When it comes to beauty looks, like a good sorbet refreshing your palate during a multiple-course dinner, the Grammy Awards is a welcome breath of fresh air in the red carpet season calendar. The ladies and gents of the music industry seem to be a little bit more eccentric, experimental and edgy than their film industry counterparts, they add a dash or two more colour to their makeup, wear more quirky accessories or wear extravagant designer dresses.
One of the night’s winner look for me was Lady Gaga. The exaggerated glittery black smokey eye courtesy of her make-up artist Sarah Tanno (using mostly Marc Jacobs makeup) combined with the unique hairstyle and lavish gothic style Armani Prive dress went perfectly hand in hand.
My runner-up is Hailee Steinfeld and her make-up artist Mary Phillips for creating a laid-back but perfectly blended wash of blue around her eyes. I love how eye-catching that turquoise shade is and the rest of her makeup is toned down. She didn’t need any more injection of colour wearing those pair of fun bright purple boots!
The ever-so-stylish Janelle Monae stood out with her glowy skin and bright green eyeshadow. Look at those perfectly groomed brows! As all attendees were taking a white rose in support of the ‘Time’s Up’ campaign, she actually wore two pins, a floral-pattern tux and floral pins in her hair to enforce the message.
Katie Holmes always looks great with short hair, this time she made her look a bit more fun than usual with a lovely plum smokey eye and emerald earrings that went well with her edgy dress and those amazing pair of peep-toe shoes.
Rita Ora opted for her often-worn classic Hollywood look, that red lip shade, though, is absolutely beautiful! This proves that you don’t have to break the bank to look red carpet- worthy, her make-up artist Kathy Jeung has chosen Rimmel’s Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Plum That Show. It’s £5.99! If that’s not a bargain, I don’t know what is!
Eve’s Naeem Khan trousers suit and jewellery did the talking so understandably her makeup was subtle with soft mauve-y pink and nude shades. Her make-up artist Ernesto Casillas, who’s been working with Eve since the promotional tour for the movie Barbershop, kept it neutral because, apparently, her outfit wasn’t chosen until last minute. What a great decision that was!
Rihanna was oozing 70’s vibes with her hair in luscious, Diana Ross-like waves looking glowing and happy wearing Fenty Beauty makeup (obviously). Her make-up artist Priscilla Ono blended brown tones on her eyelids, Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter on the cheeks and paired it with a dusty rose lipstick from Fenty’s latest Plush Matte Lipstick collection in Mattemoiselle.
Okay, this isn’t a look for everyone but I applaud Andra Day for creating one of the absolute stand-out looks of the day and effortlessly pulling it off. Practically all elements of her look were exaggerated (huge beehive, bright purple eye makeup, overdrawn red lip, red, sparkly manicure, bright tuxedo dress, huge red heels) creating a cartoon vintage vixen vibe that worked so well for the singer. I have to say that pink and red Victoria Hayes dress is mind-blowing!
What can you say about Patrick Starr, apart from him being a bright character who always delivers when it comes to eye-catching beauty looks? Instagram’s darling MUA clad in pinks and purples top to toe looked dazzling and pure fun on the red carpet.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we had a good few classic and minimal looks too.
Alicia Keys, two years on is still sticking to her usual ‘no makeup’ makeup look but to be honest if I had her glowing skin and pretty features, I would do the same! She is 37 but looks about 20 here especially with those cool double braids she is sporting.
Pink’s makeup and hair look was unusually subdued but given that she was wearing a multi-coloured feather dress on the red carpet it is understandable. The classic smokey eye-contoured cheeks-nude lip combination suits the singer really well, not to talk about it being practical since she had two performances during the night, changing her outfit each time.
Another surprisingly clean look came from none other than Miley Cyrus. Her vintage Hollywood waves looked great with the singer’s natural beauty on show, only wearing a thin layer of base, a youthful wash of soft pink on the eyes and fresh rosy lips.
Keisha’s make-up is all about her skin, her freckles and beautifully groomed brows. I am not that sold on the fake lashes on the top and the bottom lash line but that’s okay, the look is still great, especially with her super-long blond hair.
India Arie let her gorgeous graphic print black and white dress do the talking and went for a neutral makeup. The subtle smokey eye, glowing skin and nude lip combination works seamlessly with the dress and glamorous hair.
Similar goes for SZA who had her first ever appearance at the Grammy’s this year. Her beautiful white dress worked well with the theme of the night, attendees were carrying a white rose in support of the ‘Time is Up’ movement.
I adore Anna Kendrick’s soft smokey eye look that was inspired by the 90’s supermodels. Perfectly complementing her Balmain trouser suit, Lisa Aharon makeup artist used a matte taupe shade from Tom Ford’s Cocoa Mirage palette, a silver metallic shadow in 005 Pat McGrath’s Labs, a Tarte gel eyeliner over the top, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Euphoric Vision and a combination of Charlotte Tilbury’s Nude Kate and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Euphoric Vision.
Chrissy Teigen never disappoints with her red carpet looks, this time she was showing off her new short hairdo, glowing skin and beautiful tonal makeup. Her makeup artist Mary Phillips used Becca’s Chrissy Teigen highlighter palette, Nudestix’s new Rock’n’Roller eyeliners and a La Mer base.
You can’t see her whole look thanks to those amazing shades but you gotta give it to her, the styling is top notch and worthy of the queen of the music business. A big round of applause for Sir John too, her make-up artist picking that stunning lip shade (YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Fuchsia Intime & Carmine Encounter).
He also used a combination of the Glossier Skin Tint, L’oreal Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, L’oreal True Match Lumi Glotion, Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder in Sunlight, Glossier Boy Brow, L’oreal Colour Riche Matte lip liner in Strike-a-Matte-ch.