ESPYs 2014: The Best Celebrity Beauty Looks on the Red Carpet

Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba and more.

Held in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, the ESPY Awards—the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards—are the fanciest night of the year in sports.

And they're where A-list athletes like Maria Sharapova and Nastia Liukin mingle with A-list celebs such as Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba.

Here are the red carpet close-ups:

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

Wow! Seriously, wow! Cameron is super-gorgeous these days—first with the matte orange lips, and now here in a wonderful bright pink. She's been working with makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis lately, so it's no wonder her lip choices (not to mention her skin) are looking so great. Since Melanie has used it before on Olivia Wilde, I'm going to take a guess that this might be Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Matte Lip Tar in Nylon, a "classic bubblegum pink with a neon twist."

Love how it's paired with a pretty wash of pink blush and soft, sculpted lids. Plus, the hair! A centre part and easy, tousled waves are perfect on Cam.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

And now for something completely different. Jessica's all bronzey, gold and glam, and it's a huge improvement over last time we saw her, at the Guy's Choice Awards. The thing that's drawing me in here is the brushed-up brow action. Those fans at the inner corners are excellent! Using a brow wax to hold them up and in place is a great little trick here. I also love the light thrown in the middle of her face. But as usual, I could've done without the fakey-fake false lashes. 

Notice how she's wearing the hairstyle we saw the other day on Kate Hudson—stick-straight, with a defined part and tucked behind both ears. All the better to show off that spikey jewellery!

Jessica is wearing:Brow wax // Illuminator // Foundation // Eyeshadow in Khaki Chic // Liquid liner // Eyeliner in True Black // Mascara // Lip gloss in Vesuvian

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

The big news here is that Chrissy's gone blonde! And I think it looks great on her. (See here for the last time we saw her, if you can't remember the brunette.) Of course, I had to look up who did it and it was Tracey Cunningham—why am I not surprised? She always, always does the hair colour I'm most enamoured with on celebrities. Go creep on her Insta for the Chrissy recipe, and others!

Also into the big, loose, bouncy waves, pinned back by a comb on one side. I just love how that gives a wave style a more updated look!

Chrissy is wearing: Foundation // Bronzer // Eyeliner in Blackest Black // Eyeshadow in Sultry Smoke // Lipstick in Caramel Comfort

Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

Haven't seen Jessica Szohr in forever, and she's looking really cute. I love this lighter brown hair colour for her, and how she's pulled it up into a high, slightly fuzzy ponytail. Let's not be afraid of a little frizz, okay? I think it's adorbs. (Also see here for tips on working with your baby hairs.)

The makeup, too, is softer than I remember it—she used to be over-bronzed. Sure, she could maybe use a blotting paper, but her skin looks fresh and dewy, and I love the hit of purple shadow paired with the black eyeliner. Well done!

Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

This is pretty, too, although the false-eyelash monster has struck again! I don't mind Keri's as much as Jessica Alba's, though. (And there's a way worse pair to come, just you wait!) I think the reason these are semi-working is because the false eyelashes ARE the look. Her hair is scraped back, tight to the head, and she's wearing tiny earrings and totally nude makeup. So that lets the lashes stand out in a more theatrical, deliberate way.

Hold up though—is she wearing lip liner under her bottom lip? I really hope not!

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

I actually appreciate that Maria Sharapova keeps it fairly simple on the red carpet, not doing anything too crazy and "FASHUN". These are the same sparkly eyes and textured waves she wore to last year's ESPYs (just last time she tied her hair up at the back). With the perfectly groomed brows, dangly earrings and matte lips, everything is in perfect balance. I would like to look like this every day, please!

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

How would you like to be standing in sunlight this harsh with a mob of photographers capturing your face magnified by a kajillion? Jordana's skin looks pretty incredible in this situation. She's got great eyebrow fans as well, and I think the lashes are actually natural. I love this doll-like makeup—bright cherry red on the lips with a matching flush on the cheeks. 

Jordana is wearing:Lip stain in Lolli // Blush

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

Nastia is a gymnast, and I'd say she did really, really well on this red carpet considering she doesn't have the A-team of hair and makeup artists that all these celebrities do. The woman has amazing hair—and I'm guessing it's this colour naturally? There are no roots to speak of. (Jealous? Me? Hell yes.)

Even the makeup isn't bad and her skin finish looks pretty natural. Perhaps a bit heavy on the eyes, but I'm okay with it; the shadow sort of distracts from her brows, which are on the thinner side.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

Even with the low quality of this pic, Iggy kinda killed it at this event. Her pillowy pink lips are INSANE, and I love the brushed back '60s hairstyle. What do you think—new beauty crush-worthy?

Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

It looks like some kind of creepy crawly creature has set up a home on Cheryl's eyelids! These lashes are so perplexing, because she really didn't need them—the rest of her look is so cute! I love her freckles and the harmony between her tawny blush and lip colours. Even the shape of her lips is super-pretty. And while I loved her long hair and bangs at last year's ESPYs, the side-parted bob is great on her, too. What do we have to do to get people to stop self-sabotaging with the lashes, you guys?

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

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