The Best Beauty at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards

Zendaya, Debby Ryan and more.
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Zendaya, Debby Ryan and more.

At this year's Kids' Choice Awards, the defining beauty look was all about nude lips, tawny eyeshadow, long lashes and loose waves. Let's discuss the top hair and makeup moments! 

Zendaya 

Zendaya, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Zendaya at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Zendaya, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Zendaya at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Wowza, this is the freshest and dewiest I've ever seen Zendaya's skin! Her makeup is always so heavy and theatrical, it's lovely to see her in girly flushed cheeks, sheer pink gloss and subtle strobing for a change. The faux bob is stiff but still pretty cute—again, it's much more low-key than her usual wigs. What I'd change: Oh dear, the "Instagram brow" trend shows no sign of letting up. The effect is too perfect, too aggressive, for me.

Debby Ryan

Debby Ryan, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Debby Ryan at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Debby Ryan, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Debby Ryan at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Debby's makeup is flawless, as far as I'm concerned—and yes, this even includes the fluttery long lashes! They work because they look more artistic and expensive than the usual falsie jobs we see; rather than "compensating" for some feature she "lacks," the lashes are a deliberate statement. Also, I think the fullness of Debby's face helps her carry them well. I absolutely love the pink blush and lip finishes! What I'd change: Nothing.

Bethany Mota

Bethany Mota, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Bethany Mota at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Bethany Mota, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Bethany Mota at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: This look is exactly the same as the one Bethany wore to Variety Power of Women last fall—with the exception of matte instead of glossy lips, and slightly limper curls—but she looked great then, and she looks great now. I love pink on warm complexions, and OMG her teeth are so white! Although they're too heavy, the false lashes aren't too much of a problem. (What is happening to me?) What I'd change: Just crisping up her ends with a teensy little trim. And of course, regular lashes would be best.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Heidi Klum at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Heidi Klum, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Heidi Klum at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Now that we've recovered from the Oscars dress debacle, I can get back to my point about Heidi looking awesome lately. I noticed this phenomenon at the amfAR Gala, and now here—she's not wearing as much self-tanner or makeup anymore, and I love it. I feel like I'm appreciating her natural beauty more than ever. What I'd change: Are those bottom false lashes? If it's not one thing (white eyeliner), it's another...

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Keke Palmer at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Keke Palmer, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

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

What I love: I'm into this! Keke's makeup is cool and interesting, but not overdone, and the brow-skimming bangs are a welcome change from the questionable hair choices here. (Actually, the entire look is a 180.) I'm mesmerized by her multi-tonal neutral eyeshadow with little purple highlights at the centre of each lid; it was so creative to pair that with a creamy, shimmery light red on the lips. Purple and red FTW. What I'd change: The highlighting in the centre of her face is too light, but I can live with it.

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Sarah Hyland at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Sarah Hyland, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Sarah Hyland at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Look! Sarah dyed her hair darker. It was just the other day, at the Oscars after-parties, that she still had her caramel highlights. It's a start... we're getting closer to one of my favourite Sarah looks of all time, from the 2014 Grammys. What I'd change: While it does look healthier, the new brown is darker and cooler-toned than I would like; her 2013 colour is my dream for her and far more flattering. It seems like she's going for an edgier vibe now, but the hair colour/style don't go with the heavily curled false lashes and too-perfect makeup. Style crisis in progress!

Peyton List

Peyton List, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Peyton List at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Peyton List, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Peyton List at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Even with makeup on top of makeup, I like Peyton's look. It's probably her plump, smooth cheeks—like Abigail Breslin's, they're the perfect canvas for blush and highlighter. Also, her hair colour; I always appreciate seeing darker blondes. I think the general idea here of peachy tones on lips and lids, with pinky cheeks, was the right direction... What I'd change: The eyeshadow and liner application is too heavy-handed—she doesn't need so much. It also looks like her brow pencil doesn't match on the one brow (too grey). 

Paris Berelc

Paris Berelc, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Paris Berelc at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Paris Berelc, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Paris Berelc at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Now here's an example of warm tones executed perfectly. Similar to Peyton, Paris chose a peachy-brown palette for lips, cheeks and lids. Because her skin has a yellow undertone, the effect is super-harmonious (on Peyton's pinker skin, peach stands out more). I seriously love this with her untamed brows and long, straight, highlighted hair. What I'd change: I spy bottom lip liner. No biggie, but it doesn't look good up close.

Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Sabrina Carpenter at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Sabrina Carpenter, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Sabrina Carpenter at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Here we go again, with another tawny eyeshadow. Sabrina's is the boldest yet, a dark copper in a rounded shape that extends above the crease and underneath the lower lid. I like that she let it stand alone, pairing it with full brows, minimal lashes and bare-ish lips. What I'd change: If only this shadow were in another colour! I don't think the copper is doing much for Sabrina's skin tone—she looks very washed out. I'd like a kiss more blush, more dewy skin and the space between her eyebrows to be a little tidier.

Kelli Berglund

Kelli Berglund, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Kelli Berglund at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Kelli Berglund, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Kelli Berglund at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Sarah Hyland isn't the only one who's gone darker lately. Kelli did the same (here's what she looked like last time on the blog). The deep cool brown brings out her eyes and for the first time, I'm noticing her beautiful skin. What I'd change: The eyeshadow and pink lipstick aren't the most current, but okay. When you go so dark, it's critical to stay on top of lighter roots (and brows).

Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Ryan Newman at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Ryan Newman, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Ryan Newman at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Ryan's makeup looks super-pretty with the bold, feminine print of the halter-style dress. I'm glad she did a sheer medium pink gloss instead of full-fledged lipstick, and the gold is a nice touch under her eyes. What I'd change: I loved her hair medium brunette (see here); these new blonde highlights make her look more generic, and her hair less healthy. I'm obsessed with eyebrow fans, so I'd love to see hers untrimmed, in their full glory! 

Chloe Bennet

Chloe Bennet, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Chloe Bennet at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Chloe Bennet, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Chloe Bennet at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: I like Chloe's imperfect, half-back textured lob with the big gold earrings. It feels effortless, especially with her subtle makeup. The emphasis is on her darkened brows, and they're well-balanced by brown shadow on her upper lids only, and a pretty nude lipstick. See how people are wearing less and less blush? What I'd change: More natural brows and lashes.

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Meghan Trainor at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Meghan Trainor, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

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

What I love: Meghan is still rocking the red hair she debuted at the Grammys. I quite like her texture here—as if she undid a couple braids—and the soft half-up style. What I'd change: We NEED to get her a nicer pair of false lashes, folks. Between those and the pink shadow, her eye makeup isn't as sophisticated as it could be. I also spot the common issue of brow pencil that is a fraction too red (yes, even with her red hair).

Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Dove Cameron at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Dove Cameron, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Dove Cameron at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Dove is so ethereally pretty, it's hard not to swoon over her almost translucent skin and ultra-blonde straight hair. For me, the standouts here are her glowy cheeks and full but perfectly groomed brows. What I'd change: Big fat no on the ginormous false lashes! They look cheap, and overpower her face.

Paris Smith

Paris Smith, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Paris Smith at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Paris Smith, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Paris Smith at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Yes, there are two Parises at this event! This Paris is one of the most natural here. The black liner and false lashes bring the drama, but her blush, shadow and lip gloss are really bare. With simple, centre-parted hair, the effect is very age-appropriate. What I'd change: Obviously, I'd rather the cat eyes stand on their own, without the lashes. But I know falsies are big in this demo...

Brec Bassinger

Brec Bassinger, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Brec Bassinger at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Brec Bassinger, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Brec Bassinger at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Okay, Paris and Brec could pass for sisters! Brec has the same centre-parted straight hairstyle with low-key neutral makeup. Her smoky brown eye is a bit more intense, and so is the peach lip colour. What I'd change: I'd add a bit more powder to mattify, and then swap the over-the-top lashes for just mascara.

Peta Murgatroyd

Peta Murgatroyd, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Peta Murgatroyd at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Peta Murgatroyd, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Peta Murgatroyd at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: You know it—I'm all over this glorious red lip of Peta's! Just when you feel like red lipstick has been done to death, along comes something like this to revive your interest all over again. The shape, colour, application and texture are all perfection. I love that she wore it with her hair scraped back, fluffy lashes and a slick of classic black liner. So clean and beautiful! What I'd change: Nothing. 

Esther Zynn

Esther Zynn, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Esther Zynn at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Esther Zynn, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Esther Zynn at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Speaking of great lipsticks, I'm really digging this neon yellow-pink on Esther. With her dark hair and brows, and the yellow top, it adds an unexpected pop of colour that ties everything together. She wisely kept her cheeks and lids neutral and soft. What I'd change: Less on the eyes, including the false lashes, of course. 

Tiffany Alvord

Tiffany Alvord, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Tiffany Alvord at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Tiffany Alvord, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Tiffany Alvord at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Tiffany is a cutie, with such shiny, healthy-looking, long hair. Her natural colour is great as well. What I'd change: These waves look too "fresh from the curling iron" and need brushing out for a more uniform shape and wave pattern. The black liner is a bit harsh and thick.

Chantel Jeffries

Chantel Jeffries, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Chantel Jeffries at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Chantel Jeffries, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Chantel Jeffries at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: I love blonde hair with brown eyes, so I'm generally in favour of Chantel's hair here. The colour was done well, and the wavy lob is flattering. What I'd change: Welcome to "Millennial makeup." I don't get why they like their lips/faces to be so matte and dry? (I suppose Millenials are the only ones who can pull that off, because on anyone older, it is SO AGING.) Also not into the contouring, light waterlines or Kardashian lashes. Oh, and there are those Instagram brows again!

Laura Marano

Laura Marano, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Laura Marano at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Laura Marano, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Laura Marano at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: I can say nice things about Laura's hair. The style is far from my thing, but it looks in good condition, and there is so much of it! What I'd change: Even though these waves bug me, the hair is actually not my worry here. It's the brows! OMG, extreme case of red brow pencil. I am also very perplexed by the green glitter shadow and harsh black liner in the waterlines. Yikes.

Witney Carson

Witney Carson, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Witney Carson at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Witney Carson, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Witney Carson at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Witney is Barbie or Elle Woods come to life! I can tell that underneath all this, she has nice skin and hair—just needs more modern styling. I actually like the hair and the lipstick individually, just not the way she's wearing them here. What I'd change: Hot pink lipstick with a hot pink dress is too matchy in this case, especially with the big glam hair. She overthought the eyes and brows. There's no need to introduce purple eyeliner or extravagant false lashes, and the darkness of her brow pencil only draws attention to thinner, pointy brows. I would love to see a makeunder on Witney.

Kira Kosarin

Kira Kosarin, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Kira Kosarin at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Kira Kosarin, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Kira Kosarin at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: So this is a better way to wear a hot pink mouth—kind of. Kira had the right intentions: clean eyes, long lashes, neutral cheeks, soft undone wavy hair. From far away, it's almost not bad. What I'd change: Eeks, colour clash! The contour/blush at her outer cheeks is terribly dark and mismatched to her skin tone, and fights with the lips big time. The lashes are too extreme, and I never find yellow eyeshadow flattering. Shame, because the concept was a nice one!

Courtney Sixx

Courtney Sixx, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Courtney Sixx at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Courtney Sixx, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Courtney Sixx at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: I suppose Courtney's hair? I like the colour a lot—again, so great that the trend is moving away from light blonde. Also dig the natural straight-ish texture instead of mermaid waves. What I'd change: This is another example of Instagrammy (or YouTubey) makeup... I can't imagine thinking these cray lashes look good, and the lip liner is so harsh and dated. Instead of dark spray tans, I want to appreciate women's real skin tones—our colouring is what makes us unique!

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Tori Spelling at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

Tori Spelling, Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Close-up of Tori Spelling at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards.

What I love: Nothing. (Does that make me a bad person?) What I'd change: I'm thinking Tori went ahead with this, but then again, there's been so much, it's hard to keep track. Cosmetic work aside, this blush, lipstick and braid are not her look. I think she's cutest in a bleached blonde straight lob with sheer peachy makeup, no pinks. Probably if she divorced Dean it would be the best beauty move of all! (Oops, did I say that out loud?)

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