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:
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.
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 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!
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?