When this year's red carpet season kicked off, many A-listers (ahem, Cate Blanchett) left us underwhelmed with their hair and makeup. Thankfully, leading ladies like Sandra Bullock, Lupita Nyong'o and Jennifer Lawrence lifted our spirits with their bold movie premiere beauty looks.
From Sandra's sexy, tousled waves to Lupita's lovely lipstick colors to J.Law's controversial pixie haircut, these three women showed us how to take risks with our hair and makeup. But, of course, there were those celebrities who managed to distract us with their red carpet fails.
Here are the beauty looks from 2013 we loved and hated. Get inspired for 2014!
BEST: Taylor Swift
The "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer hits all the right notes with this blunt bangs hairstyle, sultry smokey eye and soft pink lipstick. It's edgy yet not overdone.
BEST: Kerry Washington
Kerry looks like she stepped straight out of the '60s with this lash-tastic look. Her side-swept ponytail and nude glossy pout scream retro, while her lavender eyeshadow and peach blush are more modern.
BEST: Sandra Bullock
If we had to sum up Sandra's hair and makeup in two words, we'd describe it as smoking hot. The "Gravity" actress' glossy brunette strands and bright red lipstick go perfectly with her LBD.
BEST: Lupita Nyong'o
No one can wear lipstick like Lupita. This electric purple pops against her chocolate complexion and adds a feminine touch to her buzz cut and masculine-inspired dress.
BEST: Jennifer Lawrence
It took a while for "The Hunger Games" star's much-shorter hair to grow on us, but we are absolutely loving this pixie. Here she's giving us an '80s vibe with the piecey layers, dark brows, bright blush and hot pink lipstick.
WORST: Lana Del Rey
It's really hard for us to take the singer-songwriter seriously with these jeweled gator hair pins, graphic winged eyeliner, gray lipstick and lip liner. Time to tone down the theatrics, Lana.
WORST: Carmen Electra
Can we please leave the side-braid, half-fauxhawk hairstyle behind in 2013? It's also about time Carmen ditches the iridescent eye makeup and plays up her features with a brown smokey eye.
WORST: Adrienne Bailon
There is absolutely no reason for ANYONE to appear this orange. Plus, Adrienne's highlighted hair, gold glitter eyeshadow and peach eyeliner only magnify her bronzer/tanner mishap.
WORST: Vanessa Hudgens
Coco Chanel's style mantra to remove one thing before leaving the house applies to hair and makeup as well. If the young actress had unpinned that faux braid, she wouldn't have looked nearly as sloppy.
WORST: Anna Paquin
It wouldn't seem like a stretch to assume that the "True Blood" star is drawing inspiration from her vampire TV series. But her grayish hair, pale complexion and red-stained lips translate into a terrifying look on the red carpet.
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