This week in celeb hair and makeup was particularly exciting. Bryce Dallas Howard (who is everywhere right now) did an unexpected burgundy lipstick, Zoey Deutch gave us a new reason to wear shimmering dove grey eyeshadow, and Connie Britton continues to have the best hair EVER.
These were the best celebrity beauty looks lately:
Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce might've just convinced me that anyone can pull off this dark lipstick trend—even pale-skinned redheads. She is the epitome of chicness in her oxblood lipstick, subtle but angular plummy eyeshadow, natural lashes and peachy cheeks that pick of on the tones in her hair. Speaking of hair, this is such an incredible architectural style. The deep side part is super-strict and the texture has so much shine, it's crazy.
Another Bryce look to love! With her red hair down and the bright but sheer orange lips, this colour palette is making her blue-green eyes pop like whoa. I love that she didn't weigh her eyes down except for lashes and the skinniest, softest bit of inner waterline definition (a technique I haven't seen before). Hair is loose but the shape and part give it a lot of style. No word on the amazing lipstick, but my guess is Chanel Sari Doré.
And one more Bryce for the road. This is the most traditional of the three, with a classic, creamy red lip and a soft, undone updo. I don't think I've mentioned how fantastic her skin is, so I will now. And although she's wearing false lashes here (my pet beauty peeve), I think they're actually tasteful, since she has so much lid space to work with below the crease. All in all, three fantastic hair and makeup jobs here.
And now we move on to Alicia, who is about to be everywhere (she's in nine movies this year... what??). It's her first time on this blog, and I have to say—I've never seen such a bang-on beauty debut. She nailed the aesthetic of the moment perfectly: radiant semi-dewy skin, brushed-up brows, natural lashes, tawny eyeshadow, seamlessly flushed cheeks and stained lips. To further solidify her cool-girl status, she paired that with just scraped back hair and no earrings. Flawless! I can't wait to see more from her.
I love me some Rashida, and as per usual, she's showing off her greatest asset: perfectly-placed nose freckles. (I want those!) I think her bangs could use a bit more shaping so they fall flat instead of curving to one side, but aside from that, the long hair is real pretty. The matching pink cheeks and lips really wake up her whole face.
See what I mean about this being a great week? Zoey provides another inspirational makeup example, in the form of subtly sparkly grey eyeshadow all the over her lids—it's been applied up to the brows, in the inner corners and underneath the lower lashes. This is a great idea for someone with similarly delicate colouring, who would be overwhelmed by the traditional charcoal smoky eye. With her flawless complexion and the pale pink lips, the look is soft but not too sweet. Shame about the mismatched pencil colour on the one eyebrow fan.
Nothing new to see here, just the usual Kate glowiness—and a slightly shorter hair length, skimming the collarbones. I really like this daytime makeup for her; it absolutely suits her skin tone (which looks like a "spring" to me, if you want to talk seasons). The lashes are natural, the shimmer makes her eyes sparkle, and the tawny peach tones on lips and cheeks are super-flattering.
Rita's been rocking this new half-back wavy hairstyle lately, and I'm into it. (See also the Cannes amfAR Gala.) I'm glad she went back to the long hair, and these peachy-gold makeup tones are really pretty on her. I've always said that she pulls off dark roots, and this is a good example. They really kind of work with her dark brows and eye colour.
Sure, Sandra's cheeks and lips are a little too inflated for my taste, but holy wow—she's 50 years old and looks like this. I can't get over the shininess of her hair (enhanced by the tone-on-tone highlights) and the sparkliness of her eyes (made even more so with the shimmery-smoky shadow). She is doing a lot of things right.
Okay, Emmanuelle is killing it on this 'Entourage' tour. Killing it! This might be my favourite look she's done yet: glowy hydrated skin, a sleek wet updo, black waterlines to make her eyes pop and pale pink lips (which work here). This reminds me of how everyone looks amazing when they're on vacation, with sun-kissed skin and hair still wet from the ocean. Super duper sexy.
Emmanuelle is wearing: Foundation // Illuminator in 02 Golden Radiance // Blush in Hoola // Mascara // Eyeshadow in The Big Debut // Eyeliner in 01 Jet Black // Brow pencil // Brow gel // Lipstick in Sweet Pop
Yep, Connie's still got it—the best hair of anyone in Hollywood. (Colour. Cut. Style. All I want to do is run my hands through it.) Her makeup's not too shabby, either. The skin texture is sheer, so you can still see her freckles, and the eyes are dark but soft and smudgy. Gloss keeps the whole thing fresh and youthful, and for once, I see liner along the upper lip instead of the bottom. It doesn't bug me there at all!
I went through my short-lived brunette phase at the same time as a friend of mine, and we both returned to blonde. She reminisced the other night, "If you're going to go brunette, you better look like Olivia Wilde." Indeed. (At least, if you have mousy tendencies like us.) How can Olivia look this good—this exotic—with just the barest of makeup enhancement, and lips that almost blend into her skin? It defies all beauty logic.
Wow, Kendall's cheeks look super-sculpted. (Now I get why Kim puts all those fillers in hers. She wants to look like 19-year-old Kendall... maybe?) Anyway, it's kind of amazing what you can do with teenage collagen and some clever highlighting and contouring. I love the juicy red lips and the freshness of this look (well, for a Kardashian).
Kendall's other shot is from the Tonys, where the beauty close-ups weren't the greatest, but you can still appreciate the gist of it. This time, it's all pink glossy lips, long lashes and illuminated cheeks, with romantic, centre-parted waves.
How insanely fabulous does Rose look? She was born to wear this hairstyle, I swear. This is the kind of nod to vintage I appreciate, not the overdone side-swept waves we see again and again. While the waves and the red lip say retro, the Sombré colour (subtle Ombré) and shimmery eyes keep it modern.
JLo, too, went for a glam retro vibe, and while it's not without its issues, I'm giving her a spot in this round-up because she looks sooo different to the heavy, overdone looks we've been seeing on her lately. This hairstyle feels almost like the mid-'00s JLo—the Bennifer years! If only she used a lighter touch on the eyes and skipped overlining the lipstick. But at least the contouring is fairly restrained. It's been hard to tell lately, but she really does have beautiful skin.
Slightly fuzzy shot of Carey, but you can tell that she's fresh-faced and glowing. (Pregnancy hormones, in case you haven't heard.) I wasn't crazy about her Met Gala look, so it's great to see her hair down and with much softer makeup. She's so quirky-gorgeous, I love it.
If Rose Byrne was born for the bob, then Amanda was surely born to wear her hair all tightly scraped back like this. All the better to show off her big, wide-spaced eyes, which are getting the usual smoky shadow treatment. It looks like the liner in her waterlines is a bit irritating.
Wow, I don't think Ivanka has looked this good in ages! It's been an ongoing pet peeve of mine that she was styling herself too much like a high-society lady, and it was aging. So I'm glad she's wearing her hair down in a simple straight style, and blonder, with dark brows that match her brown eyes. Whatever that rosy colour is on her lips and cheeks, it's to die for.
Camilla is a blonde now! Well, more like caramel. She definitely pulls it off, although I find her more striking as a brunette. What's great about this is that her brows were left nice and dark, and I'm loving that idea of contrast lately, especially on women with brown eyes. How perfect is her skin also?!
In other celeb hair news, Anne's is nicely growing out into a decent chin-length bob (even if it's appearing a little limp here). What I'm more interested with this look is her rosy makeup, which has just a hint of brown in it. She's wearing the same tones on lids, cheeks and lids.
I'm a bit on the fence with Hannah's makeup, but at the end of the day... she's just so out-of-this-world beautiful. The makeup is a bit old-school supermodel, but maybe that's deliberate, and it does a wonderful job of bringing out her blue eyes. I also enjoy the contrast of the cool pink lips against the warm eye makeup.
Meanwhile, Chanel did a simple ponytail for the same event, with nude matte lips and sparkly bronzey-grey eyeshadow. I find the inner cheeks' texture slightly heavy, but overall, the effect is very sculpted and model-esque pretty.
Her hair might be underwhelming, but I love, love, love her eyelashes. THIS is how I want to see it done in Hollywood, instead of the horror show of ill-fitting, look-cheapening falsies we're subjected to on red carpets so very often. Lilah's thick, black fringe still makes her eyes pop, and her lashes have tons of definition—but they're so nice and natural-looking.
Here's another example of pretty, rosy-toned daytime makeup. The blush is seamless, she has great brow fans, and I love the little sweep of black liquid liner that ends with the eye instead of flicking. I think Laura might suit a darker hair colour more than the blonde, however.
On the flip side, here's a set of cat eyes that are absolutely adorable. Usually, you see a flick on the upper lash lines only; Olivia's liner circles the entire eye and is very, very precise. Works great with the sheer gloss and her curly short hairstyle. Very gamine!
I never would've recognized Natasha in this pink side-parted bob. But I love it on her! (Just for comparison, check her out as a blonde at last year's amfAR LA Inspiration Gala.) I think it would look even prettier with a lighter hand on the eye makeup, and a less wintry lip... but then again, maybe that juxtaposition is kind of cool.
Last up is Toni, wearing the least makeup of anyone—and getting away with it. (Damn, girl!) Only a Victoria's Secret model could rock up in just mascara and look this fantastic.
Who had your favourite beauty look lately?