BAFTAs 2009: Beauty winners and losers

09 February 2009

We're still abuzzing from our live Twitter at last night's BAFTAs but that hasn't stopped us turning our discerning beauty eye to this year's true winners and losers – of red carpet beauty looks that is...

Up first, we give thanks to Angelina for ditching that granny blowout she sported at the Golden Globes and going for a classic half-up-half-down-down 'do with just the right amount of root lift to bring out those cheekbones. Add the merest hint of a smoky eye and a nude lip gloss and you'd need a near perfect complexion to pull off a look so simple. Angelina, damn her, does it with her usual ease...

We pay homage also to another of our red carpet favourites – the gorgeous Thandie Newton.  If anyone can pull off a no-make-up-make-up look, she can. The olive skin, chocolatey eye, matte nude lip and merest hint of a girly pink flush on the apples of her cheeks gave her a red carpet glow that most A-listers would give their collection of Chanel 2.55s for...

Best brow award goes to Emma Watson who kept them full to frame her face and added a subtle pop of raspberry pink on the lip to set off her skin. Loving how she worked the smattering of her freckles across her nose as well...

The award for classic elegance (as ever) goes to Ms-award-winning-Winslet with her vintage-style take on the traditional up-do. Strong side-swept parting, bit of a wave and just the right honey-toned highlights to set off that peaches and cream English skin tone. And, btw, whatever that icy pale eye shadow is Kate, we want some...

And then there were the sorry losers. While most of our red carpeters totally aced understated beauty, we can't help thinking that Penélope Cruz has somewhat missed the mark with the current trend for fringes. It's supposed to a LONG, brow-skimmer, Penélope. Not a 'chop-my-forehead-in-half' job. Great Alaia dress though...


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