Critics' Choice Awards 2019: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup on the Red Carpet

Emmy Rossum, Laura Harrier and more.
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Critics' Choice 2019 red carpet beauty

Blackberry lipstick, long waves and pink eyeshadow—these were some of the stand-out beauty looks at this year's Critics' Choice Awards!

Take a look at the best skin, hair and makeup of the night:

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Emmy Rossum at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Emmy Rossum, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Emmy Rossum at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Wow! After her princess look at the Globes, Emmy went in the opposite direction here—with a dramatic, Film Noir-inspired Bordeaux lip to match her velvet dress. It's so simple yet so unexpected and chic. I love the baby cat eyes, too!

Emmy is wearing: Lipstick in Protector

Laura Harrier

Laura Harrier, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Laura Harrier at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Laura Harrier, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Laura Harrier at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Laura showed off her glorious mane of hair, styled in long, touchable waves. The makeup is equally stunning. She really suits this caramel lipstick shade, and I like that the eye makeup isn't heavy.

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Mandy Moore at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Mandy Moore, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Mandy Moore at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Mandy always has fun with her makeup, and this look was no exception. Her white dress was the perfect canvas for matchy-matchy pink eyeshadow and lipstick. The dangling earrings and off-the-face hairstyle bring it all together.

Mandy is wearing: Eyeshadow in TFX3 • Lipstick in Liv It UpLipstick in Bosworths Beauty

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Olivia Munn at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Olivia Munn, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Olivia Munn at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Olivia went with one of her go-to makeup looks—bold red lips and fluffy lashes. But she mixed things up with a messy half-up hairstyle, which adds edge to the polka-dot dress.

Olivia is wearing: Eyeshadow in Kotto Street Vintage • Lipstick in Night Life • Lipstick in Exotic Red

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Lady Gaga, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Lady Gaga at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Oh dear, we're only two awards shows into 2019 and I'm already tiring of Lady Gaga's bleached hair and retro styling. The brows and lashes are also too much, but she does have beautiful skin. And this is a pretty shade of lipstick.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Elizabeth Olsen at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Elizabeth Olsen, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Elizabeth Olsen at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

I'm not sure how I feel about Elizabeth's new bangs—you? (Here's what her hair looked like before.) But they are doing amazing things for her cheekbones! I always appreciate her low-key red carpet style, this time featuring creamy red lips and natural lashes.

Lucy Boynton

Lucy Boynton, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Lucy Boynton at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Lucy Boynton, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Lucy Boynton at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

As a general rule, I don't like bottom false lashes, but Lucy's are the exception! They're so soft and realistic-looking, and add a doll-like effect to this understated makeup. I also love the texture of her brows, and the little braid in the updo.

Lucy is wearing: Eyeshadow in Contour Clair • Lipstick in Lost

Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Amandla Stenberg at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Amandla Stenberg, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Amandla Stenberg at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Bold gold eyeshadow and black winged liner might be my new favourite eye makeup combination. With a clean, sleek updo, Amandla looks young and fun (she is only 20, after all).

Amandla is wearing: Eyeshadow in Enraptured • Eyeliner in Xtreme Black • Lipstick in Guinevere

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Emily Blunt at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Emily Blunt, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Emily Blunt at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

While I like the pink eyeshadow and full, dark brows, Emily looks a bit washed out with the peach lipstick and flat blonde hair. Overall, this styling just seems too "safe" for an actress of her caliber.  

Awkwafina

Awkwafina, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Awkwafina at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Awkwafina, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Awkwafina at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

I love that Awkwafina wore her hair long and loose to contrast with this very dressy dress. The eyeshadow is the same copper shade, and while it looks super delicate here, it's actually quite bold in other photos. So I think it made perfect sense not to do a lip!

Kiki Layne

Kiki Layne, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Kiki Layne at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Kiki Layne, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Kiki Layne at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

I love Kiki's glow (it seems like it's concentrated in the centre of her face), and I love her half-up hair adorned with glittery stars. However, I think this would look fresher with more natural lashes and less shadow and eyeliner.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Amy Adams at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Amy Adams, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Amy Adams at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

The earrings are the best part of this look, wouldn't you agree? I think I would've given Amy a side part instead of down the centre, which is a little severe. That being said, I think the main problem here is the dress, which kind of ages her.

Constance Wu

Constance Wu, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Constance Wu at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Constance Wu, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Constance Wu at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Constance's bangs and long hair are perfect! (They're such an improvement over the "prom" style from the Globes.) But I think she could refine the makeup, which is a tad heavy. And that dab of gold seems out of place.

Constance is wearing: Lipstick in Flesh 5

America Ferrera

America Ferrera, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

America Ferrera at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

America Ferrera, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of America Ferrera at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Whoa, did America always have these amazing curls? Her hair and skin just look amazingly healthy—so much so that she only needs a slick of lip gloss, a little blush and mascara. She's glowing!

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Chrissy Teigen at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Chrissy Teigen, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Chrissy Teigen at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

This is a lot! Chrissy went overboard on the spray tan and lip injections, I think. (See her "before" over here.) I think the makeup looks a lot better from afar Up close, you can see the drawn-on eyebrows, false lashes and heavy contouring.

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Sandra Oh at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Sandra Oh, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Sandra Oh at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

I much prefer this look on Sandra compared to what she wore to the Golden Globes! (That hairstyle aged her, in my opinion.) Yes, she could use a bang trim here, but the waves are playful, and the makeup has a light touch. I think she looks 10 years younger than last week!

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Charlize Theron at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Charlize Theron, Critics' Choice Awards, 2019

Close-up of Charlize Theron at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards.

Finally, something a little more interesting from Charlize! She's so statuesque, she can carry off this swooping, asymmetrical hairstyle. I'm just not sure about the copper eyeshadow and lipstick; I feel like cooler tones suit her colouring better. And the brows are very intense.

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

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