Awards season has officially begun—and so has our annual red carpet beauty coverage!
A bit late, mind you, because at the exact moment the celebs were glamming up for last week's People's Choice Awards, I began DYING from the flu. Or at least it feels that way.
But hey, the (awards) shows must go on! Here are all the night's hair and makeup close-ups:
Gabrielle wins the whole thing for me. Which is weird, because the last time we saw her—at the Met Ball in 2014—she looked fine, but not fiiine like this, if you know what I mean. It's as if she shaved 10 years away, with no discernible surgical interventions, and that smile and fresh face are just too adorable.
Ready to fall off your chair? She is 42. Just goes to show you how a minimal hair and makeup approach can work wonders. On her eyes, she is wearing this Neutrogena plum eyeshadow palette, a Neutrogena pewter eyeliner and Neutrogena volumizing mascara. On her lips, it's the ol' Neutrogena lip crayon in Sweet Watermelon, a shade we've also seen on Jennifer Garner. Amazing job by Gab's makeup artist, Fiona Stiles!
After that dodgy eyebrow-filling situation at the American Music Awards, it looks like the Olivia we used to know and love is back. Much better job here on the arches, and I like the sheerer foundation finish—work those freckles, gurl! The strong brows are balanced by the red lips (though I'm not sure if the over-drawing on the upper lip was really necessary), and then the high, textured ponytail gives it all a casual air.
Hairstylist Maranda Widlund used this Matrix Biolage volumizing spray (which I have and is awesome) at the roots before curling the hair. Then she pulled it into the high ponytail, finishing with Matrix Biolage hairspray. Love the idea of a slightly messy pony against sophisto makeup and dress.
Cutie pie Amy looks as radiant as ever—just about perfect if it weren't for the stray makeup brush hair by her nose. (Dontcha hate that?) I like that she didn't stray too far from what works best for her: barely-there makeup in these lovely rose gold tones with subtle shimmer. Brows are a bit bolder this time, and lashes a bit chunkier, although still natural. I feel like she looks her best with her hair up, and this sleek ponytail is no exception.
Cote de Pablo
There's something about Cote's face that is so likeable, and I'm quite digging her get-up here, at least from afar. The faux bob hairstyle, tucked behind one ear and with a deep side part, is just genius—and so is her subtle highlighting job. I would probably make the curls less separated near the top, but that's picking nits, really.
Makeup-wise, I am perplexed by what looks like one longer set of false lashes (and believe it or not, this isn't the only time we'll encounter this particular problem on this red carpet). Is that just shadows? I hope so, because it sure takes away from what is otherwise a very decent makeup look.
Speaking of false lashes, Bella decided to go for 'em too, and hers are looking a tad messy—but not terrible. What I'm more distracted by here is her lips. The upper one, specifically. That can't be natural, right? Eeks, what is up with these 17-year-old celebs getting lip injections?
I do like her lip colour, however—it's the same Neutrogena crayon as Gabrielle was wearing, but in Bright Berry. It looks like her makeup artist, Amy Oresman, added a bit of golden shimmer over top, which is very on trend right now. As usual, I can't get enough of Bella's hair colour combined with the shimmery pale golds at the inner corners of her eyes. Her skin seems a bit red under the foundation...
I like big brows and I cannot lie. Hence, I'm really drawn to Greer's look here—despite some significant issues with the lashes, blush and lip liner. Gawd, to have brows like this tho! Just for fun, go back and see what they looked like last time we saw Greer, at the same event in 2014. She REALLY grew them out, huh? (And she listened to me re: the trimming. Ha!)
Now for the bad parts. I have no idea why she felt it necessary to pile lashes on top of lashes. Honey, your gigantic brows are there—it's not necessary. Blush is also too heavy, and yet again I am forced to announce the fact that they DO make invisible lip liner. No excuses.
Well, isn't this (99 percent) lovely? Ariel had the most creative makeup on this red carpet—creative in a good way—and her sparkly blue eyeshadow was just perfectly executed. The lashes, however, are a different story. One is drooping and I can't help but feel like the whole look would've been cooler without them. I mean, she already has wicked raw materials... plus those freckles! I die over her freckles.
Poor Chloë, she always seems to have this under-eye creasing problem. That's gotta be annoying. Otherwise, nothing to dislike here—just an age-appropriate neutral smoky eye look with centre-parted Bardot hair. Her hairstylist, Gregory Russell, used this KMS volumizing spray at the roots and this KMS smoothing lotion on the ends before drying with a round brush and setting the top in large pin curls. He then added KMS texturizer and backcombed, setting with KMS hairspray.
Mai Qunyh did the makeup, using NARS Creamy Concealer and Chanel pressed powder on the skin. The taupe and grey shadows are Lancôme, the mascara is Eyeko Black Magic and the lip colour is the new Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands.
Oh wow, Beth needs a Lifetime Beauty Achievement Award for this look because it's the best I've seen from her EVER. This matte pinky red lip is fantastic, and so modern, and I love that she went low-key on the eyes (not like that amfAR burgundy horror). Even her hair is just simply blow-dried, zigzag parted and tucked behind one ear. See? Less IS more.
Anna would be wise to take a few cues from Beth, no? They have similar colouring, and I think with blondes it's so easy to make a wrong move and end up like a Barbie impersonator. Anna is kinda doing that here. The half-updo hair with the light teasing seems dated, and her eyes, brows and cheeks are all too harshly defined. (Not to mention boobs. What is going on with the boobs?!?) I'd love to see her back with that cute blunt bob circa 2012. Alas, Anna has never been the greatest at red carpet.
Someone tell me—how is it possible for Sarah to go from this amazing understatedness, at last year's Grammys, to this overly tanned, '80s Frost & Tip-looking ensemble we have here? It's a testament to her natural beauty that she doesn't look, as Cher Horowitz would say, completely unfortunate. But man, did the makeup artist ever get carried away with the contour, bronzer, blush and eyeshadow. (For once, the lashes and lip liner are the least of my worries.) Apparently it's all Charlotte Tilbury, but it just shows you that prestige makeup can't save a heavy application.
I would also like to petition for her brunette hair colour back. Really not feeling these streaks.
Kat is officially in a beauty rut. How many times have we seen some version of these romantic curls (which desperately need brushing, IMO) with brown smoky eyes and a marsala-ish lip? It feels like five thousand. This particular execution is also far from her best. Let's hand the girl some lip balm, a hair brush and some new colours to play with.
In case you do like this, the lip colour is Avon's Cherry Jubilee and the blush is a powder, Chanel's Rose Petale. Makeup artist Lauren Andersen mixed Chanel Perfection Lumière foundation with the Koh Gen Do illuminator—to get a glowy skin look. The eye makeup is all Avon: the Mocha Latte shadow quad, black liquid liner and volume mascara.
You'd never guess that the 45-year-old on this red carpet would be killing it in one of the riskier beauty looks of the night: a chin-length, one-sided updo with a glowing complexion and bold copper eyeshadow. Take that, kiddos! I applaud Ellen for playing this just right, and showing off natural skin, lips AND lashes.
With so much beauty imagination in her past—remember the 2013 Oscars after-parties? Or the 2012 American Music Awards?—this look is definitely on the tamer side for Ginnifer. Ah well, she's a new mom, so let's cut her some slack. Even if it's not the most exciting look, her skin is as ridiculously flawless as ever, and she's still rocking that short cut.
Katharine really nailed the whole effortless glamour thing, and I don't know why more celebs don't follow this universally flattering formula. Berry lips, subtly defined eyes and lashes, natural skin, barely-there blush, and a sleek, side-parted updo—it's all working for her. Notice how she didn't go crazy defining her brows... the pendulum is swinging back, my friends.
I'm also a fan of this simple, pared-down beauty look on Stana. It's similar to Katharine's, except the lips are a true red, and the liquid liner is stronger, with baby flicks. I love that easy texture she's getting at the front of her updo—so effortless. At the back, her hair is tied into a low bun.
Kristen is pregnant, hence the slightly fuller face look here. (At first, I thought it might be fillers, but no. I checked.) It looks like the makeup artist tried to whittle down her cheeks with some contouring, and I have no problem with that, nor the slightly chunky lashes. I'm kinda getting tired of this tousled/textured lob style, though. A smooth, bouncy blowout would've been best.
Just when we thought things might be improving for our friend Kaley, what with her new short haircut... here we go again with the beauty WTFs. What is going on with the streaky blonde highlights? Why are the tadpole brows not filled in? And most of all—why so much brown eyeshadow and in that shape? I'm so confused right now.
Bellamy has the prettiest widow's peak hairline—I'm just not a fan of this curly Victorian updo for it. Compare and contrast with her hair down at the Variety and Women in Film pre-Emmy event last year. Way sexier. Something is also off with the brow-filling here, and oopsie, she's got a green thing in her teeth. (Stars! They're just like us!)
At last year's People's Choice Awards, I noted that Allison might re-think her blush application. Now, it looks like she went the opposite route and didn't apply enough. I'd love to see just a hint more colour in her face, and she could lose these janky false lashes.
Okay, Lisa looks like she's going to work on casual Friday—not to a red carpet awards event televised across multiple countries. I'm all for easy breezy, but this is perhaps a bit too under-done. I have a feeling it's the scraggliness of the ends of her hair. Maybe if it were cut to fall more solidly, her glam waves would stand out better. I think she could also use a bit more definition around the eyes.
Another low-key look, except Caitriona is saved a bit by the berry lipstick. Again, it just doesn't feel quite dressy enough—maybe some brows or stronger eye shading would do it here. The hair looks like she did it herself (and that's not a compliment). It's limp and lank, where it needs to be bouncy and fluffy.
I'm not sure what, exactly, is bothering me here, but something feels inauthentic. Is Camilla overly tanned—is that it? Or is it that her hair, skin and eye colours are so similar that they're blending together into one caramel mass? I can't figure it out. But I do know she needs to get rid of the prom tendrils. That would help.
If I had hair that looked this amazing, I think I'd at least be cracking a smile. C'mon, Sarah! It makes quite the statement with the red lips, although I'd ditch the false lashes (wish I didn't have to keep saying that) and diffuse the powdery skin texture. Also, I always wonder why celebs don't attend to stray moustache hairs before red carpet events. Under hi-def cameras, there's no hiding that business.
No major complaints here, except I think Gina would look more elegant with a natural lash. Otherwise, I'm kinda digging this '60s-inspired centre part with frosty pink lips.
I feel like this generic styling is doing Taylor no favours. She's a pretty girl, but imagine how striking she'd be if she followed in the footsteps of, say, Debby Ryan, and took some real risks with her makeup, hair colour and hairstyling? The blonde, I feel is washing her out and the tousled texture is very 'been there, done that'.
I'll start by clarifying what's going on with her eye. Daniela has a birthmark there, hence her right eye looks so much darker than her left. Based on that, I quite like what she did with her makeup—this neon pink lip is outstanding, and it makes sense for her to accent lips more than eyes. Just not sure about all the other colours happening: green earrings, purple dress, lilac nails...
Jillian Rose Reed
Feeling dismayed, I just did a Google Image Search on Jillian Rose Reed. It wasn't always this way. And yet, she willingly chooses to rock this yellow foundation, clashing cool pink lipstick, YouTube-style smoky eyes and what looks like synthetic hair in the burgundy colour of my nightmares. Clearly, we don't see eye to eye.
Ha! Betcha wondered, when scrolling by the first pic, why I chose Sadie as our last shot of the night (which traditionally I save for the most tragic). She's cute, her hair and makeup look good... then you saw the close-up on the scary solitary lash strip, and you understood.
This is a mayday situation if there ever was one. First of all, why choose lashes like that at all, ever? They are NOT OKAY. But then to have one fall off—I can only assume that's what happened—and continue your red carpet procession? No. You can't just rock one set of lashes like you would a single earring. Especially not these ridiculous insect-looking ones.
Or maybe it was all a clever ploy to distract us from the dry, flaky skin sitch around her mouth.
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Who had the best look on this red carpet? The worst? (Well, maybe that's obvious.) Would you copy any of these looks?