Now that awards season is over, I not only have a lot more free time (haha), but I also have a lot more appreciation for celeb beauty looks that aren't event-specific. For example, at the Globes or the Oscars, everyone is so dolled up that it can get really uptight, conservative and boring.
I'm more inspired by the random assortment of hair and makeup looks that I collect every week—such as this week's batch, featuring Holland Roden, Hannah Simone and Kiernan Shipka. There's a lighter touch and a more relaxed vibe for sure.
Take a look:
What I love: Holland has been finding her stride on the red carpet these last few years, with a few missteps. But finally, it's all come together. I can't praise this updo enough! I especially like the playfulness of the high, wrapped ponytail; she was also smart to keep it clean and sleek, with no loose pieces. Obviously, that amazing fluoro red mouth is the star of the makeup, with almost-bare eyes, mascara and soft brows. I love it! What I'd change: There's some visible texture on her cheeks from either the foundation or her blush/contour powder.
Holland is wearing: Lipstick in Lady Danger
What I love: Hannah got me with her hair. As much as I liked her bangs, it's so nice to see more of her face with this side-swept style, worn with a deep side part and beautiful long, straight locks. I think the highlights might be new? I like them, too. She looks great in a smoky eye; this one is neat because the waterlines are dark, but the shadow is lighter and diffused all the way around. What I'd change: Her foundation is a fraction too light.
What I love: Kiernan's skin continues to blow me away. I mean, look at it! On a complexion like this, anything goes—but here, I love the contrast of the black winged eyeliner and defined lashes. Against the freshness of her skin, it looks effortless, not contrived (which are always the #beautygoals). Her brows are fantastic as well. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: White powder aside, Alicia is so unbelievably gorgeous here. THIS is how I wish she'd styled herself for the Oscars, not in that girlish half-up hairdo and "safe" makeup. Berry lipstick does amazing things for her entire look, and I like her real skin texture here, too. Her hair is modern tucked behind both ears, with a bit of bend. What I'd change: She's got a few wayward streaks of white powder that need blending. Still not loving the false lashes, but they're not a big problem here.
What I love: Alexa is the anti-Kardashian! How refreshing to see shaggy, air-dried hair and such minimal makeup—with no false lashes to speak of. This shows off her flawless complexion, natural brows and pretty lips. Notice her signature black liner to define her eyes. What I'd change: My favourite hair on Alexa is longer and darker, with bangs, but give me this over mermaid waves any day.
What I love: More skin love. Camilla has one of the most "poreless" complexions in Hollywood, and it truly gleams here—without any obvious shimmer or powder textures. The unique tawny lipstick is balanced by her strong thick brows, tightlined eyes and chunky lashes. A soft updo keeps the focus on her skin. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Margot tried out the reverse smoky eye—where the shading is concentrated underneath the lower lash lines instead of up top—and she basically pulled it off. Her lashes and brows get my full approval, and I just love her lips. Very YLOB ("your lips, only better") with a glossy texture. What I'd change: Too much blush, and too concentrated on the apples of her cheeks.
What I love: Finally, something different from Chrissy! For ages, she was doing heavy neutrals and contouring with the same old blondified waves. This is still a lot of makeup, but it's way more exciting to see her in colour, with straight hair. The rich berry lipstick is outstanding with the emerald green of the dress. I even like the blush! What I'd change: The false lashes are wonky, and I still don't think blonde suits her skin tone that well.
What I love: This has been a good week for skin! Dove is yet another example of complexion perfection. How beautiful is that little bit of luminosity on her cheek? I die. Blush is seamless, brows are great and I actually like her semi-matte berry lips. She is one of the few who really can pull off a blonde that is this light. What I'd change: The lashes are too much, and look clumpy.
What I love: First, it's Aisha's genuine smile that makes this pic so great. Then you appreciate the realness of the skin, its natural sheen and that it's not covered up with cakey makeup. The brow work was done well, and I just love the loose, centre-parted waves with sleekness near the top. What I'd change: Her lip gloss has gone a bit goopy, and I'm not a fan of the false lashes. A bit more smoothing could be done through the waves.
What I love: Hailee is reigning queen of colourful eyeshadow right now. Few would even dare to wear this amount of product, let alone in such a vibrant, shimmering purple! If you ask me, it works. The muted rosy lips and cheeks don't compete with it, but they're also more interesting than the typical nudes. Her complexion has also really improved! I think the air-dried waves give this a cool hippie chick aura. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Meanwhile, Olivia is the master of enhancing both lips and eyes at once. See how she put a red mouth with a shimmery-smoky purple shadow? I truly think this is the new way to wear red, rather than with a predictable taupe or charcoal eye. Notice how the blush is peach; a pink would've made this too cold. I also want to point out how she filled in her brows—almost creating a "shadow" effect all the way around them, but they're still not angular. I've only ever seen this technique on Olivia Munn before, and it's my favourite for creating a bigger shape. I don't mind her lashes too much, and her hair looks great styled in long waves. What I'd change: Maybe just a little more radiance to the skin.
What I love: This is classic Karlie beauty. To me, she is way more Estée Lauder material than Kendall Jenner could ever be. Am I right? I love the simplicity of her side-parted hair, orangey-red lips and black liquid liner. Most of all, her skin looks SO good—very glowy and just barely sun-kissed. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: This hairstyle is a bit of a departure for Ciara—very cool with the choker (and I don't usually say nice things about chokers). The high top knot with the loose strands give her a romantic, '90s throwback look. I also like how she did the charcoal shadow, balanced with a soft, matte berry mouth. What I'd change: There needs to be an element of illumination somewhere on the face. Right now, the textures are all too matte and dry.
What I love: I'm really into monochromatic eyeshadow right now, especially worn all the way up to the brows. Olivia did hers beautifully in a soft plum, with just the right amount of shine for dimension. I'm surprised to see restraint on the lashes as well! What I'd change: Something about this makeup doesn't quite tie together like Hailee's does. I think the lip and cheek colours need to better harmonize, to balance the eyes.
What I love: This is another fun use of colour that you don't see too often—a minty green shimmer concentrated at the inner corners of Halston's eyes, and diffused out across the lids. I really, really like it with her soft pinky lips. It's kinda like a spring colour-blocking theme, but still subtle. What I'd change: Her hairstyle makes this dated. A few inches shorter, a side part and less piecey waves would be more sophisticated.
What I love: Just focus on the eyes, people. I don't think we've ever seen Kate with colour there, especially not a blue like this! No false lashes either, just a multi-tonal effect combining various shades and textures of neutrals. It works well with her brown hair, and I like the lip colour. What I'd change: Eeks, the brown blush! I don't know why she always wears that. Also, her lips are starting to appear VERY injected. Kate is so naturally gorgeous, I don't get the Restylane thing at all.
Who had your favourite beauty look lately?