The Best Beauty Inspiration at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards

Olivia Wilde, Shanina Shaik and more.
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Olivia Wilde, Shanina Shaik and more.

Fashion designers, models and celebrities gathered last week for the annual CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Awards—and as you might have guessed, there was lots of beauty eye candy! 

Here are the must-see hair and makeup looks: 

Olivia Wilde 

Olivia Wilde, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Olivia Wilde at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Olivia Wilde, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Olivia Wilde at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Olivia's amazing colour confidence! THIS is why I find her so inspirational when it comes to makeup. She paired shimmering green all the way around her eyes with its opposite hue, a sheer orange, on her lips—and it totally works, even though the eyeshadow is close in tone to her eye colour. (So much for that beauty "rule," huh?) Dark waterlines, soft brows and side-swept waves complete the look. What I'd change: Nothing.

Shanina Shaik

Shanina Shaik, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Shanina Shaik at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Shanina Shaik, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Shanina Shaik at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Shanina's glow! I'm pretty sure it mostly comes from within, but the little makeup touches certainly help: slightly dewy skin, luminizer at the inner corners of her eyes and Cupid's bow, and a soft pink lipstick with subtle shimmer. Her strong brows frame her face, so she can get away with just mascara. I adore this kind of makeup. What I'd change: Nothing.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Karlie Kloss at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Karlie Kloss, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Karlie Kloss at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Karlie's healthy-looking skin. I don't want to call this strobing, because it's really just that cheek highlight (instead of every high plane on her face). Anyway, doesn't it make you want to bust out your Living Luminizer right this minute? She looks so fresh and pretty; it's also a nice change of pace to see her in a top knot. What I'd change: Nothing.

Ciara

Ciara, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Ciara at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Ciara, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Ciara at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Ciara's romantic wavy hair, casually tucked behind one ear. She is killing it on the red carpet this year, and I'm marvelling over how she's managed to change her look so dramatically from one event to the next (see here, here and here)—without the styling ever overpowering her. I love how she kept this makeup light and pretty, with rosy stained lips. Also, I always did like her best as a blonde! What I'd change: They're not bad, but I still wish she wouldn't do the false lash thing.

Martha Hunt

Martha Hunt, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Martha Hunt at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Martha Hunt, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Martha Hunt at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Martha's semi-dewy skin (but of course!) and centre-parted, half-back hairstyle. The latter puts the emphasis on her great bone structure, but feels more casual than an updo. I love how she did her eyes—no crazy lashes or harsh colours, just skinny lines emphasizing the lower waterlines, and subtle shading. I would copy this in a second! What I'd change: Nothing.

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Alexa Chung at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Alexa Chung, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Alexa Chung at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Alexa's natural brows and black-lined eyes. Give me these brows over an angular threaded look any day! She also looks great in the pink-stained cheeks and tinted lip balm. As usual, it doesn't look like she's wearing foundation. Lucky lady. What I'd change: I don't know... something about this hairstyle and the earrings is a bit mumsy. Maybe it needs a choppy bang?

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Lauren Conrad at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Lauren Conrad, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Lauren Conrad at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Lauren's undone low bun. It's a fine line between "effortless" and "messy," but she got it just right. Although it's not my favourite shade on her, she basically pulls off the blackened lipstick, and I'm glad she kept her lashes chunky but low-key. What I'd change: The blush is too heavy and too pink. 

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Alessandra Ambrosio, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: The shimmering gold highlights at the inner corners of Alessandra's eyes. It's hard to find the right gold for that spot, but this is a perfect match. Also contributing to her beachy beauty vibe: subtle bronzer, peach gloss and an illuminated skin finish (no powder). The centre-parted straight hair adds polish. I love her untouched brows! What I'd change: Not into the long, curling false lashes at the outer corners of her eyes—I'd rather rely on liner for that effect.

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Kirsten Dunst at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Kirsten Dunst, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Kirsten Dunst at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Kirsten's side-swept waves and orchid earrings (yes, they are actually real orchids!). It's a nod to retro, pin-up girl style and such a fun statement for a fashion event. What I'd change: In the close-up, I find the makeup palette a bit heavy on Kirsten's ultra-light colouring. I would love to lighten up her eyeshadow, mostly, but also her cheeks and lips. I think she would look a lot fresher if just one feature were emphasized.

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Christina Ricci at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Christina Ricci, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Christina Ricci at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Christina's eye makeup. Her defined lashes, taupe shadow and darkened waterlines are all perfect; she is wearing them instead of the makeup wearing her. I also like her pop of pink lipstick and matching cheeks. And bangs are always adorable on her. What I'd change: I don't get the blonde. Why would she go this light when she could have this complexion-flattering, mega-shiny brunette?

Claire Danes

Claire Danes, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Claire Danes at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Claire Danes, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Claire Danes at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: I don't exactly love it, but at least Claire isn't too "done," which is a worse problem on her than not being styled enough. (Here's an example of what I mean. It seems it's usually one extreme or the other for her.) I'm glad she didn't bust out any false lashes or garish eyeshadow; loose, casual hair is most flattering on her. What I'd change: This just needs a little touch-up, is all. Some powder to tame the shine, concealer around the nose, a little more brow pencil and lipstick. I'd run a brush through the hair to get rid of that one curling iron wave.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Jessica Chastain at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Jessica Chastain, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Jessica Chastain at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Jessica rarely wears her hair up, so I suppose it's cool to see her mixing things up here. I also love her flawless, poreless skin, and appreciate the soft brows and natural lashes. What I'd change: She is compensating for the updo (and no earrings) with too much eye and cheek makeup. I don't like to see blush this heavy, and it's better when her lids are more bare, like this. Less is more on this one.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Julianne Hough at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Julianne Hough, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016

Close-up of Julianne Hough at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

What I love: Nothing. (Sorry Julianne!) What I'd change: Generally, I'm not into colour rules with makeup, but there's something a little jarring about this gold eyeshadow and faux-tanned skin with Julianne's cool-toned blue eyes and platinum hair. Am I right? Also, harsh brows and just too much makeup in general. She is so pretty, but overthinks her styling.

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