The Best Beauty at the 2015 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert, Reese Witherspoon and more.
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Miranda Lambert, Reese Witherspoon and more.

Red carpet events almost always happen in Los Angeles, but last night's annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held in Texas—and that might've informed the beauty vibe. (No offense to Texas, but... how else can you explain not one but two attendees wearing candy-coloured purple eyeshadow?)

Here are all the night's hair and makeup looks:

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert, ACM Awards 2015

Miranda Lambert at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Miranda Lambert at the 2015 ACM Awards.

We'll kick things off with Miranda, who is at the top not because I think she had the best beauty look, but because this was a country event, after all. (Taylor was there, but didn't walk the red carpet, and I suppose she's not considered country anymore. We have Taylor fatigue, so it's okay.) Anyhow, Miranda here is a classic case of "good from afar" beauty. In the first shot, she looks pretty fab: I love this new straight lob haircut and toned-down blonde, plus the pastel makeup seems like it's working with the pale blue dress. But then you get close-up, and it's like whaaaat? That fluoro lilac lip colour could not be more unflattering, especially with her spray tan, and why has it been paired with more purple (a pinky-purple) on the eyelids? I am fully convinced that she needs to hire a new makeup artist.

Miranda Lambert, ACM Awards 2015

Miranda Lambert at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Miranda Lambert at the 2015 ACM Awards.

But wait, there's more Miranda! Later in the night, she switched things up to this vampier look, adding red lipstick and waves to her hair—and thankfully darkening that purple eyeshadow for a smokier effect. I like her hair both ways, but probably prefer it straight (more slimming with her round face). Unfortunately, I find this makeup much too harsh/heavy with her pale colouring and the spray tan, which I wish she'd ditch... but then again, at least it doesn't include that jarring Nicki Minaj-esque lip. So it's a toss-up, basically.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, ACM Awards 2015

Reese Witherspoon at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Reese Witherspoon, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Reese Witherspoon at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Who woulda thought? Reese went for the purple eyeshadow as well, and in fact, hers is even more dramatic than Miranda's, with an extra halo of fuchsia (!!). And yet, the execution is much better. Her skin is natural and fresh, the liner and lashes aren't heavy, and her lips are just stained pink. Hair is great, too, although when doesn't Reese's hair look good?

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara, ACM Awards 2015

Sofia Vergara at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Sofia Vergara, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Sofia Vergara at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Nothing new here, just Sofia's usual. I'll start with something nice: I love her hair. The balayage highlighting is top-notch, and it looks so sexy and touchable with the middle part and super-gentle waves. Moving on to makeup... I still don't get why the lip texture is always so heavy on her. (This shade is CoverGirl Tempt Berry.) I also don't love the false lashes, and maybe some brow wax would help also? I'll bet Mary would know what to do with these brows.

Beth Behrs

Beth Behrs, ACM Awards 2015

Beth Behrs at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Beth Behrs, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Beth Behrs at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Beth looks kind of adorable here. I really like the updo with the texture and height, especially with the high neckline of her dress. She wisely kept things interesting with a wonderful bright pink lip, and super-fresh skin (with foundation sheer enough to show off her freckles). By the way, her makeup is all Mary Kay. I think the lip colour is Wild About Pink!

Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo, ACM Awards 2015

Olivia Culpo at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Olivia Culpo, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Olivia Culpo at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Watch out, Cara Delevingne. Olivia Culpo is giving some serious brow competition. Honestly, I don't know why she went so far with the lashes—she doesn't need them to be that dramatic with a pair of brows like this! I find the foundation a bit heavy as well, and perhaps not quite a match when you compare her face to her neck. 

Rainey Qualley

Rainey Qualley, ACM Awards 2015

Rainey Qualley at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Rainey Qualley, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Rainey Qualley at the 2015 ACM Awards.

I don't know who Rainey Qualley is, but she's seriously reminding me of a young Megan Fox. Y'know, before Megan started messing with fillers and all of that. I quite love this red carpet debut... skin is very fresh, brows are full and natural and she's really not wearing much makeup other than some peachy blush, mascara and sheer lip gloss. So refreshing compared to the try-hard vibe of, say, Miranda Lambert. 

Cassadee Pope

Cassadee Pope, ACM Awards 2015

Cassadee Pope at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Cassadee Pope, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Cassadee Pope at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Okay, speaking of celebrity doubles... couldn't Cassadee be a young Tami Taylor—I mean Connie Britton? It's the freckles and the enviable mane of reddish hair. Overall, I like this simple red carpet look, with just simple liner to play up the eyes and a sheer lip gloss. Up-close, I see that the foundation is a bit heavy, but I think that's because of some minor skin issues, and at least her freckles show through on her nose. Her brow tails are drawn-on, but I'm not sure anything else could be done about that... you don't really notice it since her fans are so good at the inner corners.

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler, ACM Awards 2015

Kellie Pickler at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Kellie Pickler, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Kellie Pickler at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Kellie's hair is about bob-length now, and in other photos I've seen of her this year, actually looks so great worn down—this updo isn't doing her justice. Neither is the eye makeup, as all I can focus on is that big sweep of gold shimmer. Surely there's a better way of bringing out her eyes? I would also fake a better brow shape. Not sure if she's a candidate for brow rehab from over-tweezing, or if this is just what she's got, but I think they could be evened up and thickened up with some clever filling.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer, ACM Awards 2015

Jana Kramer at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Jana Kramer, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Jana Kramer at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Last time we saw Jana was at the Teen Choice Awards, and she was a lot more tanned—and seemingly wearing less foundation. I don't mind her look here, but I feel like she's wearing more makeup than she needs to. The eye makeup especially feels dated, with the heavy taupe shadow and the black in the waterlines. And I'd like to see her brows a bit softer and less threaded-looking.

Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery, ACM Awards 2015

Danielle Bradbery at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Danielle Bradbery, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Danielle Bradbery at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Here we go again... Danielle is so pretty, but this eye makeup is way too much. You already know how I feel about heavy false lashes, and also, I'd like to move past this idea of emphasizing the eyes with black shadow and black liner in the waterlines. On pale skin, it's not necessary. I feel like something else is off here, and it's probably the spray tan looking unnatural with her real colouring.

Hayley Orrantia

Hayley Orrantia, ACM Awards 2015

Hayley Orrantia at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Hayley Orrantia, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Hayley Orrantia at the 2015 ACM Awards.

And now we come to the opposite problem, no lashes at all. Can't say I've seen this one on the red carpet before! I think Hayley is in the rare camp of people who could actually use a few (SUBTLE) false lashes to play up her eyes. I don't love the eye makeup, especially the black in the lower lid, and I think the brow-filling is way too angular. But the stained lips are pretty, and she has gorgeous youthful skin.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves, ACM Awards 2015

Kacey Musgraves at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Kacey Musgraves, ACM Awards 2015

Close-up of Kacey Musgraves at the 2015 ACM Awards.

Now we arrive at what has become a tradition... the closing of our country music red carpet round-ups with Kacey Musgraves in some retro '60s getup. (Here she is at the same event last year, and at the CMA Awards, too.) This time, we get a bouffant fishtail with frosty pink lipstick, and I suppose it's rather toned-down for her. But it's frustrating, because obviously with a few tweaks—if we could just get her styled according to the current decade—she'd be a knockout. Why does she always do these literal interpretations of the 1960s, does anyone know?!

Have Your Say

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