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

Lupita Nyong'o, Blake Lively and more.

Hot on the heels of the Cannes Film Festival, a whole bunch of famous faces stepped out for last night's Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards in New York. 

A fashion event typically means that celebs get a bit wilder with their hair and makeup, but as you'll soon see, this red carpet was equal parts experimental and subdued. 

Here are all the beauty close-ups:

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Remember that eyeshadow application technique a few seasons back, where Peter Som and Creatures of the Wind featured big slashes of colour sitting above (above!) the crease? It has finally trickled down to the celebrity tier, as you can see here on Lupita. Notice how there's a neutral colour closer to the lash line, so the eyes still have definition. Not sure if I'd ever be brave enough to try this myself, but the statement is very bold and graphic, especially with the hair high off the face and the sharp, straight lines of the earrings. Queen Lupita does it again...

Lupita is wearing: Eyeshadow palette (cobalt blue shade, applied wet)

Jaime King

Jaime King at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

And now for something completely different. Jaime King went the opposite way, with a super-bare-faced look and hair scraped back. It's very simple, but I love it because her skin is absolutely flawless, and I'm enjoying the contrast of her dark brows with the light hair and skin.

Jaime is wearing:Lipstick in 7 Cameo Pink

Blake Lively

Blake Lively at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Blake Lively went for a '60s-inspired hair and makeup look, wearing her hair big and bouncy, with a white satin headband. I have reservations about the hoop earrings, but otherwise, it's quite pretty on her and shows off her best asset—her hair, of course. I'm happy to see her makeup with a lighter touch this time around compared to Cannes.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Olivia Wilde is back after baby, and looks pretty radiant, save for her eyes. I guess she's got a good excuse for them looking a bit bloodshot. Nothing crazy here, just soft waves, soft smoky eyes and nude lips. I'm sure she'll return to delivering more exciting looks soon!


Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

I hear Rihanna showed up wearing a see-through dress, so nobody was paying any attention to her face. I'm not opposed to this sparkly headwrap thingie; it's kinda cool for a fashion event and a pop star. The makeup is equally dramatic. For once, I'd love to see her with a softer eyes and pinky-nude matte lips.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

We can always count on Marion to look really fresh—she's one celeb who never, ever overdoes it on the makeup. I love the slightly shimmery peach on her lips and eyes; it's super-flattering with her complexion. Maybe would've added a bit more lash drama to bring out her eyes, but sometimes it's nice to go unexpectedly bare for an evening event. It's a French thing...

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

I'm not opposed to subtle crimping to add texture to an updo, but whatever Emmy is doing here—with the big braid and flyaways—is NOT working! It looks like a weird, messy nest on her head. With the makeup, the liner closes up her eye area and looks too harsh. I'd love a more blended eye.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

I guess Jennifer Hudson is growing out her short haircut and we've caught her in an awkward stage. I think this would've been better slicked back with some gel. Makeup-wise, she pulled off the combo of strong eyes with strong lips. The secret, I think, was adding lots of light at the inner corners.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Chrissy Teigen always looks good, though it's hard to see too much of this with hair hiding half her face. Not sure she needed the false lashes. 

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Karlie's phoning it in here, do you agree? She is capable of so much more than boring brown lipstick and shadow with a simple updo. I feel like we've just seen three variations of this in a row for her most recent red carpet appearances.

Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

How cool are these earrings?! OMG. Otherwise, just the usual from Ashley Olsen, who is another person I wish would give us something different, for a change. She really is stuck on repeat with this centre-parted, pulled-back hairstyle. I do like the brushed-up busy eyebrows though. Did Ashley single-handedly start that trend?

Mary-Kate Olsen

Mary-Kate Olsen at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Here's her sister Mary-Kate, rocking the same exact look—except she's not quite as blessed in the brow department. Why do we never get to see these girls' hair anymore? And why do they always wear brown lipstick now? So many questions...

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Just for context, here's how a centre-parted, pulled-back hairstyle can look exciting! Well, of course Alessandra Ambrosio has a leg up because she's a supermodel. But she's also wearing a more flattering lip tone, actual blush and her skin looks dewy and radiant. I also love the slicked texture of her hair. The whole effect feels like she just came from the beach, in the best way possible.

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Wow, this could have been so stunning on Sophia Bush... if only she had all-brown hair. I love the curls pinned over to one side, and I love the matte skin with the burgundy-red lips and smoky-ish eyes. I just feel like she could've gone to the next level as a brunette, not a blonde. The blonde isn't nearly as gorgeous with her skin tone—it washes her out.

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Busy looks a bit angry here, or maybe she's just hangry. But I'm kind of into her makeup look, in that I like the sharp contrast between the thick, graphic black liner and her pale skin and blonde hair. I would've definitely skipped the heavy false lashes, though (along with the necklace).

Beth Behrs

Beth Behrs at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Beth Behrs is looking really Barbie doll-ish in this pic. Somebody get me up to speed: is this normal for her? Those lashes need to go. She has great, full brows, so I'd love for those to be the statement along with a subtler lash look. I actually do like the voluminous updo.

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Had to pan back for this one so you can take in the glory of Solange's hair. How amazing is this?! Love, love, love it. Her and Bey have amazing arched brows, and I appreciate how Solange let them be the eye statement, while the matte hot pink lips balance them out. Super-gorgeous.

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Coco is really into this type of eyeliner lately; it's the same flicking shape that we saw at Cannes, except she thankfully toned down the burgundy shadow. It works, I guess, with the vampy dark lips. Just wondering why she felt the need to add the hat. There's enough going on with the makeup (and slicked-back hair) that they could've stood alone quite beautifully. 

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Okay, Naomi's weave is ridiculously long—but wow, do I ever want to touch it! So soft and silky. Her makeup's lookin' good as well—great choice of silvery tones on the lids to contrast with her skin and play up the colour of the dress. Has she done something to her cheeks though? They're looking very inflated.

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

With this hairstyle, makeup and earrings, Greta Gerwig looks like she's going to the office instead of fashion red carpet event. I'm not against anything here, just think some sparklier earrings or more drama on the face would've worked wonders. And I'm not sure about these brown makeup tones.

Keri Russell

Keri Russell at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Keri's got the ethereal updo thing down pat, with soft texture through the hair and a few wispy pieces around the face. Nothing exciting here in terms of hair or makeup, but it works with the dress. (Not that I like the dress...)

Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

So much better than the last time we saw Anna, at the SAG Awards. The lighter hair colour and tousled curls are much more flattering on her than when she wore her hair brunette and tightly pulled back. And bravo on the low-key, pretty makeup.

Hilary Rhoda

Hilary Rhoda at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

It's no wonder model Hilary Rhoda has been a longtime face of Estée Lauder—she looks like a walking, talking Estée Lauder ad, even in her personal life! She's oh-so-elegant here in a tousled, side-parted long bob, bold brows and a strong berry mouth. Girl's got some pipes on her too!

Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Wowza! Love Joan Smalls' new bangs. This is one of the shapes I mentioned in my bang series for long faces—it's a shorter version of the Bardot bangs, that gently part in the middle. I'd love to see them with a bit more length. They really bring out her eyes.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

We've got some classic Heidi Klum in this shot. Why does she always have to wear white liner along her lower inner eyelids? I don't get it. I'm not against the half-up hairstyle, though. Is she wearing extensions or is has her hair become really long?

Brie Larson

Brie Larson at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

I hope it's just bad lighting—otherwise I'm really not a fan of Brie Larson's highlights. They look so frosty and grey, and shouldn't be all over the head (since the sun doesn't shine on the under-layers of your hair). It would be be so transformational if she switched to a warmer, solid colour all over!

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) hair and makeup on this red carpet?

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