Our Favorite Red Carpet Beauty Looks from the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards
The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards may have been giving out kudos for the most-style-savvy celebs, but the red carpet was filled with as many head-turning beauty looks as gorgeous gowns. If you’re looking for makeup inspiration for your next girls’ night out or just another day at the office, check out our roundup of the award show’s best beauty wins.
Blue eye shadow is hard to pull off without looking childish or dated, but Lupita does the bold hue—and practically every other red carpet look—flawlessly. The trick to keeping the look modern and trendy is using a highly pigmented cream shadow and keeping the edge straight, rather than blending out with a chalky-looking powder eye shadow. Pair such a bold eye with natural-looking skin and a subtle, glossy lip.
Jennifer Hudson's CFDA beauty look is the definition of smoldering. The soft smoky eye and matte red lip are the stuff of classic beauty icons. To pull off Jennifer's sexy look, keep your makeup effortless rather than over-the-top. An ombre lip that subtly fades out to your natural lip color looks more flattering and is much less messy than an thick layer of siren red.
You may be getting tired of seeing Rihanna's nipples, but how could you ever get tired of that face? The secret to Rihanna's glowing skin is all in a moisturizing primer, a highlighter and a bronzer. Copy her sultry looking by swiping eye shadow a few shades darker than your skin tone above a classic smoky eye for added depth.
Blake's pink pout is classic good girl beauty—and that's not a bad thing. Pairing bubble gum–hued lips with thick black lashes is an easy go-to makeup look that's as appropriate in the office as it is on the red carpet. The trick to keeping this look wearable is going easy on the eyes: A touch of white eye shadow on the inner corners will make your eyes look bigger, and a few coats of black mascara are enough to balance out the bright lip.
Heidi's beachy makeup look is at home in any season, but it's especially suited for summer. This look is the perfect example for how to use white eyeliner: Line the inner rim of your bottom lash line to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Contouring with a bronzer and keeping the rest of the look neutral create the perfect, effortless summer style.
This barely-there beauty look is super-simple to re-create. Tinted moisturizer, a shimmery lip gloss, mascara and a hint of cream blush create the foundation for this natural look. The key part of Marion's look is in her eyebrows: Perfectly shaped, bold brows bring a level of sophistication to understated makeup. To pull this look off, pluck any stray hairs and use makeup to fill in any sparse patches in your eyebrows.
One of the key points to pulling off a successful makeup look is making an important choice: Will it be the lip or the eye? Some people can pull off doing both, but most of us venture into drag queen territory when we start getting color-happy. Olivia's look is a happy medium: Go all out with winged eyeliner and a dramatic smoky eye, and add subtle color with a peach lip and matching blush.
Ah, the elusive dark lip. It's so trendy right now, but it seems almost impossible to pull off—especially if you're fair-skinned. Coco proves the look is definitely doable without looking like an angsty teenager. Pair a deep, dramatic lip color with a simple cat-eye to keep your eyes in the spotlight and a light swash of pink blush to keep your face looking, you know, alive.
To achieve Emmy's dewy, youthful makeup look, start with a satin finish foundation that will reflect light and make your skin glow. Line eyes with charcoal-color pencil eyeliner, and use a smudging brush to blend out. A dark pink lip and cream blush finish the fresh look.
The secret to Solange's CFDA beauty look is all her lip. Go over your lip first with nude lip liner; then go over your lip with a matte fuchsia lipstick a few times, blotting between each coat, and then preserve staying power by placing one ply of tissue or toilet paper over your lip and dusting it with a translucent powder. Finish the style with bold brows, thick lashes and a confident smile. Jay-Z who?