The Screen Actors Guild Awards (a.k.a. "the SAGs") took place on Saturday night, marking the halfway point of this year's awards season. For me, there were fewer beauty hits than misses, I'm afraid—so let's dive in and discuss!
What I love: Alicia's all-around glowiness. Unlike some celebs (Brie Larson, I'm thinking of you), she really suits these tone-on-tone neutrals on top of her warm golden skin. What makes this special is the bright pale gold at the inner corners of her eyes, and her shiny, healthy, ultra-straight hair. I like this hairstyle way better than when she wears it half-up. What I'd change: I'm still finding the false lashes at her outer corners a little distracting. Also, I wonder if too much foundation/powder is settling into her marionette lines—sometimes when makeup artists are heavy-handed, they create wrinkles where there were none.
What I love: Definitely the eyes! Kate did a thick swipe of shimmering gold underneath each eye, paired with brown liner in the waterlines and au naturel lashes. With the pinky tones on lips and cheeks, it is a lovely, delicate look. As for her hair, I like this evolution of her short cut. The bangs are longer now, with lots of texture, and the colour matches her eyes perfectly. What I'd change: I wish the bottom lip liner wasn't so obvious.
What I love: I don't like to spend too much time analyzing celebs who are still teenagers (Kiernan is only 16), but I have to say, I like what she did here for ANY age. The soft brown shading, fluffy lashes and brushed-up brows are the ideal way to bring out brown eyes. I also love her seamless blush, bare lips, and of course, insanely good skin. What I'd change: There's nothing wrong with her hair, but I'll just state that I am more into solid colour these days, with richer, warmer tones.
What I love: That Emilia made slightly iridescent pink lipstick look amazing. (Right? I feel like this shade hasn't been popular in recent years, but it looks so good on her.) As usual, her full brows and lobbed brown hair give her this polished yet approachable vibe. What I'd change: I'm sad to see false lashes here, and I think she could have skipped the shimmery pink eyeshadow as well.
What I love: This is basically the same as the last time we saw her, but I can't help but love the classic Rooney beauty. Her lashes are particularly pretty this time. And in general, I appreciate her confidence in baring every feature with a scraped-back tight hairstyle. What I'd change: Nothing. I just get more excited when she does stuff like this, that's all.
What I love: Hot pink! In recent years, I feel like so many people with Priyanka's colouring have started copying the Kardashian-JLo-Shay Mitchell-esque version of beauty—all boring, contoured neutrals and pale lips. Meanwhile, it's these medium-to-dark complexions that can rock bright colours the most! So I find this vibrant lipstick very refreshing. What I'd change: I wish she didn't wear it so "prom." The hairstyle is too stiff/perfect, and I'd rather see more natural brows than sharp, filled-in angles. Finally, WHAT is the deal with her upper lip? That can't be natural... right?
What I love: This entire look really, REALLY suits Saoirse. I don't like heavy makeup on her, so the wash of silver shadow is honestly enough—no liner, heavy false lashes, filled-in brows or lip colour needed. With the loose ballerina bun, the effect is ethereal and fresh. What I'd change: Nothing—I think this is one of her best red carpet appearances yet!
What I love: Rachel's fresh makeup. She is another one that is easily overwhelmed by false lashes and dark lipstick (like this look at TIFF). Keeping it to just smudgy-shimmery liner, defined lashes and pink lipstick makes her look younger and prettier. What I'd change: I'm still of the opinion that her hair colour is too blonde. Just think of what a warm, rich light brown would do for her skin tone! It would bring so much life back to her complexion. And I vote for bangs as well.
What I love: Anna looks nice here, more relaxed than usual, and the colour palette is better—recall that she used to have this thing for muddy brown tones on the red carpet. Glad that's not happening any more! I generally like the concept of lined eyes (the liner shows off her great almond shape), peach lips and a sweep of bangs across the forehead. What I'd change: False lashes and unblended lip liner—two of my biggest pet peeves! I'm not opposed to falsies at the outer corners in this case, but she could have picked a less extreme pair. Also, can makeup artists PLEASE stop drawing that single line underneath the lower lip, because contrary to what they might think, it's not fooling us into thinking the lips are any fuller.
What I love: These shimmery, silvery-blue tones around January's eyes—similar to what she wore at the Critics' Choice Awards. I think they're super-flattering with her colouring. I also like the pink lips and the insane amount of volume she's got going in her updo. Modern '60s chic! What I'd change: Perhaps a bit less shadow under the eyes, as I always feel that emphasizes the darkness. Don't think she needed the false lashes either.
What I love: Finally, Uzo got her hairstyle just right! (I felt this one was too prom, and this one overpowered her.) Her pale lipstick is great, and I can even get behind the matchy green eyeshadow. What I'd change: The false lashes, and the fact that her brows look so drawn on and angular.
What I love: Christina is channelling Brigitte Bardot, and is that ever a bad thing? I always dig the combo of curtain bangs and cat eyes, and her updo looks so romantic and effortless. I also like that she went for a deeper rose on her lips, instead of a predictable pale pink hue. What I'd change: The lashes (and possibly brows) are too heavy, and unnecessary with all that black liner...
What I love: Marisa looks glamorous, but not too "done." I like her hair most of all—the colour and brushed-out wavy texture are absolutely gorgeous. I also appreciate her fresh skin, and the little flash of green on her lids is a fun touch. What I'd change: I'm assuming those lashes are false? They're not the worst I've seen by a mile, but I'd still prefer to see more of a Rooney Mara fluffiness instead of separated spiky lashes.
What I love: Jessica looks so amazing in sleek, dramatic hairstyles and sophisticated, statement makeup. Notice how we never see her in beachy waves or bronzer? I love that! She is so striking that this juicy red lipstick makes this entire look. What I'd change: I think this is perfect as is. I love that she didn't have to try hard—it's simple, understated gorgeousness.
What I love: Kate looks so fresh here—her skin tone is just flawless! I'm also loving her brows, which don't have that obviously filled-in look like so many celebs we see. The black liner and rosy beige lips aren't groundbreaking, but they are flattering. What I'd change: Like Rachel McAdams, I feel Kate has over-blonded herself.
What I love: Melissa looks a lot more current here compared to some red carpets of seasons past. (Remember these bangs?!) She has definitely improved her hair game with these soft long curtain bangs and the overall texture. What I'd change: If only she'd skipped the strip lashes and liner—both in her waterlines and around her lips. (Actually so surprised about the lips. Isn't it rule number one in makeup, to blend??)
What I love: I'm kind of mesmerized by Ariel's cheeks. The flush of colour is so soft and pretty, she looks almost air-brushed. (And her complexion alone is totally flawless... sigh.) I also like the opaque pinky-peach lip colour. What I'd change: Unfortunately, her lips look flaky; I know that's a problem when you get into these paler shades. I think the lashes cheapen her look, as does the jet-black, overly solid hair colour against her lighter brows. I feel like Ariel has Kardashian tendencies that need to be reined in!
What I love: Nicole's hair is glorious! I like the longer length compared to when it was around her collarbones. I also think her skin looks fantastic. Injections or not, the tone and texture are really beautiful—the woman has no pores or pigmentation to speak of. Oh, and it looks like her lips aren't as inflated as in the past. What I'd change: It would be nice to see a little more dewiness instead of all matte. And she's looking a bit puckered around the eyes from the Botox.
What I love: Sarah's full brows. At age 45, she's super-lucky to still have them so thick, requiring no filling in. (She's probably one of the few in her age group who lived through the '90s with her eyebrows intact!) I also like the soft red lip colour. What I'd change: Her skin seems a bit matte/dry. I would also skip the false lashes; with those brows framing her face, she doesn't need them.
What I love: How sparkly Ellie's eyes look. I am a big fan of her soft eye makeup, with no detectable harsh lines. Also note the lips—there is lip liner, but it's blended up so that the lips almost have an Ombré effect. What I'd change: I'm not sure this hairstyle is the most flattering for her (and I'm getting textured lob fatigue in general). I think she looked great with it longer.
What I love: I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think Sofia's hair is looser and straighter than normal, and I will support that. Because she tends to go heavy on the lipstick, spray tan and accessorizing, the casual hair loosens her up a bit. What I'd change: I think I speak for all of us—I'd LOVE to see Sofia in a sheer, pale lip colour instead of these heavy berries and burgundies. Darker hair and her normal skin tone would be fresher, too. Now examine her cheeks... is it just me or do they look suspiciously plump?
What I love: There's definitely something appealing about a casual ponytail and a fresh face with a bare, spaghetti-strap neckline. I really love the lack of adornment here, and the pink lips are so pretty. I dare say, Amanda looks younger than when she wears her go-to red lipstick (although I still love her Emmys top knot). What I'd change: Her skin is matte, so perhaps a stronger highlight on the cheeks and the inner corners of the eyes would be nice.
What I love: Tina's blowout is perfect—voluminous, soft, and very flattering. I also like the smudgy brown liner around her eyes. What I'd change: I'm not convinced that these are the right lip and blush colours. I would go peachier on both, with the lips not so obviously lined, for a younger look.
What I love: I did say I wanted to Claire to wear less makeup and simpler hair, so I guess this is a start! I'd rather see this than the cray false lashes and stiff hairstyle she wore to the Emmys. What I'd change: The hair is fine, but unfortunately, her makeup is TOO low-key this time. I would support Claire sticking to a signature makeup of red lipstick with mascara and subtle black liner, like she wore at the People's Choice Awards. That is her Life Look, as far as I'm concerned. (Sometimes beauty experimentation is overrated—just look at Jennifer Aniston!)
What I love: Speaking of Life Looks, I do believe Amy has found her haircut and colour for life. The longer, straight auburn is amazing on her. What I'd change: Not sure what is going on with her brows, but I'd prefer them to be shaped/filled to go straighter, not so rounded. I like the idea of a glossy lip, but not this much, nor does it need the addition of the dreaded bottom lip liner.
What I love: Sarah's lobbed hair has this sexy, voluminous, bouffant thing happening—it's reminding me of Drew Barrymore at the Oscars circa 2009! It's a great look with her full brows. What I'd change: Obviously, would like to ixnay the contour and false lashes to start. We can deal with the brow-filling and inner corner shimmer later on. Sarah has such amazing features, I am just dying to see her try stuff that is more edgy and fresh...
What I love: I'm happy to see Julie looking relatively fresh, without the heavy eyeliner and dark shadow she has worn in the past. She looks pretty adorable with her hair parted deep on one side, sweeping across the forehead and pinned up at the back. What I'd change: I still want to see her ditch the false lashes. Also not sure about the lip colour/texture—it's the same thing as Tina Fey.
What I love: Brie's orangey-red lipstick. So good! Especially after she'd been wearing all those brown tones for so long. I also like the subtle nod to orange on her lids and cheeks; it's all super-gorgeous with her dress in the opposite colour, baby blue. What I'd change: Lash malfunction! Dang, if you must wear false lashes, at least make sure they look the same on each eye. These could be two different pairs, for all we know. Yet another reason I don't like them...
What I love: First of all, it's great to see Christina. It has been years! As for this look, I think the eye makeup is not bad. I like how the liner goes right into the tear ducts for a dramatic feline effect. What I'd change: Girl... this is not your hair colour. The dry, textured blonde makes me sad when I compare it to the insane beauty of this glossy brunette. That was your look Christina—bring it back!
What I love: This raspberry lipstick is beautiful. Why is it that Sofia Vergara can wear the same shade and it looks dated, yet on Naomi it's luscious and creamy? Moving on... I also think her haircut/style is fab and very youthful. What I'd change: Why does her skin look so muddy? Contouring fail! I don't get it—Naomi looks so great as a pale icy blonde, no reason to cover up her normal skin tone. With the lipstick, black liner and darkened brows, it's kind of too much.
What I love: The brushed-back hair and subtle shimmer on Julianna's lips and cheeks are really, really nice. She looks sophisticated and glamorous but not harsh or overdone. What I'd change: It's really too bad that her one eyebrow is Spocking. Also, I would love to see her brows filled/shaped to be stronger and straighter, not so "witchy" and angular.
What I love: Is anyone looking at Susan's face? That neckline was obviously the main statement here! But I do like her hot pink lipstick—red hair with pink is one of my fave combinations. What I'd change: A shiny blowout would be better than this textured hairstyle, to give her more polish. I'd rather see more eye makeup than relying on the brows to be so drawn on.
What I love: Along the same lines as Sarah Silverman, Demi has brows for days (even if they do need some brow gel)! What I'd change: When you have hair as beautiful as Demi's, you should probably show it off. I mean, this luscious look was only last year, can you believe it? The frizzy top knot with random long pieces is not nearly as flattering. Also, the false lashes are cray when you already have face-framing brows.
What I love: Compared to Kaley's Golden Globes after-party look, this is a huge improvement. I like that she took a risk with this graphic eyeshadow; the effect is cooler in brown than a harsh black. What I'd change: Technically, there's nothing wrong with the top knot, but I think hair down and slicked off the face would've been more flattering on Kaley. (Or, back to the short hair—still my favourite look EVER for her.) I'm also still hopeful that she'll find a way to grow out or at least fill in those brows.
What I love: Okay, maybe not love—but I like the soft side hairstyle for Diane. What I'd change: Her skin and hair look so very dry. I feel like the hair would be easily fixed, with a glossy rinse, no highlights and a fresh trim. Something illuminating would be great on her skin, and a sheer lip gloss instead of the brick lipstick. Not a fan of the way her brows were drawn on—they're too rounded and too dark.
What I love: As you know, Laura's beauty style is not my thing, but this is probably the prettiest I've seen her in recent years. I'm getting major Megan Fox vibes from this glamorous hairstyle and the pale makeup. What I'd change: The lashes and brows, of course! Here's my theory. I think she feels like she needs false lashes to compensate for her heavy-lidded eyes and all that lid space. BUT... it's actually her over-tweezed eyebrows that are making the problem worse. If she were to let her brows grow in, they'd be lower down and close up that lid space. I am perpetually surprised that a makeup artist hasn't convinced her yet to grow in her eyebrows... she must be insanely set in her ways!
What I love: Eva must have cut her hair recently. I like it! If she's going to insist on wearing this much makeup, at least the shorter hair gives it more of a current feeling, instead of looking like a beauty pageant contestant. Also, her lips look pretty good. What I'd change: This is exactly what gives contouring a bad name. There's way too much contrast, and the centre of her face is so matte and opaque—it's very Kardashian! Too much eye makeup, false lashes that are way too long, and drawn-on angular eyebrows add to the harshness. One brow might be Spocking from Botox as well!
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?