We may not be done with 2016 yet, but with this week's Critics' Choice Awards, the 2017 awards season has officially kicked off!
That's right—the annual event to honour achievements in film and television was traditionally held every January (these were the 2016 looks, in case you missed 'em). Now, the ceremony has leaped ahead to mid-December, before the Golden Globes, to mark the first event on the awards show calendar.
It's great news for us, because this beauty inspiration is perfect for the holiday party circuit! Here are all the looks from the night:
What I like: Everything! Emma always nails it, but this look is truly one of her best (and in my opinion, the best of the night). I love that she's back to being a vibrant redhead again, and the simple, straight, mid-length 'do adds just the right casual element to the black sequinned dress. Most of all, I adore this makeup, from the rich berry-red lipstick to the champagne shimmer shadow and smoked-out cat eyes. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I like: Janelle's twin buns! She managed to make a risky hairstyle look cool and edgy, not juvenile—probably because of their position, fullness and softness (thanks to the loose, wavy pieces that frame her face). I also love the colour-blocked makeup, which is a variation on what she wore to the AMAs. The blue makes the red lipstick and black liner so much less predictable. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I like: Lily's Gothic glamour. The vampy burgundy lipstick and matching eyeshadow all the way around the eyes would be borderline scary on most people, but she makes them out-of-this-world gorgeous. It helps that the application is flawless—and that she has such naturally good skin and brows. With the high neckline of the dress, I'm glad she wore her hair in a loose, romantic updo. What I'd change: Nothing. (Her skin is perhaps a bit powdery in places, but I don't mind it.)
What I like: Hailee's orangey-red lipstick and shimmering golden eyeshadow. Usually, she wears deeper, jewel-toned colours on her lids, so this combo feels warm and fresh. To define her eyes, she did a black liner flicks on the top, and a softer brown in the lower waterlines. I especially like the rounded shape of her lips! Wearing her hair back and off the face, sans jewellery, feels modern and clean. What I'd change: I do love her big brows, but they could be a tad more groomed with a brow mascara.
What I like: Amy's sparkly eyes. They're extra-defined here, with purple shadow, black liner and pearly highlighter at the inner corners, plus darkened (but still soft) brows. I also love her sheer, bubblegum pink lip gloss—anyone else ready for a lip gloss comeback? She looks adorably girly in the high, wavy ponytail. What I'd change: The heavy pink blush on one side! I really hope it's just the lighting.
Amy is wearing: Foundation in Camomile • Powder • Bronzer • Blush in Lovely • Eyeliner in Flirting Game • Eyeshadow in Hematite • Mascara • Highlighter in Luster (at inner corners of the eyes) • Lip gloss in Glamour
What I like: I'm glad Michelle's rocking a short hairstyle again, because she wears them so well (or do you prefer this textured bob she had last year?). Platinum tends to wash people out, but her makeup is just enough to bring out her features. I like how she worked with her hooded eyes, using smoky charcoal and an emphasis on the lower lash lines. She also has a great lip shape! What I'd change: While I prefer her hair short, I'd rather see this style and colour than the Twiggy-inspired cut and ultra-light blonde. Also, her skin looks a little dry, especially under the eyes.
What I like: Leslie's fuchsia lipstick and orange dress combination. I love when people mix up their colours this way! With those two bold shades going on, she wisely skipped heavy shadow and even blush, simply bringing out her eyes with defined lashes. Also notice her brows—they're thin, but she definitely made the most of them. What I'd change: Nothing. (The ponytail does seem a bit boring from this angle, but it works with the neckline and doesn't feel fussy.)
What I like: Emmy's smoky grey eyeshadow, full brows and black mascara. I so appreciate makeup like this, because it proves that you really don't need false lashes! She looks way cooler without them—and the sleek high ponytail also gives this a fun, modern twist. Her lipstick is a great pinky nude. What I'd change: Nothing.
Bryce Dallas Howard
What I like: Bryce's pom-pom ponytail! It's aways a delight to spot one of those on the red carpet. I love her new curtain bangs as well; they frame her face beautifully. We can't see much of her makeup, but the soft pinks are a good choice with the bright chartreuse dress. What I'd change: Her cheeks look powdery, but it might be the lighting.
What I like: Naomie's shimmery, smoky eyes in silver, charcoal grey and black. Although they're not exactly "on-trend," she looks very glamorous in this classic makeup and off-the-face hairstyle. Sheer pink gloss keeps the focus on the eyes. What I'd change: I think the black liner in her waterlines is a little harsh, and I'd prefer feathery brows without the pointy tails.
What I like: Sarah's fresh skin. She has come a long way from the over-bronzed, over-contoured looks of the past! The same applies in the eye makeup department; the sheer shadow and long lashes are a lighter touch compared to her usual dark, sparkly smokies. I suppose I can live witj these false lashes. What I'd change: The over-lined lips are too obvious, and although it's cute, I'm not crazy about the bobby pin hairstyle for a fancy red carpet event.
What I like: Michelle's classic red lipstick and black mascara. I always feel like heavy makeup overpowers her, so I'm glad she kept things low-key. She has really good brows! What I'd change: The low ponytail is chic from the side, but the centre part is harsh—I feel she looks best with her hair down, in a deep side part. Her skin could also use more luminosity.
What I like: Allison's aqua smoky shadow, which matches her eye colour perfectly, and complements her intricate beaded dress. Worn under the lower lashes, the hue has enough depth that she doesn't need eyeliner—or false lashes. I like the strong, straight shape of her brows and the brushed-up texture. What I'd change: Her skin finish looks a bit heavy in the mid-face, and I think a flatter hairstyle might be better (this one emphasizes her long face shape).
Allison is wearing: Serum • Foundation in 20 Beige • Bronzer • Blush in No. 22 • Eyeshadow in Azulejo • Eyeshadow in Tissé Beverly Hills • Mascara in Noir • Lip balm • Lip liner in Nectarine • Lip colour in Amoureux
Evan Rachel Wood
What I like: Evan's subtle eye makeup. Like Amy Adams, her gaze has a lovely sparkle to it; to enhance that, she is wearing black mascara, soft purplish shadow and some gold liner under the lower lash lines. Her brushed-up brows are also nice, and I like the short hair on her. What I'd change: I don't love the matte brownish-pink lipstick—maybe it it were softened with a fingertip, and her skin had more radiance, I'd feel differently. Also not sure about her two-toned hair colour.
Evan is wearing: Primer • Foundation in PS1 • Concealer in PC1 and PC2 • Powder in PF2 • Highlighter in Moonlight • Eyeshadow in Chrome • Eyeshadow in Light Pewter and Amythest • Mascara • Brow pencil in Slate and Blonde • Lipstick in Duchess
What I like: Viola's wavy bob. This hairstyle is fabulous on her! I also like her glossy pink lips and even the purple shadow, all the way up to the brows. Black shadow and liner closer to the lashes makes her eyes pop. What I'd change: The false lashes should be fluffier, and her brows could use more definition.
What I like: Natalie's red lip stain. It gives her a lovely pop of colour, without the heaviness of a traditional lipstick finish. I like that she paired it with chunky lashes and full brows. This is a good length for her hair. What I'd change: I hope this is another bad lighting situation, because her skin has a sallow, greenish cast! I would also consider brushing out the ringlets.
What I like: Mandy's peachy nude lips. Her skin also looks really smooth and poreless, despite the lighting issues striking again. What I'd change: Is the hairstyle too '70s and "mom"-like? I don't know... I'm into the texture, but I'm not sure about the flicked-out layers.
Mandy is wearing: Blush in Blushed Coral
What I like: Sarah's cool-toned, electric pink lipstick. It's not an easy shade to wear, but it really works with her skin tone—and brings the white dress to life. I also like her deep side part and wavy short hair. Her dark, straight brows frame her face well. What I'd change: This high-contrast rooty blonde is so not my thing! I also think the black liner under her lashes drags her face down; it needs blending into the waterlines.
Tracee Ellis Ross
What I like: Tracee's coral lipstick and visible freckles. This makeup has a warm, beachy feel to go with the pastels in her dress. She has excellent brows, and I like the black liner along her upper lashes. What I'd change: The braided details in her updo are cool, but I'm not sure about the height at the top, and the sides look almost too tight.
What I like: Kate's brown smoky eyes. Yes, they're always her go-to, but she made them a little more dramatic this time, applying the colour in a rounded, elongated shape and taking it underneath the eyes. I also appreciate the natural lashes, lips and brows. What I'd change: Besides the fact that she looks freshly injected, the contour is making her face seem dirty/muddy. While her hair did need to be up with these puffed sleeves, the long tendrils around her face have a "prom" vibe.
What I like: Constance's coral-pink lipstick. I love bright, in-between shades like this. I also like the side-parted, undone hairstyle. What I'd change: The false lashes are just too much, and the colour in her lower waterlines kinda closes up her eyes. She has good, full brows, but I prefer seeing the individual hairs defined with a tinted brow mascara instead of this blurred, powdery effect.
What I like: Bella's tight, sleek, centre-parted ponytail. I'm also into the cat-like shape of her smoky shadow. What I'd change: False lashes are really the least of it. I'm confused by what is happening along her hairline (is the colour painted on?), and her brow pencil is too red and obvious. The most problematic development is her upper lip—it's even more inflated than in her Before & After. What the what?!
What I like: Jessica's Boho hair. I love that she wore it so casually for a red carpet event, rocking bangs and a fuzzy, semi-wavy texture. What I'd change: Unfortunately, the hair needed to be balanced by a little more effort with the makeup. She just looks... tired. Again, the lighting is probably making it worse, but a bright lipstick or liner and some blush would go a long way here. Like so many others, her skin appears slightly dry.
What I like: Nicole's red lipstick. It's not a colour she normally wears, but it injects a necessary dose of colour with her pale skin and black dress. The spikes of hair coming out of her updo add interest to an otherwise classic beauty look. What I'd change: There's so much filler in her cheeks, it's making her eyes look smaller! I think a side part would've been prettier than this centre one, and she doesn't need the cat eye liner flicks (they're sitting in an odd spot).
What I like: Ariel's skin is absolutely gorgeous. The pink lipstick and matching blush are super-pretty on her, and I actually like the graphic black eyeliner—at least what we can see of it. What I'd change: The bangs! With the rounded sides, they just don't work on her face shape at all. (Plus, they hide her good brows and the cool liner.) The top knot makes her like a Flintstone, not a sophisticated starlet!
What I like: Tatiana's top knot is cute—it worked out a lot better than Ariel's! She also has amazing skin and gets extra points for looking like she's having a great time. What I'd change: She's so pretty, but the makeup is really letting her down. Her lipstick has worn off, leaving only lip liner; her brows are too precise, with obvious pencil; and her eye makeup seems heavy. It just looks dated.
Who had your favourite beauty look on this red carpet?