Best of 2018: The 29 Most Memorable Skin, Hair and Makeup Looks on the Red Carpet

The year's biggest beauty moments.
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Best celebrity beauty looks of 2018

Before we dive into a brand new year of "skinspiration," let's take a look back at the best beauty highlights of 2018!

I do this annually, and I always find it enlightening and educational to go through all the red carpet close-ups of the previous 12 months. Although it's often not apparent in the moment, you can really see the subtle shifts in our collective beauty aesthetic. Things like more natural brows and lashes, wildly creative eye makeup, and more individuality than ever before.

I think 2018 was a great year for beauty! So take a walk down memory lane and scroll through the most memorable looks below:

Kate Bosworth at the Critics' Choice Awards

Kate Bosworth, Critics' Choice Awards, 2018

Kate Bosworth at the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards.

Kate Bosworth, Critics' Choice Awards, 2018

Close-up of Kate Bosworth at the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards.

Kate Bosworth kicked off the year with a new colour palette at the Critics' Choice Awards. Her lipstick is a warmer red, a brick tone, and it's echoed in her eyeshadow, applied all the way around her eyes. The idea of matching your eyeshadow to your lipstick (and sometimes your dress) was super popular in 2018, as were warmer hues.

Kate is wearing: SerumMoisturizerFoundation in Bisque MediumConcealer in RendezvousConcealer in AlivePowder in Ivory BisqueSetting sprayIlluminator in SpotlightBronzer in TantricBlush in Lines & Last NightEyeshadow in ScandalustEyeliner in SunsetMascara in NoirBrow pencil in TaupeBrow mascara in InvisibleLip balmLip liner in Oh CocoaLipstick in Rei of Light

Emilia Clarke at the Golden Globes

Emilia Clarke, Golden Globe Awards, 2018

Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

Emilia Clarke, Golden Globe Awards, 2018

Close-up of Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

Emilia Clarke's newly platinum lob and bright pink lipstick were like a ray of sunshine at the Golden Globes, which had an all-black dress code to protest sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. Does any actress have a more genuine, happy smile? I think not!

Emily Ratajkowski at the Golden Globes After-Parties

Emily Ratajkowski, InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party, 2018

Emily Ratajkowski at the 2018 InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party.

Emily Ratajkowski, InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party, 2018

Close-up of Emily Ratajkowski at the 2018 InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party.

We can always count on Emily Ratajkowski for a dramatic eye makeup look, and she did NOT disappoint with this red shadow at the Globes after-parties. Fresh skin (thanks to these products), natural lashes and nude lips completed the look. 

Emily is wearing: Eyeliner in Fine(wine) 47Eyeshadow in They Call Her, Scandalous and That's Why 

Keira Knightley at Sundance

Keira Knightley, Colette Sundance premiere, 2018

Keira Knightley at the 2018 Sundance premiere of 'Colette.'

Keira Knightley, Colette Sundance premiere, 2018

Close-up of Keira Knightley at the 2018 Sundance premiere of 'Colette.'

Keira Knightley channelled her masculine side at Sundance, rocking a tux with a sleek updo and bold red lipstick. Naturally full brows and defined lower (not upper) lashes added to the boyish effect.

Madeline Brewer at the SAG Awards

Madeline Brewer, SAG Awards, 2018

Madeline Brewer at the 2018 SAG Awards.

Madeline Brewer, SAG Awards, 2018

Close-up of Madeline Brewer at the 2018 SAG Awards.

The pink and red trend of 2018 played out on Madeline Brewer at the SAG Awards. Her lips (and hair!) were vibrant shades of orangey-red, while her incredible cheekbones helped to show off the pink blush.

Madeline is wearing: MoisturizerEye creamFoundation (all over) • Foundation (on high planes of face) • Brow powder (as contour) • Blush in So CloseMascara in BlackFalse lashesBrow gel in BrunLip balmLip liner in MentonLipstick in 300 FleshBody illuminatorHighlighter (on body)

Alicia Keys at the Grammys

Alicia Keys, Grammy Awards, 2018

Alicia Keys at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Alicia Keys, Grammy Awards, 2018

Close-up of Alicia Keys at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

At the Grammys, Alicia Keys gave us her best "no-makeup" look yet. (In 2016, she vowed to stop covering up and go makeup-free.) I'm still obsessing over her gorgeous complexion, cool bubble braids and oversized earrings. Here's her skincare routine, in case you're wondering!

Lana Del Rey at the Grammys

Lana Del Rey, Grammy Awards, 2018

Lana Del Rey at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Lana Del Rey, Grammy Awards, 2018

Close-up of Lana Del Rey at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Also at the Grammys, Lana Del Rey topped off her new smooth lob with a glittering constellation crown, affixed to the back of her head like a halo. Talk about foreshadowing... we soon saw loads of similar headpieces at the Met Gala!

Lana is wearing: FoundationConcealerEyeshadow in GingerEyeliner in BlacktrackMascaraLip liner in Stone and Edge to Edge

Lupita Nyong'o at the BAFTAs

Lupita Nyong'o, British Academy Film Awards, 2018

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2018 BAFTAs.

Lupita Nyong'o, British Academy Film Awards, 2018

Close-up of Lupita Nyong'o at the 2018 BAFTAs.

I think we can all agree that nobody wears bold colour quite like Lupita Nyong'o. At the BAFTAs, she paired two-toned cat eyes (blue inner corners, black flicks) with a creamy, bright red lipstick. 

Lupita is wearing: Eyeliner in Noir IntenseEyeshadow in Bleu ChromeLip crayon in Oui, Monsieur

Margot Robbie at the 'I, Tonya' Premiere

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya London premiere, 2018

Margot Robbie at the 2018 London premiere of 'I, Tonya.'

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya London premiere, 2018

Close-up of Margot Robbie at the 2018 London premiere of 'I, Tonya.'

Margot Robbie had so many amazing looks on her I, Tonya press tour, but this one has to be the coolest—bright white eyeliner with a straight lob and extra-deep side part. BTW, I've got Margot's skin routine here.

Margot is wearing: Tinted Moisturizer in HamptonsContour, blush, highlighter and eyeshadowEyeliner in YeyoEyeliner in CuffMascara in Black

Hailey Baldwin at the Brit Awards

Hailey Baldwin, Brit Awards, 2018

Hailey Baldwin at the 2018 Brit Awards.

Hailey Baldwin, Brit Awards, 2018

Close-up of Hailey Baldwin at the 2018 Brit Awards.

Unconventional lip colours went mainstream in 2018, and nobody pulled them off better than Hailey Baldwin at the Brit Awards. Her blue-black lipstick looks edgy yet sexy with tousled hair, dark brows and flawless skin (see her routine here).

Hailey is wearing: Foundation in 6 and 8Concealer in 4.0Bronzer in HoolaBronzer in Hoola LightBlush in Natural Flush and Pretty in PeachLip maskLipstick in Clapback

Emma Stone at the Oscars

Emma Stone, Academy Awards, 2018

Emma Stone at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Emma Stone, Academy Awards, 2018

Close-up of Emma Stone at the 2018 Academy Awards.

It's been called "power blush" and also "blushadow"—it's the '80s-inspired trend of sweeping blush from cheeks to temples. Emma Stone did it at the Oscars, along with shimmery purple and pink shadows. Apparently you get to have more fun with your look when you're not up for an Academy Award!

Emma is wearing: Face maskSheet maskEye creamMoisturizer (mixed with foundation) • FoundationBlush in KingpinBlush in BuzzedEyeshadow palette in WantedLip balmLip crayon in Let's Go CrazyLip gloss in Super OrgasmHair oilVolumizing spray

Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars

Jennifer Lawrence, Academy Awards, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, Academy Awards, 2018

Close-up of Jennifer Lawrence at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Another memorable Oscars look was from Jennifer Lawrence, who departed from her usual "girl next door" vibe to wear these big waves and smoky eyes. Rather than the nude lip of years past, we started to see more colour in 2018, like this orange.

Lily Collins at the Met Gala

Lily Collins, Met Gala, 2018

Lily Collins at the 2018 Met Gala.

Lily Collins, Met Gala, 2018

Close-up of Lily Collins at the 2018 Met Gala.

As always, the most theatrical beauty looks can be seen at the Met Gala. For 2018's "fashion and religion" theme, Lily Collins donned a halo crown, appliqué tears, pearly highlighter and a glossy lip stain. 

Lily is wearing: SerumFoundation in 110 Ivoire CConcealer in IvoirePowder in Ecru LightHighlighter in Shimmering Buff (on face and body) • Highlighter in Champagne Glow (on body) • Contour in IvoireEyeshadow in Smokey BrownMascara in Excessive BlackEyeshadow in VolcanoBrow gel in TransparentLip gloss in Purple Onyx

Olivia Munn at the Met Gala

Olivia Munn, Met Gala, 2018

Olivia Munn at the 2018 Met Gala.

Olivia Munn, Met Gala, 2018

Close-up of Olivia Munn at the 2018 Met Gala.

Olivia Munn resembled a warrior princess at the Met Gala in a chain-mail headpiece, red lipstick and gold glitter appliqués at the inner corners of her eyes. She has really become more confident and creative with her beauty looks!

Olivia is wearing: Lipstick in Voodoo SpiceLipstick in Stay the Night

Hailey Baldwin at the Met Gala

Hailey Baldwin, Met Gala, 2018

Hailey Baldwin at the 2018 Met Gala.

Hailey Baldwin, Met Gala, 2018

Close-up of Hailey Baldwin at the 2018 Met Gala.

Hailey Baldwin resurrected a couple of older beauty trends for her Met Gala ensemble: pink hair and a flower crown. Okay, maybe we're not ready to say goodbye to those yet! 

Hailey is wearing: FoundationEyeshadow in CocoaEyeshadow in AmethystHighlighter in IndiscretionPowderLipstick in VibeLipstick in RuthlessBody lotion

Zoë Kravitz at the Met Gala

Zoe Kravitz, Met Gala, 2018

Zoë Kravitz at the 2018 Met Gala.

Zoe Kravitz, Met Gala, 2018

Close-up of Zoë Kravitz at the 2018 Met Gala.

Zoë Kravitz went in very refined direction at the Met Gala with this oversized bow, low braided bun and monochromatic makeup. This is one you need to gaze at up close to really appreciate!

Zoë is wearing: HighlighterBlush and lip colour in 6 From Prude to Nude (on eyes, cheeks and lips) • Brow mascara

Kate Bosworth at the Met Gala

Kate Bosworth, Met Gala, 2018

Kate Bosworth at the 2018 Met Gala.

Kate Bosworth, Met Gala, 2018

Close-up of Kate Bosworth at the 2018 Met Gala.

And who could forget Kate Bosworth's pearl-trimmed Met Gala veil and angelic makeup? It was all about the baby-pink blush and lipstick, soft lashes and exaggerated brows. 

Kate is wearing: Face maskEye maskMoisturizerFace oilFoundation in Alabaster and IvoryPowderBlush in HappyBlush in Coral (Laughter)HighlighterEyeshadow in Coriander (over lids) • Eyeshadow in Elephant (in creases) • Eyeshadow in Lion (at inner corners) • MascaraFalse lashesBrow pencil in Ash BlondeLip liner in NaturalLipstick in MarisaLipstick in SuzyHighlighter (on Cupid's bow)

Solange Knowles at the Met Gala

Solange Knowles, Met Gala, 2018

Solange Knowles at the 2018 Met Gala.

Solange Knowles, Met Gala, 2018

Close-up of Solange Knowles at the 2018 Met Gala.

Solange Knowles accomplished the seemingly impossible—she made bottom false lashes actually look GOOD at the Met Gala! Hers are deliberately chunky and Twiggy-esque, worn with smoky-shimmery eyes and the coolest headscarf-halo crown combo.

Solange is wearing: Foundation in Pecan (centre of face) and Chestnut (outer face and cheekbones) • Powder in AlmondEyeliner in Soft BlackLip balm (mixed with eyeliner) • Mascara in Classic BlackBrow pencil in Brunette (on brows and as lip liner) • Lipstick in Niagara Nude and Sandy Seas (on lips and as highlighter)

Priyanka Chopra at the Met Gala

Priyanka Chopra, Met Gala, 2018

Priyanka Chopra at the 2018 Met Gala.

Priyanka Chopra, Met Gala, 2018

Close-up of Priyanka Chopra at the 2018 Met Gala.

And one more Met Gala look, from Priyanka Chopra in an intricate gold beaded headpiece. It's even more striking with a velvety raspberry lip, to match her gown.

Priyanka is wearing: Eyeshadow in Candeur et ExpérienceEyeshadow in MirageLip stain in Dark PurpleLipstick in La Fascinante

Kristen Stewart at Cannes

Kristen Stewart, BlacKkKlansman Cannes premiere, 2018

Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Kristen Stewart, BlacKkKlansman Cannes premiere, 2018

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Kristen Stewart is already known for wearing burgundy eyeshadow to great effect, so at Cannes, she gave it a new twist with this über-glossy finish. Note how the colour is all the way around the eyes, which really became a popular technique in 2018.

Bella Hadid at Cannes

Bella Hadid, BlacKkKlansman Cannes premiere, 2018

Bella Hadid at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Bella Hadid, BlacKkKlansman Cannes premiere, 2018

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Also at Cannes, Bella Hadid showcased the glowiest skin that ever glowed. I mean, look at it! There's a fine line between dewy and greasy, but she's shining in all the right places.

Jasmine Sanders at the CFDA Awards

Jasmine Sanders, CFDA Fashion Awards, 2018

Jasmine Sanders at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Jasmine Sanders, CFDA Fashion Awards, 2018

Close-up of Jasmine Sanders at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.

The brightest, boldest eye look of the entire year was sported by Jasmine Sanders at the CFDA Awards. She let her electric blue eyeshadow do all the talking by wearing it with a sleek updo, understated nude lips and perfected skin.

Jasmine is wearing: PrimerFoundation in Tan Y440Concealer in 4 Late ShowHighlighter in 50 Dew You?Powder in InvisibleBronzer in 104 Tan-Tastic!Blush in 506 Flesh & FantasyEyeliner in Out of the Blue 53Eyeshadow in SmartorialMascara in NoirBrow pencil in Ashbrown 4Brow gel in 30 InvisibleLipstick in Role Play 110Highlighter in Spotlight (on body)

Martha Hunt at the CFDA Awards

Martha Hunt, CFDA Fashion Awards, 2018

Martha Hunt at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Martha Hunt, CFDA Fashion Awards, 2018

Close-up of Martha Hunt at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.

So 2018 was a big year for bejewelled appliqués. Another standout look at the CFDA Awards was Martha Hunt's "eyeliner" fashioned out of Swarovski crystals.

Lily Collins at the Miu Miu Show

Lily Collins, Miu Miu Cruise Collection show, 2018

Lily Collins at the 2018 Miu Miu Cruise Collection show.

Lily Collins, Miu Miu Cruise Collection show, 2018

Close-up of Lily Collins at the 2018 Miu Miu Cruise Collection show.

For the Miu Miu show, Lily Collins committed to the 1970s in a big way. Mint green made a rare appearance as an eyeshadow colour, and she wore her hair pinned to one side in smooth, brushed-out waves.

Katherine Langford at the TCAs

Katherine Langford, Teen Choice Awards, 2018

Katherine Langford at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.

Katherine Langford, Teen Choice Awards, 2018

Close-up of Katherine Langford at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.

Katherine Langford was all starry-eyed at Teen Choice Awards, jazzing up her purple and silver smoky eyes with miniature appliqués. She also had one of the most beautiful complexions we saw all year.

Lucy Hale at the TCAs

Lucy Hale, Teen Choice Awards, 2018

Lucy Hale at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.

Lucy Hale, Teen Choice Awards, 2018

Close-up of Lucy Hale at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.

Smoky eyes were practically any colour BUT neutral in 2018—such as this green on Lucy Hale at the Teen Choice Awards. There's that 360-degree application again, and note the super full brows. Loads of celebs grew out their brows in 2018!

Tracee Ellis Ross at the Emmys

Tracee Ellis Ross, Emmy Awards, 2018

Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2018 Emmy Awards.

Tracee Ellis Ross, Emmy Awards, 2018

Close-up of Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2018 Emmy Awards.

Tracee Ellis Ross had some of the most interesting, risk-taking beauty looks of the year—every single one was so fresh and fun! My favourite is the colour-blocked orange eyeshadow and fuchsia lipstick she wore to the Emmys, always with bare skin and natural lashes.

Emma Stone at 'The Favourite' Premiere

Emma Stone, The Favourite premiere, 2018

Emma Stone at the 2018 premiere of 'The Favourite.'

Emma Stone, The Favourite premiere, 2018

Close-up of Emma Stone at the 2018 premiere of 'The Favourite.'

Emma Stone made Old Hollywood glam exciting again, at the premiere of The Favourite. Instead of the usual red lips and black liner, she did a vampy oxblood gloss and a generous dusting of silver eyeshadow. 

Amber Heard at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards

Amber Heard, Glamour Women of the Year Awards, 2018

Amber Heard at Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Awards.

Amber Heard, Glamour Women of the Year Awards, 2018

Close-up of Amber Heard at Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Awards.

Amber Heard's Life Makeup Look is red lipstick, I'm convinced of it. She wore it on many red carpets in 2018, most notably at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards. This is all quite classic—long lashes, healthy skin, a loose updo—but she makes it fresh.

Amber is wearing: Lipstick in Divine Wine

Which celebs had your favourite looks of 2018?

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