Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup Looks on the Red Carpet

From Yara Shahidi to Lucy Hale.
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Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Elle magazine's annual Women in Hollywood Awards celebrates all things female in the entertainment industry. Also cause for celebration: the seriously inspiring beauty looks that stars such as Yara Shahidi, Lucy Hale and Lupita Nyong'o dished up.

Here are the best looks from the night:

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Yara Shahidi at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Yara Shahidi Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Yara Shahidi at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Yara looks fun and fresh in baby blue eyeliner, shimmery pink eyeshadow and braids. There's also black winged liner on her upper lash lines to add definition, along with fresh skin, natural brows and sheer lip gloss. And her skin is so incredibly flawless.

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Lucy Hale at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Lucy Hale Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Lucy Hale at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Lucy always looks amazing in bold, brushed-up brows and raspberry lipstick (even if we've seen this look before). The sleek, centre-parted low bun is also fantastic on her, and allows the makeup to stand out.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Could Lupita's skin be any more radiant?! She dressed up her look with dramatic double winged liner—one flick goes up on the diagonal, and the other extends horizontally. It's complemented by shimmery lids and lips, plus a pop of bright gold at the inner corners of her eyes. I love the scrunchie in her updo to match her dress.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Kristen Stewart at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Kristen Stewart Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Kristen Stewart at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Now THIS is a smoky eye! Kristen did a dramatic 360-degree application of burgundy eyeshadow, with darkened waterlines. Having her hair slicked off the face helps to balance the major eye statement. I just feel like the blush isn't quite diffused enough.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Alessandra Ambrosio Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Alessandra's dark, vampy, glossy lips are a runway-inspired look that she translated perfectly for real life. (Even if she has a little lipstick on her teeth... it happens!) This works because of her fresh skin, subtle rosy flush, natural brows and centre-parted, low bun. I even like her false lashes, because they have such a fluffy texture. 

January Jones

January Jones Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

January Jones at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

January Jones Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

January Jones at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

We're so used to seeing side-swept styles with vintage waves, but I think all this texture January has going on is really fun. I'm glad she kept her makeup on the softer side—a bright lip would've been too much with the hair and red dress. But I might not have put so much shadow under the eyes.

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Kelly Rowland at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Kelly Rowland Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Kelly Rowland at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Kelly's super-straight, blunt bob is a really good hairstyle for her longer face shape. I love her glossy purple eyeshadow as well, which matches her dress, and the creamy rosy lipstick. Her skin also has a lovely radiance to it, especially on the forehead.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Vanessa Hudgens at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Vanessa Hudgens Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Vanessa Hudgens at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

I love berry lipstick tones on Vanessa, and she is one of the few who can handle both a dark lip and black liner. Her brows look good, with excellent fans, and the silver shadow up to her crease adds sparkle. The loose, top knot hairstyle keeps this from looking too "done."

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Shay Mitchell at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Shay Mitchell Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Shay Mitchell at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

With wet hair and a plunging velvet dress and choker, Shay is all about effortless glamour. I like the glossy, peachy lips and dewy skin finish as well. But I definitely prefer more natural brows and lashes.

Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Ashley Benson at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Ashley Benson Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Ashley Benson at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Ashley's skin looks super healthy, and her makeup is simple and pretty. The lashes are tasteful, and notice how her upper waterlines are filled in with black liner, to make the roots look thicker. I like the soft pinky lipstick as well. The only problem is that her face is lighter than her body. Some matte bronzer would've helped bridge the contrast.

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Brittany Snow at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Brittany Snow Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Brittany Snow at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Brittany's chunky lashes are her go-to look, and with her hair in a neat side sweep (and a bow blouse), she looks very doll-like. I also like the peach lipstick and blush. Unfortunately, her brow pencil is too red, as is the brown liner in her waterlines. I also find the bottom edge of her lipstick too precise.

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Nikki Reed at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Nikki Reed Elle Women in Hollywood Awards 2016

Nikki Reed at the 2016 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

Nikki accentuated her flowing, side-swept hair with an ornate gold barrette. Thick brows frame her face, while brown shadow adds depth to her eyes. I like the understated rosy tones on her lips and cheeks, and her skin is gorgeously gleaming. 

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

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