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Critics’ Choice Awards 2021: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup Moments (as Seen on Instagram)

From Zendaya to Julia Garner.
Critics' Choice Awards 2021 beauty

Last week, we kicked off the 2021 award season with the Golden Globes. Now, another round of beauty looks are coming your way, courtesy of the annual Critics' Choice Awards. 

Usually, celebs descend on Los Angeles, but this year's ceremony took place both in-person and virtually. And thanks to Instagram, we get to see all the skin, hair and makeup close-ups (plus the products that were used to create them).

These were the best beauty moments of the night.


Zendaya Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Zendaya before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

Zendaya epitomizes effortless glam in this loose, curly top knot and matte, peachy makeup. But it's the expertly-drawn winged liner at the outer corners of her eyes that really makes it spectacular. It's sharp on one side, diffused on the other—that takes skill!

Zendaya is wearing: Face maskEye maskSerumEye creamFoundation in 425 Bisque WBlush in Rose SableHighlighter in Vibrant LilacContour in 420 Bisque NEyeshadow palette in Taupe Craze (shades 2 and 3) • Lipstick in 404 Hot and Cold (as eyeshadow) • Eyeliner Mascara in BlackBrow pencil in Chocolate and Light BrownBrow mascara in TransparentLip gloss in 06 Simmer 

Julia Garner

Julia Garner Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Julia Garner before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

As soon as I saw Julia, I knew her makeup was by Hung Vanngo—he really has a signature look, doesn't he? I can't get enough of the smoky navy eyeshadow, overdrawn glossy lips and perfectly straight brows. It's a lot, but somehow it doesn't feel heavy.

Julia is wearing: LotionMoisturizer • Eye cream • Foundation in BR22Concealer in 10Bronzer in Soleil Tan Bronze UniverselPowder in 20HighlighterBlush in MaliceEyeshadow primerEyeshadow in 312 Quiet RevolutionEyeliner in 924 Fervent BlueMascara in 10 NoirBrow pencil in 20 Blond CendréBrow gel in 350 Transparent • Lip balmLipstick in 116 Dream

Yara Shahidi 

Yara Shahidi Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Yara Shahidi before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

Yara might just have the most flawless, poreless, glowiest skin in Hollywood. Her hairstylist took inspiration from the embroidered dress and weaved some thick blue thread through her updo (see more of it here). The makeup carries on the theme, with 360-degree cat eyes in the same shade, framed by fluffy lashes. 

Yara is wearing: Foundation in 4 Warm and 4.5 NeutralConcealer in 4 Warm Olive and 5 NeutralContourBlush in 028 ActricePowder in 060 Light MochaEyeshadow in 279 DenimEyeliner in 296 Matte BlueMascaraBrow pencil in 004 BlackLip balmLipstick in 339 Sillage Satin 

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Anya Taylor-Joy before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

I wasn't sure about it at the Globes, but now I think Anya's platinum hair might be growing on me. Or maybe it's because she's making a more dramatic statement here, with a rich, matte plum lip, contoured cheeks and a strong middle part.

Anya is wearing: Foundation in 0 NeutralConcealer in 0 NeutralPowder in 4 NeutralBlush in 250 Bal • Eyeshadow in 649 Nude Dress • MascaraBrow pencil in 001 Universal BrownLip liner in 943 EuphoricLipstick in 975 Opera Matte

Andra Day

Andra Day Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Andra Day before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

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Andra's look was all about playing up her perfectly plump lips. While I'm not sure about the ring of lip liner, I love the lip colour itself, as well as the subtle draped blush and soft shadow accentuating her eyes. The wavy side pony is kind of '00s Beyoncé, but I'm okay with that!

Andra is wearing: Foundation in BD31 and BD41Concealer in 30 and 40Powder in 20Highlighter in Perlescent and RoséeBlush in Rouge ProfondEyeshadow in Tissé Vendôme and Codes Élégants • Mascara in Noir BlackBrow pencil in Brun NaturelBrow gel in TransparentLip liner in Nude Brun and PivoineLipstick in Chance • Lip gloss in Excitation

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Amanda Seyfried before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

Amanda chose a menswear-inspired outfit, so of course she went in the opposite direction with her makeup, rocking a bold and feminine neon-pink lip. (I miss bright lipstick!) Her intricate updo (see it from more angles here) is a nod to the 1920s.

Amanda is wearing: EssencePrimerFoundationHighlighter in Luminous GoldBlush in Cedar Rose • Eyeshadow in Smokey ChicEyeliner in Noir IntenseMascara in BlackBrow pencilLip liner in Rose Lancôme • Lipstick in 388 Rose Lancôme

Regina King

Regina King Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Regina King before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

Regina's waist-length rope ponytail is truly a sight to behold. Actually, it's TWO ponytails—and I think her hairstylist definitely succeeded in his goal to "to go for clean and chic in the front with a surprise 'party' in the back," as he told Vogue.

Regina is wearing: Face mistEssenceFace oilPrimerFoundation in Medium Deep 22 and Medium Deep 24Concealer in MD22Under-eye powder in MediumPowder in Medium 3Highlighter in Divine RoseEyeshadow in Sublime • Eyeliner in Xtreme BlackEyeliner in Blitz BlueMascaraFalse lashesLip liner in ManhattanTinted lip balm in Nude Venus

Vanessa Kirby

Vanessa Kirby Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Vanessa Kirby before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

Instead of matching her lipstick to her dress, Vanessa did a soft peachy-pink (which I love), pairing it with feline liner, chunky lashes and some seriously textured brows. It's such a graphic look that keeping her hair straight and neatly tucked behind her ears was the right choice.

Vanessa is wearing: MoisturizerFoundation in 10 BeigeBlush in Aura PinkContour in LightEyeliner in 512 Noir ProfondMascara in 10 Noir • Lip balm • Lip liner in Peachy NudeLipstick in Adrienne

Ashley Park

Ashley Park Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Ashley Park before the 2021 Critics' Choice Awards.

Ashley gave old Hollywood style a fresh twist by wearing her side-swept waves and smoky eye makeup with an unexpected mint green dress. Her glowing skin (including on her collarbones!) adds to the summery vibe.

Ashley is wearing: SerumMoisturizerFoundation in 4 Warm OliveConcealer in 3.5 NeutralPowder in 4 NeutralBlush in 028 ActriceContourHighlighter in GlitzEyeshadow in 689 MitzahEyeliner in 091 Matte BlackMascaraFalse lashes • Brow pencil in 001 Universal BrownLip balm • Lip liner in 593 Brown FigLipstick in 241 Pink Sakura

Emma Corrin

Emma Corrin Critics' Choice Awards 2021

Emma Corrin before the Critics' Choice Awards.

What do you wear with over-the-top Schiaparelli earrings? Why, a boyish hairstyle inspired by young Leonardo DiCaprio, and punky makeup that channels '90s Kate Moss. Emma's look is not for everyone, but I think she makes this work.

Emma is wearing: Face oilMoisturizerFoundation in IvoryConcealerPowder • Blush in Glow and PapayaEyeshadow in Silky Rose and Matte CocoaEyeliner in BlackEyeliner in Sparkling BlackMascara in BlackBrow gel in TransparentLipstick in Beige Bali

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