16 Lessons In Glam That We Learned from the NAACP Awards

Our favorite looks from the award show that we just couldn't get enough of.

Virginia Lowman Feb, 06, 2016

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Our favorite stars showed up and showed out at the NAACP Image Awards and offered us a lesson or two in Glam. Find out what we picked up, and how you can copy their glam for your next big night!

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EMPIRE star, Serayah McNeill, doens't need to try very hard to look glamorous, but she's certainly nailed the whole 'effortless beauty' thing. Warm cheeks, glossy lips and lengthy falsies give her instant—and gorgeous—girl next door appeal.

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When your hair is pulled away from you face, the focus of your beauty look should be your eyes. Take a cue from Outstanding Actress Award winner, Sanaa Lathan, who played up her eyes with dark smoky lids and voluminous falsies.

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The best beauty looks are all about balance. We love that CHIRAQ star, Teyonah Parris has fun with her natural curls, but . She balanced her voluminous hair with a metallic smoky eye and balmy lips.

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Top model-turned actress, Eva Marcille is no stranger to experimenting with her beauty looks. At the NAACP Image Awards, the Born Again Virgin actress proved that spidery lashes can add a bit of edge to an otherwise elegant pixie cut.

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When you're 11 years-old and you have perfect skin, you really don't need any makeup. BLACK-ISH star, Marsai Martin, let her accessories do the talking. Her red carpet beauty look included two items: a gorgeous metallic headband and pale pink balmy lips. 

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Disney star, Skai Jackson, offered a lesson in pre-teen chic. When you're just beginning to experiment with makeup, play with soft palettes to keep the look young and fresh. If your eye look is a little dramatic, balance it out with two coats of your favorite pink gloss.

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If you're just beginning to realize that Shonda Rhimes is #LifeGoals, then you're late to the party. America's favorite TV producer/writer stole the red carpet and broke a few beauty rules, and we're so glad that she did! Note to self: blue shadow and red lips are defintely a red carpet 'do!'

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When it comes to the red carpet, Gabrielle Union never disappoints. The Being Mary Jane star has killer bone structure and gorgeous cheek bones that she played-up with a rosy-hued blush and a rose gold highlighter.

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Taraji P. Henson stole another red carpet. EMPIRE's leading lady arrived wearing a nude colored dress that she paired with matte skin, pearly shimmer shadow, false lashes and mauve lips.

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GLEE actress, Amber Riley proved us all wrong last night when she sported bright pink matte lips on the red carpet last night. Just in case you thought that Candy Yum Yum lipstick was for GNO's only.

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Edgy beauty looks are great, but nothing beats a classic smoky/cat eye combo. If you're unsure of how to glam up your evening look, take a cue from Grace Gealey and play up an old favorite. The EMPIRE actress opted for a neutral smoky eye and reverse cat eye; lining her lower water line and extending it into a feline flick.

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It's no secret that Kerry Washington's signature lip color is pink. She's a master at the art of making red carpet beauty look daytime-friendly, and her signature lip is actually her secret weapon. Whether she's rocking a floor length gown and falsies or a nude skin and jeans, a soft pink lip always adds the perfect dose of So-Cal cool.

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Mama-to-be Chrissy Teigen kept her makeup to a minimum at the NAACP awards, and with good reason. The model and author already has gorgeous skin, but her pregnancy glow makes her next-level beautiful. A little rouge and a bold red lip was all she needed to be red carpet ready.

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Leave it to Laverne Cox to wet our appetite for Hollywood glam. The OITNB actress always takes a classic beauty look and adds a twist. We love her shimmery take on a traditional smoky eye. To keep the focus on the eyes, she opted for a red lip with a satin finish.

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If ever there was an actress that was ESSENCE's ultimate girl crush, it would be Tracee Ellis Ross. The BLACK-ISH actress always rocks a gorgeous natural beauty look with a either a bold lip or lush lashes and works all of her angles for the perfect photo. 

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If your dress is nude or white, it gives you a little of wiggle room to play with color. Award winning actress, Viola Davis, wore a silver studded white gown to the NAACP awards, which she complimented with kohl-lined eyes, emerald shadow and glossy berry lips.


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