From Gillian Jacobs' grey smoky eyes to Taraji P. Henson's purple-pink lips to Angie Harmon's rainbow shadow, there was no shortage of beauty creativity at last night's Critics' Choice Television Awards in Los Angeles. (And yes, the carpet really was blue, not red!)
Here are all the night's hair and makeup looks:
If by some stroke of fate, I were a TV celebrity instead of a lowly beauty blogger in my pajamas, I'd want to walk the red carpet in exactly the look Gillian is sporting. She's ticking off all my boxes: fresh, pretty, sexy, effortless. Amy Adams' go-to makeup artist, Stephen Sollitto, gave her grey smoky eyes with a bit of shimmer, plus peachy-pink cheeks and lips. (The shadow could be better blended, but it doesn't bother me too much.) Her hair was curled with a 1-inch iron, brushed out and then pinned on one side with a bobby pin. Her colour is so good, it almost makes me want to go brunette again... watch this space!
Taraji P. Henson
It was Taraji's night, and she totally glowed. I'm seeing a huge improvement versus the last time we spotted her, at the Billboard Awards, in too-heavy eye makeup and unseparated curls. Here, everything is much softer: more natural false lashes, subtle shadow and touchable-looking hair. Of course, the standouts are her flawless skin and the pop of purplish-pink lipstick. I can't tell if it's a deliberate Ombré effect or just from talking, but either way—great on her.
Nice to see Anna slowly getting into fresher, rosier makeup colours instead of the dull grey-browns she used to do, which weren't flattering. The blush helps a lot (though it could be a bit more seamless), and I love the shine on her lids (just not sure why the copper was carried over to the inner corners). Baby steps I guess! She has nice skin and is one of the few people who actually looks good in hair this blonde.
Emmanuelle has bombshell hair here—pretty much the opposite of last week's sleek updo. I can't believe how shiny it is! Skin is radiant, too, but thankfully she didn't go overboard on the makeup. A bit of bronzer, gold shadow, black liner and natural-looking lashes were all she needed. I'm not sure I love the opaque pale pink lipstick here; maybe something a bit warmer/sheerer would've been best.
Oh wow! Angie looks incredible. Yes, there's a bit of a face/body colour mismatch, but nevermind—she looks absolutely gorgeous and well-rested, and exudes total confidence here. The makeup is a dramatic change from that greenish concealer she wore to the Oscars after-parties. Aside from her flawless skin, how many people can pull off multi-coloured iridescent eyeshadow and just look fun, not look overdone? It's a skill, I tell you. Her straight dark brows, skinny tightlining and a fringe of lashes add all the definition she needs.
Meanwhile, I wish Gina would take a few cues from Angie. She, too, has perfect skin and great, full, dark brows. So I don't get the kitschy '60s false lashes and heavy pink blush—they make her seem a bit dated instead of fashion-forward. At least she didn't cover up her cute freckles with a heavy base, and the lip gloss is sheer and pretty.
Jaimie is so young and pretty—so I'm not understanding the reason for the extreme Botox. (See how her eyebrows are arching up instead of down at the tails? Telltale sign.) I think it's really aging her; it distracts from her green eyes and what is otherwise fairly decent makeup.
Remember when Taylor Swift used to have hair like this? The straight side bang and then super-tight ringlets through the lengths? Katheryn just needs to brush this ish out. I'd also trade the false lashes for a statement lip, and possibly tweak the blonde to something a bit darker/softer. She's got lovely skin and features, but is coming across way too generic.
Well, I appreciate Mae taking some beauty risks. I'm just not sure they needed to happen altogether. The super-tight top knot is already a very unforgiving hairstyle, so you'd think she'd want to pair that with more conventionally pretty makeup. But nope—instead, we get reddish plum eyeshadow with cool, pale pink lips that read awfully dead and grey. (Pale pink has to be the number one trickiest lipstick colour.) And then we come to the brows. They make a statement alright, but these days, I'm finding them too much on even Cara Delevingne. Reined in a bit more, they'd be great.
Why is Cat so attractive in motion, on television, but never quite seems to get it right in red carpet stills? I suppose it's the lighting here, which is making her look almost sunburnt. (She definitely overdoes it on the faux tanning, in my opinion.) The overdrawing of her lip lines is also too much... but maybe she could pull off the bold mouth if she got a more up-to-date hairstyle/colour and lighter eye makeup.
With the exception of the spidery lashes and drawn-on eyebrows, Mel (a.k.a. Scary Spice) is looking really good! I love it when people successfully pull off these tight-to-the-head updos, and she's got a really nice glow going. The red lipstick and blush wake up her skin beautifully.
There's nothing technically wrong with Shiri's look (well, except for the lashes, which I never enjoy). I just find this so drab. Her hair blends in too much with the dress, almost diminishing its style. And there's no colour anywhere in the makeup—or even earrings—to bring excitement and focus.
Remember Sadie? She's the one who had the most unfortunate #eyelashfail in the history of red carpet false eyelashes. So this is a major improvement, even though her hairstyle lacks the polish of more veteran red carpet celebs. I love the soft strawberry lipstick and her skin is just gorge.
Simple, clean, classic—not bad, Yvonne. The combo of the orangey lipstick with the blonde hair and blue dress reminds me a bit of January Jones' first big red carpet appearance (the 2009 Golden Globes, when everyone was going, "Who IS that?!"). Yvonne just needs some brow rehab and it would take her look to the next level.
All I can think of when I look at Julia's hair is that its triangular shape is emphasizing the same in her jawline. If only she'd changed the part and maybe tucked one side behind an ear. Makeup is fine—there's more of that shimmery inner corner treatment that I so love right now.
Rocsi's foundation is a match to her neck and chest, and yet... it looks so heavy and uneven. There's a lot of creasing under the eyes, and I think the contouring that's giving her a hardened look—that and the angular shape of her brows. And then the heavy lashes, eeks!
Kether's hair is totally channeling Baby from 'Dirty Dancing', and I kinda love it. But then she went and ruined it with the makeup. You can't put this kind of hair with thick, spiky false lashes (the glossy fuchsia lipstick, maybe). If you're going to go this '80s on the hair, then there has to be freshness everywhere else... not 'Toddlers & Tiaras' style!
I don't know if Mayim did this to herself or if she was the victim of some makeup artist, but mad lashings of shimmering purple eyeshadow are a big fat no. Maybe if they kept it to her actual eyelids instead of putting so much in the inner corners and underneath, it might be okay. The corpse-like pale pink lipstick also strikes again!
Jaime went so overboard with the orange colour family, I don't even know where to start! Well, first of all, let it be said that her eyebrows don't need to be so sharp and drawn-on. Then, it's overwhelming to see a copper dress against overly tanned skin and copper tones of makeup. Plus, her hair colour looks super-brassy and unflattering—why not go for a more natural-looking neutral blonde? Cute woman; unfortunate styling.
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?