It was a bountiful week for celeb beauty inspiration! Current beauty crush numero uno Emilia Clarke is at the very top of my list, with newcomer Alycia Debnam-Carey a close second. (And now I want to wear red lipstick this weekend.)
Here are the latest looks you need to see:
What I love: EVERYTHING. This is Emilia at her very best, and my beauty esthetic in a nutshell. After her overdone makeup at the MTV Movie Awards, the bare lids, fresh skin and bright orange-red mouth are most welcome. I don't mind the false lashes one bit, because they are so soft and fluffy. She has the ideal (round) face shape for wearing her hair in a centre-parted updo*, which—along with the gold earrings and strapless dress—takes the glamour to a whole other level. (*Actually a low ponytail!) What I'd change: Perhaps there is some dodginess with mismatched brow pencil through her tails, but you have to be looking for it to notice.
What I love: Where do I start? Alycia's easy-breezy red carpet style is possibly because she's new (or at least new to this blog), and hasn't hired stylists yet. But I hope she sticks with this, because I find her fresh face and relaxed waves utterly refreshing. Look closer and you'll appreciate the delicate gold shimmer eyeshadow paired with a juicy strawberry-red mouth. Love! What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Sabrina's colouring—the peaches and cream skin with dark brows, soft blonde hair and ashy roots. In case you couldn't tell from the iHeartRadio Awards, she is really growing on me! Most people go too strong on their smoky eyes, but her shadow is light brown and soft, and not extended too far from the crease. Also love that she doesn't touch her brows. What I'd change: The false lashes aren't bad but not necessary. I like her waves a little less separated, as per iHeartRadio.
What I love: Nathalie's hair (always!) and her white dress-oxblood lip combo. Usually, the instinct is to pair vampy lipstick with black. So I like the colour play here, and I also like her septum ring. She has fantastic natural brows. What I'd change: The eye makeup is unnecessarily heavy. If she ditched the harsh black in her waterlines and just stuck to lashes, this would feel more fresh.
What I love: Ashley's eyes look insanely beautiful here. The liberal use of neutral shimmer all the way around really enhances her sparkle; also notice how the liner in her waterlines is a softer brown, not hard black. With so much happening there, I'm glad she kept her lips and brows natural, with minimal blush/contour on the cheeks. Her skin looks very radiant! I like the messy updo as well. What I'd change: I love chunky lashes, but these are borderline—would be better without the falsies.
Bryce Dallas Howard
What I love: Bryce's hair. We last saw her with this side-swept style, but she got a straight-across bang trim, and it's super-cute with her red waves. Now, I know her eyes can be a little, er, intense (presumably from the camera flash), but ignore that and focus on the pretty high-shimmer eyeshadow. I love this colour palette of soft grey-lilac on the lids and cool pinks on lips and cheeks. It's a great contrast with her warm hair. What I'd change: Just the false lashes, but they're not too bad this time.
What I love: Amanda looks so radiant, I just love this. Freshness is not exclusive to the twentysomethings! Her skin looks barely touched by foundation, and the rest of her makeup is so minimal. The peachy gloss is my favourite, and I also like how she left her lashes low-key, just darkening the upper waterlines. (Of course, lucky lady to have those thick brows framing her face!) Her go-to ballerina bun is elegant and classic. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: It's nice to see Selena without coloured contacts and heavy makeup! I get the allure of the latter, because she has such a baby face, but often it's the makeup wearing her and not vice-versa (like at the Grammys, for example). Here, the standout is her ridiculously shiny, thick, long hair. She looks cute, not sexy, and there's nothing wrong with that! What I'd change: The lashes.
What I love: As a fellow pale person, I REALLY appreciate what Margot did here with her makeup. It's so delicate, not dark and overpowering. I would love to see more people embrace their natural colouring... not everyone has to wear false lashes and dark brown, grey and black shadows/liners! In particular, loving the gold shadow, natural lashes, flawless skin and softly tinted lips. Also her hair, which has nice, easy waves and a swoosh at the part. What I'd change: Nothing!
What I love: Diane's metallic blue eyeliner! Even with the dark lighting (wherever she is in Paris), her makeup looks pretty great. I'm inspired to copy this bright liner technique, along the upper lids only, and framed by chunky lashes. Her brows are looking particularly good here. What I'd change: Did she darken her hair or is it that dang lighting again? It looks fine, but for me, there's more "wow" factor when she is blonde.
What I love: I had no idea such a cute bob—well, wob (wavy bob)—was hiding under that updo Charlize wore to the MTV Movie Awards! This is a really good look for her, and I even like the high-lift blonde, although honey tones are softer on her. As usual, her makeup is not exciting, but I really cannot fault the natural lashes and glossy lips. Charlize's makeup is like Jennifer Aniston's hair; she sticks to what works. What I'd change: I still think she's darkening her skinny brows a tad too much. The Kate Lee technique, as seen on Jessica Chastain, would look better. Is it just me or are her cheeks looking very injected?
What I love: Kerry has the most enviable skin, and I like her makeup best when she plays that up, instead of distracting us with too much colour or lash action. Well, we still have the latter here, but I still find this quite beautiful. Similar to Amanda Peet, the updo is ballerina-like, and she looks pretty in that shimmery pink gloss. What I'd change: If she has to wear false lashes, Kerry could find a better pair than these. The blush/contour is a little strong.
What I love: Caitriona is a breath of fresh air—she exudes confidence in this simple, natural beauty look. Isn't it funny how the heavy makeup trend has gone so far that something like this is actually notable? I love seeing real skin, not cakey foundation, and I think it is important to remember what normal, non-enhanced lashes look like! What I'd change: Nothing!
What I love: Bella's lips. Fine, they're probably injected, but I still love the raspberry colour and rich, creamy texture. The lipstick looks great against dewy skin, not too much powder. Also notice that she darkened her hair, which looks a lot more natural than her former bright red. What I'd change: The false lashes are too much, and I'd prefer less eye makeup, to really make these lips stand out. Plus, her blush is not well blended.
What I love: Compared to where we were in 2014, Miranda has made massive beauty strides! My favourite thing here is her hairstyle. It's a softer blonde and the side-parted mid-length is so flattering on her. Also, note that she's eased up quite a bit on the fake tan. What I'd change: The makeup isn't the most current (nor is that necklace!). I don't like the lashes or how much liner is under her eyes, and her skin looks a bit powdery.
What I love: Lauren's girly signature style may not be on trend at the moment, but it still works really well for her. Case in point: these bold cat eyes, which add feminine curves to her face, contrasting with her full, straight-across brow shape. I also like her hair worn behind her ears, and the overall prim-and-proper vibe. What I'd change: Her lips are kinda disappearing in that skin tone-coloured gloss. Also seems like the foundation is sitting on top of her skin in places.
What I love: Everyone loves to hate Nicole, but I don't know... doesn't her skin look pretty darn good? With or without injections, the woman is 48 years old! The sheer hot pink lips are also quite nice; again, it's that contrast of cool pink with warm red hair. What I'd change: Her eyebrows are too Botoxed (lifting up at the tails), and the brow pencil is not a match. I also think she cheapens her look by wearing those false lashes.
Who had your favourite beauty look lately?