Kids' Choice Awards 2014: The Best Celebrity Beauty Looks on the Red Carpet

Lea Michele, Victoria Justice and more.

The pics are in from Saturday night's Kids' Choice Awards—and it's quite a mixed bag of winning looks as well as a few beauty faux pas

('Cuz that's what it's like to be a "kid." You make beauty mistakes. Then you grow up and realize that less is always more.) 

Ah, but it's sure fun to look at what these crazy kids get up to! Here are all the looks from the red carpet:

Lea Michele

Lea Michele at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Freakin' LOVE Lea's makeup here—has it ever looked better? And oh, guess who was behind it? None other than Mélanie Inglessis, who spilled all her red carpet secrets and favourite prodz in this interview. No wonder Lea looks so great. The neon fuchsia lip is perfect with just brows and lashes.

What I'm not as crazy about are her bangs. They should be skimming the bottom of the brow. A longer bang could've been pushed to one side more easily, too, so that there wouldn't be such a drastic contrast between straight (bangs) and wavy (lengths).

Lea is wearing:Lipstick in Anime

Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Can you say perfection? Victoria rarely makes a hair or makeup misstep on the red carpet. Aside from her obvious genetic blessings, I think it's because she tends to keep things simple and understated, letting her natural beauty shine through. Her makeup is soft and just barely peachy, with a hint of sheer, glossy colour on the mouth, and a peach flush to the cheeks. She has fantastic brows that frame her face, so really doesn't need much in the way of eye makeup except some subtle shading for definition.

Her simple hairstyle demonstrates that you don't always have to do something complicated. The side part and the shiny, straight texture are all she needs.

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Bella is usually a favourite, but this time she didn't quite hit the mark. First of all, I'm not crazy about this hairstyle. This is when half-up, half-down definitely looks dated. (A more modern way to wear it is like Lucy Liu.) Or, if Bella had just made a decision either way, to leave it all down or put it all up, it would've much improved this look.

I'm also not a fan of the yellow and green eye makeup. Green, I can take, but yellow doesn't usually belong anywhere near the eyes—unless you're Rachel McAdams wearing a simple, runway-esque hit of neon yellow liner with everything else bare. But again, if the hair weren't such a let-down, it might've worked.

Debby Ryan

Debby Ryan at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Now, THIS is gorgeous. (Also: can I please have some of her collagen?) The look is all about the juicy, slightly glossy pink lips, which are reminding me of a Sonia Kashuk product I've been testing lately, the Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm in Enchanted.

What's also worth noting about Debby is her hair—the light reddish colour is unusual and flattering, and so are her long, loose, just slightly textured waves.

Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

And here we have another redhead; Jayma Mays went for the oh-so-trendy mid-length waves and I think they look just great on her. Also note the little bang pushed to one side—very cute.

She, too, decided to get a little more playful with her makeup. I quite like the blue-green liner rimming her eyes all the way around; the key is that it's soft and smudgy, without any hard lines, and she's got a darker colour in the waterlines to make her eyes pop. I suggest the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mainline for this. I think a bare lip would've worked better... or at the very least, this shade without the obvious lip liner. I have to ask: WHY don't celebrities use something like No Bleeding Lips?

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Selena didn't walk the red carpet like the others, but in this pic you at least get the gist of her look, which was based on her natural curls. I don't think I've ever seen her hair with this texture. I'm into it.

Makeup-wise, I could do without the false lashes, but she's got some interesting shimmering gold happening underneath the eyes. I think our tendency when doing evening makeup is always to reach for the dark or colourful pencils/shadows, but lightening things up with a metallic is such a nice idea.

America Ferrera

America Ferrera at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Haven't seen America Ferrera in forevs, and I can't help but miss her glossy, shiny, long hair when I see this mannish 'do. I mean, it's impressive and all that the hairstylist can made this look like a faux short haircut... but as someone on the Fug Girls commented, "the hair is making her look too much like a middle-aged power mom." Someone (probably a supermodel) should do this hairstyle, but I don't think it's for America.

Nothing really to say on the makeup; it's fine. 

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Kaley's hair is so '90s prom! Anytime I see two even tendrils (one on either side of the face) with an updo, it just looks dated to me.

Her makeup looked a lot better on Instagram, so I don't know how the heavy under-eye and waterline liner happened after that. The inspiration was "girly punk," which I suppose edges up the hairstyle, at least.

Kaley is wearing:Eyeliner in Jet Set // Eyeshadow in Chenille and Pewter // Mascara // Foundation // Concealer // Lip gloss in Cherry Bomb

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

You knew she'd be here. And one of the biggest surprises of the night was that Ariana didn't wear her usual half-up, half-down hairstyle. Instead, she wore her hair down and completely straight—and I have to say, it looks a million times better. I can even overlook the super-dark root area, given her circumstances. (For those who don't know, Ariana's hair is super-damaged from colouring it for Victorious, and she now wears a wig for roles, and extensions.) I still wish she'd just lose the extensions and rock a short haircut, but I guess baby steps.

Her makeup isn't really floating my boat either. I find the thick black liner looks really heavy on her, and at the very least needed a lighter lip to keep it in balance. 

Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Zoey is officially on my beauty radar for this stunning pink makeup look. Who knew shimmery pink eyeshadow could look so good? I think because she doesn't have a lot of lid space to work with, the shadow all the way around her eyes doesn't overwhelm; plus, it looks like she's got some brown/black liner in the waterlines to ground it. Going matchy-matchy with a pink gloss was just the right choice, but pink in her dress or the blush would've been overkill. (The peach blush keeps things in balance, so that her entire face isn't overwhelmed by cool tones.) 

Her amazing full brows and loose, brown hair complement the colour palette beautifully. 

Zoey is wearing: Mousse // Beach texturizer // Thickening spray

Laura Marano

Laura Marano at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

We've seen Laura a few times now on the red carpet, and I think she's a gorgeous girl—I just think she'd be even more gorgeous if she stopped fighting her natural hair colour. Not everyone can or should be a blonde, and this Ombré effect is too high-contrast for her base. I find it really detracts from her colouring. Don't you think she'd be better off with a solid-toned chocolately brown to set off her eyes and flawless pale skin?

That's really the only thing that bugs here; her makeup is just fine. She's one of those lucky types—like many/most of you brown-eyed people—who can wear a lot of eye makeup without it overwhelming her or looking harsh. Compare to the lighter-eyed Kaley Cuoco to see what I mean. I really love the black in the waterlines for Laura; it makes her eyes look so enormous.

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Unlike Laura (her sister), Vanessa seems to have all-one-tone hair colour, and I love this high ponytail wrapped in a piece of hair.

I don't mind her makeup, but it could've used a slightly lighter hand. I don't see the need for false lashes and heavy eyeshadow, nor does the strong eye need so much on the lips. I think a fresher face would've showed off her beauty to a much better effect. These girls have such amazing skin!

Pia Mia Perez

Pia Mia Perez at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

I'm getting a baby Rita Ora vibe from Pia Mia, what with the matte red lips, strong brows and the bleached-blonde hair. It's a look, that's for sure. And you know what? The headscarf is actually a neat trick for disguising visible roots. Although it's not exactly evening wear.

I'll always be a low-key beauty kind of girl, so this doesn't really appeal to me—although I do get that she's not even trying to look natural. And I think that's okay; I just think a strong statement like this works best when you're hyper-groomed. So, no frizzy texture to your hair, no visible roots, etc. Otherwise it can come across just a little messy, which I think is what's happening here.

Stefanie Scott

Stefanie Scott at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

Thought under-eye concealer creases only happened to grown women? Nope. Stefanie Scott is just 17 years old and she, too, is experiencing this problem. Fortunately, the rest of her makeup is spot-on, not to mention completely age-appropriate. I always love the combo of hot pink lips with a red dress, and Stefanie really isn't wearing much other makeup save for some emphasis along the upper lash line and soft shadow. And look at her gorgeous brows—aren't these teens lucky to be growing up in an era when natural arches are encouraged? 

I'm not quite sure what's happening with the hair here. There are tiny braids and loose pieces of hair, and I think it's passed to the wrong side of "undone."

Alexa Vega

Alexa Vega at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

This looks so dated! I'm not in love with Alexa's hair colour, but the main problem, as I'm sure you've already spotted, is the curling action on that front piece. I have no words.

The next beauty crime is the Sharpie eyebrows. I feel like some people have taken this new "full brows are in" thing to a whole other extreme. Yes, it's great to have strong brows, but not when they look like they've been created with a marker! I just can't abide by the sharp angles and the dark colour, which totally overwhelm a face. We've also got a false eyelash problem, a tightlining problem, a lip-lining problem and heck, I'll even throw in a blush problem. It's all too much and is making her look easily 20 years older (she's only 25).

Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Coleman at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards.

At first glance, I thought, "Wow! Zendaya is stepping it up!" If you recall, the last time we saw her was at the Grammys, with a look I felt was too mature for her 17 years. So when I first saw this top knot, I got excited. A top knot is youthful! A top knot is cute! 

Unfortunately, this top knot is let down by the fake bangs and mask-like makeup. The foundation is heavy and has a greyish cast, and doesn't blend into her neck at all. I also dislike the lipstick, although possibly it could've worked with a fresh skin finish. 

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?

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