The Red Carpet Beauty Looks That Truly Slayed In 2016

The red carpet is not for the faint of heart! When our favorite celebrities show up, we expect them to slay! And although their fashion choices often gets the most recognition, there is an equally important part of the red carpet game that is often overlooked: hair, skin, and make-up. Glam squads get geared up when their subjects hit that red carpet, in hopes of executing looks that can be photographed beautifully, and talked about for days. Click through to find the out which 20 celebrities slayed in 2016 and which ones to keep your beauty eye on in the New Year.


Alexis Webb Dec, 16, 2016

1 of 20 George Pimentel

What says high fashion more than a stacked, natural, high ‘do and shimmering lid? Lupita's flawless execution of this one-of-a-kind look is definitely on our list. 

2 of 20 George Pimentel

Crooner Andra Day opted for a standout look when she hit the Oscars red carpet with structured curls, larger than life lashes and a deep vampy lip.

3 of 20 Amanda Edwards

Empire star Serayah's young, fresh skin is a great canvas for practically any makeup look, but the 21-year-old opted for a classic bun, natural-soft eye make-up and a bold red lip when attending Paley Fest red this year. 

4 of 20 Bruce Glikas

A rose gold metallic glow, pink nude lip and soft spiraling curls made Jourdan Dunn’s 2016 visit to the Tony Awards one to remember. 

5 of 20 C Flanigan

If you need a little bling in your beauty routine, take a page from Naomi Campbell’s red glitter lips. The supermodel achieved the trending lip look using Pat McGrath’s glitter lip kit. 

6 of 20 Jared Siskin

Joan Smalls’ sultry “sunset eyes” used rustic, earthy tones to bring out her almond eye shape and color.

7 of 20 Alberto E. Rodriguez

Kerry Washington gave curls for the girls at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Washington complimented her pregnancy glow with bold brows, a cat eye and nude lipstick.

8 of 20 George Pimentel

Laverne Cox stunned in a dark oxblood lip, light natural makeup and elegant updo.

9 of 20 Dan MacMedan

Viola Davis pulled out her best plums and purples to achieve this monochromatic eye, lip and cheek look to compliment the melanin in her skin. Nice! 

10 of 20 Anthony Harvey

Nicki Minaj is known for rocking a mean cat eye, but she definitely knocked her look out of the park when she paired it with amazing highlighting and a soft lip. Perfect! 

11 of 20 George Pimentel

Ciara had no problems revving it up for this year's Met Gala. The expecting mother stole glimpses with her metallic-silver finger waves and smoldering eye makeup. 

12 of 20 Dimitrios Kambouris

What could be better than a smokey eye? One paired with glitter, that’s what! Victoria's Secret Angel Jasmine Tookes turned heads with her dramatic, but fun eye look on the red carpet. 

13 of 20 Karwai Tang

Lupita Nyong’o reminded us that color is always best when she wore a bold, blue cat eye to the London Film Festival.

14 of 20 Steve Granitz

Janelle gave the AMAs modern Dorothy Dandridge realness with full (but defined) brows, a soft lip and metallic red eyeliner for a pop of color. 

15 of 20 Larry Busacca

A bowl cut isn't easy to pull off, but Zendaya managed to pull it off epically, along with a bronze smokey eye.

16 of 20 Jeffrey Mayer

Taraji played no games at this year's American Music Awards with a violet matte lip and whispy eyelashes. 

17 of 20 Michael Kovac/AMA2016

Zoe Saldana has great eye shape, so it’s no surprise that she could pull off this smokey look. The Avatar actress paired it with a nude lip, so the eyes are the focus. 

18 of 20 Jeffrey Mayer

Washington knows how to bring a little bit of sunshine to the red carpet, as she did at the Oscars where her healthy, glowing complexion stole the show. 

19 of 20 Steve Granitz

Nothing looks better on a curly girl than when her locks are up in a flattering pineapple. Tinashe kept her look all natural with light eyeshadow and a nude glossy lip. 

20 of 20 Jeff Vespa

Serayah also shows off her glam squad’s versatility with this beautifully executed blunt bob and deep oxblood lip color.