American Music Awards 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Which celeb had the best hair and makeup on this red carpet? Discuss!
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Which celeb had the best hair and makeup on this red carpet? Discuss!

The American Music Awards were held this week, and there were TONS of different beauty trends on the red carpet—from dark lips to centre parts to big curls to shimmery shadow. I'm especially loving these Gothic-chic burgundy mouths as we head into holiday party season.

Check out all the hair and makeup looks, and get inspired!

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale, American Music Awards 2014

Lucy Hale at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Lucy Hale, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Lucy Hale at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Lucy Hale changed her hair! She chopped off a few more inches since the last time we saw her, at the CMA Awards earlier this month, and styled it in soft, easy waves. Her highlights look more prominent, too, and I love how they pick up on the hazel tones of her eyes. But truly, the standout here is her Gothic mouth. The colour is Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in 9 Rouge Noir, all over the lips, and then Mark Lipclick Full Color Lipsticks in Whiney and Hot & Spicy layered over the top. Her lovely skin was perfected with the red carpet classic, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No. 6.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner, American Music Awards 2014

Kylie Jenner at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Kylie Jenner, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Kylie Jenner at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Say what you will about Kylie Jenner's plumped-up lips, but she really does look amazing here. The teal dip-dye is back—we hadn't seen this hair colour since the Billboard Music Awards in May—and weirdly, it makes an awesome contrast against her burgundy lipstick and dress. The lip colour is MAC Lip Pencil in Burgundy with cult classic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on top. On her eyes, Kylie is wearing Eyeko Black Magic Mascara in Black (a great pick!) and Eyeko Lash Wardrobe False Eyelash Set. What a difference quality falsies make...

Fergie

Fergie, American Music Awards 2014

Fergie at the 2014 American Music Awards. 

Fergie, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Fergie at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Haven't seen Fergie in forever, but she's back from mat leave and in my opinion, looking better than ever! Especially her hair... my goodness, it's great. Love the dark blonde colour, love the extra-long length and love the styling—which was just wrapping two-inch sections around a 1 1/2 inch curling iron before brushing it all out. Not crazy about that heavy lip gloss, and yeah, she does look a bit Botoxed, but overall, I'm into this.

Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Coleman, American Music Awards 2014

Zendaya Coleman at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Zendaya Coleman, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Zendaya Coleman at the 2014 American Music Awards.

I swear that every time I see Zendaya Coleman, she looks like a totally different person. At the Teen Choice Awards, she had a shaggy bob, and before that, it was über-long and straight. Now, she's magically grown this impressive mane of tight curls, so I have no idea which hair (if any) is the real one. Anyway, the other interesting thing here is the makeup palette of rusty shades. Sooo '90s, right? They really are coming back! 

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj, American Music Awards 2014

Nicki Minaj at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Nicki Minaj, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Nicki Minaj at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Uh-oh, Nicki Minaj, it might be time to step away from the highlighting and contouring palette. I'm finding this skin finish a bit too obviously sculpted, and there's something that feels "off" about pairing such warm cheeks and eyes with the cool, light pink lip gloss. That said, I do like the graphic black eyeliner with the dramatic wings, and this is a very flattering (and tame!) solid-colour wig for her. I think it's fine from afar, but the makeup kinda lets things down close-up.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, American Music Awards 2014

Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Jennifer Lopez, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Well, speaking of highlighting and contouring, Jennifer Lopez is another one who tends to overdo it. Not that she looks bad here, because I think the general idea is actually VERY pretty. Problem is, you can see an obvious orangey strip down her nose and in between her brows. And why are her eyebrows so ashy? Otherwise, love the peachy blush and the sparkly eye makeup, and her hair is great all pushed back off the face.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale, American Music Awards 2014

Kate Beckinsale at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Kate Beckinsale, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Kate Beckinsale at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Kate Beckinsale is about the same age as J. Lo (just a few years younger), and it's interesting how she tries way less—and it pays off more! They both did a similar look, with shimmery eyes, hair off the face and nude lips. But Kate's skin looks much dewier and fresher, without all the heavy contour, and her lips aren't covered up with a pound of opaque gloss. Really lovely, Kate. I'm dying to know this woman's skin secrets!

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks, American Music Awards 2014

Jordin Sparks at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Jordin Sparks, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Jordin Sparks at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Oooh, I think this might be one of Jordin's best looks yet. In the past, I haven't been fully on board with her hairstyles (like those cornrows at the Billboard Music Awards). Who knew she had such awesome curls, though?! Not sure why she doesn't wear it natural like this all the time. In her makeup, she contrasted warm skin and bronze eyes with a cool fuchsia lip. It's similar to the idea Nicki Minaj had, but the hot pink is so much more wearable. 

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner, American Music Awards 2014

Kendall Jenner at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Kendall Jenner, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Kendall Jenner at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Here's a great holiday makeup idea on Kendall Jenner—bright shimmery smoky eyes!—and of course, given she's their new face, it's all Estée Lauder. She is wearing the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye Shadow Palette in Ivory Power, with Estée Lauder Pure Color Powder Blush in Lover's Blush and Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Star Pink. Notice how her hair is very simple, just straight and shiny with a severe middle part. 'Cuz models can do that.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, American Music Awards 2014

Selena Gomez at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Selena Gomez, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Selena Gomez at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Selena Gomez is looking very grown-up here (though she also looks sad... cheer up, Selena!). Like Kendall Jenner, she's also rocking a centre part, but with her hair in a low bun. I'm loving her au naturel eyebrows with long lashes and super-subtle eye makeup (just NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in Jewel and the NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk Til Dawn). But the best part is the pop of brick red on the lips. See? There's that warm lip colour trend again. The shade is NYX Simply Red Lip Cream in Leading Lady with NYX Studio Finishing Powder on top to mattify.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, American Music Awards 2014

Julianne Hough at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Julianne Hough, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Julianne Hough at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Julianne Hough did the usual peachy-nude shades for her makeup look, with the exception of some incredibly dark brows. Now, I love a dark brow, and like I've been saying lately, I even love the contrast with blonde hair. I just don't love this. The reason is, they're just too dark for her skin tone—they look like she dyed them instead of just having naturally dark brows and lightened hair (which is what the models do, and it works well). Speaking of hair, I wish she'd re-think her highlighting job, because it's terribly streaky. At least the style is cute, tucked behind her ears like this.

Khloé Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian, American Music Awards 2014

Khloé Kardashian at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Khloe Kardashian, American Music Awards 2014

Khloé Kardashian at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Khloé Kardashian, you are trying too hard. That's the vibe I'm getting here, even though she does, overall, look pretty nice. It's just that there's so much going on—the Ombré hair, the contoured cheeks, the yellow and purple eyeshadow, the greyish-mauve lip gloss and the obvious lip liner. For once, I'd love to see Khloe with fresh skin and brighter, clear colours instead of these heavy, muddy ones.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora, American Music Awards 2014

Rita Ora at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Rita Ora, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Rita Ora at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Now THIS is fun. This is what I want to see at a music awards show, so thank you, Rita Ora! How great is her artistic updo with the piece of hair shaped like a stiff ribbon? It's a tricky idea for sure, but was perfectly executed against her delicate features and the strapless yellow dress. I like that she didn't pile on the colour on her face, either. It's just dark brows and lashes, with the slightest hint of yellow at the outer edges of the lids. 

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, American Music Awards 2014

Elizabeth Banks at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Elizabeth Banks, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Elizabeth Banks at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Elizabeth Banks looks incredible in this neon coral lipstick. Seriously, wow! It was a custom mix of Butter London Lippy Moisture Matte Lipsticks in Ladybird and Dahling (which explains its awesomeness). The lips are great with the jet-black liner and lashes, and her ultra-flawless skin (perfected with Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow). Did you also catch the braid in her part? There was also one at the back of her side-swept hair. Genius little touches!

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn, American Music Awards 2014

Olivia Munn at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Olivia Munn, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Olivia Munn at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Hmm, normally I am a big, big fan of what Olivia Munn does on the red carpet. I was excited about this look first—more vampy lips, yay!—but then I was let down by the eyebrows. What IS going on with the eyebrows? The pencil shade doesn't seem to match her natural hair colour at all, and looks soooo obvious. At least the lipstick (Dior Rouge Dior in Prune Daisy) is gorgeous.

Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron, American Music Awards 2014

Dianna Agron at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Dianna Agron, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Dianna Agron at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Um, Dianna Agron, it's about your dark roots. Do you think these were deliberate or she just didn't have time to get a touch-up? Kind of shocking, at least for celeb-world. (Although this idea of camouflaging them with a multi-stranded headband is pretty cool.) Her shimmering eye makeup, thankfully, is spectacular. The shadows are Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Diapason and Fantasme, with Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES liner in Deep Amethyst and YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Black. The blush is NARS Blush in Madly and the lip is Jouer Sheer Lipstick in Maui.

Christina Milian

Christina Milian, American Music Awards 2014

Christina Milian at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Christina Milian, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Christina Milian at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Aw, Christina Milian's freckles are so cute! I'm almost 100 percent on board here, with the exception of the truly unnecessary, over-the-top false lashes. (Why do they DO that?!) Otherwise, her sheer, fresh skin looks beautiful against the pop of bright fuchsia on the mouth.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid, American Music Awards 2014

Gigi Hadid at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Gigi Hadid, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Gigi Hadid at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Here's another example of the warm, brown-toned makeup that's slowly emerging, this time on Gigi Hadid. Well, maybe it's not the best example, because anything would look good on Gigi Hadid. Look, she doesn't even have to try—she's not even wearing a shirt!

Jessie J

Jessie J, American Music Awards 2014

Jessie J at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Jessie J, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Jessie J at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Lots of centre parts happening on this red carpet! Jessie J went for the Vampira effect, wearing her black hair super-straight and behind both ears. I think her makeup is okay, but the eyes are a little dated and are giving her dark circles. She, too, is trying out the warm tone trend, but unfortunately, that blush is too heavy.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum, American Music Awards 2014

Heidi Klum at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Heidi Klum, American Music Awards 2014

Heidi Klum at the 2014 American Music Awards.

I've said this before, but I'll have to say it again. Just because Heidi Klum is naturally gorgeous and an ex-model, doesn't mean it's the best idea for her to always wear her hair slicked back tight to the head like this. The effect is just... harsh. And so are these eyes, really. But hey, at least she's not doing the white in the waterlines this time.

Lauren Cohan

Lauren Cohan, American Music Awards 2014

Lauren Cohan at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Lauren Cohan, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Lauren Cohan at the 2014 American Music Awards.

I rarely say this, because I love a sheer skin finish, but I think Lauren Cohan would be advised to go up to a higher-level coverage foundation. It's a fine line, but this is just a little TOO unfinished for a dressy red carpet event. On that note, the lip colour doesn't seem quite finished either, nor does the hair. 

Rocsi Diaz

Rocsi Diaz, American Music Awards 2014

Rocsi Diaz at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Rocsi Diaz, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Rocsi Diaz at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Nice! I love the coral lipstick and blush on Rocsi Diaz, especially against her blue dress. But the drawn-on brows... not so good up close.

Taryn Southern

Taryn Southern, American Music Awards 2014

Taryn Southern at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Taryn Southern, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Taryn Southern at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Gorgeous girl, Taryn Southern, but you can see how her red carpet style is coming across just a tiny bit dated. The hair colour is too streaky, and that lipstick—even though brown is coming in again!—seems old-fashioned against the rest of her look. I'd love to see her in a bright lip and with less predictably "Hollywood" hair.

Ali Fedotowsky

Ali Fedotowsky, American Music Awards 2014

Ali Fedotowsky at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Ali Fedotowsky, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Ali Fedotowsky at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Remember The Bachelor Season 14?! I think it was the last one I actually watched, and Ali Fedotowsky then went on to star in The Bachelorette. I wouldn't have recognized her AT ALL—she's now a brunette, with much shorter hair, instead of long and blonde. Aside from the lashes and the heavy foundation, this is pretty cute!

Lia Marie Johnson

Lia Marie Johnson, American Music Awards 2014

Lia Marie Johnson at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Lia Marie Johnson, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Lia Marie Johnson at the 2014 American Music Awards.

So Lia Marie Johnson looks like she's having the most fun here. And her look is totally age-appropriate (she's 18), so hooray! Love that she didn't do anything to take away from her natural beauty: just fresh rosy skin and long, loose waves.

Megan Nicole

Megan Nicole, American Music Awards 2014

Megan Nicole at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Megan Nicole, American Music Awards 2014

Close-up of Megan Nicole at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Last up is YouTuber Megan Nicole, and it's not a bad effort for a non-Hollywood person. She might want to lose the harsh black in the waterlines, and tone down that extreme inner corner highlight.

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