8 of the Best Beauty Looks at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards

From Bella to Ashley to Lily.
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From Bella to Ashley to Lily.

GQ's annual Men of the Year Awards honour the world's most stylish, successful men—but here on Beauty Editor, we're most interested in stylish females! Here's a look at the beauty action from this year's event, held in London on Tuesday night: 

Bella Hadid 

Bella Hadid, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Bella Hadid at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Bella Hadid, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Bella's radiant, end-of-summer skin. Say what you will about her beauty transformation, but she really has the most incredible complexion! I also admire how tastefully she does her makeup—here, the focus is pinky, glossy (but not goopy) lips, a fat fringe of upper lashes, and soft brows. She always used to wear her hair up, but we're seeing it down like this more often. What I'd change: I know she wants to differentiate herself from Gigi, but a lighter brown hair colour would be much softer. 

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Ashley Graham at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Ashley Graham, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Ashley Graham at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Ashley's summery '60s makeup. She's got the baby pink lips and the cat-eye flicks, but with her natural skin texture, flushed cheeks and soft brows, the effect is fresh—not overly retro. (Is anyone else reminded of Eva Mendes? She used to wear this kind of makeup, too.) I'm also into Ashley's off-the-face hairstyle, which looks touchable instead of stiff with hairspray. What I'd change: The lip injections. Why are even the world's most beautiful models feeling the need to do this?! (Ashley was Sports Illustrated's first "plus size" cover model.)

Lily Cole

Lily Cole, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Lily Cole at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Lily Cole, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Lily Cole at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Lily's dramatic smoky eyes. So often these days, when you see a celebrity smoky eye, you also see these enormous false lashes along with it. Lily's version is so much more tasteful, with the shadow perfectly shaped and blended to accentuate her big blue eyes. The rest of the look is a bit Boho: long waves, mini braids, natural skin and muted lip gloss. What I'd change: Nothing.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Amy Schumer at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Amy Schumer, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Amy Schumer at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Amy's had a lighter touch with her foundation, blush and bronzer lately, and I totally support that. Of course, there's still some contouring going on here, but it's subtle, not distracting. I think these shimmery, smoky eyes are absolutely the best red carpet makeup statement for her, and her brows are surprisingly great. What I'd change: I think it would be nice to have some hair loose around her face. While I'm not opposed to false lashes with her features, bottom false lashes are kind of taking it too far, no? 

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Ellie Goulding at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Ellie Goulding, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Ellie Goulding at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Ellie's pinky makeup palette (lips, lids and cheeks) and lovely au naturel lashes. Her eyes look so fresh and pretty, and certainly don't need heavy, dark shadows and liners to stand out. I also like her deep side part and loose, undone hair. What I'd change: The lips! I know she was an early adopter with the injections, but are they getting even bigger? Also, I feel she is someone who could massively benefit from microblading her brows. Her ends look pretty dry, so she could chop off a few inches—I'm sure the blonde is hard on her hair.

Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Winnie Harlow at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Winnie Harlow, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Winnie Harlow at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Winnie's glossy pink lips! The colour and texture are goals for sure. I also dig the grey wig and fluttery false lashes—with her model looks, she can pull both off. (By the way, if you haven't heard of Winnie, you will. She's a Canadian model who was discovered on Instagram by Tyra Banks, appeared on America's Next Top Model, starred in Beyoncé's "Lemonade" video, and is raising awareness for the skin condition vitiligo.) What I'd change: Just not loving the Instagram brow tails.

Erin O'Connor

Erin O'Connor, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Erin O'Connor at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Erin O'Connor, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Erin O'Connor at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Erin's creamy bright red lipstick, natural lashes and subtly shiny eyelids. This woman is so striking! No surprise, she's a model (in fact, Karl Lagerfeld described her as "one of the best models in the world"). Strong brows frame her face, and she carries the slicked-back wet roots/dry ends like only a model could. What I'd change: Maybe just some concealer under the eyes.

Foxes

Foxes, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Foxes at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Foxes, GQ Men of the Year Awards, 2016

Close-up of Foxes at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

What I like: Foxes (I feel weird calling her that) did a Twiggy eye look, and it's adorable. The lashes are a bit spiky, sure, but to me that's so much better than a thick, heavy fringe (or bottom falsies like Amy Schumer!). I really love her hairstyle, too. The long lob length and Bardot bangs are super-aspirational to me. What I'd change: The bronzer on her nose. To mimic a sun-kissed look, it's better to put the colour higher up, across the bridge, instead of on the tip. Also, while I like the matte pink mouth, the lip liner's a tad obvious.

Who had your favourite beauty look on this red carpet?