Here's the last red carpet event we need to catch up on post-Oscars! The annual Brit Awards, held last week in London, are the UK version of the Grammys... but aren't quite as experimental in the beauty department.
Here are the night's hair and makeup looks:
Is Rita's short hair growing on you yet? I don't mind it when it's pushed back and off the face like this, and at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. However, I NEED her signature red lipstick for this to work. Having the skin, hair and lips all the same tone—with dark, drawn-on eyebrows—just isn't doing it for me.
Annnd... the side bangs are back! Guess Taylor's Elle Style Awards look was just a blip. Now we've returned to the predictable hairstyle and even more predictable makeup (red lips, purplish shadow, black lashes and liner). You can take the Taylor out of America, but you can't take the America out of Taylor.
Daisy wore the exact same beauty look as she had at the Elle Style Awards, with one important update: a different lipstick colour. This time, in a face-flattering red instead of drab brown, she looks incredible—I love her bangs, her skin and her restraint with the rest of the makeup. Possibly some Whitestrips needed, but hey, it IS Britain. (I'm allowed to make a British teeth joke, right?!)
Now here's a look that makes more sense on Cara than the glammed-up retro waves and red lips she had at the Elle Style Awards. It's very Coachella, so not everyone's cup of tea—but to me she seems way more at home in the grungey eye makeup, nude lips and air-dried hair.
Mayday! Mayday! Someone get some blotting paper to Charli XCX, stat. I feel for the girl, I really do—you can look a normal amount of dewy in person but then turn into a greaseball under the camera's glare. (Hence powder is always needed on pale skin for such situations.) If it weren't for the extreme shininess, I'd love her makeup; girl has incredible lips, lashes and brows.
Now this is good—very, very good. Marina not only achieved the most excellent, fluffy vintage waves, but she also modernized them with a purple lip and baby liner wings. Against fresh skin, normal lashes and brows, and not much blush, it's just about perfect. Hope we see more of her!
I get why Karlie did false lashes with her hooded lids, with lots of smudgy under-eye liner, and I guess it's basically working. The hair in a low-ish ponytail with lots of loose bits in the front just goes to show you that supermodels are not like us. If I did this hairstyle, it would look like I was about to clean the house or something.
I've been style-stalking Fearne Cotton for years, and finally she gets a Beauty Editor red carpet debut! Except I'm afraid it's not the best start—this isn't at all indicative of her usual great fashion and beauty sense, but I'm attributing it to pregnancy brain (she's expecting baby number two). Normally, she has amazing hair, but this rooty, frizzy bouffant is bad news. Makeup is okay, but a bit heavy under the eyes.
Besides Fearne, my other UK TV presenter fascination is with Holly Willoughby, who seems to be channeling a version of the same look. (Well, they are friends.) Surely there are more flattering updos to choose from than these bouffant thingies? Holly should look at Emma Stone for inspo. And if you're gonna do '60s hair, maybe don't do it so literally with the makeup, i.e. Twiggy lower lashes and white waterlines. Eeks!
And now for a brief Spice Girls interlude, starting with Mel C. Yep, that's her—and you know what, I think she looks pretty great considering she was a pop phenom way back in the '90s. I would just re-think the Ombré and the lashes.
Emma, a.k.a. Baby Spice, was the other Spice Girl here—and to me, she looks about the same as I remember, except with tons more tanner and bronzer. Why is she making herself about five shades darker? To me that takes away from instead of enhances her beauty. Natural skin is in!
Lisa is yet another English TV presenter and also an ex-girlfriend of George Clooney in the 2000s (fun fact!). I think what's letting her down here is the dress, because otherwise, the woman has gorge hair and did a really nice job of the makeup. Perhaps I'd add a touch more colour to her lips.
Even with the low quality of this close-up, you can tell Jamelia went overboard with the false lashes. It's a shame, because she's quite model-esque and would be super-striking without them (also if she lost the giant hoop earrings and wore a dress instead of the strange unbuttoned white shirt).
Let's just call this YouTube makeup. That must've been Michelle's inspiration—because haven't you seen dozens of "tutorials" for looks like this? (I will never understand how those so-called experts are even popular.) To me it is so dated and harsh. You can tell she's a pretty girl underneath it all, and would be flattered far more without all the artifice.
Speaking of overdoing it, it has to be Rebecca that takes the prize. Except this isn't what I call YouTube makeup—it's more like the worst parts of Kevyn Aucoin's book come to life. (As in old-school heavy photo shoot makeup. Doesn't work in our HD world.) I'd wipe the makeup off clean and save the hair... the hair, at least, is amazing.
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?