The Best Beauty at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards

Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung and more.
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Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung and more.

While we were all wrapped up in the Oscars, Oscars after-parties and Independent Spirit Awards last week, there was another red carpet event happening "across the pond"—the annual ELLE Style Awards, held in London.

Here are all the night's beauty looks:

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Taylor Swift at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Taylor Swift, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Taylor Swift at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

I know we'll be divided on Taylor's gelled, off-the-face hairstyle, but I'm going to come out in favour. It's fantastic to see her mixing it instead of always those over-coiffed side bangs, and now we get to see more of her pretty face. Makeup is also better this time, with her usual reverse smoky eye done in neutrals against clean skin and matte lips. It all feels a bit cooler and edgier—less sweet.

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Alexa Chung at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Alexa Chung, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Alexa Chung at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

It's always a treat when we get a rare red carpet sighting of Alexa, who is looking as gorgeous as ever here. Her skin is in ridiculous condition, and so needs no adornment except for her signature cat eyes. (Too bad about the lashes.) I love the untamed brows, but not sure about the untamed hair. I know air-dried texture is her thing, but I feel a sleeker finish (or hair back) might've taken this to the next level.

Jourdan Dunn

Jourdan Dunn, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Jourdan Dunn at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Jourdan Dunn, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Jourdan Dunn at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Jourdan got the Beyoncé bob! It's not as blonde, but has the same length, volume, texture and centre part... and is equally amazing on her. She is also one of the few people I've seen to actually pull off the extreme inner corner highlighting trend. With the neutral smoky eyes, clear glossy lips and arched brows, the pop of gold becomes the focus of the entire face. I love it all!

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Cara Delevingne at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Cara Delevingne, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Cara Delevingne at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

I swear I have Cara Delevingne fatigue from overexposure. The retro waves and red lips are lovely, but I just can't get excited about this—probably also because it comes across a bit prim, and is such a disconnect from her tomboy-ish street style. I will say that I love her dishwatery non-hair colour.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Diane Kruger at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Diane Kruger, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Diane Kruger at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

My favourite is when Diane does these all-over waves (which always look natural, never obviously curling ironed). Makeup is her usual taupey lids, no liner, with a pop of cool pink on the lips for contrast. I know she likes to do her own makeup, but with such a stunning canvas, it's a shame she doesn't go more experimental, right?

Daisy Lowe

Daisy Lowe, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Daisy Lowe at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Daisy Lowe, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Daisy Lowe at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

I get this lipstick when I take it in as part of the entire look... but up close, I just can't. I need my brown lips to have a bit of red in them, more marasla-ish, instead of straight-up brown. Still, I like how Daisy styled the colour, with bare skin, defined lower lashes and the cutest eye-skimming fringe.

Pixie Geldof

Pixie Geldof, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Pixie Geldof at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Pixie Geldof, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Pixie Geldof at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Pixie is one of those beauty chameleons (Léa Seydoux is another) who can pull off a crazy variety of hair and makeup looks. The nose ring is SO right on her, with smudgy eyes, pale matte pink lips and dark brunette waves. If I could change anything, it would just be to brush out the curls so they aren't separated.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Olivia Wilde at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Olivia Wilde, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Olivia Wilde at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Pre-baby, we could always count on Olivia to bring the exciting makeup looks (remember the electric blue cat eyes?). Now, not so much, but as a new mom, that's to be expected. Here, skin is all glowy, brow-filling game is on point and I like her hair's soft waves and highlights.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

This is exactly the same hairstyle (and possibly makeup) that Rosie wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Oh well, we get to have another look at her new lob haircut. Again, I think she wears it very well, and really suits the tawny makeup shades.

Lily Donaldson

Lily Donaldson, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Lily Donaldson at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Lily Donaldson, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Lily Donaldson at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Here's another example of that baby cat eye, this time on model Lily with subtle shadow, glossy pink lips and a bold application of blush. I don't usually like layers, but her hair looks so soft and fluffy in these loose waves.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Ellie Goulding at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Ellie Goulding, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Ellie Goulding at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

The last time we saw Ellie, it was at the Victoria's Secret fashion show and the pink blush and lipstick worked wonders. Here, everything is toned-down, and I'm underwhelmed. Still we have the rounded drawn-on brows (why??), and hair could use a good blunt chop, a darker blonde colour and a decent deep-conditioning treatment. It's time, Ellie.

Mollie King

Mollie King, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Mollie King at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Mollie King, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Mollie King at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Speaking of hair issues, I'm not sure this slicked-back style (or colour or texture, for that matter) are working well for Mollie. Like Ellie, she needs a darker blonde and some TLC. Fortunately, her makeup is good, much better than the yellow foundation she wore to the British Fashion Awards. (I figured out why I didn't see it initially—I use F.lux on my computer!) I love the hint of gold liner underneath her lower lashes.

Lily Cole

Lily Cole, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Lily Cole at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Lily Cole, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Lily Cole at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Oh man, to have hair like this! Lily is making it her beauty statement, and rightly so. She is currently expecting, which perhaps accounts for some minor skin issues. I'm glad she didn't cover her freckles with gobs of foundation, and went for low-key liner, shadow and normal lashes.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Lindsay Lohan at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Lindsay Lohan, ELLE Style Awards 2015

Close-up of Lindsay Lohan at the 2015 ELLE Style Awards.

Bet you didn't expect to see this celeb at the bottom of your beauty round-up, huh? Alas, Lindsay (who is 28 now) just makes me sad, and I feel that her hair and makeup styling are the least of her issues. The lip injection thing is just bizarre. How can she—and whatever shady doctor is responsible—think this looks better than her normal lips?!

Have Your Say

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