ACM Awards 2014: The Best Celebrity Beauty Looks on the Red Carpet

Taylor Swift, Olivia Munn and more.

So the country music biz had a big hoedown—I mean red carpet event!—last night... 

I present you the hair and makeup close-ups from the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards:

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 2014 ACM Awards.

Maybe I'm alone here, but I like it. Considering Taylor's usual beauty look (black liquid liner and cherry-red lips), this is at least a bit new and refreshing. Mainly, it's the long bob that's responsible for this newfound awesomeness. I also love the dark blonde colour and the wavy texture—complete with a little side-swept bang AND a swoop at the part. Yes!

As for the makeup, her foundation/blush/contouring are all flawless, if not a tad heavy-handed. The navy liner/shadow with the orangey lipstick is really gorgeous with her colouring. Well done, Taylor!

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn at the 2014 ACM Awards.

In contrast, Olivia's skin finish is much more sheer. She tons of cute freckles, but happily, her foundation lets them show through. This is absolutely my kind of red carpet makeup: a bare-ish face, lashes, hint of shimmer on the lower lids and then that gorge coral-pink mouth. (Product to try: this new Melon shade from Stila. It's shiny, not matte, but the colour is pretty much exact, and it's amazing.)


Shakira at the 2014 ACM Awards.

I know Shakira has been a blonde for ages, but I don't like it on her. You know that rule about not going more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural colour? I don't think we always have to follow it, but it's generally pretty good advice. I don't think this shade is particularly good with her skin tone, and the blonde itself is a mishmash of reddish and platinum pieces with ashy roots. I could see her with a darker honey shade, all one tone.

As for the makeup, I don't mind the brown winged liner at all, but the medium pink lip colour doesn't really do it for me. Everything is washed out.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood at the 2014 ACM Awards.

Okay, if I made you guess which one of these ladies recently landed a cosmetics contract, would you ever in a million years have picked Carrie? She's now the face of Almay, despite her makeup look being far from aspirational.

It's just too heavy and dated, from the foundation to the false lashes to the skinny brows to the dated-looking eyeshadow. She's a very pretty lady with bad beauty styling. At least the silver lining is that her hair looks pretty good. It's not as hyper-blonde as I remember it, and she actually brushed out the waves.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert at the 2014 ACM Awards.

Major improvement here. Last time we saw Miranda, at the Grammys, she had such a dark faux tan that it was hard to see anything else. Thank goodness she lightened up for this red carpet, showing off her natural skin tone and looking much prettier for it (as we all do). Her makeup and hair have also softened, so she doesn't look like she's trying so hard. I really like the casual, centre-parted (and not too wavy) blowout with the dangly earrings. 

And she's much prettier with low-key, tone-on-tone makeup. The black upper lashes give her face some definition, but the rest is all soft, sheer, peachy-pinks.

Faith Hill

Faith Hill at the 2014 ACM Awards.

Oh look, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift have almost the same hairdo! It really is a good one; the "universal haircut" of the 2010s. And there's that swoop at the part to give some flattering volume. I also think it's interesting to note how Faith used to be blonde, but has now settled on a shade that's closer to her natural (I'm guessing medium brown) colour. I don't think I'm wrong that we're seeing a trend here—people are getting over their blonderexia, slowly but surely. Well, except for Shakira.

Faith's makeup is great too—gorgeous smoky eyes, nice brows, good skin coverage and a soft glossy mouth without that horrid visible lip liner that we keep seeing on people. Nicely played, Faith. 

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon at the 2014 ACM Awards.

Eeks, I don't think Angie will be happy with the lighting for this pic, which is unfortunately accentuating the uneven skin sitch. (Or possibly even creating it, who knows? Cameras can be evil.) Other than that, I think she looks pretty good. I like the very fine black tightlining around the eyes, and how she's gone for a very natural look. I might want to brush out the curls a tad, though.

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves at the 2014 ACM Awards.

People were raving about newbie Kacey Musgraves at the Grammys, and yes, she is gorgeous, but I also have to say: not ready for the beauty big leagues yet. At first I was a little disappointed I couldn't get a close-up of her makeup, but then I realized this pic is okay, because you need to appreciate the baby blue ruching AND THE BELT. The belt! 

So that's the context of the hair and makeup. Hair I actually think is okay, although the Ombré's feeling a little dated; it's the navy blue eyeshadow applied in half-moons (!!) that is too cray. Not saying you can't do statement shadow, but as you know, it has to be done with the rest of the face very fresh... and not a baby blue dress! From this vantage point, the brows also look a little too defined instead of full and natural, and the nude lip is very heavy.

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

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