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This Season's Main Makeup

What were this award season's must-have products? Read on to find out!
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  • Beyonce
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    Beyonce’s skin looked lit from beneath at the Grammy Awards—no doubt due in part to her multiple trophies and Jay-Z’s stellar performance. We can’t help you there, but we can tell you which highlighter makeup artist Francesca Tolot applied: L’Oreal Paris' True Match Naturale All-Over Mineral Glow ($16) in Pink Glow #426.

  • Naomi Watts
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    Photo: Patrick McMullan

    Perhaps Naomi Watts was paying tribute to the other star of her award-winning film The Impossible—the ocean—when she decided to wear Essie’s Nail Polish ($8) in Stylenomics mixed with Imported Bubbly to the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  • Alexa Chung
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    To amp up Alexa Chung’s naturally voluptuous lashes at the Grammys, makeup artist Tamah K. used two coats of Lancome’s Hypnose Mascara ($27) in Black followed by one coat of the brand’s Definicils Waterproof Mascara ($27) in Black. The first builds volume while the second defines, and the waterproof formula helps hold the curl. She used a bit of the latter on the bottom lashes, too, and filled in Chung’s upper lash line with Bobbi Brown’s Gel Liner ($23) in Black to make them look extra full.

  • Lily Collins
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    Makeup artist Kayleen McAdams used Stila’s Convertible Color ($25) in Gladiola to give Lily Collins a winter flush at the Costume Designer Guild Awards.

  • Kerry Washington
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    Kerry Washington’s been a welcome presence on red carpets for the past six months; she’s had ample opportunity to experiment with different beauty looks thanks first to Django Unchained’s relentless press tour and then award season. At the Producers Guild Awards, makeup artist Carola Gonzalez lined her lips with Giorgio Armani’s Smooth Silk Lip Pencil ($29) in #7 and filled them in with Dior’s Rouge Dior Lipcolor ($32) in Star Fuchsia.

  • Rihanna
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    Rihanna was so determined to match her nails to her dress at this year’s Grammys that manicurist Kimmie Kyeees mixed Red Carpet Manicure’s LED Gel Polish ($10) in Ooh La Liscious and Red Carpet Reddy to score the perfect red-orange shade.

  • Amanda Seyfried
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    The secret to Amanda Seyfried’s porcelain complexion lies in her genes—but we can tell you how to score the smoky eye. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, makeup artist Monika Blunder used the blue and purple in Cle de Peau’s Eye Color Quad ($55) in 202 and the purplish brown La Beaute Enigmatique Eyeliner Pencil ($25) to build the shimmering lid.

  • Kiernan Shipka
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    At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Kiernan Shipka topped off her Oscar de la Renta dress with some of the shiniest hair we’ve ever seen. Hairstylist Bridget Brager sprayed the Kerastase’s Chroma Cristal Shine Perfecting Spray ($33) on one section of hair at a time (from mid-shaft to end) before blowing it dry. After, she finished with Pantene Pro-V’s Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm ($5) and Frederic Fekkai’s Sheer Hold Hair Spray ($25).

  • Jessica Alba
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    Jessica Alba dominated the lip game this season. Our favorite? The bubblegum pink with which she topped off her black lace Elie Saab dress at the Producers Guild Awards. Makeup artist Lauren Andersen used M.A.C.’s Lipstick ($15) in Candy Yum-Yum.

  • Kate Beckinsale
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    Beckinsale looked positively regal at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party. Makeup artist Molly Stern used Rimmel’s ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Stick ($5) in Bulletproof Beige and Nars’ Duo Eyeshadow ($34) in Paramaribo on her lids before lining Beckinsale’s eyes with Rimmel's ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($5) in Black. For an “extra pop,” Stern lined the actress’ waterline with the same eyeliner in Nude.

  • Rashida Jones
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    Makeup artist Jamie Greenberg used mark’s Full Color Lipstick ($11) in Cha Cha to give the Parks and Rec actress a bright, bold lip at the always fun Independent Spirit Awards.

  • Allison Williams
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    Williams’ voluminous lashes popped against her otherwise natural face at the Vanity Fair party on Oscar night. Makeup artist Lauren Andersen coated both the top and bottom lashes with Avon’s SuperExtend Mascara ($10) in Black.

Claire Danes

The usually subdued Claire Danes channeled Angela Chase at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Laura Mercier’s Global Artistry Director, Matin Maulawizada, contoured and shaded Danes’ lips with the brand’s Lip Pencil ($20) in Coffee Bean before going over the whole lip with the same pencil ($20) in Deep Wine.

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