The Best Beauty at the 2016 People's Choice Awards

Claire Danes, Lucy Hale and more.
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Claire Danes, Lucy Hale and more.

The People's Choice Awards—the first big event of the 2016 awards season—took place in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and I've got all the beauty looks to show you! 

This is a long one, so grab a snack and let's get to it!

Claire Danes

Claire Danes, People's Choice Awards 2016

Claire Danes at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Claire Danes, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Claire Danes at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

YES, Claire! If you ask me, this is the best she has looked in the past five years (at least). Simple is the definitely the way to go on her. I love the straight but voluminous blow-dry, clean makeup and lovely bright red mouth. Finally, she looks comfortable and not overpowered by elaborate hair and makeup.

Claire is wearing: Serum // Foundation // Eyeshadow in Café au Lait // Eyeliner in Black Velvet // Mascara // Blush in Pink // Lip balm // Lipstick in Power Red // Makeup by Matin Maulawizada

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale, People's Choice Awards 2016

Lucy Hale at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Lucy Hale, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Lucy Hale at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Lucy is so darn pretty! I love this ethereal wintery look, with delicate baby hairs framing her face, and the full brows/full lashes combo. (I think the false lashes are okay here, as they're nice and fluffy.) The skinniest bit of liner in her lower waterlines helps define her eyes, and of course, the stained berry lipstick is fabulous.

Lucy is wearing: Foundation in No. 5 // Blush in 72 Rose Initial // Illuminator // Eyeshadow in Maroon // Eyeliner in Jet Set // Brow pencil in Warm Brunette // Mascara in Deep Black // Lip liner in Rouge Noir // Lipstick in Vixen // Makeup by Kelsey Deenihan // Hair by Kristen Ess

Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie Emmanuel, People's Choice Awards 2016

Nathalie Emmanuel at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Nathalie Emmanuel, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Nathalie Emmanuel at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Last time we saw Nathalie, her hair was in dreads. Now, she's got tight curls in a big rounded shape—and they're equally cool. Her makeup is even softer, with natural lashes, silvery shadow, a hint of liner and tinted pink lip balm. Her beautiful full brows frame it all. She did her own hair and makeup, and now I'm even more impressed!

Nathalie is wearing: Makeup and hair by Nathalie Emmanuel

Shelley Hennig

Shelley Hennig, People's Choice Awards 2016

Shelley Hennig at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Shelley Hennig, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Shelley Hennig at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

It's Shelley's first time on the blog, and I've got a beauty crush already. Her makeup is exactly how I'd wear mine for the red carpet—a fresh texture with seamless blush, smudgy eyeliner and YLOB (your lips, only better) lip colour. It's also interesting how she slicked down half of her bob, but kept the ends wavy.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, People's Choice Awards 2016

Lea Michele at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Lea Michele, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Lea Michele at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Lea looks a bit different, and I like it! Does she use self-tanner normally? Because her skin looks paler here—and also fresher, probably from applying less foundation. It's also great to see her hair in an updo for a change, and the purplish-raspberry lipstick is so pretty. I'm not crazy about the false lashes, and I think her brow tails are now slightly over-tweezed. 

Lea is wearing: Lip balm // Lipstick in Napa Vineyard // Lipstick in Juniper Water // Makeup by Mélanie Inglessis // Hair by John D.

Renee Olstead

Renee Olstead, People's Choice Awards 2016

Renee Olstead at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Renee Olstead, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Renee Olstead at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

If you Google Image Search Renee, what you'll find is nothing like how she looks here. Good call on the red! It definitely makes her stand out instead of looking like another generic Hollywood blonde. I also like the matchiness with her shadow and lip colour. Her skin seems a bit yellow, and it's hard to say if that's because of the faux red or the wrong foundation. Obviously, the lashes are too heavy and straight.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson, People's Choice Awards 2016

Dakota Johnson at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Dakota Johnson, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Dakota Johnson at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Dakota is growing on me more and more. She has really perfected the whole effortless, "I just threw on this gown" vibe. Her skin looks great, and so does the muted makeup. The blue liner underneath her lower lash lines is a fun touch. Hair is choppy and textured, as usual. 

Dakota is wearing: Makeup by Pati Dubroff // Hair by Mark Townsend

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra, People's Choice Awards 2016

Priyanka Chopra at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Priyanka Chopra, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Priyanka Chopra at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Priyanka has been on the blog once before, and this makeup is fairly close to her previous look. She really pulls off the dramatic smoky eyes (and even lashes), with black kohl through her waterlines and even smudgy grey shadow taken below the lower lashes. The rosy mauve lip colour is very pretty, and I love the updo! Few people would look this good with so much volume at the top.

Priyanka is wearing: Makeup by Stephanie Brooke Barnes // Hair by Castillo

Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson, People's Choice Awards 2016

Ashley Benson at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Ashley Benson, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Ashley Benson at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Ashley has such beautiful eyes, and contrary to what you'd think, they seem to stand out more with less makeup. She ditched her usual heaviness for long but defined lashes and soft shadow tones—really nice! Her skin looks good as well, but I'd much prefer her hair down, in a deep side part, versus this severe centre-parted ponytail.

Ashley is wearing: Makeup by Molly Stern // Hair by Kylee Heath

Sarah Rafferty

Sarah Rafferty, People's Choice Awards 2016

Sarah Rafferty at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Sarah Rafferty, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Sarah Rafferty at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

I love a red lip on a redhead. This one has orangey undertones, and Sarah let it be the star of her beauty look, wearing it with barely any blush, natural lashes, and soft brown-black liner. The only thing I'd say about this is that her hair looks dry, and obviously straightened. I think her natural curls and a side part would be better. 

Sarah is wearing: Makeup by Anton Khachaturian // Hair by Melissa DeZarate

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch, People's Choice Awards 2016

Melissa Rauch at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Melissa Rauch, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Melissa Rauch at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

We haven't seen Melissa in quite some time. I like her "girl next door" appeal, but wish she'd just go with it instead of trying to add edginess. The extended eyeliner wing seems like an afterthought, and doesn't go with the curly false lashes or prim and proper hair. 

Melissa is wearing: Lipstick in Diabolique // Makeup by Tamah Krinsky // Hair by Creighton Bowman

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens, People's Choice Awards 2016

Vanessa Hudgens at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Vanessa Hudgens, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Vanessa Hudgens at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Uh oh, Vanessa's eyes look slightly irritated from wearing all that eye makeup! And yet, she is one of the few who can actually carry so much (although of course I prefer a lighter touch). The iridescent copper lip colour is pretty cool, and I like how she pushed her lob back and off her face. Too bad her foundation looks too light compared to her chest.

Vanessa is wearing: Makeup by Karan Mitchell // Hair by Richard Collins

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer, People's Choice Awards 2016

Natalie Dormer at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Natalie Dormer, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Natalie Dormer at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Natalie continues to have the most striking blue eyes in Hollywood. And she knows how to play them up—with a mesmerizing teal highlight underneath each iris. The rest is heavy black liner, with shimmery taupe shadow, and no distracting false lashes. I kinda wish she'd just left it at that instead of adding the opaque peach gloss. The blonde waves are great!

Natalie is wearing: Makeup by Matthew VanLeeuwen // Hair by Marcus Francis

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock, People's Choice Awards 2016

Sandra Bullock at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Sandra Bullock, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Sandra Bullock at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Sandra looks really good. Bangs will always be my favourite for her long face, but her stick-straight hair and fresh makeup are still very flattering, and natural. I like how her liner is soft and her lashes are fluffy. Also notice how she opted for pink, instead of matching her lip colour and blush to the red dress.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson, People's Choice Awards 2016

Kate Hudson at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Kate Hudson, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Kate Hudson at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Kate chose black winged liner and extra-thick lashes, and I think it basically works. The effect almost gives her face a lift, as it draws the eye up, and the rest of her look is extremely subtle. I like the shimmery nude eyeshadow, pale pink lipstick and soft, loose updo.

Kate is wearing: Lipstick in Iced Iris // Makeup by Leslie Lopez // Hair by David Babaii

Camilla Luddington

Camilla Luddington, People's Choice Awards 2016

Camilla Luddington at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Camilla Luddington, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Camilla Luddington at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Overall, I love Camilla's unique look. The centre-parted updo and tawny makeup shades are amazing on her. Up close, her brows are obviously drawn in, but I could live with that if she'd chosen more natural lashes. To have both, plus the heavy shadow, is maybe a bit much. I like how she skipped earrings, which helps keep things clean.

Camilla is wearing: Makeup by Kira Nasrat // Hair by Clariss Rubenstein

Kelly McCreary

Kelly McCreary, People's Choice Awards 2016

Kelly McCreary at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Kelly McCreary, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Kelly McCreary at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Well, isn't this adorable. I love Kelly's thick curls, full brows and the freckles on her nose. Pink is also a great colour on her. Just not crazy about the strip lashes, and her blush seems too light for her skin tone.

Troian Bellisario

Troian Bellisario, People's Choice Awards 2016

Troian Bellisario at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Troian Bellisario, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Troian Bellisario at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

I feel like this tight ponytail isn't doing Troian's beauty justice. That said, her makeup does look nice—I always appreciate seeing natural skin textures and the absence of false lashes. The stained, deep rose lips are also great.

Troian is wearing: Primer // Tinted moisturizer // Illuminator // Concealer // Blush in Cor-De-Rosa // Blush in Gingerly // Eyeshadow in Matte Neutral // Eyeshadow in Moonlight // Lip colour // Makeup by Rebecca Wachtel // Hair by David Stanwell

Arden Cho

Arden Cho, People's Choice Awards 2016

Arden Cho at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Arden Cho, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Arden Cho at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

If only Arden hadn't chosen these false lashes, which are way too long (and not fusing properly with her own, straighter ones). Otherwise, I'd be totally on board with her luminous skin, soft waves and deep burgundy lipstick.

Arden is wearing: Makeup by Alexx Mayo // Hair by Scott King

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew, People's Choice Awards 2016

Sarah Drew at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Sarah Drew, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Sarah Drew at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Sarah has such a vibrant mane of hair, and I always think redheads look most beautiful in deep green dresses. Her makeup looks pretty good as well, with soft rosy tones on lips and cheeks, and a bold use of silver shimmer on the eyelids. 

Sarah is wearing: Hair and makeup by Dorite G. Nizzani

Caterina Scorsone

Caterina Scorsone, People's Choice Awards 2016

Caterina Scorsone at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Caterina Scorsone, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Caterina Scorsone at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Caterina basically did everything right. She kept her skin very fresh, enhancing her features with black liner in the upper waterlines, natural-looking lashes and sheer pink lips and cheeks. The voluminous low ponytail is maybe a little too voluminous, but is less predictable than an updo.

Stefanie Scott

Stefanie Scott, People's Choice Awards 2016

Stefanie Scott at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Stefanie Scott, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Stefanie Scott at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

So nice to see Stefanie's look evolving and becoming more sophisticated. I just love her hair here. The highlights are subtler and more golden than they used to be, and the soft texture, tucked behind both ears, is very modern. I'm also into her 360-degree application of blue liner. It's an unexpected touch, and she was wise not to add distracting false lashes.

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander, People's Choice Awards 2016

Sasha Alexander at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Sasha Alexander, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Sasha Alexander at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

I like this a lot, although it's pretty formal. Thankfully, Sasha's skin looks fresh and her hair very soft, which keeps her from looking overdone. Her faux bob is actually very well executed, and I also love the pink and red colour palette. I think her lashes are fake, but at least they're not heavy; the black liner is enough to make her eyes pop.

Sasha is wearing: Makeup by Lauren Andersen // Hair by Robert Vetica

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell, People's Choice Awards 2016

Shay Mitchell at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Shay Mitchell, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Shay Mitchell at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

The concept was good, but Shay just took it a little too far. She has beautifully illuminated skin and is one of the few who can pull off centre-parted straight hair, worn behind both ears. The plummy brown makeup tones could've been interesting, but are swamped by the false lashes and heavy application overall.

Shay is wearing: Foundation // Eyeshadow in 10 Mirage // Mascara // False lashes in Carmen #9 // Lipstick in Sheer Brown 202 // Lip gloss in Iridescent // Makeup by Mary Phillips // Hair by Chris Appleton

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, People's Choice Awards 2016

Julianne Hough at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Julianne Hough, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Julianne Hough at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Speaking of heavy plum tones, I just can't with Julianne's blush. Way to interfere with a cute updo! She actually looks adorable with the top knot, but her makeup colours make her face look muddy. The lashes are not great, and the eyeshadow is poorly blended. 

Julianne is wearing: Makeup by Spencer Barnes // Hair by Riawna Capri

Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen, People's Choice Awards 2016

Ming-Na Wen at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Ming-Na Wen, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Ming-Na Wen at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Ming-Na is 52 years old. What the heck?! I cannot get over how great her skin looks... like, she could easily pass for 20 years younger. I'm not even going to nit-pick over her lashes or threaded-looking brows.

Amber Valletta

Amber Valletta, People's Choice Awards 2016

Amber Valletta at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Amber Valletta, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Amber Valletta at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

I've gotta say, Amber knows what works for her. Shaggy golden hair and bare-faced makeup with that one standout element—which is the copper eyeshadow in this case. I love that she never looks like she tried too hard.

Amber is wearing: Makeup by Fiona Stiles // Hair by Teddy Charles

Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke, People's Choice Awards 2016

Cheryl Burke at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Cheryl Burke, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Cheryl Burke at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Cheryl, on the other hand, looks like she spent ages perfecting her makeup—and it's too much, too costumey. The blush is in an odd spot, almost like it's trying to be contour, but is dragging her face down. Between that, the eyeshadow and the goopy lip gloss, the effect is sooo heavy. It's too bad, because I think she has such unique natural assets. A lighter hair colour would work better with her light brows as well.

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo, People's Choice Awards 2016

Ellen Pompeo at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Ellen Pompeo, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Ellen Pompeo at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Ellen went for a wavy updo and simple makeup—and she doesn't need much because her eyes are so naturally sparkly. I guess the thing with this is that it doesn't quite feel special enough for an awards show. Probably it's the button-down neckline and lack of jewellery.

Liz Hernandez

Liz Hernandez, People's Choice Awards 2016

Liz Hernandez at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Liz Hernandez, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Liz Hernandez at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Liz's hair and makeup are better here than the last time we saw her, although I still feel like she'd do well with a softer, more seamless blush. The lashes are very Kim Kardashian, but I don't mind them on her.

Christina Milian

Christina Milian, People's Choice Awards 2016

Christina Milian at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Christina Milian, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Christina Milian at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

So much for that one time Christina looked incredible in tone-on-tone makeup and a sleek bob. These over-the-top false lashes with purple eyeliner and shimmer everywhere don't quite have the same appeal, do they? She's got such cute features, but her styling really lacks sophistication. 

Keltie Knight

Keltie Knight, People's Choice Awards 2016

Keltie Knight at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Keltie Knight, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Keltie Knight at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

First of all, I have to say that Keltie has the most amazing teeth/smile. Colgate, lock this woman down! That said, I'm not so crazy about the way she's been styled here. I feel like the bronde updo is almost aging her a bit, and a richer, darker, solid colour would be better. Same with the heavy eye makeup—she should go more fresh, I think.

Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer, People's Choice Awards 2016

Abigail Spencer at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Abigail Spencer, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Abigail Spencer at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

This is fine, although Abigail's hair is one of her best features—so would've been nicer worn down than hidden in this updo. No issues with the makeup, except I obviously prefer to see real lashes.

Abigail is wearing: Makeup by Amy Nadine // Hair by Castillo

Kat Graham

Kat Graham, People's Choice Awards 2016

Kat Graham at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Kat Graham, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Kat Graham at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Kat, step away from the highlighting and contouring kit. I mean, there is subtle sculpting, and then there is this... way too drastic! But I will applaud her subtle lashes this time, and her short haircut is totally awesome.

Chloe Bridges

Chloe Bridges, People's Choice Awards 2016

Chloe Bridges at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Chloe Bridges, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Chloe Bridges at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Where to start with Chloe? On the one hand, her long hair, flawless skin and full pale pink lips are all very attractive. On the other... I think her brow-filling game could be improved, big time. Same with the eyeliner, which looks like it's supposed to go all the way around the eyes, but is missing a big chunk under one iris. Also, I would think over-lining would be unnecessary on lips this full.

Chloe is wearing: Hair by Darbie Wieczorek

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer, People's Choice Awards 2016

Keke Palmer at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Keke Palmer, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Keke Palmer at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Keke looked so amazing with long hair this summer, I might just cry over this short top, shaved sides and long, skinny braid. Also not a fan of the cray lashes and drawn-on eyebrows.

Keke is wearing: Makeup by Mylah Morales // Hair by Ray D.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco, People's Choice Awards 2016

Kaley Cuoco at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Kaley Cuoco, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Kaley Cuoco at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Kaley has come a long way in lightening up her makeup look, compared to back in 2014. So she gets points for that, although this definitely lacks the polish of her 2015 Kids' Choice look (my favourite ever). Shorter hair and more perfected skin are what works best on her.

Kaley is wearing: Makeup by Jamie Greenberg // Hair by Christine Symonds

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen, People's Choice Awards 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Carly Rae Jepsen, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Carly Rae Jepsen at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

I'm really not into this particular phase of Carly's style. Remember when she was an adorable redhead with heavy bangs? I get that she's trying to lose her "sweet" vibe, but I just don't think the black hair, light eyebrows and short, choppy bangs are at all flattering. The graphic eyeshadow is kind of cool, though. 

Rocsi Diaz

Rocsi Diaz, People's Choice Awards 2016

Rocsi Diaz at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Rocsi Diaz, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Rocsi Diaz at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Rocsi always has these drawn-on eyebrows... I don't get it. (Admittedly, these are better than some of her previous ones.) I think it's the combination of the brows with the false lashes that distracts me. If both were dialled down, this would be quite pretty. 

Meagan Good

Meagan Good, People's Choice Awards 2016

Meagan Good at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Meagan Good, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Meagan Good at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Another case of drawn-on brows, and even more extreme. These remind me of those brow stencil things. Otherwise, Meagan is a total hottie, and looks incredible in long dreads and rich raspberry lipstick.

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor, People's Choice Awards 2016

Meghan Trainor at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Meghan Trainor, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Meghan Trainor at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

If I could update Meghan's look, I'd give her a sleek, straight lob with a deep side part and a more even, solid-toned blonde. Wouldn't that be more current than her dated bouffant with scraggly ends and ashy roots? The lashes are also SO fake-looking.

Meghan is wearing: Makeup by Alison Christian // Hair by Lorien Meillon

Katherine McNamara

Katherine McNamara, People's Choice Awards 2016

Katherine McNamara at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Katherine McNamara, People's Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Katherine McNamara at the 2016 People's Choice Awards.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This red hair colour (not to mention the dated length and texture) is completely overpowering Katherine's features. A soft strawberry would be best, around boob-length, and not so piecey. I also don't understand the reason for the false lashes and heavy makeup, which just detract from her natural youthful prettiness!

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?