Best of 2019: The 25 Most Memorable Skin, Hair and Makeup Looks on the Red Carpet This Year

A look back at the biggest beauty moments.
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A brand new awards season is about to begin—but before we get started, let's reflect back on the beauty looks that blew us away in 2019!

Every December, I go through all my red carpet reports from the previous 12 months to choose the skin, hair and makeup moments that defined the year. 

Compared to 2018, celebs were more experimental than ever, giving us runway-inspired eye makeup, unconventional hair colours and creative accessories.

Behold, the beauty moments of 2019 that we won't soon forget:

Lupita Nyong’o at the Golden Globes

Lupita Nyong'o, Golden Globe Awards, 2019

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o, Golden Globe Awards, 2019

Close-up of Lupita Nyong'o at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

Award season got off to an excellent start with Lupita Nyong'o's electric blue lashes and matching eyeliner at the Golden Globes. She paired it with a futuristic hairstyle and rosy lipstick...and the glow emanating from her skin is just insane!

Lupita is wearing: Sheet maskEye creamMoisturizerPrimerFoundation in 550 Suede CConcealer in 510 Suede CPowder in 500Highlighter in Bronze GlowBlush in Rum RaisinEyeshadow in Gris FumeeEyeshadow primer in SienneEyeliner in Côte D'Azur and Noir IntenseEyeliner in NoirMascara in BlueFalse lashes in Royal BlueBrow Pencil in BlackBrow mascara in TransparentLip balmLip liner in PortelleLipstick in Dram'atic

Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes

Lady Gaga, Golden Globe Awards, 2019

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

Lady Gaga, Golden Globe Awards, 2019

Close-up of Lady Gaga at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

Lady Gaga also wore blue at the Golden Globes, but in her hair instead of her makeup. The colourful streaks gave her Cinderella-esque updo and classic makeup an edgy spin (and from her, we'd expect nothing less!).

Lady Gaga is wearing: Eyeshadow in FrivoluxeEyeshadow in FlashlightEyeliner in BlacquerEyeliner in Out of the BlueMascaraLipstick in Moody MargotLip gloss in Sugar Sugar

Emmy Rossum at the Critics’ Choice Awards

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.

At the Critics' Choice Awards, Emmy Rossum showed us how a blackberry lip is done. The dramatic hue was set off by her flawless skin, sleek updo and perfect set of cat eyes (notice how the liner is on the outer third of both her top and bottom lash lines).

Emmy is wearing: Lipstick in Protector

Lucy Boynton at the SAG Awards

Lucy Boynton, SAG Awards, 2019

Lucy Boynton at the 2019 SAG Awards.

Lucy Boynton, SAG Awards, 2019

Close-up of Lucy Boynton at the 2019 SAG Awards.

Floating eyeliner is something you expect to see on the runways, not the red carpet. But Lucy Boynton pulled it off beautifully at the SAG Awards, pairing it with stained lips, a textured bob and a velvet ribbon.

Lucy is wearing: Eyeliner in NoirMascaraBrow gelLipstick in Love

Jennifer Lopez at the Grammys

Jennifer Lopez, Grammy Awards, 2019

Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Jennifer Lopez, Grammy Awards, 2019

Close-up of Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Jennifer Lopez was the talk of the Grammys in an extra-long ponytail and a big, wide-brimmed hat. Yes, it looks like something she could have borrowed from Celine Dion's closet, but the look certainly was memorable.

Irina Shayk at the Oscars

Irina Shayk, Academy Awards, 2019

Irina Shayk at the 2019 Academy Awards.

Irina Shayk, Academy Awards, 2019

Close-up of Irina Shayk at the 2019 Academy Awards.

The Oscars are never the most exciting night for beauty—celebs tend to play it too safe—but Irina Shayk's look is still ingrained in my memory. It was all about her smooth, straight bob, barely-there makeup and turtleneck.

Irina is wearing: FoundationBronzerEyeshadow in Prim-O!, Daddi-O! and O!YeahLash primerMascara in BlackLip gloss in Mocha Choco-Lata!

Emilia Clarke at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones Season 8 premiere, 2019

Emilia Clarke at the 2019 Season 8 premiere of 'Game of Thrones.'

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones Season 8 premiere, 2019

Close-up of Emilia Clarke at the 2019 Season 8 premiere of 'Game of Thrones.'

For the final season premiere of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke took a Goth-style look to the red carpet with dark vampy lips, pink eyeshadow and pale skin. Her hair was also braided at the back, as a nod to her character, Daenerys Targaryen.

Emilia is wearing: Skin balmFoundationConcealer in IvoryHighlighter in SculptingBlush in Naked LiesEyeshadow in Canons de BeauteEyeshadow in Mystère et Intensité (on eyes and lips) • MascaraBrow pencil in BrownBrow gelLip liner in Rouge Noir

BTS at the Billboard Music Awards

BTS, Billboard Music Awards, 2019

BTS at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Jimin, Billboard Music Awards, 2019

At the Billboard Music Awards, the best beauty look belonged not to one person but an entire group: BTS, of course! Who wasn't completely captivated by their flawless skin, rosy stained lips and (in the case of Jimin) pink hair? 

Lily Collins at the Met Gala

Lily Collins Met Gala 2019

Lily Collins at the 2019 Met Gala.

Lily Collins Met Gala 2019

Close-up of Lily Collins at the 2019 Met Gala.

Lily Collins paid tribute to the 1960s at the Met Gala, flaunting a sky-high beehive hairdo adorned with white flowers and an oversized headband. The aesthetic extended to the makeup, with matte lilac eyeshadow, theatrical lashes and pale lips.

Lily is wearing: MoisturizerFoundation in 140 Ivoire NPowder in TranslucentBlush in Shimmer Pink FlingContour in 360 Bisque NEyeshadow in Lavender GraceLiquid liner in Matte Noir (as eyeliner and to create beauty marks) • Mascara in BlackBrow gel in NoirLipstick in Nuit et JourEyeliner in French Lace (on lips, mixed with lipstick)

Ciara

Ciara Met Gala 2019

Ciara at the 2019 Met Gala.

Ciara Met Gala 2019

Close-up of Ciara at the 2019 Met Gala.

The biggest hair moment at the Met Gala was without a doubt Ciara's afro. It was so voluminous, it couldn't even fit in this photo! She wore it with forest green and gold smoky eyes (along with her signature chiseled cheekbones).

Ciara is wearing: Eyeshadow in Blitz EmeraldEyeliner in Xtreme Black

Gigi Hadid at the Met Gala

Gigi Hadid Met Gala 2019

Gigi Hadid at the 2019 Met Gala.

Gigi Hadid Met Gala 2019

Close-up of Gigi Hadid at the 2019 Met Gala.

Gigi Hadid delivered on the Met Gala's "camp" theme with a Liberace-inspired catsuit that covered up her signature long hair. But it was her avant garde white eyelashes that really took things to the next level.

Gigi is wearing: Foundation in Warm NudeBronzer in LightLipstick in Driver

Lupita Nyong’o at the Met Gala

Lupita Nyong'o Met Gala 2019

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2019 Met Gala.

Lupita Nyong'o Met Gala 2019

Close-up of Lupita Nyong'o at the 2019 Met Gala.

Who knew that literal combs in your hair, along with exaggerated Drag Queen eye makeup, could look this chic on the red carpet? Lupita Nyong'o's Met Gala ensemble was her most imaginative yet (and for her, that's saying something!).

Lupita is wearing: SerumMoisturizerPrimerFoundation in 550 Suede CConcealer in 510BlushEyeshadow primerPowder in Translucent (on eyes) • Eyeshadow in Onyx, Bronze and MonogoldEyeliner in Noir Intense and French LaceLiquid liner in NoirMascara in BlackFalse lashesBrow gel in NoirLip gloss in Not Afraid

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

Kim Kardashian Met Gala 2019

Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala.

Kim Kardashian Met Gala 2019

Close-up of Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala.

We've seen wet hair on the red carpet before, but not like Kim Kardashian did it at the Met Gala. Not only did her hair look dripping wet, but her dress was also covered in crystal water droplets, as if she emerged from the sea. (Somehow, her face remained matte, though!)

Kim is wearing: Face maskSerumConcealer in 7Powder in Bake 2Powder in Brighten 2Contour in Medium II and Dark IHighlighter in IridescentEyeshadow in Albania, Bronzy and ArmenianLip liner in Nude 1.5 and Nude 2Lipstick in Nude 2Lip gloss in Super Nude

Lady Gaga at the Met Gala

Lady Gaga Met Gala 2019

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala.

Lady Gaga Met Gala 2019

Close-up of Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala.

The final standout look from the Met Gala was of course Lady Gaga's. Like Gigi Hadid, she wore a set of long, spiky lashes, this time in gold. She also brought back her iconic hair bows (remember them, circa 2008?) in miniature size. 

Lady Gaga is wearing: MoisturizerConcealerPowderEyeliner in Pink of MeEyeliner in BlacquerLiquid liner in BlacquerMascara in NoirLipstick in Flaming-Oh!Lip gloss in Sweet Escape

Selena Gomez at the Cannes Film Festival

Selena Gomez Cannes Film Festival Gala Dinner 2019

Selena Gomez at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Gala Dinner.

Selena Gomez Cannes Film Festival Gala Dinner 2019

Close-up of Selena Gomez at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Gala Dinner.

For her first-ever appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, Selena Gomez served up old Hollywood glamour. Her bold cat eyes, red lipstick and ballerina updo are a modern take on the classics.

Selena is wearing: MoisturizerFoundation in Y270Concealer in Light 23Powder in Siren 52Bronzer in Tan-Tastic 104Blush in Flesh & Fantasy 506Eyeshadow in FlashlightLiquid liner in BlacquerMascara in NoirLipstick in Oh Miley 200

Shailene Woodley at the CFDA Awards

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.

Shailene Woodley lit up the CFDA Awards red carpet with these unexpected swipes of neon orange eyeshadow. I love that she pared back everything else, wearing just a slick of lip gloss and a sprinkling of faux freckles.

Katy Perry at the ‘Carnival Row’ Premiere

Katy Perry Carnival Row premiere 2019

Katy Perry at the 2019 premiere of 'Carnival Row.'

Katy Perry Carnival Row premiere 2019

Close-up of Katy Perry at the 2019 premiere of 'Carnival Row.'

After sporting the same short haircut for the last few years, there was a collective sigh of relief when Katy Perry stepped out in this chic platinum lob at the Carnival Row premiere. Matte rose lipstick and matching eyeshadow completed the look.  

Halsey at the VMAs

Halsey MTV Video Music Awards 2019

Halsey at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

Halsey MTV Video Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Halsey at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

If anyone can rock rainbow hair, it's Halsey, The singer showed up to the VMAs with not only a multi-coloured part, but also draped orange blush that was blended right up to her temples. 

Halsey is wearing: ConcealerHighlighter in Pearl CrushLipstick in Hustle (on cheeks) • Lip liner in In The NudeLip gloss in Melted Toffee

Jennifer Lopez at the ‘Hustlers’ Premiere

Jennifer Lopez Hustlers Toronto premiere 2019

Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Toronto premiere of 'Hustlers.'

Jennifer Lopez Hustlers Toronto premiere 2019

Close-up of Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Toronto premiere of 'Hustlers.'

Jennifer Lopez was like a ray of sunshine at the premiere of Hustlers. To go with her look-at-me yellow dress, she debuted a new sun-kissed blonde bob and orange-toned makeup.

Zendaya at the Emmys

Zendaya Emmy Awards 2019

Zendaya at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Zendaya Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Zendaya at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Zendaya is always switching up her hair, but one of her most surprising changes was the auburn shade she chose for the Emmys. (And it's not a wig!) She looked every bit the screen siren in glam waves and sophisticated neutral makeup.

Zendaya is wearing: MoisturizerPrimerFoundation in 425 Bisque WFoundation in 435 Bisque WConcealer in 370 W BisquePowder in TranslucentEyeshadow in Amber Velour, Scorching, Opulent Onyx and Galactic SapphireLiquid linerBrow pencil in AuburnBrow pencil in ChestnutBrow gel in TransparentLip gloss in Sweet Glow

Jessica Alba at the Baby2Baby Gala

Jessica Alba Baby2Baby Gala 2019

Jessica Alba at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala.

Jessica Alba Baby2Baby Gala 2019

Close-up of Jessica Alba at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala.

Padded headbands were the accessory of the year, and Jessica Alba's pearly version at the Baby2Baby Gala was one of the best. There's a lot going on (her hair was actually in a faux lob), so she wisely kept the makeup sheer and golden.

Jessica is wearing: MoisturizerMatte primerIlluminating primerFoundation in AmberBlush in Peony PinkEyeshadow in SupremeLiquid linerMascaraTinted lip balm in Lychee FruitLipstick in BFF

Katherine Langford at the AMAs

Katherine Langford American Music Awards 2019

Katherine Langford at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Katherine Langford American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Katherine Langford at the 2019 American Music Awards.

I still can't stop staring at Katherine Langford's AMAs beauty look. The velvety red eyeshadow and flushed cheeks were so seamlessly blended, and her skin is just luminous. Gold beads along her hairline were the finishing touch.

Selena Gomez at the AMAs

Selena Gomez American Music Awards 2019

Selena Gomez at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Selena Gomez American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Selena Gomez at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Love it or hate it, Selena's shoulder-length, curled-under lob was the talk of the AMAs. (I personally love it.) With the matte skin, matte brown eyeshadow and nude lips, it's all very '90s.

Halsey at the AMAs

Halsey American Music Awards 2019

Halsey at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Halsey American Music Awards 2019

Close-up of Halsey at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Also at the AMAs, Halsey gave us her most over-the-top look to date. This time, the rainbow action was in her eye makeup and even through her (bleached) brows. As if that weren't enough, her newly red hair was in a crimped updo. 

Taylor Swift at the ‘Cats’ Premiere

Taylor Swift Cats New York premiere 2019

Taylor Swift at the 2019 New York premiere of 'Cats.'

Taylor Swift Cats New York premiere 2019

Close-up of Taylor Swift at the 2019 New York premiere of 'Cats.'

Finally, we ended the year on a high note with one of the prettiest looks I've ever seen on Taylor Swift, at the premiere of Cats. The combination of red lipstick, winged liner and an updo with bangs is very "her" (in the best possible way!).

Which celeb had your favourite beauty look of 2019?

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