The Best Beauty at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard and more.
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Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard and more.

Compared to the Golden Globes, the celebrity hair and makeup at the Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday night was a little more relaxed, a little more playful. (And all around better, at least in my opinion!)

Here are all the night's beauty looks:

Amy Adams

Amy Adams, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Amy Adams at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Amy Adams, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Amy Adams at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Aw, here's something we haven't seen before on Amy: a bouncy high ponytail with bright strawberry-red lips, strong brows and baby cat eyes. Adorable, right? It's a bit 1950s, but not TOO retro, and everything is nicely in balance.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Marion Cotillard at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Marion Cotillard, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Marion Cotillard at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

So excited to see Marion here; it's been a while! And leave it to the French woman to successfully pull off the wet-look hair trend. I wasn't into it before... but I am now, worn like this. The hair is just right with the strong magenta pink lips, perfected shine-free skin and bare eyes. I love everything happening here.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Diane Kruger at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Diane Kruger, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Diane Kruger at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Diane went for a beachy vibe this time, and I've always loved her hair done a bit wavy like this—so pretty at her mid-length, and it breaks up the seriousness of a big gown. The makeup (which I'm assuming she DIY'd) is neutral... with a twist. See how she did strong, shimmering brown eyes against a cool-toned pink lip? Usually, the entire palette is either cool or warm, but I like this mix of tones, especially with restraint on the blush. The only thing I'm wondering about are the waterlines. Are they bare or did she pull a Heidi Klum?

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Keira Knightley at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Keira Knightley, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Keira Knightley at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Holy stunning! I could stare at Keira's face all day, she looks so exquisite here. The makeup is another Kate Lee work of art, featuring those soft blotted lips and flawless skin she is famous for. What I find most interesting here is the pairing of purplish tones all around the eyes with peach cheeks and pinkier, berry-toned lips—it's a colour combo that's a little unexpected, and so subtly beautiful. I love how Kate's makeup proves that a neutral face doesn't have to be boring.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Reese Witherspoon at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Reese Witherspoon, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Reese Witherspoon at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Reese has been killing it lately on the red carpet, but I'm not so crazy about her hair here. Is it just me or is the bump a bit dated? It might've looked more current with a flatter top and a deep side part. I do love her makeup, though—natural lashes and skin looks fantastic—so the makeup artist, Molly Stern, must've used a lighter touch. The foundation is Chantecaille Future Skin, the eyeshadows are Dior Mirage and NARS Blondie, and the lip colour is the new Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Angelina Jolie at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Angelina Jolie, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Angelina Jolie at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Okay, I don't love the false lashes, and how they look longer on one side (I suppose from the lighting). And something is going on underneath her eyes (looks a bit grey, maybe post-injections?). And yet... I still think Angelina is sooo beautiful here. I love that's she gone darker with her hair, styled in glam loose waves, and her green eyes pop like crazy against the black liner, dewy skin and sheer glossy lips. 

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Jessica Chastain at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Jessica Chastain, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Jessica Chastain at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

As you know, I usually think Jessica gets it right. But I'm not so sure here. On the one hand, I adore the hot pink lipstick (YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 19 Fuchsia); it's such a pretty colour on a redhead. But what's up with the brows?! I get that her makeup artist, Kristofer Buckle, was going for "'80s-inspired" drama, but there's a way to do that without straying so far from her actual brow hairs. I find that, and the strong highlight at the inner corners of her eyes, make poor Jessica look too severe. I love her hair, though—it's a multi-level braid at the back and VERY cool.

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Rosario Dawson at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Rosario Dawson, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Rosario Dawson at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Not sure if Rosario is growing out the shaved part of her hair, but you'd never know it was there with this long wavy bob. Looks great. Makeup is her usual; brown smoky eyes with silver shimmer at the inner corners and I'm not loving it. There's too much of a contrast between the colours and textures so I'd love to see her with a more harmonious shadow look.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Jennifer Aniston at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Jennifer Aniston, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Jennifer Aniston at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Whew, this is so much better than the leather look Jen had going on at the Globes. (Her skin is normal here, so I guess that photographer just hates her, then?!) I find this foundation maybe a touch too pinkish, but overall, makeup's not bad. Nice rosy cheeks, sheer gloss and tons of black mascara. And the hair, well, it's signature Aniston all the way.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Emily Blunt at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Emily Blunt, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Emily Blunt at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Oh, man. Emily is such a natural beauty, but I don't think you can put this much makeup on her. We've got eyeshadow, we've got lashes, we've got brows, blush and J.Lo-style lip gloss. One or two of these things would've been sufficient (well, I'd nix the blush and lips altogether; they're way too heavy). She just needs a lighter touch, and as I've said before, I think a tidier, fairer brow suits her best. Imagine how great Emily would look with Keira Knightley's makeup?

In case you like this, the foundation is Chanel Vitalumière; the eyeshadows are Charlotte Tilbury; the blush is Chanel Rose Bronze and the lips are Hourglass Nude No. 2 with NARS Piree gloss.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Julianne Moore at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Julianne Moore, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Julianne Moore at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Wow, Julianne has perfect, perfect skin—and I love how this look shows that off with just a touch of sheer colour staining the lips cheeks and lids. Black mascara lends definition to her eyes and face, while the sleek, side-parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears makes it dressy and chic. I wouldn't change a thing.

Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Rosamund Pike at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Rosamund Pike, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Rosamund Pike at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Darn, I love Rosamund's makeup but this hair isn't the most flattering (not loving the slicked-down centre part and ashy colour). Too bad she didn't wear it down; would've been lovely with this icy pink makeup. She's another one of those people who looks best with less.

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Felicity Jones at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Felicity Jones, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Felicity Jones at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

I'm head over heels in love with Felicity's stained lips here—well, her entire makeup look actually. Her makeup artist, Sabrina Bedrani, did an incredible job of emphasizing her delicate features without overwhelming them. The lips were filled in with Dior's Diorette lip liner and then gloss over top. Obsessed! Her peachy flushed cheeks, subtly shaded eyes, defined lashes and natural brows complete the look. 

Leslie Mann

Leslie Mann, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Leslie Mann at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Leslie Mann, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Leslie Mann at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

I can't get over Leslie's skin. No sun damage, non-existent pores and it looks so, so hydrated. She's smart not to pile on the makeup—just some creamy grey on the lids (reminds me of an RMS Eye Polish), lots of lashes and a bright pink lip. I might brush those curls, but hair is looking fab, too.

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Michelle Monaghan at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Michelle Monaghan, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Michelle Monaghan at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

This is a big improvement for Michelle, whose Golden Globes look seemed a bit dated. The pinkier colour palette is fresher and younger-looking on her as well. My only gripe is the lips—it looks like they were filled in with lip liner, but the actual lipstick or gloss that goes on top is missing? With hair up and the black dress, this is just calling out for a brighter, bolder hot pink mouth. 

Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Jamie Chung at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Jamie Chung, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Jamie Chung at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

This isn't the best quality close-up of Jamie, not that it matters because I don't think I've ever seen her looking less than adorable. If I could tweak anything here, it would be the part in her hair, moving it from the middle to the side.

Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Jenny Slate at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Jenny Slate, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Jenny Slate at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

I'm so glad the makeup artist didn't try to "brighten up" Jenny's complexion against her light skin and dark hair. She is ultra-pale, and that's okay. I really love this makeup for her: the barest sweep of pink blush, pale pink lips, strong brows and light brown shimmery eyeshadow. With the high, wavy updo, she looks great.

Carrie Keagan

Carrie Keagan, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Carrie Keagan at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

Carrie Keagan, Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Close-up of Carrie Keagan at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards.

And now for the opposite end of the spectrum... Carrie doesn't need all of this. I think the hair concept (bun + braid) is cool, but the bun looks so obviously fake. And the makeup, well, you know how I feel about false lashes. I also find the black liner with bold blush and orangey-red lipstick way too harsh for her colouring. 

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