The Best Beauty at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

Emmy Rossum, Emma Stone and more.
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Emmy Rossum, Emma Stone and more.

Just before we get to the Big Deal beauty event (a.k.a. tonight's Oscars!), there's one more red carpet to squeeze in—the Independent Spirit Awards, held at California's Santa Monica Beach on Saturday night.

Here are all the hair and makeup looks:

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Emmy Rossum at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Emmy Rossum, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Emmy Rossum at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Wow! This is the most gorgeous I've seen Emmy look. I've been saying for ages that I wish she'd lighten up her eye makeup, and finally she has! I love that it's just heavy upper lashes and nothing else—except for the gorgeous fuchsia lipstick. (Her makeup artist blended a bunch of prodz together, to match it to Emmy's Loubs.) The textured hair is the perfect counterpart to the matchiness of the lips and dress.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Emma Stone at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Emma Stone, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Emma Stone at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Ah, this is the Emma I first beauty-crushed on all those years ago! It's my favourite when she does her makeup like this, with a strong line underneath the eyes in shimmering navy. The rest of it is warm and peachy, picking up on her red hair colour. Speaking of hair—her bob is really growing on me with these soft twists and the shiny but slightly rumpled texture.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Cate Blanchett at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Cate Blanchett, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Cate Blanchett at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Cate looks so fresh here! I know there is the the minor issue of some mascara smudging underneath her eyes, but I can overlook that, because her skin (as usual) is just mesmerizing. It's in impossibly perfect condition, and harmonizes so well with her hair and lipstick colours. I love the fluffy blowout as well.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Kerry Washington at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Kerry Washington, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Kerry Washington at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Kerry's another one with major skin blessings. That's the standout for me here—because I'm not understanding her brows or lashes. I thought her old eyebrows were just fine, and certainly much better than these with the heavy, drawn-on inner corners. I also feel like she's far too cool for the false lash game... they just cheapen this.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Jessica Chastain at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Jessica Chastain, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Jessica Chastain at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Jessica isn't as "done" here as in the past, and my goodness, is she ever a natural beauty. I especially love her smile and the subdued berry colour on her lips. Cheeks look flushed from within, and her lashes and brows are more toned down than usual. I'm glad her bangs are growing out; this side-parted style really suits her. 

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Scarlett Johansson at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Scarlett Johansson, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Scarlett Johansson at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Scarlett's short hair has been hit and miss so far, but I like it very much here, with not too much product or volume, and the front piece falling softly across her forehead. Makeup is spot-on, with gorgeous flushing cheeks, full glossy lips and subtly shaded eyes. I love that she hasn't touched those fine lines in between her brows!

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Julianne Moore at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Julianne Moore, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Julianne Moore at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Maybe not Julianne's best, but it would've been hard to top that BAFTAs look. This isn't bad, it just feels a bit "been there, done that" compared to what we've already seen from her this awards season. 

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Olivia Munn at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Olivia Munn, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Olivia Munn at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Olivia does these vampy berry lips SO well. Here, she's gone for a rich, deep wine shade, which is complemented by equally dark, bold brows. (Finally, she got the brow pencil shade right!) Lashes look a bit wonky, but her soft, brushed-out waves are super-pretty.

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Kristen Wiig at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Kristen Wiig, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Kristen Wiig at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I wish Kristen would go back to brunette, because the blonde is not doing her any favours. It actually looks quite dry here and straw-like... maybe it's just the colour though. I think her makeup is fine, in keeping with her low-key style.

Stana Katic

Stana Katic, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Stana Katic at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Stana Katic, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Stana Katic at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Lookin' good, Stana! This has to be a personal beauty best for her, and I'm so pleased. I love the simple, straight-ish hair with the subtle makeup: long lashes, full brows, taupey definition around the eyes and a pretty pink lipstick. If I could change anything, it would be to go ever-so-slightly lighter on the foundation.

Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Gillian Jacobs at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Gillian Jacobs, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Gillian Jacobs at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

I always think Gillian looks great, although I'm not sure I like the Ombré as well as her former all-over blonde. She has a lovely fresh skin finish here, with soft eyes and glossy lips—might be nice to see some colour on them next time!

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Kristen Bell at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Kristen Bell, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Kristen Bell at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

I've never been a Kristen fan, but she looks good here—a big improvement over her People's Choice look, that's for sure. For me, it's mostly about the bangs and the slight bendiness of her hair. Also liking the nude mouth (though not the lip liner or heavy foundation).

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Aubrey Plaza at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Aubrey Plaza, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Aubrey Plaza at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

If only Aubrey's eyeshadow didn't have such hard edges, I think I'd be on board with this. As it is, the shape is just too distracting and needs to be diffused out more seamlessly. I feel like her hair could be a little tidier as well.

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Marisa Tomei at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Marisa Tomei, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Marisa Tomei at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

So great to see Marisa! She played her makeup look exactly right, with fresh skin, slightly chunky mascara and the most gorgeous coral stain on her lips and cheeks. I wouldn't change a thing there, but her beautiful waves could use a bit more control.

Anne Heche

Anne Heche, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Anne Heche at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Anne Heche, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Anne Heche at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Anne is a great example of why I don't like layers in fine hair. Wouldn't it be so much better all one length and more blunt? I think so, yes. Can't complain about her makeup really—it's nice and soft, though more brow definition would be welcome.

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Marcia Cross at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Marcia Cross, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Marcia Cross at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Nicole Kidman who? Marcia is so Botoxed, it's crazy. (I'm pretty sure eyebrows aren't supposed to arch this way.) That said, she does have beautiful skin and this makeup isn't bad at all; I like the idea of the gold at the inner corners. I think the braid looks too casual for a red carpet—it needs more volume or something.

Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Jenny Slate at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Jenny Slate, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Jenny Slate at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Last time we saw Jenny, it was at Critics' Choice and I was very much admiring her voluminous updo and pale pink makeup. This time, she let her hair down in touchable full waves, and went for a warmer palette. I love that it's still very light-handed and the textures are all matte.

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Darby Stanchfield at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Darby Stanchfield, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Darby Stanchfield at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Okay, what's up with Darby's eyes? If you're gonna wear coloured contacts, at least make sure the coloured part isn't on the whites! Maybe it's the lighting, but this foundation also seems a bit questionable and is emphasizing her peach fuzz. But I do like the high, textured ponytail.

Jena Malone

Jena Malone, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Jena Malone at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Jena Malone, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Jena Malone at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Jena, noooo. Like I noted with Lea Michele, not everyone is meant to have big thick "statement brows"—or at least, not when their hair colour is orange and their arches are dark brown. She fortunately has beautiful skin and eyes, and the makeup is quite pretty. If she took these brows down a few notches, all would be well.

Bérénice Marlohe

Berenice Marlohe, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Bérénice Marlohe at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Berenice Marlohe, Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Close-up of Bérénice Marlohe at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

Oh dear! Bérénice obviously has the raw materials—so why cover them up with this ghastly eye makeup application? (I'm sorry but it is.) Gobs of purple and black rimming the eyes all the way around and in the waterlines, super-long false eyelashes and darkened brows—then the weirdly patchy pale lipstick. Give this woman a makeup wipe and some hair serum, stat!

Have Your Say

Who had the best look on this red carpet? The worst? Would you copy any of these looks?