The Best Beauty at the 2015 BRIT Awards

Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and more.
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Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and more.

Here's the last red carpet event we need to catch up on post-Oscars! The annual BRIT Awards, held last week in London, are the UK version of the Grammys... but aren't quite as experimental in the beauty department.

Here are the night's hair and makeup looks:

Rita Ora

Rita Ora, BRIT Awards 2015

Rita Ora at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Rita Ora, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Rita Ora at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Is Rita's short hair growing on you yet? I don't mind it when it's pushed back and off the face like this, and at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. However, I NEED her signature red lipstick for this to work. Having the skin, hair and lips all the same tone—with dark, drawn-on eyebrows—just isn't doing it for me.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, BRIT Awards 2015

Taylor Swift at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Taylor Swift, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Taylor Swift at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Annnd... the side bangs are back! Guess Taylor's ELLE Style Awards look was just a blip. Now we've returned to the predictable hairstyle and even more predictable makeup (red lips, purplish shadow, black lashes and liner). You can take the Taylor out of America, but you can't take the America out of Taylor.

Daisy Lowe

Daisy Lowe, BRIT Awards 2015

Daisy Lowe at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Daisy Lowe, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Daisy Lowe at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Daisy wore the exact same beauty look as she had at the ELLE Style Awards, with one important update: a different lipstick colour. This time, in a face-flattering red instead of drab brown, she looks incredible—I love her bangs, her skin and her restraint with the rest of the makeup. Possibly some Whitestrips needed, but hey, it IS Britain. (I'm allowed to make a British teeth joke, right?!)

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne, BRIT Awards 2015

Cara Delevingne at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Cara Delevingne, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Cara Delevingne at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Now here's a look that makes more sense on Cara than the glammed-up retro waves and red lips she had at the ELLE Style Awards. It's very Coachella, so not everyone's cup of tea—but to me she seems way more at home in the grungey eye makeup, nude lips and air-dried hair.

Charli XCX

Charli XCX, BRIT Awards 2015

Charli XCX at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Charli XCX, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Charli XCX at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Mayday! Mayday! Someone get some blotting paper to Charli XCX, stat. I feel for the girl, I really do—you can look a normal amount of dewy in person but then turn into a greaseball under the camera's glare. (Hence powder is always needed on pale skin for such situations.) If it weren't for the extreme shininess, I'd love her makeup; girl has incredible lips, lashes and brows.

Marina Diamandis

Marina Diamandis, BRIT Awards 2015

Marina Diamandis at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Marina Diamandis, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Marina Diamandis at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Now this is good—very, very good. Marina not only achieved the most excellent, fluffy vintage waves, but she also modernized them with a purple lip and baby liner wings. Against fresh skin, normal lashes and brows, and not much blush, it's just about perfect. Hope we see more of her!

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss, BRIT Awards 2015

Karlie Kloss at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Karlie Kloss, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Karlie Kloss at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

I get why Karlie did false lashes with her hooded lids, with lots of smudgy under-eye liner, and I guess it's basically working. The hair in a low-ish ponytail with lots of loose bits in the front just goes to show you that supermodels are not like us. If I did this hairstyle, it would look like I was about to clean the house or something.

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton, BRIT Awards 2015

Fearne Cotton at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Fearne Cotton, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Fearne Cotton at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

I've been style-stalking Fearne Cotton for years, and finally she gets a Beauty Editor red carpet debut! Except I'm afraid it's not the best start—this isn't at all indicative of her usual great fashion and beauty sense, but I'm attributing it to pregnancy brain (she's expecting baby number two). Normally, she has amazing hair, but this rooty, frizzy bouffant is bad news. Makeup is okay, but a bit heavy under the eyes.

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby, BRIT Awards 2015

Holly Willoughby at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Holly Willoughby, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Holly Willoughby at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Besides Fearne, my other UK TV presenter fascination is with Holly Willoughby, who seems to be channeling a version of the same look. (Well, they are friends.) Surely there are more flattering updos to choose from than these bouffant thingies? Holly should look at Emma Stone for inspo. And if you're gonna do '60s hair, maybe don't do it so literally with the makeup, i.e. Twiggy lower lashes and white waterlines. Eeks!

Melanie Chisholm

Melanie Chisholm, BRIT Awards 2015

Melanie Chisholm at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Melanie Chisholm, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Melanie Chisholm at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

And now for a brief Spice Girls interlude, starting with Mel C. Yep, that's her—and you know what, I think she looks pretty great considering she was a pop phenom way back in the '90s. I would just re-think the Ombré and the lashes.

Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton, BRIT Awards 2015

Emma Bunton at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Emma Bunton, BRIT Awards 2015

Emma Bunton at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Emma, a.k.a. Baby Spice, was the other Spice Girl here—and to me, she looks about the same as I remember, except with tons more tanner and bronzer. Why is she making herself about five shades darker? To me that takes away from instead of enhances her beauty. Natural skin is in!

Lisa Snowdon

Lisa Snowdon, BRIT Awards 2015

Lisa Snowdon at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Lisa Snowdon, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Lisa Snowdon at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Lisa is yet another English TV presenter and also an ex-girlfriend of George Clooney in the 2000s (fun fact!). I think what's letting her down here is the dress, because otherwise, the woman has gorge hair and did a really nice job of the makeup. Perhaps I'd add a touch more colour to her lips.

Jamelia

Jamelia, BRIT Awards 2015

Jamelia at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Jamelia, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Jamelia at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Even with the low quality of this close-up, you can tell Jamelia went overboard with the false lashes. It's a shame, because she's quite model-esque and would be super-striking without them (also if she lost the giant hoop earrings and wore a dress instead of the strange unbuttoned white shirt).

Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan, BRIT Awards 2015

Michelle Keegan at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Michelle Keegan, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Michelle Keegan at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Let's just call this YouTube makeup. That must've been Michelle's inspiration—because haven't you seen dozens of "tutorials" for looks like this? (I will never understand how those so-called experts are even popular.) To me it is so dated and harsh. You can tell she's a pretty girl underneath it all, and would be flattered far more without all the artifice.

Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson, BRIT Awards 2015

Rebecca Ferguson at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Rebecca Ferguson, BRIT Awards 2015

Close-up of Rebecca Ferguson at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Speaking of overdoing it, it has to be Rebecca that takes the prize. Except this isn't what I call YouTube makeup—it's more like the worst parts of Kevyn Aucoin's book come to life. (As in old-school heavy photo shoot makeup. Doesn't work in our HD world.) I'd wipe the makeup off clean and save the hair... the hair, at least, is amazing.

Have Your Say

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