12 of the Best Beauty Looks at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards

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Blue liner, wet hair and vampy lips.
ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

ELLE magazine's annual Women in Hollywood Awards celebrates all things female in the entertainment industry. Also cause for celebration: the seriously inspiring beauty looks that stars such as Yara Shahidi, Kristen Stewart and Aja Naomi King dished up.

Here are the best looks from the night.

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Yara Shahidi at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Yara Shahidi, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Yara Shahidi at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Yara's baby blue eyeliner and braids. But mostly the liner—the colour is so unexpected, and the way it dips at the tear ducts is amazing! There's also black winged liner on the upper lash lines to add definition, along with another surprise of shimmery pink shadow. The fresh skin, natural brows, sheer lip gloss and off-the-face braids keep the focus on the eye action. What I'd change: Nothing, although it still would've been great without the pink shadow. The false lashes I can live with, too.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Kristen Stewart at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Kristen Stewart, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Kristen's dramatic reddish-brown eyeshadow. Now THIS is a smoky eye! The 360-application with darkened waterlines is quickly becoming her signature look; this shade is also more flattering than the burgundy from Cannes. The height of her hairstyle adds to the drama. Having it slicked off the face also helps balance the major eye statement. What I'd change: I feel like the blush isn't quite diffused enough.

Aja Naomi King

Aja Naomi King, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Aja Naomi King at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Aja Naomi King, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Aja Naomi King at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Aja's royal blue eyeshadow. Like Kristen's, the application is all the way around the eye—something you don't see every day in this bold of a colour. Her raspberry lipstick is only just slightly more muted, but it works because of the tidy hair (it's in a low ponytail) and her gleaming, flawless skin. What I'd change: I really don't like these spindly false lashes. I'm a fan of dewy skin, so I think the skin is okay (the shine looks more light-reflective than actually greasy).

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Alessandra Ambrosio, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Alessandra's vampy, vinyl-finish lips. They're such a runway look, but she managed to translate them into something very cool and wearable for real life. This works because of her fresh skin (you can even see freckles!), subtle rosy flush, natural brows and centre-parted, low bun. I even like her false lashes, because they have such a fluffy texture. What I'd change: Nothing. 

January Jones

January Jones, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

January Jones at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

January Jones, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of January Jones at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: January's side-swept, tousled hairstyle. We're so used to seeing side-swept styles with vintage waves, but I think all this texture is really fun. I'm glad she kept her makeup on the softer side; a bright lip would've been too much with the hair and red dress. What I'd change: Perhaps a bit more concealer under the eyes—she often has darkness there.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Lucy Hale at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Lucy Hale, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Lucy Hale at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Lucy's bold brows and creamy raspberry lipstick. I'm not sure if her brows needed the brushing up as well (since they're already so thick), but she is just so cute. Like so many others on this red carpet, she pulled her hair off her face to let the makeup stand out. The sleek, centre-parted low bun looks fantastic on her. What I'd change: Whether it's foundation, powder or both, the skin coverage looks heavy in the close-up. And the lashes I could do without.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Kelly Rowland at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Kelly Rowland, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Kelly Rowland at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Kelly's super-straight, blunt bob. This is a really good hairstyle for her longer face shape. The makeup seems okay, although it's hard to tell for sure in the close-up (sorry for the quality!). What I'd change: The contour and lashes appear to be on the heavier side. 

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Vanessa Hudgens at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Vanessa Hudgens, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Vanessa Hudgens at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Vanessa's adorable top knot. (She always was the queen of top knots!) I also love purplish-berry lipstick tones on her, which she wears with neutral blush. Her brows look good, with excellent fans, and I feel she is one of the few who can handle both a dark lip and black liner in her waterlines. What I'd change: I wish the false lashes were more toned-down.

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Nikki Reed at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Nikki Reed, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Nikki Reed at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Nikki's flowing, side-swept hair. We already saw this idea on January, but here, the texture is soft, with the brushed-out waves I always love. Her Sombré (subtle Ombré) is great, too! Thick brows frame her face, and I like the understated rosy tones on lips and cheeks. What I'd change: I think the false lashes are a bit much, and I'd like to see her lip liner more blended. 

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Brittany Snow at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Brittany Snow, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Brittany Snow at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Brittany's signature chunky lashes. They're her go-to look, and with her hair in a neat side sweep (and the bow blouse), she looks very doll-like. I also like the brown waterlines, the peach lipstick and blush, and how she left her brows kind of messy and soft, not skinny and defined. What I'd change: I'd still love to see Brittany in fluffy lashes, for once. The bottom lip edge is too precise.

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Shay Mitchell at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Shay Mitchell, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Shay Mitchell at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Shay's wet-look hair. With the plunging velvet dress and choker, the message is very "effortless glamour." I like that she left her lips bare and glossy. What I'd change: The shimmery contour is not doing nice things to Shay's pores. Her under-eye area also looks weirdly blurred. She pretty much carries them, but I definitely prefer more natural brows and lashes.

Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Ashley Benson at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

Ashley Benson, ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, 2016

Close-up of Ashley Benson at the 2016 ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.

What I like: Ashley's healthy skin texture and simple, pretty makeup. The lashes are tasteful, and notice how her upper waterlines are filled in with black liner, to make the roots look thicker. I like the soft pinky lipstick as well. What I'd change: Even though it doesn't look like she's wearing much foundation in the close-up, we know she is... because her face is lighter than her body. Some matte bronzer would've helped bridge the contrast.

Who had your favourite beauty look on this red carpet?