Color and texture as well as polished beauty popped on the silver carpet at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Plenty of stars had total beauty looks that not only worked to amplify their gowns but were a gorgeous balance of the right hair and makeup. In some cases, that meant turning to classic styles — or taking risks with color and volume.
Beauty risk-takers who made a gorgeous statement included Yara Shahidi whose voluminous natural curls struck an eye-catching contrast to the delicate beading and sheer quality of her powder pink Fendi Couture look. “This Is Us” actress Susan Kelechi Watson paired vivid emerald-green eye shadow and multiple braids with her bold and bright yellow gown — and it worked.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” star Lucy Boynton went edgy with a velvet bow accessory in her half-up hair, created by Jenny Cho using Suave, and angular eyeliner, which anchored her floral confection of a dress by London-based label Erdem.
Amy Adams took a more traditional route, wearing her red hair back in a slick bun and a crimson stain on her lips that let the puffed bodice of her Celine gown shine. Laura Harrier and Michelle Yeoh had their hair straight and polished proving that most often less is more.
Lady Gaga’s beauty look was another winner. The ox blood-hued lipstick perfectly complimented her ivory Dior Couture gown and solidified her spot as both and beauty and fashion trendsetter.
Gemma Chan’s easy up-do is sure to inspire brides-to-be who want easy, romantic wedding day hair. Her hairstylist, Clariss Rubenstein, used Dove hair care to get what she calls a “playful, undone do,” also adding, “Gemma is wearing this incredible dress with lots of volume and a long train. I wanted her hair to be modern and youthful.”
Although super-slicked-back hair was a ubiquitous style of the evening (Alison Brie, Rachel Weisz and Emily Blunt all wore the look), top knot style buns made a big beauty statement. Rather than coming off sporty or too severe, the knots, seen on Adams, Sandra Oh, Laverne Cox and Lyric Ross felt chic, modern and personal. Oh kept her curly bangs showing rather than hiding them, and Cox incorporated rows of intricate braids.
Speaking of braids, Lupita Nyongo’s hair stylist Vernon François used a mix of braiding techniques to create the Oscar winner’s cool hairstyle and her longtime makeup artist, Nick Barose, lined the star’s eyes in a red (yes, red) eyeliner from Lancôme. Between the braids, red liner and Nyongo’s custom Vera Wang bustier-meets-blazer, sheer-and-bedazzled look, the “Black Panther” actress challenged Hollywood’s antiquated notion of red-carpet beauty to great success.
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