amfAR Inspiration Gala took place in Los Angeles this week to benefit AIDS research, and also to celebrate guest of honour, Tom Ford. Plenty of famous faces turned up from the worlds of music, fashion and film—and fittingly for an event with "inspiration" in its title, there are loads of beauty looks to inspire you.

Here are all the close-ups!

Rihanna

Rihanna, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Rihanna at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Rihanna, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Rihanna at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Weird boob-ornamentation aside, I actually like Rihanna's look here... a LOT! That orange lipstick (MAC Lady Danger) is so good with her skin tone and green eyes, and it's perfectly complimented by the similar warm tones on her cheeks and lids (Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze in Tantric). Even the false lashes feel kind of artistic and appropriate, especially with the winged black liner. Well done, Ri!

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Miley Cyrus at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Miley Cyrus, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Miley Cyrus at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Miles could use some powder here, and what's with the dominatrix outfit? Aside from those things, I do like her eye makeup. It's yet another example of the winged eyeshadow (instead of winged liner) look that celebs have been experimenting with lately. The easiest way to get the sharp angles is to take away colour with a Q-tip dipped in a non-oily makeup remover, or a makeup wipe. Looks great with the black in the waterlines, and the well-defined lashes.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Lea Michele at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Lea Michele, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Lea Michele at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Is Lea taking her hot pills lately? She keeps looking better and better. Absolutely nailed the hair thing—just look at those subtle highlights and the beachy texture (courtesy of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray). Melanie Inglessis gave her an "earthy smoky eye" with some cool gold shimmer underneath the lower lash line. Just wish that lip liner on the bottom lip wasn't staring at me.

January Jones

January Jones, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

January Jones at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

January Jones, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of January Jones at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Not sure what happened here, but it's sure not one of January's best. I always feel like this woman rebels against her beauty strengths—which are, let's face it, more in line with Betty Draper's elegant style than this attempt at edginess. The tousling and layering in her hair take away from its natural beauty, in my opinion, and the blush/contour is so frickin' muddy! Ugh. 

Camilla Belle

Camilla Belle, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Camilla Belle at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

January Jones at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Close-up of Camilla Belle at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Now here's someone who gets it. Camilla channeled just the right amount of '60s inspiration for her slightly bouffant updo with dangly earrings, and then kept the makeup soft and peachy. The NARS blush (and as always, the brows) are the stars here; I also love the shimmery pink YSL shadow around the eyes. Mai Quynh used a Jouer lipstick and I'm guessing it's the sheer St. Barths.

Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Kat Dennings at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Kat Dennings, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Kat Dennings at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Usually I love Kat's red carpet looks (with the exception of that one time), but I can't help but feel like I've seen this a hundred times before. Not that it's bad... just a little boring to me now. But her skin is in insane condition, and I like that her false lashes are quite subtle. Her eyeshadows are NARS Blushes in Silvana and Gina, the blush is Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral, and the lipstick is Tom Ford Lip Color in Casablanca with loose powder on top to mattify it. Speaking of lips, something is throwing me off here. Why is the top one twice the size of the bottom? Does that ever happen in nature?

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Gwyneth Paltrow, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Okay, I'll just say it. Gwynnie looks old here. Way older than her 42 years, and I think it has a lot to do with the styling. This centre-parted, stuck-to-the-head hairstyle is not her friend, and neither is the dark red lipstick. We need some big hair and we need some eyebrow definition, and we need it quick. She might also reconsider the chunky mascara. I like it on the runway, but with her small eyes, she desperately needs some longer lashes to open things up.

Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Ashley Madekwe at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Ashley Madekwe, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Ashley Madekwe at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

How great does Ashley look here? This makes me so happy, because she really, truly nailed it with the long, loose, effortless hair and gorgeously subtle makeup. It goes to show you that just playing up the eyes with lashes and a soft cat eye can give you enough definition without having to add colour. The lips and cheeks are tone-on-tone and she's got a lovely highlight in the centre of her face.

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Michelle Rodriguez at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Michelle Rodriguez, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Michelle Rodriguez at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Look! Michelle got bangs. I really like them on her, though they're slightly misbehaving here. This is definitely a case of 'younger, cuter' by adding bangs. Makeup-wise, I can get on board. Good call on the black in the waterlines all the way around the eyes, paired with pale lips and no blush. Perhaps the lips could use a tiny bit more definition.

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Kelly Osbourne at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Kelly Osbourne, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Kelly Osbourne at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Well, you can't say Kelly is boring. Mouse ears, purple hair, a shaved head, dramatic liner and major boobage—there's a lot to look at here. Too much, really, but this is her thing. Underneath all the artifice, she's got great skin and gorgeous brows. Shame about those cray-cray lashes.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Alessandra Ambrosio, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Alessandra wore the same hairstyle as Gwyneth, with dramatically different results (no surprise). I'm mostly interested in her eyebrows here—were they always this bushy? I guess we can all throw away our tweezers now. Don't think she needed the false lashes, but at least they're kind of hidden by the smoky eyes behind them. The white highlight at the inner corners is sooo pretty.

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Milla Jovovich at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Milla Jovovich, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Milla Jovovich at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

I never realized Milla had such pretty light blue eyes before. They look great with the sheer red lipstick and red dress. (She always did like being matchy-matchy.) What I like about this look is how natural it is—you can see her real skin texture and normal eyelashes, and she didn't go over-the-top with her makeup. Of course, models can do that.

Beth Behrs

Beth Behrs, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Beth Behrs at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Beth Behrs, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Beth Behrs at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

I like Beth's look from far away (though the hair is maybe a little too "done" for my taste). But up-close, I'm not a fan of the makeup. What is going on with the burgundy shimmer eyeshadow, with its sharp edge underneath the tails of the brows? I feel like I could do a better job of applying it, and I'm no makeup artist. I'm also not a fan of that blush; it's the second muddy blush we've seen on this red carpet. Do Beth and January need to have their colours done? I think so.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Dita Von Teese at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Dita Von Teese, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Dita Von Teese at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Like Kelly Osbourne, I find Dita Von Teese nowhere near my ideals when it comes to beauty looks—this is so heavy and costumey. But, I get that she's playing a role, and at least it's fairly well done. Things I like about this: the beautiful skin with faintest hint of blush, the retro waves, vampy lips and perfectly applied eye makeup. Not loving the black eyebrows or the powdery skin finish.

Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Kristin Davis at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Kristin Davis, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Kristin Davis at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Cute! Kristin still has that Charlotte vibe and looks as fresh as ever. Can you believe she's 49 now?! She always did look great in a ponytail, and I think she played the makeup just right: flushed cheeks, long lashes and a soft pink gloss. Nothing groundbreaking here, but all good.

Lauren Cohan

Lauren Cohan, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Lauren Cohan at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Lauren Cohan, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Lauren Cohan at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Whoa, Lauren's a total hottie here. I'm fascinated by her bobbed hair. How can it be so impossibly shiny and voluminous, with just the right amount of wave? Also appreciate the natural skin and soft definition around the eyes, with a sheer berry stain on the lips and cheeks. Memo to all the upper lip-injectors in Hollywood: Lauren hasn't done that, and she looks amazing.

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Rose McGowan at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Close-up of Rose McGowan at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Close-up of Rose McGowan at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Haven't seen Rose McGowan in years. She has short hair now, and definitely has the bone structure to pull it off. Unfortunately, she lets things down with the makeup. Again we have a weirdly harsh eyeshadow application. Blending needed ASAP! Someone give her a set of makeup brushes. It's also a shame about her brows... so skinny and it looks like she's lost the outer third. Otherwise, skin is pretty nice and I like the lip colour.

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Tricia Helfer at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Tricia Helfer, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Tricia Helfer at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

So Tricia used to be this big deal Canadian model back in the early '90s. She's still a real looker, although she has a decidedly Californian vibe now instead of high-fashion. I feel compelled to make note of her chest, as a PSA against tanning. This is what happens, people. And she's only 40 years old.

Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Natasha Bedingfield at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Natasha Bedingfield, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Natasha Bedingfield at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

This is pretty nice; Natasha is one of those fortunate people who can pull off platinum blonde and look totally natural. I like it with the big, dark brows, too. Not so crazy about the blush, however. Why are so many blondes on this red carpet wearing blush that's too dark and warm for their complexions?? It also needs better blending. I like the copper on her lids, though.

Troain Bellisario

Troain Bellisario, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Troain Bellisario at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Troain Bellisario, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Troain Bellisario at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Troain has amazing hair, but more effort is needed on the makeup front. The heavy brown eyeshadow and stained lips just aren't enough to brighten her skin and make the look special enough for a red carpet. I'd love to see her with cleaner eyes, stronger blush and a maybe a pop on the lips.

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Katee Sackhoff at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Katee Sackhoff, amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2014

Close-up of Katee Sackhoff at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.

Not crazy about this one, either. The shape of Katee's updo is far from flattering (why is it so wide on the sides?) and I feel like the shimmer on her eyes is a bit out of control. But I do like the skin, lips and rim of black liner close to the lash line.

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Who do you think had the best hair and makeup here? The worst? Is there any look that's really inspiring you?