Gabrielle Union, British Fashion Awards
Like a highlighter calling out something noteworthy, this neon Valentino gown is alerting everyone’s attention to Union’s straight-up incredible hair and makeup. There’s no holding back with this look — it’s all bold, but remarkably balanced at the same time. Hairstylist Larry Sims created the updo, which featured a twisted bun on the top. Makeup pro Esther Edeme was responsible for the glitter and soft pink shadow that extended up to the perfectly-tapered brows and artfully separated faux lashes. This isn’t the type of look where we need a how-to for recreating it; it’s a piece of artwork to appreciate, not to replicate.
Scarlett Johansson, People’s Choice Awards
It was a good night for the star and not just because of the award for best actress of the year. The hair was an intricate twist with the ends sticking out and a sparkly accessory pinned into the side. Then there was the flawless makeup with a bold raspberry lip as the focal point, and strong support from the eyes, where she wore a bit of white liner above her iris and along the lower waterline. And of course, some blush along the apples to highlight those faultless cheekbones.
Zendaya, Ballon d’Or, Paris
The Spiderman actress probably earns the trophy for best overall looks this year, making it hard to pick a top contender. Her futuristic look at the October Dune premiere and simple-yet-sexy at June’s BET Awards were amazing, but this faux bob and classic smoky eye take the top spot. Part of why this tucked-under style, courtesy of Antoinette Hill, and the makeup by Raoul Alejandre, work so well is that they allowed the back of her sensational Roberto Cavalli dress to be the focal point of her look.
Gemma Chan, Cannes Film Festival
Chan was another who had some stunning red carpet moments this year including at the Eternals premieres in L.A. and the UK, where she memorably donned a bejeweled hoodie with a blunt bob. But her crowning moment, and the most stunning at the French festival, was at the closing ceremonies wearing Oscar de la Renta. Stephane Lancien styled the hair into a low textured bun and Val Garland did a classic red lip and cat-eye flick combo, but modernized it with jewels under the eye.
Barbara Palvin, Venice Film Festival
At first glance, you’d notice Palvin’s graphic eyeliner and clean complexion, courtesy of makeup artist Charlotte Prevel. But if you saw her from the back or caught hairstylist Owen Gould’s Instagram, you’d see the sculptural updo he created. It’s almost an oversized bun split in the middle by a braid with two tails. But like a true piece of art, it defies description.
Yara Shahidi, Emmy Awards
Makeup artist Emily Cheng and hairstylist Lacy Redway achieved something magical with client Shahidi at the Emmys. Cheng used shades of gold and a pine green shadow around the eyes with a black line to create a stunning cat eye that paired perfectly with a nude-shade lip. Redway pulled the hair into a sleek twisted updo that was sophisticated and classic. The result: One of the actress’s best red carpet looks ever.
Kaia Gerber, InStyle Awards
Shags and bangs were two of the biggest hair trends this year and in November, Gerber jumped on the bandwagon and nailed it. (Hair pro Dimitris Giannetos is responsible for this look.) Makeup pro Sam Visser provided an equally cool makeup — a blue-gray smokey eye and nude lip.
Dua Lipa, Grammy Awards
The Grammy winner brought major Cher vibes to the red carpet at music’s biggest event. Chris Appleton styled the sleek look, while Priscilla Valles did the extensions. Samantha Lau, responsible for the makeup, accented the singer’s Versace gown with purple shades on the eyes, full brows and mauvey-pink lips. Nail pro Chaun Peth, who also worked with Rihanna, Zendaya and the Jenner sisters this year, used OPI polishes and butterfly details on the talons. Even Cher never did Cher so well.
Sarah Paulson, Emmys
By the end of the year, we were seeing more and more of this curled-under bob (hello, Selena Gomez and Sarah Hyland). But back in September, it was Paulson who nailed the look, thanks to hairstylist Bridget Brager. The center part and tuck behind the ear made it sophisticated, not staid. And makeup artist Adam Breuchaud’s red lip completed the classic feel.
Kristen Scott Thomas, British Fashion Awards
Sometimes it’s not a statement moment that catches our eye, but rather an understatement moment. After Scott Thomas debuted silver strands on the red carpet, the internet was abuzz with admiration. (Likewise the webosphere loved Andie MacDowell and Sarah Jessica Parker rocking post-lockdown gray hair earlier in the year.) The soft smoky eye and elegantly bronzed complexion served to complete this simply beautiful moment.
Moses Ingram, Emmys
The Queen’s Gambit actress has shown that’s she’s a true hair chameleon with a rich portfolio of looks this year. And at the Emmys, where she was nominated for supporting actress, she took a ponytail, orchestrated by hairstylist Amber Shani, to the next level. The style combined an elongated ponytail with a silver hair chain accessory, a swirl-patterned undercut and even rhinestones adorning her hairline baby hairs.
Penelope Cruz, Venice Film Festival
When you have a canvas like Cruz, it’s hard to go too afoul. Pablo Iglesias (hair and makeup artist) created a stunning ‘90s-esque, on-trend look that’s anchored by a plum lip. (Exact shade is Lancome L’absolu Rouge Drama Matte 508 Purple Temptation.) A sexy smoky eye and a sleek updo with deep side part make this look one that’s stronger than we usually see on Cruz. Here, bold is beautiful.
Nina Dobrev, amfAR Gala
Being “red carpet ready” goes beyond finding the perfect dress — although Nina Dobrev nails just that at the amfAR Gala. But following an effective skincare routine like hers, which features Sunday Riley’s Vitamin C serum, has helped her to put her best face forward. “It’s super important in the mornings to get that vitamin C in your skin, nutrition for your face,” the actress tells Allure.
Phoebe Dynevor, 6th Annual InStyle Awards
The Bridgerton star, who has just become the first face of makeup brand Charlotte Tilbury, turned heads on the red carpet, where she showcased sleek auburn hair, bold brows, and tinted lips.
Paloma Elsesser, Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion
The model served “pin-up girl” looks at the Met Gala with her face-framing hairstyle and makeup — the latter of which was made possible thanks to a glowing skincare routine. “I pretty much do the same thing at night with a few more tonics … and the addition of my beloved face oil, Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil,” she tells the Good American blog.
Elsa Hosk, The Fashion Awards 2021
Donning a custom-made Richard Quinn Spring 2020 Ready-To-Wear gown, the ever-glamorous Elsa Hosk takes a minimalistic approach to her hair and makeup, giving the longtime Sunday Riley fan an opportunity to really let her skin shine bright for photographers.
Liz Gillies, backstage for PatBO during NYFW
The Dynasty star put her healthy, radiant complexion on full display at the New York Fashion Week event. Her secret skincare weapon? Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment serum. “It’s an essential part of my daily routine,” Gillies writes on Instagram. “I notice a difference the moment I put it on. It’s vegan, cruelty-free and makes your skin glow.”
Leomie Anderson, Maison de Mode's Sustainable Style Awards
Introducing photographic evidence that Leomie Anderson deserves to always be in the spotlight. Her secret? A multi-step skincare routine that always keeps her glowing, no matter the event. “The Sunday Riley Vitamin C serum is amazing,” Anderson says on her YouTube channel. “It just made my skin have more of a glow.”