The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosted its annual gala on Saturday night, and since the event was presented by Gucci, the style stakes were high. Shimmery shadows—in a wide range of shades—were the key beauty look, complimented by soft peaches, pinks and a few bold berries on the lips.
Here are all the beauty close-ups:
Just have a moment to take in Selena Gomez's shimmery, smoky eyes. Spectacular! I love how the light-reflective texture and the champagne highlight at the inner corners keep the charcoal hue from looking too heavy. And see how the shape is just ever-so-slightly pointed at the outer edges—like a soft cat eye? This is the new way to do a smoky eye, folks. It's super-flattering on her with the warm peach blush, high-pigment lip gloss and sleek hair in a deep side part.
It looks like Amy Adams dyed her hair an even more vibrant shade of red... and I'm not sure how I feel about it with her skin tone. It almost overpowers her, you know? Like you notice the hair before the face, when it should be vice-versa. The curls are lovely, though. And I always think she looks great in harmonizing rosy bronze shadow, peach blush and peach gloss.
This might be the only time in the history of red carpets where I'm not feeling what Camilla Belle is doing. I get what she was attempting—to be a little arty, with a dramatic blush application going up to the temples. But then she added purple shimmer eyeshadow, pale pink lips and a strangely whitened skin finish, and I'm overwhelmed. It just goes to show you, even the stupidly gorgeous have trouble pulling off runway beauty looks in real life. If she'd stuck to just one element here, it could've worked. But hey, at least she took a risk; keeps it interesting!
Jennifer Lopez, still looking amazing. From afar, that is—when we zoom in, I'm not so sure about all the contouring and shading and shimmering. (Plus, that lip gloss, eeks!) It just feels like she's borderline getting stuck in an early 2000s beauty rut. I'm exhausted just thinking about how much effort went into this face! Her hairstyle and colour are fantastic, though.
Oh look, Kate Hudson's pink hair washed out already—darn! But this is nice, too, although not quite as striking. (I think Kate actually looks better with less makeup. Thoughts?) Notice the shimmer going almost to the brows, concentrated at the inner corners, and in quite a thick stroke underneath the lower lashes (it's Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Golden Snake blended with Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Burnished Bronze). The lip colour is Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Pomegranate Pink and Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in Red Fuchsia.
Well, this is interesting on Dakota Johnson (soon to be crazy-famous). You know what? I like it. I like the updo with the flipped-up bangs, and I extra-like the eyeshadow that goes all the way up to the brows. It's one of those changes-in-the-light shades that matches her hair colour here, but in other shots reads iridescent purple! The skinny waterlining keeps her eyes popping, and the skin and mouth are neutral and fresh.
We've already discussed Cara Delevingne's new brown hair colour (which I think is her best yet). So now let's talk about her styling. Love the pairing of a wide, loose side braid with a dressy dress and on-point makeup. Not sure her brows needed quite this much brushing up, but I totally dig the black liquid liner and matching curvy brown shadow. (It's yet another example of the new cat eyes, done with shadow.) Her complexion is what my skindreams are made of.
Evan Rachel Wood
Hmm... Evan Rachel Wood, I like your bobbed hair, but on the makeup front, I think you can do better. It's hard to explain what, exactly, feels "off" to me here—I suspect it's the lip finish, which up-close seems a bit too heavy and precise. (It's L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor in Bold Bordeaux, by the way.) Also, false lashes seem a bit much for a cool girl like ERW.
Salma Hayek is doing "elegant rich lady" and it's pretty awesome. Weirdly, the '60s beehive thing actually suits her, and then she brings it back to 2014 with soft, fresh makeup. I love that she's barely wearing anything on her eyes, just light, feathery lashes, and that cool pink gloss is great on her warm skin. This was the perfect way to play the sparkly dress and earrings.
I might need to go lie down. What's it gonna take, do you think, for Kim Kardashian to tone down these creepy-crawlers on her eyelids? Weirdly, I was watching a Pixiwoo video the other day, and they said Kim K. makeup looks are BY FAR the most requested on YouTube. (Sometimes, I don't want to live in this world.) Besides the lash horror, there's a skin mismatch from forehead to centre, and her lips look SO obviously injected. I know Kim's a huge fan of Fraxel treatments—so why doesn't she show off her great complexion instead of masking it?
And this is why people refuse to get bangs. Michelle Rodriguez still isn't getting the hang of styling hers... or maybe it was just really hot in there. Clumping aside, I actually like this look from afar—the white dress has an amazing neckline and really flatters her colouring. Zoomed in, her face could really use some mattification, but I like the tightlined eyes and the fact that you can see her real skin.
As a blush addict, I almost never say this, but I'm sorry, Kirsten Dunst—that really is too much blush. I'm also unclear on this choice of false lashes. Surely there are more natural-looking ones than that? At least she nailed in on the lip colour and texture, which is soft and stained-looking. It's what I wish Evan Rachel Wood would've done with her burgundy shade.
I think Kate Beckinsale is one of those rare people who looks better in an updo than with her hair down. Like Salma Hayek, she's all elegant '60s glam in high hair and big earrings, although perhaps not quite as fashion-forward. It could be the lighting, but I find the blush and eyeshadow way too heavy. And her lips are looking seriously inflated.
As per usual with ex-models, Cindy Crawford is barely aging. I like that she kept her signature bouncy blowout with tone-on-tone highlights, and went really natural on the makeup (and lashes!). But we seem to have another case of the Halle Berry-style ashy eyebrows.
And now for the feat of genetics that is Toni Garrn. Her skin is just ridiculous, and only a VS model could pull off a simple ponytail and barely any makeup (or brow emphasis) and look so stunning. I'm really into her defined and slightly chunky eyelashes.
Beauty! There's nothing groundbreaking about Nicola Peltz's look—a smooth blowout, big brows and flawless skin—but it's still gorgeous. I especially love her hair colour, which is darker in the under-layers and near the roots, but with bright blonde around the face.
I'm all for red carpet effortlessness, but Rhona Mitra maybe needs a bit more effort. Part of the problem is her hair is separating at the ends instead of staying together in one glamorous, voluminous mass. Also, she has beautiful skin and a lovely light touch with the makeup—but those brows are calling out for some assistance.
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