Before we say goodbye to awards season for another year, I've got one last long, juicy hair and makeup inspiration post for you: the beauty looks from the Oscars after-parties!
The two main ones are the Vanity Fair party, which—just going by the photos here—is considered the most exclusive/prestigious, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation party, which hosts everyone else. (Ironically, Elton John's party had the best lighting for beauty purposes, so there.)
Most of the celebs here didn't walk the red carpet at the main event; the ones who did, I'm including because they changed their beauty look in some shape or form. Let's check 'em out:
What I love: Good for Lily for trying something different—a vampy vintage vibe with a gelled wavy bob and brown, not red lips. I like that it's more irreverent than the typical way that celebs interpret old Hollywood glamour, which often looks dated (hello, Sofia Vergara). Without fail, I always admire Lily's skin, lashes and brows. What I'd change: The eyeshadow could be diffused out more. Same with her contour.
What I love: Well, this is just about perfect. Hilary caught my eye last year for looking particularly fresh and gorgeous (which is really cool, considering she is 41 and celebs who are 20+ years her junior are so heavily made-up these days). This look is more dressy, but she nailed it on the soft vintage waves, subtle brown smoky eyes, good brows, fresh skin and matching peach lips and cheeks. What I'd change: I guess she's had her lips done... so she has something in common with the twentysomethings after all!
What I love: Fresh, understated and pretty with a few quirky touches—what's not to love about Emilia's styling here? Right away, I'm drawn to this because of the polka dots and the green drop earrings, which have so much more personality than the same old boring dresses we see every year (Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner, I'm looking at you). Instead of trying to "brighten it up" with a statement lip colour, I appreciate the sheer peachy-pink lipstick with gold liner under the eyes and a soft updo. What I'd change: Her foundation is more yellow than her neck and chest.
What I love: Amy has such glorious hair, and this style is more casual than a lot of the vintage wavy 'dos we've seen on her in the past; there's actually a braid on the one side. I love how she always does shimmers on her eyes. Her makeup never overshadows her. What I'd change: A couple of the curled pieces in there look a bit too tight compared to the others, but NBD. I think I might've liked this better sans red lipstick.
What I love: Cute new bob, Miranda! It's amazing how chopping off a few inches can make waves look more interesting. I'm also marvelling at how her skin is so velvety matte, but doesn't look dry. What I'd change: The red lip-false lash combo is a bit predictable, but okay.
What I love: I think I just said this the other day, but I love coral lips on Kate (and blondes in general). They don't wash her out like a nude would, but they also don't overwhelm her soft colouring. The way she did her lashes is really cool: jet-black and thick on the top, but completely bare on the bottom. Finally, notice the brows. They're pencilled in, but brushing them up makes them nice and feathery. What I'd change: Maybe just a bit more powder, but that's it.
What I love: The sleekness of Freida's centre-parted, slicked-down hair suits the sportiness of her dress. (Although I still prefer her style here.) The makeup is completely understated; I think any bright colours on lips or eyes would just fight with the dress and lack sophistication. What I'd change: Probably a sheer lip gloss instead of this brownish nude.
What I love: This one is all about the brows for me. Zoey's are amazing—full but still groomed, with perfect "fans" at the inner corners. With not much other makeup save for mascara (or are they falsies?), the brows are the statement here. What I'd change: Her lips look a bit dead; more colour or shine would help them come back to life.
What I love: To switch up her makeup for the after-party, Jennifer added more eyeshadow. Lots and lots more eyeshadow. But actually, these smoky eyes are quite the work of art! The shape and blending are great. What I'd change: Nothing, but I prefer the subtler Oscars eyes because they allowed her luminous skin to stand out.
What I love: Eiza's makeup is much heavier than my usual taste—but the thing is, she carries it incredibly well. She looks beautiful in these smoky eyes, contoured cheeks, darkened brows and glossed lips. (Put the same stuff on most other celebs, and it would all be too much.) I like how her centre-parted hairstyle frames her face. What I'd change: Just dialling down the lashes and contour would elevate this.
What I love: More evidence that Brie's been taking excellent care of her skin for awards season. Plus, no foundation mismatch issues here! She literally let her hair down for the party; I like the waves better than the girlish half-updo at the Oscars. What I'd change: Where did these lashes come from?! Or did I miss them because she was squinting here?
What I love: This centre-parted, super-straight hair is such a good style on Selena! Notice how it "slims" her round face (not that there's anything wrong with it, mind you). I like her feline eyeshadow shape and slightly frosty nude lip colour. What I'd change: She looks gorgeous, but I want to see real skin! Her mid-face looks like it's been "baked" with banana powder.
What I love: If you look closely, Daisy's makeup is different to the Oscars version (although her tight updo is the same). Her silver eyeshadow was swapped for a matte taupe, and the strawberry lipstick traded for this subtler sheer red. There's something very "French girl" about this look, no? What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Kate is really good in these berry lipsticks, I've noticed. She also has a knack for balancing intensity on both eyes and lips, without looking garish. Her skin looks foundation-free, even though I'm sure it's not. What I'd change: I prefer her hair down, but I guess that would've been too much with the boobage.
What I love: As usual, Diane stuck with a taupe smoky eye and chunky lashes. We've seen it a million times, but it still works. What I'd change: I know she does her own makeup, and generally does a good job, but I'm starting to think it's time to work with a pro. Her foundation is leaving texture on her skin, and I'm not crazy about the lip gloss/liner.
What I love: So Priyanka kept her ponytail from the Oscars, but went from raspberry lipstick to this light nude-brown. I like it—she looks a lot more relaxed here. Her skin appears smoother in this lighting, too. What I'd change: I've already said this, but making the brows a teensy bit more natural.
What I love: Emily is #skingoals. Not only does her complexion have a fresh, natural texture, but this is contouring done right. No false lashes, just skinny liner in the lower waterlines. And bedhead hair to bring the sexy (because she always has to look sexy). What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Hailey has very nice skin, and again, this is a good example of blush, highlighter and contour done right. She looks great in the sleek ponytail with red lips and full, brushed-up brows. What I'd change: Nothing—even the fluffy lashes I can live with.
What I love: Hailee's hair looks awesome (as usual). She did her go-to smoky-shimmery eye in brown this time, with a matching matte on the lips. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: It's matchy-matchy, but I like the silver shadow at Brittany's inner corners and how it plays off her dress, eye colour and cool-toned blonde hair. What I'd change: I love chunky lashes, but Brittany's are almost always too chunky. The worse problem is that her foundation is too ashy, at least around her lower face, and I think she must use too much powder because it's accentuating her baby hairs.
What I love: Greer has the same hairstyle as Selena Gomez, and I like it in blonde just as well. What I'd change: Eeks, the lashes! And even the black liner/shadow with the pink lipstick. When your colouring is this fair, it's just too obtrusive—Greer can't carry the intensity like someone with darker skin could. (Although truthfully, these lashes would be a bad idea on anyone.)
What I love: This loose, romantic updo is a nice change from what we've been seeing from Emma lately. I love the "just bitten" lip colour and texture. What I'd change: I SO wish she'd stop wearing bad false lashes (or any false lashes, for that matter). I don't get why there is a blob of eyeliner floating underneath each iris.
What I love: This is one of the most natural makeup jobs I've ever seen on Demi. I've admired her complexion for a while now—including those adorable freckles—and even her brows look less pruned here. Very surprised to see normal-looking lashes, too. The slicked-back hair works well. What I'd change: I know the bottom lip liner is supposed to fake the "shadow" of a fuller lip, but it's not fooling me.
What I love: I've shared my opinion of Sarah's makeup many times, but you know what? She looks really vibrant here, despite the "mask." There's a sparkle to her eyes, which I love. What I'd change: I just want to give her a makeunder—take off about half the amount of product and soften/smudge it all, so it's not so contrived.
What I love: Vanessa's hair is awesome. Vintage waves again—but they're SO soft and brushed out, with not even any gel at the roots like Lily Collins. I love! She can always pull off black eyeliner, this one. I like how it's in the waterlines, with metallic shimmer all the way around. What I'd change: The lipstick and lack of blush wash her out, and I don't think that foundation shade is the quite right (too yellow).
What I love: We've all seen red lipstick and black liquid liner on Taylor a billion times, so... at least this is not that. What I'd change: Is there a happy medium we can aspire to? Rosy pink cheeks and soft waves, maybe? Because this is just really drab. Whenever Taylor tries to be "edgy" or "sexy," there's a disconnect for me. Also, I dislike that necklace!
What I love: I suppose the plum eyeshadow and matching mauve lipstick are pretty cool? I always like purples on brown eyes. What I'd change: The false lashes cheapen what could've been a sophisticated makeup job. But Jessica's hair is equally problematic. The lighter brown washes out her skin tone, especially given the light blush. And those curls would be better brushed out, without so many flyaways.
What I love: Now here's a bob 'n' choker necklace combo that look adorable and real (see this, Taylor Swift?). Willa's fresh skin makes the difference, along with tons of lashes and shine around the eyes. I like how her hair doesn't look too "done." What I'd change: More attention to perfecting the skin—but not going so far as to make it powdery.
What I love: I can't remember ever seeing Kate with coral lipstick, which is a good change from her boring glossy nudes. Also nice to see the injection of gold into her brown smoky eyes. What I'd change: Her contour is quite muddy, and I feel like the makeup is missing that "wow" factor. Mostly, I dislike her hair. Streaky highlights and the strict centre part are not my favourite on her—I think she looks better with a side part and lots of softness.
What I love: The thick swipe of shimmering charcoal underneath Malin's eyes was risky, but I think it looks cool with her eye shape and Nordic features. Considering she is so fair, she did a good job with her skin texture, and I think this contour isn't too bad. What I'd change: The lashes bug me, obvs, and I'm not crazy about the lip colour.
What I love: There's an ease to Ashley's look here, which is attractive. I like the softness of her hair. What I'd change: Thanks to the goopy gloss and obvious falsies, her lips and lashes aren't the most modern (or interesting) makeup.
What I love: I suppose Lea's brows look pretty good? They're full but not unruly/bushy. What I'd change: Beauty experimentation can be overrated for some people. We know Lea can look like this. So why hide your hair in an unflattering middle-parted (and oddly loose) updo? The foundation is heavy, eyeliner is harsh and it looks like she's started getting lip injections now....
What I love: Living in this weird new world of heavy contouring, strobing, baking, etc., I've become a big proponent for less makeup. So for that reason, I respect Kate's direction here. What I'd change: Unfortunately, this isn't working and I suspect it's mainly because of the hair. The shorter length, dark and fuzzy roots, centre part and tucking behind the ears all read very casual. We're missing the face-softening effects of longer, sexier, more voluminous hair. I know she darkened her brows, but they're just not a strong enough feature to carry this look.
What I love: The twist in Elizabeth's updo is kinda cool... albeit very formal, especially with the high neckline of this dress. What I'd change: The blotch of unblended brown eyeshadow and heavy lashes are distracting me! She and Kate Beckinsale share the same approach to contouring.
What I love: Basically, this is fine, especially for someone who rarely walks the red carpet. Maggie did great on her skin, lips and lashes. What I'd change: I'm including this one because of the green dots at the inner corners of her eyes! I've done that before in yellow... it seems like a good idea at the time, when you're at home playing with your makeup. But then you see it in photos and you're like, "Whaaat?" It's just really hard to make unconventional colours look good in that spot!
What I love: Olivia has great skin and brows, and is pretty much a pro at blush-blending. Peach is a fantastic shade for her skin tone. What I'd change: On their own, I'm not into these lashes—at all!—but I think they make sense on Olivia in that they balance out her wider jawline. They draw the eye up and kinda soften her angles.
What I love: I guess the lack of lip colour? What I'd change: I think Ashley is trying way too hard. Her hair is exactly the kind of hair I'm not into these days (obvious balayage and tousled just so). The makeup is equally dated.
What I love: Aw, Mariah looks so happy here. Her volume and waves are touchable and super-glam. What I'd change: Her brows are probably a lost cause at this point, but surely she could do better with her contouring? The bit on her nose is pretty funny. I spy unblended lower lip liner.
What I love: Sheryl's hair is looking fab—a huge improvement to the streaky highlights of 2013. What I'd change: Definitely more softness around the eyes. The black liner underneath is too harsh, and those false lashes are not even close to looking natural.
What I love: Arielle's side-swept waves are okay, as far as side-swept waves go. Her brows and lashes are both decent.What I'd change: Too much spray tan! If you Google Image Search her, she didn't used to be this colour. (To be clear, I am pro-embracing your natural skin tone, whatever that may be.) The bronzing makes the makeup seem more aggressive, especially with the rose shimmer under her eyes.
What I love: Definitely her brows. Caity has amazing natural assets to work with right there. What I'd change: These lashes are fug and not meant for close-ups; I'm especially sad when celebs with thick, face-defining brows think they need them. Nooo! The other sad thing is covering up freckles with foundation. Fresher skin, mascara alone and a sleeker hairstyle would elevate the hot pink lipstick completely.
Lana Del Rey
What I love: Lana has such beautiful doe eyes, I think playing up the bottom lashes, Twiggy-style, is a cool idea—just not like this! What I'd change: She looks like a sad doll. I get that she has a signature look, but there's a way to channel the '60s in a more modern way. The hair is campy, the long liner flicks are unnecessary, and that lipstick shade/application technique is downright terrible!
Jillian Rose Reed
What I love: Actually, Jillian's lips look pretty good. Consider that we're coming from not-found-in-nature hues like this. What I'd change: This is a whole lot of foundation, and it's neither the right shade (too yellow) nor properly blended (look around the brows and nose). I think if that were resolved, and her frizzy hair were tamed, she might get away with the heavy eye makeup. (But oh my, that dress!)
What I love: At least Andie didn't wear false lashes or lip liner. So there's that. What I'd change: All I can conclude with this one is that someone needs attention. Even Emily Ratajkowski is more covered up! Okay, on to the beauty... this half-up swirly thing (with fuzzy lengths) is one of the most perplexing styles I've seen in a LONG time. Isn't Andie known for having one of the best manes of naturally curly hair? What is going on here?? As for the makeup, it's a great example of how aging it can be when you apply too much blush, too low on your face.
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?