Ashley Madekwe's Cat Eyes, and More of the Best Beauty Looks Lately

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It was another fab week in red carpet beauty, thanks to a handful of premieres and, of course, Comic-Con. (Oh, and the ESPYs—those pics are over here.) Get ready to look at a loooong list of celebs, topped by Ashley Madekwe, Paula Patton and Jessica Chastain. 

These were the best celebrity beauty looks this week:

Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Ashley Madekwe at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Ashley Madekwe, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Ashley Madekwe at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party.

There's just one word for this: adorable! I've never seen Ashley look better—and for that matter, I can't remember ever seeing her hair down, either. Her retro Ombré waves are perfect with the graphic dress, and the curvy cat-eye flicks add just the right touch of fun, without feeling too literal. Well done! 

Paula Patton

Paula Patton, Legendary Pictures Comic-Con presentation, 2015

Paula Patton at Legendary Pictures' Comic-Con 2015 presentation.

Paula Patton, Legendary Pictures Comic-Con presentation, 2015

Close-up of Paula Patton at Legendary Pictures' Comic-Con 2015 presentation.

Speaking of looking better than ever, I feel the same way about Paula—single life must be treating her very well! In the past, I always felt distracted by some too-heavy element of her makeup. But here, with everything pared back, you can appreciate just how gorgeous she is. Love her skin, flushed cheeks, defined lashes and YLOB ("your lips, only better") gloss.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak Comic-Con press line, 2015

Jessica Chastain at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Crimson Peak'.

Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Jessica Chastain at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Crimson Peak'.

Jessica got a haircut! I like it—the shoulder length feels much fresher than her long, awards season styles, and the angled cut quite suits her. The red lipstick really flatters her skin and hair, too. Just not sure she needs the false lashes or such drawn-on brows.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Emma Roberts at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party. 

Emma Roberts, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Emma Roberts at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Here's the first of three Emma pics coming your way. I'm not into her hair (it's too blonde, yes?), but I love the lived-in look of this makeup. No harsh lines on the eyes, and the blush and lip colour look like they're coming from within.

Emma Roberts, Scream Queens Comic-Con photocall, 2015

Emma Roberts at the Comic-Con 2015 photocall for 'Scream Queens'.

Emma Roberts, Scream Queens Comic-Con photocall, 2015

Close-up of Emma Roberts at the Comic-Con 2015 photocall for 'Scream Queens'.

Here, you can really see how the blonde is washing her out. But the braid is kind of cool (after a brief hiatus on the fishtail trend), and again, the makeup is very, very good. And yet, I still feel like a pop of colour somewhere would do wonders.

Emma Roberts, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Emma Roberts at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Emma Roberts, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Emma Roberts at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Gosh, I had no idea Emma's hair was so long now. Too long for her, I think, and the dark brow-light hair colour isn't doing it for me in this instance. But man, isn't that stained berry lip a dream?

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Lea Michele at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Lea Michele, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Lea Michele at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party.

If it weren't for the visible lip liner on her bottom lip, I'd say Lea is flawless! It's definitely one of her best red carpet looks—so simple and summery-pretty in loose, shiny, heathy hair, brow-skimming bangs, glowy skin and long lashes. Less is always more with Lea.

Lea Michele, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Lea Michele at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Lea Michele, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Lea Michele at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

See what I mean? The makeup is a little heavier here, and I could live with the eyes but not the lips (eeks, so much liner!). Technically, her braided updo is pretty masterful, but those two matching prom tendrils have to go.

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams, Southpaw premiere, 2015

Rachel McAdams at the 2015 premiere of 'Southpaw'.

Rachel McAdams, Southpaw premiere, 2015

Close-up of Rachel McAdams at the 2015 premiere of 'Southpaw'.

I've mentioned before how I don't love Rachel's new bob, but here it actually does look pretty cute on her—but would probably be cuter if the part were on the side, and the hair sweeping across her forehead. Makeup is restrained, as per usual, centring around a grey smoky eye that goes well with her dress.

Kate Mara

Kate Mara, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con press line, 2015

Kate Mara at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 press line.

Kate Mara, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Kate Mara at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 press line.

I'm still loving Kate's new short cut, and how it brings out her small features. Her shadow is expertly applied, helping to extend her eyes horizontally, and the blush is seamless. That's why I can't understand the need for the unblended bottom lip liner—it strikes again!

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison, Once Upon a Time Comic-Con press line, 2015

Jennifer Morrison at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Once Upon a Time'.

Jennifer Morrison, Once Upon a Time Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Jennifer Morrison at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Once Upon a Time'.

Jennifer is looking rather Botoxed, but also really, really glam. She definitely pulls off the difficult light blonde hair colour, worn in classic side-parted long waves, and that blush and lip colour make my heart sing. It's just too bad her face seems so taut and pulled.

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, Scream Comic-Con press line, 2015

Bella Thorne at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Scream'.

Bella Thorne, Scream Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Bella Thorne at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Scream'.

Another week, another Bella photo. And another example of her sporting a shimmery metallic golden colour as eyeliner. With her strawberry gold hair, I can't get enough! However, not crazy about the matte lips this time.

Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska, Crimson Peak Comic-Con press line, 2015

Mia Wasikowska at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Crimson Peak'.

Mia Wasikowska, Crimson Peak Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Mia Wasikowska at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Crimson Peak'.

It's always great to see someone like Mia wearing a super-short pixie—and not letting it wear her. I like the delicate, understated makeup, but maybe a bit stronger brow or lashes would make this more red carpet-worthy.

Zendaya

Zendaya, BeautyCon 2015

Zendaya at BeautyCon 2015.

Zendaya, BeautyCon 2015

Close-up of Zendaya at BeautyCon 2015.

Ah, I'm always so torn with Zendaya. On the one hand, I find her hair too piecey, her complexion too shimmery, her lip liner too obvious. And yet... there's still something about this. I love seeing her in long, sexy hair, and this light brown colour is wonderful on her. Also, the way she wears eyeshadow is mesmerizing.

Lily James

Lily James, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Lily James at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Lily James, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Lily James at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Lily makes her Beauty Editor debut here, and I thought it was more interesting to show the look from the side—because that's where all the action is. Sure, this half-updo is a bit messy, but that's the point; it makes for such an interesting contrast against her dress. Love! Skin is fresh, with a touch of neutral shimmer around the eyes. 

Phoebe Tonkin

Phoebe Tonkin, The Originals Comic-Con press line, 2015

Phoebe Tonkin at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'The Originals'.

Phoebe Tonkin, The Originals Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Phoebe Tonkin at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'The Originals'.

Phoebe, too, is appearing on Beauty Editor for the first time, and duck face aside, I love her look. Smooth, straight hair with a defined part looks groomed without a try-hard vibe. The focus of the subtle makeup is on her big green eyes, with black liner along the outer upper lash line, and natural lashes (hooray!).

Ivana Baquero

Ivana Baquero, The Shannara Chronicles Comic-Con press line, 2015

Ivana Baquero at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'The Shannara Chronicles'.

Ivana Baquero, The Shannara Chronicles Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Ivana Baquero at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'The Shannara Chronicles'.

Another newbie, Ivana is the vision of healthy natural beauty in her dewy skin and loose, soft, wavy hair. She might lose the false lashes, and reconsider her shade of brow pencil—see how the tails aren't quite a match?

Jaimie Alexander

Jaimie Alexander, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Jaimie Alexander at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Jaimie Alexander, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Jaimie Alexander at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Jaimie knows how to work her short black bob, and has the most beautiful eyes, but I can't decide on her false lashes. On the one hand, at least they're not the usual tacky, heavy, extra-long variety. They're short and spiky, which is kind of cool... but I still think au naturel would be better. 

Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Molly Quinn at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Molly Quinn, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Molly Quinn at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Wow, Molly has such interesting colouring! Her bright red hair and pale blue eyes are so, so pretty. I love how her lip and blush colours are in the same family. I think her skin could use a touch more perfecting, and her hair is lacking a style on the ends.

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones Comic-Con press line, 2015

Maisie Williams at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Game of Thrones'.

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Maisie Williams at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Game of Thrones'.

Yes, Maisie's brows could use a tidy. But I'm still drawn to her look, which is so unique. She is a great example of a round face being flattered by straight, side-parted, lob-length hair. 

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Keke Palmer at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Keke Palmer, Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Keke Palmer at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con 2015 party.

So close, Keke! When I saw the top pic, I was blown away by this hair and makeup look, and how the lipstick matches the dress exactly. (She is wearing a mix of NARS Train Bleu and Sephora African Violet.) But when I zoomed in, I was let down by the OTT false lashes.

Bella Heathcote

Bella Heathcote, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Comic-Con press line, 2015

Bella Heathcote at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'.

Bella Heathcote, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Comic-Con press line, 2015

Close-up of Bella Heathcote at the Comic-Con 2015 press line for 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'.

I'm digging Bella's wavy bob, although the blonde perhaps washes her out a tad. She has nice skin, and the makeup is all soft—with the surprise of shimmery pink all the way around the eyes. Fun!

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Abigail Breslin at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Abigail Breslin, 20th Century Fox Comic-Con party, 2015

Close-up of Abigail Breslin at 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con 2015 party.

Let it be known that I am not a fan of Abigail's hair, at all. The blonde is too blonde, and I don't like the dark roots in this case; plus, it has that too long, obvious extensions look. But if you just focus on her skin and eye makeup, then... wow! She has to have one of the best complexions in Hollywood, and the gold smoky eyes are out of this world.

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei, Trainwreck New York premiere, 2015

Marisa Tomei at the 2015 New York premiere of "Trainwreck'.

Marisa Tomei, Trainwreck New York premiere, 2015

Close-up of Marisa Tomei at the 2015 New York premiere of "Trainwreck'.

Marisa makes a rare red carpet appearance, and I think she looks (mostly) great. The updo looks effortless, and the loose pieces don't scream "prom." I like her makeup, with one exception: the green liner in the waterlines is too jarring, and should be a soft brown. And perhaps a lighter hand is needed on that shimmer shadow.

Have Your Say

Who had your favourite beauty looks this week? Would you copy any of these?