Critics’ Choice Awards 2016: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup Looks on the Red Carpet

From Emmy Rossum to Zoë Kravitz.
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Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Hot on the heels of the Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards comes yet another red carpet event for your beauty inspiration—the Critics' Choice Awards! They happened Sunday night in Santa Monica, honouring the best in film and television.

Gonna try something new today and break each look down according to what I love, versus what I'd change (where applicable). 

Let's go!

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Emmy Rossum at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Emmy Rossum at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Emmy Rossum at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

I love Emmy's shimmery pink lipstick and smudgy brown liner, and the way the black liner only follows the curve of her rounded eye shape. The side-parted updo is simple and pretty and simple. You have to be looking hard to notice it, but her brow pencil could perhaps be more feathery at the tops of her brows.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Zoë Kravitz at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Zoe Kravitz Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Zoë Kravitz at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Oh wow, Zoë's skin! Dewy, luminous, and doesn't even look like she's wearing foundation, in the best possible way. Also, her sheer coral lip colour, shaded eyelids and natural lashes. (She's so good about the latter. If she ever wears falsies, I'll probably cry.) 

January Jones

January Jones Critics' Choice Awards 2016

January Jones at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

January Jones Critics' Choice Awards 2016

January Jones at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

January subtly matched her silvery-blue eye makeup to her dress. Her skin has a wonderful matte freshness, and the muted coral lips and matching cheeks look great with her colouring. It's also nice to see her brows so full and dark, and her hair looks really elegant whisked up off her face, no earrings. 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

With her sculpted features, Rosie's hair always looks amazing slicked back like this. And her skin tone is (for once) not spray-tanned three shades darker. I love the rosy lipstick, and her false lashes are much improved—I actually like the way their fluffiness counters the black liquid liner.

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Alicia Vikander at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Alicia Vikander Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Alicia Vikander at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Isn't Alicia's lip colour the ultimate soft, stained, "your lips, only better" pink? The matching blush is also nice against her warm, medium skin. Finally, the hint of sparkle at the inner corners of her eyes adds a little somethin'-somethin'. I'm just torn on this voluminous updo. Is it aging? I don't know. 

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Rachel McAdams at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Rachel McAdams Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Rachel McAdams at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

I love the juxtaposition of Rachel's casual, textured, flipped-to-one-side lob against the dressy dress and makeup. But I've said it before—her hair colour is too blonde, and the rooty look is not flattering. I also find the shimmery red lipstick a bit harsh on her pale colouring, especially with the black eyeliner. 

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Bryce Dallas Howard at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Bryce Dallas Howard Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Bryce Dallas Howard at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

These super-precise beauty looks are so good on Bryce. Her hair in particular is amazing here—both the style and the rich colour—and I love the concept of a dramatic eye with a matching peach lipstick. Her skin is also very flawless. 

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Kate Beckinsale at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Kate Beckinsale Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Kate Beckinsale at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Kate doesn't age! I know she probably dabbles in injectables now, but she looks super-cute in this high ponytail and light makeup. The soft bangs frame her face beautifully. The only problem? Her face is lighter than her neck and arms, so perhaps some bronzer or a darker foundation would help even things out.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Jennifer Aniston at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Jennifer Aniston Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Jennifer Aniston at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

We can always count on Jennifer to bring casual California style to the red carpet. I am a big fan of her simple, side-swept, straight hair, although the highlights surrounding her face are kinda chunky. (Maybe it's the lighting.) A slight tan always works for her, as does the low-key makeup. I'm wondering if a softer colour of eyeliner would be better. 

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Krysten Ritter at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Krysten Ritter Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Krysten Ritter at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Krysten has these gorgeous doe eyes, and the way she emphasized her lower lashes makes them stand out even more. I also like her naturally full, dark brows. However, frizz serum is needed. That seems to be an issue lately

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Hayden Panettiere at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Hayden Panettiere Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Hayden Panettiere at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Hayden has really good skin and brows—and on that note, I always enjoy the pairing of dark brows with blonde hair. Her cheeks look nice and plump here, with seamless blush and a fantastic subtle highlight. She doesn't need the extra-long false lashes, though. The piecey lob is casually cool.

America Ferrera

America Ferrera Critics' Choice Awards 2016

America Ferrera at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

America Ferrera Critics' Choice Awards 2016

America Ferrera at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

America looks beachy! And sexy! I can't remember ever seeing her like this. I really like that she paired the tousled, voluminous hair with such a bare-faced makeup job. That's just how the Victoria's Secret models do it. 

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Saoirse Ronan at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Saoirse Ronan Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Saoirse Ronan at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

When you put a lot of makeup on Saoirse, it usually doesn't work. (With this one exception.) So I'm fine with this fresh, pretty look, although her brows could be a tad more groomed. The half-up hairstyle is perhaps a bit too casual. 

Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Liv Tyler at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

Liv Tyler Critics' Choice Awards 2016

Liv Tyler at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards.

In a strawberry lipstick, silver eyeshadow and natural lashes, Liv looks fresh and pretty—it's the way a non-celeb person would do themselves up for a special occasion, with no need for false lashes, etc. Just tossing her shiny hair over one shoulder gives it a "style." 

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

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