CFDA Awards 2019: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup on the Red Carpet

Shailene Woodley, Gigi Hadid and more.
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The annual CFDA Awards (that's short for Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards) are always one of my favourite events for spotting flawless skin and interesting hair and makeup.

The model and celebrity attendees are some of the most beautiful women in the world, of course—and they're not afraid to experiment with everything from neon eyeshadow to sculptural braids!

Here are the most exciting looks from this year's red carpet....

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Shailene Woodley at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Shailene Woodley CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Shailene Woodley at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

I can never resist a colourful eye, and Shailene's might be the most daring I've seen! Not only did she choose an unexpected neon orange, but she's wearing it in a bold, graphic shape (instead of just a flash of eyeliner). The soft lashes, sheer lip balm, faux freckles and sleek pony bring it all together.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Gigi Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Gigi Hadid CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Gigi Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Leave it to Gigi to wear the subtlest, tone-on-tone makeup and still look completely stunning. There's a matte purplish-taupe all the way around her eyes, along with matte skin, fluttery lashes and an understated nude lip. I'm not crazy about her hair texture (or is there too much product in it?), but I love the light brown hue.

Gigi is wearing: Foundation in 230 Natural BuffConcealer in Light HoneyBronzer in Light 100Blush in Nude • Eyeshadow in The Nudes • Mascara • Brow pencil in Blonde • Lipstick in Daringly Nude

Laura Harrier

Laura Harrier CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Laura Harrier at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Laura Harrier CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Laura Harrier at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Red is definitely Laura's colour, so I'm glad she did a rich, deep red lipstick to match her dress. I'm obsessed with her dewy skin; I also love her straight, full brows and the thin line along her lower waterlines for definition. The wavy, undone ponytail helps create a romantic vibe.

Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Emily Ratajkowski at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Emily Ratajkowski CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Emily Ratajkowski at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Emily went for a brighter, more orangey red lipstick than her outfit, pairing it with bold blush and a sprinkling of faux freckles. Her skin looks fresh, and although her eyes are defined with brown shadow, they still seem soft. The loose waves are a little messy, but okay.

Emily is wearing: Lipstick in Girl On Fire

Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Lily Aldridge at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Lily Aldridge CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Lily Aldridge at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

And one more red lip look for you! Lily chose a glossy shade and slightly overlined the shape to really make it pop. She's wearing quite a bit of brown eyeshadow, but it's more to sculpt her lids (you almost don't notice the colour from afar). The off-the-face ponytail shows off her incredible bone structure. 

Grace Elizabeth

Grace Elizabeth CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Grace Elizabeth at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Grace Elizabeth CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Grace Elizabeth at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Shailene wasn't the only one to play with neon here. Grace did it, too, with these amazing electric pink cat eyes. I absolutely love this with her tight ponytail and glowing skin (will you look at those cheekbones?!). The only thing I'd change is the stiff, heavy false lashes.

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Yara Shahidi at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Yara Shahidi CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Yara Shahidi at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Yara never shies away from a bold beauty statement, and this time, it was with her hair. Apparently it was braided around a wire and then molded into this sculptural shape! The makeup, of course, had to be more understated with a just soft pink eyeshadow and nude lips.

Elsa Hosk

Elsa Hosk CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Elsa Hosk at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Elsa Hosk CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Elsa Hosk at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Elsa was all pale tones—from her dress to her skin to her hair—except for a bright pop of hot pink lipstick. She's not even wearing much eye makeup, just black mascara and a little bit of taupe shadow. (When you look like her, you don't need anything else!)

Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Lili Reinhart at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Lili Reinhart CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Lili Reinhart at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Lili kept things simple and chic with her hair in a side part, tucked behind both ears, and pretty makeup. She makes a great case for pink shadow all the way around the eyes, instead of the traditional browns. I think her hair could be a little smoother, though.

Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Barbara Palvin at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Barbara Palvin CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Barbara Palvin at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Barbara looks so good in these choppy bangs, although I'm almost certain they're not real. I also can't tell if that's eyeliner or false lashes, but either way, I love the feline eye shape (along with the icy grey-blue shadow). This is very '60s-inspired, but modern! 

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Ashley Graham at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Ashley Graham CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Ashley Graham at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Ashley looks like a glamorous widow, or an extra from Dynasty, in a theatrical hat and dramatic puffed sleeves. With this outfit, cat eyes were a must; I also like the shimmery rose eyeshadow and blush with a matching matte lipstick. Not gonna lie, this is a welcome change from her usual sexy style!

Ciara

Ciara CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Ciara at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Ciara CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Ciara at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Ciara rocked a cool set of dreadlocks, not only piled high on her head but also extending down past her waist. But I couldn't put my finger on what seemed "off" about this makeup, until I realized she's wearing coloured contacts. This would be a lot softer without them, and without the harsh liner in her waterlines.

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Bella Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Bella Hadid CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Bella keeps doing these slicked-back curly hairstyles lately (see: Cannes), and I'm not feeling them. (Do they seem sort of dated, or is it just me?) Her eyes, on the other hand, are mesmerizing with this shimmering copper shadow. The same shade is on her cheeks and lips, and thankfully her face is not looking so plastic this time!

Bella is wearing: Lip gloss in Ladyish Beige

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Jennifer Lopez CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

I need to know how Jennifer still looks so good, and young (she's 49!). Here she is in her signature high ponytail, heavy lashes, orange contouring and goopy gloss with a ring around the lips. It should not work, but in a way, it kind of does!

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Diane Kruger at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Diane Kruger CFDA Fashion Awards 2019

Close-up of Diane Kruger at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Diane didn't stray far from her usual red carpet formula of brown-toned smoky eyes and understated lips. But this time, the eyeshadow is heavier, with some purple shimmer at the inner corners, and her lashes are super chunky (I'm not a fan). I feel like greys and taupes are much better on her, and she needs more colour on her face, like a coral lip!

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

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