Best Beauty Looks of the Year
EYES: Muted Plums
Avoiding ubiquitous gray tones, Kunis's makeup artist, Tracey Levy, mixed two more unexpected colors: eggplant and chocolate. "Blended together, the shades look almost like gunmetal, but with a depth and warmth that contrasts perfectly with hazel eyes," she says.
EYES: Cranberry Shadow
Makeup artist Lorrie Turk used a berry shadow to showcase Swift's blue-green eyes. "I faded the shadow past her crease, then smudged it below her bottom lashes with a Q-tip," says Turk. (Blending well, then defining with black liner, keeps reddish tones from looking sickly.)
EYES: Full Lashes
Real eyelashes aren't all one length, and fake ones shouldn't be, either. Makeup artist Toni G. placed long faux lashes at the outer corners of Jolie's eyes, adding shorter clusters as she worked inward. Trim falsies before you place them, or look for a set with varied lengths, like M.A.C. 30 Lash.
EYES: Winged Liner
Makeup artist Vera Steimberg created structured cat eyes for Saldana with a thick streak of black gel liner extended up past the outer corners. (If that seems a bit tricky, a liquid-liner pen is easier to apply, she says.) She then swept black, navy, and chocolate shadows up to the crease of the lid—but no farther. "It's a very precise look, not a diffuse one," she says.
EYES: Classic Smoky Eyes Liner
Smoky eyes are as common on the red carpet as borrowed diamonds. What makes Knightley's look so special is the way it blends three shades for a sooty effect—taupe, steel, and espresso. To open up the eyes, makeup artist Zoe Taylor dabbed pearly cream shadow on the inner corners, then lined the eyes with black pencil. She finished with tons of black mascara—and no fake lashes. "Unbelievably, they're all hers," she says.
EYES: Allover Color
"It's a very sexy look, but with Karlie's freshness, it stays cool," says Kloss' makeup artist, Jeanine Lobell. "I love the mix of gold and purple shadows with the fuchsia lips. The gold helps airbrush bold colors."
LIPS: Raspberry Pink
To keep hot pink from looking juvenile or jarring, Vergara's makeup artist, Kayleen McAdams, presses it on her lips with a fingertip. "The finish becomes more sheer, and the natural lips peek through," she says.
LIPS: Juicy Currant
"At first, Camilla was worried this chestnut shade was too severe," says makeup artist Hung Vanngo. A dab of wine-colored gloss on the center of the bottom lip tones things down, along with glow-y skin (courtesy of CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup in Tan plus CK One Skin Illuminator in Warm). "It felt sophisticated, not scary or goth," he says.
LIPS: Soft Rose
A nude mouth on the red carpet can make you look like you forgot your lipstick. That's why Lobell picked a warm, muted pink instead of beige. "Priming the lips with foundation mellows the rosiness of the shade and helps it last," she says.
LIPS: Diva Red
"I mixed two of my favorite reds—Chanel lipstick in La Fascinante and Illamasque lipstick in Sangers—to give Adele a custom shade," says makeup artist Michael Ashton of the singer's Grammy look. He worked outward from the center using a firm brush, blotted with a tissue, then traced just inside her lip line with a ruby pencil. "Because it's drier than lipstick, liner acts as a bumper to keep color in place," he says. "She didn't even need a touch-up."