Best & Worst: Oscars 2014 Beauty

The Oscars have once again come and gone, leaving us dazzled by the gorgeous gowns, envious of the star-studded selfies, and gutted that Leo once again left the theater without a golden statue. This year, a few beauty choices caught my eye as the movie stars worked the red carpet and after parties and I decided to share my standouts.

BEST USE OF COLOR

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Rita Ora is killing it lately with her makeup – did anyone else notice her amazing purple smokey eye at the Grammys? Well Rita outdid herself at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party, sporting an unusual and gorgeous navy smokey eye with a bright yellow inner corner highlight. THAT is how you wear bright eyeshadow, friends. This might be my favorite look of the whole night.

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Idina Menzel (sorry, Adele Dazeem), manage to squeeze in a makeup update during her costume change for her “Let It Go” performance. She debuted some seriously cool green eyeliner on stage which worked beautifully to enhance her brown eyes and infuse some edge into her otherwise fairly safe nude gown/soft waves look.

BEST LIP

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Kerry Washington’s deep raisin lip is perhaps the most talked about lipstick of the night. Not only does the deep tone work beautifully with her coloring, it also pairs perfectly with her cool-toned purple gown to jazz up an otherwise boring look.

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Emma Watson, could that red lip be any more stunning? It goes perfectly with her effortless, edgy look and works as her sole statement accessory. A perfectly executed red lip. Hats off to you, Hermione.

BEST EYELINER

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Olivia Wilde’s dramatic winged eyeliner worked in perfect harmony with her understated Valentino gown. The bold liner application is balanced by a bare under-eye while the use of white eyeliner to sharply define the wing keeps this look clean and modern.

WORST

Oscars 2014 beauty

Ok, I know I may get some heat for targeting America’s golden girl but WHAT is up with those brows, JLaw? Her sparse and un-groomed brows were especially noticeable after she smoked up her shadow for the Oscars after party. This may be because I am a firm believer in the transformative power of a defined eyebrow but I feel they ruined an otherwise stunning makeup look. Was anyone else unable to look beyond the brows?

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