The People's Choice Awards—the first big event of the 2016 awards season—took place in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and I've got all the beauty looks to show you!
This is a long one, so grab a snack and let's get to it!
YES, Claire! If you ask me, this is the best she has looked in the past five years (at least). Simple is the definitely the way to go on her. I love the straight but voluminous blow-dry, clean makeup and lovely bright red mouth. Finally, she looks comfortable and not overpowered by elaborate hair and makeup.
Lucy is so darn pretty! I love this ethereal wintery look, with delicate baby hairs framing her face, and the full brows/full lashes combo. (I think the false lashes are okay here, as they're nice and fluffy.) The skinniest bit of liner in her lower waterlines helps define her eyes, and of course, the stained berry lipstick is fabulous.
Lucy is wearing: Foundation in No. 5 • Blush in 72 Rose Initial • Illuminator • Eyeshadow in Maroon • Eyeliner in Jet Set • Brow pencil in Warm Brunette • Mascara in Deep Black • Lip liner in Rouge Noir • Lipstick in Vixen
Last time we saw Nathalie, her hair was in dreads. Now, she's got tight curls in a big rounded shape—and they're equally cool. Her makeup is even softer, with natural lashes, silvery shadow, a hint of liner and tinted pink lip balm. Her beautiful full brows frame it all. She did her own hair and makeup, and now I'm even more impressed!
It's Shelley's first time on the blog, and I've got a beauty crush already. Her makeup is exactly how I'd wear mine for the red carpet—a fresh texture with seamless blush, smudgy eyeliner and YLOB (your lips, only better) lip colour. It's also interesting how she slicked down half of her bob, but kept the ends wavy.
Lea looks a bit different, and I like it! Does she use self-tanner normally? Because her skin looks paler here—and also fresher, probably from applying less foundation. It's also great to see her hair in an updo for a change, and the purplish-raspberry lipstick is so pretty. I'm not crazy about the false lashes, and I think her brow tails are now slightly over-tweezed.
If you Google Image Search Renee, what you'll find is nothing like how she looks here. Good call on the red! It definitely makes her stand out instead of looking like another generic Hollywood blonde. I also like the matchiness with her shadow and lip colour. Her skin seems a bit yellow, and it's hard to say if that's because of the faux red or the wrong foundation. Obviously, the lashes are too heavy and straight.
Dakota is growing on me more and more. She has really perfected the whole effortless, "I just threw on this gown" vibe. Her skin looks great, and so does the muted makeup. The blue liner underneath her lower lash lines is a fun touch. Hair is choppy and textured, as usual.
Priyanka has been on the blog once before, and this makeup is fairly close to her previous look. She really pulls off the dramatic smoky eyes (and even lashes), with black kohl through her waterlines and even smudgy grey shadow taken below the lower lashes. The rosy mauve lip colour is very pretty, and I love the updo! Few people would look this good with so much volume at the top.
Ashley has such beautiful eyes, and contrary to what you'd think, they seem to stand out more with less makeup. She ditched her usual heaviness for long but defined lashes and soft shadow tones—really nice! Her skin looks good as well, but I'd much prefer her hair down, in a deep side part, versus this severe centre-parted ponytail.
I love a red lip on a redhead. This one has orangey undertones, and Sarah let it be the star of her beauty look, wearing it with barely any blush, natural lashes, and soft brown-black liner. The only thing I'd say about this is that her hair looks dry, and obviously straightened. I think her natural curls and a side part would be better.
We haven't seen Melissa in quite some time. I like her "girl next door" appeal, but wish she'd just go with it instead of trying to add edginess. The extended eyeliner wing seems like an afterthought, and doesn't go with the curly false lashes or prim and proper hair.
Melissa is wearing: Lipstick in Diabolique
Uh oh, Vanessa's eyes look slightly irritated from wearing all that eye makeup! And yet, she is one of the few who can actually carry so much (although of course I prefer a lighter touch). The iridescent copper lip colour is pretty cool, and I like how she pushed her lob back and off her face. Too bad her foundation looks too light compared to her chest.
Natalie continues to have the most striking blue eyes in Hollywood. And she knows how to play them up—with a mesmerizing teal highlight underneath each iris. The rest is heavy black liner, with shimmery taupe shadow, and no distracting false lashes. I kinda wish she'd just left it at that instead of adding the opaque peach gloss. The blonde waves are great!
Sandra looks really good. Bangs will always be my favourite for her long face, but her stick-straight hair and fresh makeup are still very flattering, and natural. I like how her liner is soft and her lashes are fluffy. Also notice how she opted for pink, instead of matching her lip colour and blush to the red dress.
Kate chose black winged liner and extra-thick lashes, and I think it basically works. The effect almost gives her face a lift, as it draws the eye up, and the rest of her look is extremely subtle. I like the shimmery nude eyeshadow, pale pink lipstick and soft, loose updo.
Kate is wearing: Lipstick in Iced Iris
Overall, I love Camilla's unique look. The centre-parted updo and tawny makeup shades are amazing on her. Up close, her brows are obviously drawn in, but I could live with that if she'd chosen more natural lashes. To have both, plus the heavy shadow, is maybe a bit much. I like how she skipped earrings, which helps keep things clean.
Well, isn't this adorable. I love Kelly's thick curls, full brows and the freckles on her nose. Pink is also a great colour on her. Just not crazy about the strip lashes, and her blush seems too light for her skin tone.
I feel like this tight ponytail isn't doing Troian's beauty justice. That said, her makeup does look nice—I always appreciate seeing natural skin textures and the absence of false lashes. The stained, deep rose lips are also great.
If only Arden hadn't chosen these false lashes, which are way too long (and not fusing properly with her own, straighter ones). Otherwise, I'd be totally on board with her luminous skin, soft waves and deep burgundy lipstick.
Sarah has such a vibrant mane of hair, and I always think redheads look most beautiful in deep green dresses. Her makeup looks pretty good as well, with soft rosy tones on lips and cheeks, and a bold use of silver shimmer on the eyelids.
Caterina basically did everything right. She kept her skin very fresh, enhancing her features with black liner in the upper waterlines, natural-looking lashes and sheer pink lips and cheeks. The voluminous low ponytail is maybe a little too voluminous, but is less predictable than an updo.
So nice to see Stefanie's look evolving and becoming more sophisticated. I just love her hair here. The highlights are subtler and more golden than they used to be, and the soft texture, tucked behind both ears, is very modern. I'm also into her 360-degree application of blue liner. It's an unexpected touch, and she was wise not to add distracting false lashes.
I like this a lot, although it's pretty formal. Thankfully, Sasha's skin looks fresh and her hair very soft, which keeps her from looking overdone. Her faux bob is actually very well executed, and I also love the pink and red colour palette. I think her lashes are fake, but at least they're not heavy; the black liner is enough to make her eyes pop.
The concept was good, but Shay just took it a little too far. She has beautifully illuminated skin and is one of the few who can pull off centre-parted straight hair, worn behind both ears. The plummy brown makeup tones could've been interesting, but are swamped by the false lashes and heavy application overall.
Speaking of heavy plum tones, I just can't with Julianne's blush. Way to interfere with a cute updo! She actually looks adorable with the top knot, but her makeup colours make her face look muddy. The lashes are not great, and the eyeshadow is poorly blended.
Ming-Na is 52 years old. What the heck?! I cannot get over how great her skin looks... like, she could easily pass for 20 years younger. I'm not even going to nit-pick over her lashes or threaded-looking brows.
I've gotta say, Amber knows what works for her. Shaggy golden hair and bare-faced makeup with that one standout element—which is the copper eyeshadow in this case. I love that she never looks like she tried too hard.
Cheryl, on the other hand, looks like she spent ages perfecting her makeup—and it's too much, too costumey. The blush is in an odd spot, almost like it's trying to be contour, but is dragging her face down. Between that, the eyeshadow and the goopy lip gloss, the effect is sooo heavy. It's too bad, because I think she has such unique natural assets. A lighter hair colour would work better with her light brows as well.
Ellen went for a wavy updo and simple makeup—and she doesn't need much because her eyes are so naturally sparkly. I guess the thing with this is that it doesn't quite feel special enough for an awards show. Probably it's the button-down neckline and lack of jewellery.
Liz's hair and makeup are better here than the last time we saw her, although I still feel like she'd do well with a softer, more seamless blush. The lashes are very Kim Kardashian, but I don't mind them on her.
So much for that one time Christina looked incredible in tone-on-tone makeup and a sleek bob. These over-the-top false lashes with purple eyeliner and shimmer everywhere don't quite have the same appeal, do they? She's got such cute features, but her styling really lacks sophistication.
First of all, I have to say that Keltie has the most amazing teeth/smile. Colgate, lock this woman down! That said, I'm not so crazy about the way she's been styled here. I feel like the bronde updo is almost aging her a bit, and a richer, darker, solid colour would be better. Same with the heavy eye makeup—she should go more fresh, I think.
This is fine, although Abigail's hair is one of her best features—so would've been nicer worn down than hidden in this updo. No issues with the makeup, except I obviously prefer to see real lashes.
Kat, step away from the highlighting and contouring kit. I mean, there is subtle sculpting, and then there is this... way too drastic! But I will applaud her subtle lashes this time, and her short haircut is totally awesome.
Where to start with Chloe? On the one hand, her long hair, flawless skin and full pale pink lips are all very attractive. On the other... I think her brow-filling game could be improved, big time. Same with the eyeliner, which looks like it's supposed to go all the way around the eyes, but is missing a big chunk under one iris. Also, I would think over-lining would be unnecessary on lips this full.
Keke looked so amazing with long hair this summer, I might just cry over this short top, shaved sides and long, skinny braid. Also not a fan of the cray lashes and drawn-on eyebrows.
Kaley has come a long way in lightening up her makeup look, compared to back in 2014. So she gets points for that, although this definitely lacks the polish of her 2015 Kids' Choice look (my favourite ever). Shorter hair and more perfected skin are what works best on her.
Carly Rae Jepsen
I'm really not into this particular phase of Carly's style. Remember when she was an adorable redhead with heavy bangs? I get that she's trying to lose her "sweet" vibe, but I just don't think the black hair, light eyebrows and short, choppy bangs are at all flattering. The graphic eyeshadow is kind of cool, though.
Rocsi always has these drawn-on eyebrows... I don't get it. (Admittedly, these are better than some of her previous ones.) I think it's the combination of the brows with the false lashes that distracts me. If both were dialled down, this would be quite pretty.
Another case of drawn-on brows, and even more extreme. These remind me of those brow stencil things. Otherwise, Meagan is a total hottie, and looks incredible in long dreads and rich raspberry lipstick.
If I could update Meghan's look, I'd give her a sleek, straight lob with a deep side part and a more even, solid-toned blonde. Wouldn't that be more current than her dated bouffant with scraggly ends and ashy roots? The lashes are also SO fake-looking.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This red hair colour (not to mention the dated length and texture) is completely overpowering Katherine's features. A soft strawberry would be best, around boob-length, and not so piecey. I also don't understand the reason for the false lashes and heavy makeup, which just detract from her natural youthful prettiness!
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty looks on this red carpet?