From Emma to Natalie: 9 of the Most Beautiful Complexions This Week

The latest "skinspiration" from the red carpet.
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The latest "skinspiration" from the red carpet.

August is normally a slow period for celebrity beauty, but this week's red carpet report is surprisingly star-studded. Prepare to swoon over the gorgeous skin (and makeup, and hair): 

Emma Stone 

Emma Stone, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet, 2016

Emma Stone at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2016 Grants Banquet.

Emma Stone, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet, 2016

Close-up of Emma Stone at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2016 Grants Banquet.

What I love: Pretty much everything! (This is why Emma is one of my longest-running beauty crushes.) Her skin is radiant, not makeuppy, with a gentle flush and visible faint freckles. I adore the soft, stained lips—my favourite texture right now—and her purple smoky eyes, which have the colour concentrated outwards instead of above the pupils. Her brushed-up brows are bold, yes, but I think they work. I always love strawberry blonde hair on her, and this wavy, side-parted lob is too cute. What I'd change: Nothing. 

Natalie Portman 

Natalie Portman, A Tale of Love and Darkness New York premiere, 2016

Natalie Portman at the 2016 New York premiere of 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'.

Natalie Portman, A Tale of Love and Darkness New York premiere, 2016

Close-up of Natalie Portman at the 2016 New York premiere of 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'.

What I love: How did I not notice Natalie's perfect skin before?!? It is SO even—not a freckle nor a discolouration to be found. I love that she played it up with barely-there blush and lip gloss, and a tight, sleek updo. Black liquid liner and long lashes are the only makeup statements she needs. What I'd change: Nothing.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner, Nine Lives premiere, 2016

Jennifer Garner at the 2016 premiere of 'Nine Lives'.

Jennifer Garner, Nine Lives premiere, 2016

Close-up of Jennifer Garner at the 2016 premiere of 'Nine Lives'.

What I love: Jennifer's face has movement, unlike so many of her Botox-using peers. (She is 44 now, in case you're wondering.) Her skin tone is even and her eyes are sparkling, with just a pop of pink on the lips for colour. Most of all, I love her voluminous wavy hair and pretty tone-on-tone highlights. What I'd change: I'm still not sure if she gets injections in her top lip (and I've thought about that before).

Selita Ebanks

Selita Ebanks, ACE Awards 2016

Selita Ebanks at the 2016 ACE Awards.

Selita Ebanks, ACE Awards 2016

Close-up of Selita Ebanks at the 2016 ACE Awards.

What I love: Selita's skin is just to die for! Like Natalie, she drew attention to it by slicking her hair off her face, and keeping the makeup low-key. The golden peach lipstick and muted bronzey shadow are glorious, and I appreciate that she didn't go heavy on the contouring. We also see a thinner brow than what is currently "on trend," but it works because she just let it be. What I'd change: I think we may be looking at injected lips and cheeks here. (The lips especially remind me of Kim Kardashian's.)

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson, UN event, 2016

Dakota Johnson at a 2016 United Nations event.

Dakota Johnson, UN event, 2016

Close-up of Dakota Johnson at a 2016 United Nations event.

What I love: Dakota's no-makeup makeup, and that beautiful natural shine on her cheek. (It doesn't even look like highlighter, which is the best kind of highlight.) As you know, I'm a big fan of her easy-breezy red carpet style—the undone hair, the muted stained lips, and just mascara on her eyes. The red tassel earrings are the one quirky touch. Love! What I'd change: It has to be said... nose hair trimmers are your friend.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, Sausage Party premiere, 2016

Salma Hayek at the 2016 premiere of 'Sausage Party'.

Salma Hayek, Sausage Party premiere, 2016

Close-up of Salma Hayek at the 2016 premiere of 'Sausage Party'.

What I love: Salma's perfectly even complexion. (Notice a theme this week?) It's even more impressive when you realize she's going to be 50 years old next month. She stuck to her signature soft smoky shadow and mascara, focusing on the upper lids. I love her hair almost as much as her skin—the centre-parted waves and subtle Ombré​ (Sombré​) are fantastic. What I'd change: That visible bottom lip liner is the elephant in the room. I know it's meant to mimic a shadow, to create the illusion of fuller lips, but it never looks right up close.

Emily Wickersham

Emily Wickersham, CBS CW Showtime Summer TCA party, 2016

Emily Wickersham at the 2016 CBS, CW and Showtime Summer TCA Party.

Emily Wickersham, CBS CW Showtime Summer TCA party, 2016

Close-up of Emily Wickersham at the 2016 CBS, CW and Showtime Summer TCA Party.

What I love: Emily's natural skin texture, rosy cheeks and berry-stained lips. This is a combo I love for the beauty transition from summer into fall. I also like that she chose a neutral shadow and just mascara for her eyes—her darker brows already do the job of framing her face. What I'd change: Nothing.

Kira Kosarin

Kira Kosarin, Say No to Bullying Festival, 2016

Kira Kosarin at the 2016 Say NO Bullying Festival.

Kira Kosarin, Say No to Bullying Festival, 2016

Close-up of Kira Kosarin at the 2016 Say NO Bullying Festival.

What I love: Kira's plump, glowy skin, full brows and bright pink gloss. It's a more natural look than we've seen on her in the past (see here and here), and more age-appropriate for her 18 years. I love her hair, too—the half-up style looks adorable with the dangling hoops. What I'd change: Nothing.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad London premiere, 2016

Cara Delevingne at the 2016 London premiere of 'Suicide Squad'.

Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad London premiere, 2016

Close-up of Cara Delevingne at the 2016 London premiere of 'Suicide Squad'.

What I love: Cara's skin looks air-brushed—although I promise you, this photo hasn't been re-touched. But what stands out to me even more than that are her grey-blue eyes. She is wearing a lot of eye makeup, with very exaggerated dark brows, but somehow it doesn't overwhelm her face or look overdone. Guess that's why she was the world's second highest-paid model! What I'd change: Nothing.

Who is giving you the most "skinspiration" this week?