Besides the InStyle Awards, there was another big red carpet event in Los Angeles last week: the annual amfAR Inspiration Gala on Thursday night. From a beauty perspective, there were a few major hits... but also lots of misses!
Check out the hair and makeup:
Oh wow! Why has Rosie never done anything like this before? She looks exquisite! To be honest, I never paid her too much attention in the past, as her usual red carpet style is always pretty much the same to me. But with her hair back and sleek, a much lighter touch on the eyes and skin, and a gorgeous creamy raspberry lipstick, I am suddenly noticing how gorgeous she is. More of this, please, Rosie!
This is a big departure for Alessandra as well. Normally, we see her in some variation on glossy sheer lips and tousled hair (as per the InStyle Awards). The rich red lips, black liner and golden shadow make for a sultry change. The low ponytail is what takes it to the next level; the texture and the swooshy volume at the part are just perfect.
At the InStyle Awards a couple days earlier, Diane was all polished and sleek... here, she went soft and ethereal. I don't know which I like better! Just a few adjustments totally changed her look. She added a silvery highlight to her go-to taupe shadow, and then swapped out the pink lipstick for a soft berry stain. Her hair is parted down the centre and has a looser, softer feel.
Lily's top knot is, like, the perfect top knot. Notice how her hair was tugged out a bit, to create volume from the roots to the knot. And then the escaping wavy tendrils for softness. It works exceptionally well with her silvery-black smoky eyes. No falsies required!
This is Instagram makeup. Zendaya does still look pretty, but it's a ton of eyeshadow. And highlighting. I also don't comprehend the upper lip liner (JLo's doing that lately, too). That said, she used restraint with the lashes, and her brows look absolutely fantastic. I just feel like we're missing the necessary element of freshness, you know?
This is how I want Gwyneth to wear her hair! Glam and voluminous... not the harsh, tight-to-the-head updos like at the InStyle Awards. Unfortunately, she's still wearing those false lashes that I don't like. She definitely looks best in light tones like the peach blush and the pink lipstick, and her natural blonde brows.
Chloë looks so good here! Sometimes her style is too "out there," but this time, everything is working. Her Boho waves go perfectly with the dress, and the red mouth is more unexpected than if she had matched. Lashes are natural, skin is fresh... yep, I think this is one of her best red carpet appearances ever!
Jaime combined two of her go-to beauty looks here: retro glam and English rose. The effect is softer and more interesting than the red lips we would traditionally see with this hairstyle. Unfortunately, the lashes are très tacky.
Clearly, "subtle" is not in Sarah's vocabulary. While it's nice to see her in the vampy lipstick trend—which I do think she can pull off—it's a shame she can't let go of the heavy makeup everywhere else. Her blue-brown eye colour is stunning, but the heavy false lashes and layers upon layers of eyeshadow are distracting. Also, I'm pretty sure luminous skin doesn't mean seeing obvious specks of glitter. That little ringlet is begging to be loosened as well.
Sarah is wearing: Foundation • Concealer • Blush in Well Dressed • Highlighter in Luminous Light • Eyeshadow in Enchanted • Mascara in Black • Brow powder • Brow gel • Lip pencil in Currant • Lipstick in Black Dahlia
Emma looks good; better than usual, actually... except for my nemesis, the false lashes. These ones are particularly ridiculous and insect-like, and totally compete with her full, natural brows. Such a shame, because I like her hair for once (it's more rooty, less solid blonde). And the blush and lipstick are both great.
It's Nina's first time on this site, and she did great. My favourite thing is the way her liner gives her eyes a more feline shape. A touch of gold highlights her inner corners, and then the pale pink lipstick adds a cool-toned contrast. This works!
Billie Catherine Lourd
Even though my preference is for natural, Billie has beautiful big eyes that can handle these false lashes. They give her a doe-eyed look that is so pretty, and she didn't distract from it with heavy makeup anywhere else. Unfortunately, the updo is quite dated, and should've been much sleeker.
Oh man, you can really see the Robin Wright in Dylan (her daughter). I love what she's doing with her eye makeup: gold and copper tones framed by fringey black lashes. The coral pink lipstick is also gorgeous. Her hair is kinda boring, though.
With her bright auburn hair and porcelain pale skin, Lydia has such a unique look. But I've never seen her without false lashes that look like they're weighing down her eyelids. I'd love to see her with much less makeup and a more edgy style, to really play up her colouring.
The last time we saw Sharon was at Cannes in 2014, where she was looking much less polished. She is 57 now, and her styling is very age-appropriate: matte but not dry skin, smudgy definition around the eyes, a great short haircut and glossy lips. I do wish her lip liner was more blended.
I'm not feeling this blonde hair on Sarah, and much prefer the brunette bob she had at last year's Met Gala. I do, however, like the gold liner and the red lipstick. Unfortunately, the blonde is making her skin look very sallow and washed out.
Here's a good example of how bad styling can make a beautiful woman look a bit tacky. (Elle was in the 'Blurred Lines' video, FYI.) First of all, OMG, those lashes need to be burned! I also feel like her foundation is too light and too heavy. It's a little thing, but the way her hair is parted and doing that bouffant thing at the back just reminds me of old socialite ladies... it's not a style for a hot twentysomething!
Another example of the wrong foundation/concealer, and too much of it. I get that Liz has a few skin challenges, but they are unfortunately being exaggerated instead of camouflaged! The top of her forehead is warm and golden, while the centre of her face is whiter and chalkier. Also, ahem. The lashes.
Carly Rae Jepsen
What in the world was Carly thinking with these bangs?! Only a few short months ago, at the Radio Disney Music Awards, she had such cute bangs. And a cuter hair colour, for that matter. I'm not into this harsh black at all! I think if you're going to do baby bangs, you have to have excellent brows. At least the way she combined silver and gold in her eye makeup is very cool.
Rocsi should be a cautionary tale for under-eye colour correction. I don't know what she used here, but it's making her skin look positively green. Not a good look with the purple lipstick, matte white inner corner highlights and her warm skin tone. The colours are not harmonizing at all! Obviously, she'd look better with much less eye makeup as well, not to mention losing the super-angular brows.
Is anyone else getting sad clown vibes from Lea?! That's what she is reminding me of, what with her too-light foundation, extra-dark contour stripe, and heavily pencilled brows. I do believe she is wearing false lashes not just on the upper lash lines, but also the lower... never a good sign!
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?