From Carrie Underwood to the inimitable Kerry Washington, the Grammy Awards were filled with electric wardrobe moments. But in the beauty department, the spotlight seemed to be focused on nails, which had their own Mani Cam to broadcast the looks. It goes to show you that nail art really is the new black, especially when it comes to red carpet awards.
But nails aren’t the only Grammy award winners in the beauty department; a few gorgeous ladies really and truly stood out in their stylish toe-tapping, finger snapping way. Here are our favorites in a nutshell:
“No Fuss” Romantic Waves
Carrie Underwood rocked smoky eyes during the Grammy Award red carpet, and she wore her hair in her signature loose waves. To get these “no-fuss” waves, Morgan Willhite, creative director at Ouidad, recommends you start by applying a conditioning styling aid (Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer, $22, is a good one) and comb through damp hair. Next, spritz a styling spray on damp hair, separate hair into medium sections, and curl with your favorite styling tools, then finish with a spray to set.
Luminous “Barely There Makeup” Face
We absolutely loved Kelly Rowland’s barely there makeup (with a spotlight on the luminous face). The actress, who has been known to be a big fan of Lady Gaga’s perfume, FAME, showed everyone that it is possible to pull off a face that doesn’t look as though it’s overdone, and nude makeup is a big trend this season. To get this look, cleanse your face and apply your favorite primer or BB Cream (we love Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day 10 in 1 High Definition Balm, $38), and to ensure a flawless complexion, blend a matte foundation like Urban Decay Naked Skin ($38 ) and finish with a highlighter like Make Up For Ever Face Luminizer Gel Uplight ($29 ).
Dark Sultry Lips
While her dress was certainly daring, no one could have missed Florence Welch’s look done by Lisa Aharon for Laura Mercier. Welch was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for “Ceremonials” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for “Shake It Out.” According to Aharon, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, who designed Welch’s custom Givenchy dress, “had visions of a dark brown toned lip with the dress. Florence wanted a sultry eye, so I tried to marry the two.” The result was a sultry and glamorous red carpet look for the lead singer of Florence + The Machine. The “rich brown lip” was reportedly Welch’s favorite part of her makeup. To get the same look, Aharon advises to first apply Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Merlot ($26) and then Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Coffee Bean ($20) “from the center of the lip outward, to avoid sharp lines and cool down the redness of the lip colour.” Finish with a sultry eye and fresh and glowing skin.
Gorgeous, Thick Brows
Gorgeous brows also dominated the Grammy Awards, with rockstars like Rihanna rocking a thick arch that was well placed directly on her browbone, according to brow makeup artist Joey Healy. The thick arch is a good way to minimize a large forehead, and balance out a strong lip. “It makes her look like a woman, not a girl,” says Healy. To get Rihanna’s brow color, use a brow powder in a rich brown shade, such as Joey Healy Luxe Brow Powder in Tobacco ($28).
Cool Pastel Nails
It wouldn’t be a Grammy Award red carpet without talking about nail art, and the stars who really rocked their digits included Katy Perry, who turned to celebrity manicurist, Kimmie Keyes, to complete her winning red carpet look. Kimmie brought her nail creation to life using the collections from the nail color authority, Sally Hansen. Katy Perry was up for “Best Pop Solo Performance” for her hit song “Wide Awake.” To make a memorable, dreamy look, Kimmie used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pink Pong ($6.59) on the nail and Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Color in Big Money ($6.24) under the tips.