40 Red Carpet Beauty Looks 2017

2016 was the year of fast Hollywood trends. We saw chrome lids, striking blue liner, and lots and lots of gloss. While all these looks were red carpet-worthy, we’re still reeling from a select few we’ll be taking straight into the new year. Think: loose, easy braids, natural texture, and shadows so bright you need sunnies. Plus, we’re predicting 2017 might be the year that hair accessories are everywhere.

We gathered up some of our favorite celebrities to watch when it comes to beauty and mapped our favorite looks from the whole wild year. The best part? Every single one is screenshot-worthy and easier to replicate than you’d imagine. So, dive in before the new year hits and be one step ahead — as always.


Lily Collins

We’re calling it: the “nontour ” is our new obsession. Forget the matte brown palettes and star-bright highlighters and opt for something a little darker, a little more goth. Without the sharp cheekbones and intense baking, Collins’ brows and brick-red eyes and lips had a chance to stand out — and did they ever.

Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.


Keke Palmer

People often compare Keke’s ever-evolving style to Rihanna’s, but we think her playful choices are badass all on their own. Recently, she added magenta box braids to her arsenal.

Photo: Raymond Hall/GC Images.


Karlie Kloss

Kloss isn’t normally one to experiment too much with her makeup. But why should she when she’s showing off a statement ear cuff and the prettiest tight, high pony wrapped in black we’ve ever seen?

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.



Zendaya is the queen of chameleon beauty; she can rock just about any look. This updated cat-eye paired with a shiny, Daisy Buchanan updo doesn’t disappoint.

Photo: Krista Kennell/Patrick McMullan/ Getty Images.


Chloë Grace Moretz

Recently, Moretz went rock-and-roll and cut her long, California-girl hair into something more shaggy and edgy.

Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.


Taraji P. Henson

Henson’s style always kills the game. We’re still not over her butt-grazing ponytail and those fierce violet lips.

Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images.


Jennifer Lawrence

After making the bob and lob her signature, Lawrence switched things up with some one-nighter extensions worn in beachy waves. Even better, the look was topped off with a smoky eye and dewy complexion — kind of like what we look like on a Sunday morning except so much better.

Photo: Anita Bugge/WireImage.


Imaan Hammam

Hammam’s style is always as exciting off the runway as it is on. Her soft, voluminous curls are gorgeous, and the subtle, highlighted

dimension throughout is tempting us to book a salon appointment, stat.

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Emma Watson

When it comes to hair color, we saw rose hues light up 2016 — and just about every celebrity Instagram account. But with stars like Emma Watson going just a couple shades darker, we’re hoping this warming effect trickles into the new year. Plus, it’s so much easier than going lighter.

Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic.


Emma Stone

The actress’ two-toned look pairs an eggplant hue on the upper lids and icy-blue liner along the lower lashlines. Take notes, because this is sparkle done right.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.


Zoë Kravitz

We’ve learned everything there is to know about going platinum this year. Kravtiz hopped on the bleach bandwagon, too, and stunned at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.



Only RiRi could pull off embellished hair, intense winged liner, glittery cheekbones, and fur and diamonds and look not at all over-the-top.

Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.


Sophie Turner

We know her as the redheaded Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, but for red carpet events, she’s a little more low-key. Pulling her textured hair into an easy, loose braid creates an equally pretty and relaxed look.

Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.


Emily Ratajkowski

Ratajkowski proved that brown eyes do look best with blue shades by slaying the Emmy Awards with a teal, ombré cat-eye all over her lid — and it’s easier to copy than you’d think.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.



The braid to end all braids, ever. This bionic plait basically had a life of its own this year and raised the bar for power hairstyles in 2017.

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Naomi Campbell

You do not mess with Naomi Campbell — them’s the rules. However, we will mess with her glitter lips à la Pat McGrath because they’re just too damn good. This is a trend we’ll be making sure stays alive next year.

Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.


Elle Fanning

This year, we fell for pink and red hues on the face — eyeshadow especially. But Fanning took it farther and explored the color spectrum fearlessly by rocking a marigold hue on her lids.

Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage.


Kim Kardashian West

Going without a spot of makeup at the Balenciaga show in Paris —save for some balm on the lips — was a big moment for KKW, though of course, lash extensions always help.

Photo: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images.


Lea Michele

The Scream Queens star loved her bangs so much, she got them twice this year. And we think the eye-grazing look works anytime, anywhere.

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Lupita Nyong’o

While Nyong’o has always rocked her natural texture, this time around she embraced traditional African beauty and coordinated her look with a show-stopping headwrap. While there were many on the red carpets this year, this lavender piece looked so good with her glowing skin and fuschia pout that we’d put it at number one.

Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.


Emily Blunt

Blunt included not one, but two, headpieces in her undone updo and looked like a fairytale princess. Maybe it’s time to give these accessories we bought, but never wear, a real chance.

Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic.


Tracee Ellis Ross

Ross’ head of braids stole the show at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.


Kerry Washington

Twitter lost its collective mind when Washington walked the red carpet at the Emmy Awards with her natural hair. While we always have our eye on the Scandal actress, she somehow hid the fact that her natural hair was crazy healthy and long AF. And with too many young girls getting flak lately for showing off what they’re born with, this look can keep showing up for years to come.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.


Priyanka Chopra

We’re all about matching your lips, cheeks, and eyes, but if that seems too excessive, tone it down with a vibrant lip to match your stunning ensemble. Follow Chopra and keep the hair shiny and simple and the brows bold.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.


Kylie Jenner

You might feel like you heard about Kylie Jenner every single day this year — and you sort of did. But when she finally left the wig at home and dyed her classic black lob platinum, we got a little excited. We’ve said it once before: Dark brows and blond hair is one of the coolest combos around.

Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage.


Ashley Graham

Who knew wet hair could look so sexy? Simply stepping out of the shower isn’t enough, but adding a lot of mousse and playing with your natural texture will make for a sultry style. Maintaining an all-over nude face helps, too.

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Solange Knowles

It’s hard to narrow down just one Solange look we want to follow us to the new year, but this one pays homage to her killer album and the cover art that inspired many.

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.


Chloe and Halle Bailey

They might be known as Beyonce’s mini-me duo, but we love the sisters for their ultra-cool style and risk-taking personalities. Go big or go home, right?

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Hailee Steinfeld

Hair bumps were all the rage about eight years ago. Now, turn the crown of your head into a messy, loose braid to complement your natural texture and add some volume to a flat look.

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Margot Robbie

The Suicide Squad star took a break from her red-and-blue pigtails and went with a relaxed fishtail that works for the red carpet or a low-key weekend.

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Shay Mitchell

“Hair piercings” were major in 2016 — thank you, Chris Appleton. Weave golden rings into an updo to turn a messy bun into something special that no one else will be wearing.

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.


Kendall Jenner

Resolutions almost always include some sort of physical change: Go to the gym more, meditate more, get a tattoo, get a new cut. The latter is one of our favorites, and taking steps into uncharted territory isn’t a bad idea. Take Jenner’s lead and chop those dead ends into a healthy lob or go for a pixie if you’re feeling bold.

Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.


Gina Rodriguez

The Jane the Virgin star doesn’t give a fuck about what people think, and her new undercut style this summer proved that. We’re all about bringing flexible looks like this into the new year, considering it’s basically a two-for-one style.

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.


Alicia Vikander

Bubble braids don’t get better than this: windblown, fuzzy, and so romantic.

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.


Jourdan Dunn

Turning jet-black hair into a smoked-out, gray ombré looks completely rad.

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images.


Blake Lively

We’re used to our golden girl basically looking like Serena van der Woodsen every single day. But this summer, she turned her famous long waves into massive ‘80s curls that made faux perms look cool again — with less damage and more bounce.

Photo: Ray Tamarra/GC Images.


Taylor Swift

Sure, sure, bleached hair is cool and looks edgy on just about anyone, but we’re really here for the deep purple lipstick. Navy blue, plum, and even black shades will be all over 2017. Long live punk.

Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic.


Amandla Stenberg

While it’s hard to ignore Stenberg’s flawless brows, we’re struck by her Met Gala accessory. That intergalactic tiara slays and so do her jet-black curls.

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images.


Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid

Seeing model BFFs Kendall and Gigi swap hair colors got us too excited. While it was only for the Balmain show earlier this year, we’re hoping it was enough to convince the duo to pull another swap in 2017.

Photo: Victor Boyko/WireImage.


Rooney Mara

Mara is known for her architectural and sleek styles on the red carpet, and these structured braids didn’t let us down. If you don’t own a parting comb, it’s time to invest in one.

Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.

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