The 71st Golden Globes – Beauty Recap



I have mixed feelings about awards shows; love the red carpet, mainly because I get to zero in on the makeup, nails, hair & gowns of each celebrity – that segment is my catnip. The actual awards part, however, can be somewhat tedious – unless it happens to be the Golden Globes, where anything can (and usually does) happen.

This past Sunday, the 71st Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, successfully hosted by Tina Fey (who happens to be part Greek – yay!) and Amy Poehler. What makes this show so much fun, is the ambiance; not as casual as the People’s Choice Awards (ugh), nor as formal as the Oscars (talk about long & boring), the guests are seated at round tables instead of auditorium seating, with the alcohol flowing and mingling aplenty – to say that the vibe is loose, wouldn’t be an understatement. The usual rules re: attire are suspended as well, with the ladies having choices other than haute couture gowns, although who wouldn’t jump at the chance to get all dolled up, right?

For my recap, I decided to break things down in easily digestible chunks, showcasing some of my fave (and a few not so fave) looks. While in general nude nails prevailed, I was happy to see several celebrities going over to the dark side, with a few even sporting original nail art. Makeup tended to fall into 2 categories: the smokey eye/nude lip combo or the eyeliner/red lip duo, but some twists were spotted here as well. Hair seemed to be unfussy, with several slick-straight styles seen side-by-side loose curls and/or messy updos.

There were some stand-out gowns (Lupita Nyongo, Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchett to name but a few) and several that had me wondering why? (Paula Patton in some white monstrosity, Jacqueline Bissette‘s Dynasty cast-off, Lena Dunham in does-nothing-for-her yellow), come to mind. The guys have it easy; other than, say, too-long trouser lengths or ill-fitting/overly wrinkled jackets, they really can’t go wrong – but there are men whos tuxedos wear them, and then there are those who wear the tuxedo. There’s a difference, believe me.

Obviously, I’m not showing every celebrity and their look; I’d wind up with carpal tunnel syndrome trying to fit it all into one post. Enjoy!


GG Hosts

Hosts Tina Fey wearing Carolina Herrera with Fred Leighton jewelry (left) and Amy Poehler wearing custom-made Stella McCartney

GG Jennifer Lawrence 2

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress (Musical or Comedy for American Hustle) wearing Dior Couture & a Roger Vivier clutch

Jennifer Lawrence details

Makeup artist Ve Neill created this look on Jennifer Lawrence using Dior cosmetics: Rouge Dior Lipstick #976 Prune Daisy, Diorskin Nude BB Crème #002 Fair, Dior Airflash Matte Touch Long-Lasting Airy Powder, Diorblush Glowing Color Powder Blush #943 My Rose, Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow #034 Gris-Gris, Dior Crayon Khol #099 Black, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara in #090 Over Black

GG Lupita Nyongo 2

Lupita Nyongo wearing Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2014 & Fred Leighton jewelry – manicure by Deborah Lippmann using: Gel Lab Base Coat, 1 coat of Naked (clean beige), 1 coat of Diamonds and Pearls (iridescent freshwater pearl shimmer), and Gel Lab Top Coat

GG Kate Beckinsale 2

Kate Beckinsale wearing Zuhair Murad with jewels by Lorraine Schwartz and Chopard, carrying an Edie Parker clutch

Kate Beckinsale details

Celebrity Makeup artist Adam Breuchaud created this look on Kate Beckinsale using Jouer cosmetics:  Age-Repairing Concealer in #3 Cameo,  Luminizing Moisture Tint in Bronzed, Crème Eyeshadow in Suede, Powder Eyeshadows in Opal, Chocolat & Licorice, Eye Definer in Noir, Cream Tint in Whisper & Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunshine for the cheeks, Lip Gloss in Cherish

Nails: Licorice by Essie

*Detailed post on how to recreate Kate’s look coming to the blog soon!

GG Sofia Vergara 2

Sofia Vergara wearing Zac Posen with a Lorraine Schwartz statement necklace (THIS is what va-va-voom is all about)

Sofia Vergara Covergirl makeup

Sofia Vergara’s look was created using Covergirl products: truBLEND Foundation in M6, Clean Glow Blush in Roses, Bombshell Liner in Chocolate Kiss, Bombshell Shine Shadow in Gold Goddess, Bombshell Volume Mascara, and LipPerfection Lip Color in Flame

GG Kaley Cuoco 2

Kaley Cuoco wearing Rani Zakhem Couture Autumn/Winter 2013 with a Jimmy Choo clutch (the nails looks very much like CHANEL’s Peridot to me)

GG Kelly Osbourne 2

Kelly Osbourne wearing Escada and Charlotte Olympia heels – one can always count on Kelly to display some of the most unique nail looks!

GG Julia Roberts 2

Julia Roberts wearing Dolce & Gabbana with Harry Winston jewelry (I’m on the fence about this outfit, but still … it’s Julia …)

GG Emilia Clarke 2

Emilia Clarke wearing a custom-made Proenza Schouler gown (even with her natural hair, she is still Daenarys Targaryen to me …)

GG Black looks

The “noir” looks (clockwise from top left): Cate Blanchett, Best Actress winner wearing Armani Privé Couture Autumn/Winter 2013 with Chopard jewelry, Jessica Chastain wearing custom-made Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci with Bulgari jewelry, Emma Roberts wearing custom-made Lanvin carrying a Kotur clutch, Uma Thurman wearing Atelier Versace with jewelry by Chopard

GG Embellished Black looks

The “embellished black” looks (clockwise from top left): Zoe Saldana wearing Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2014 carrying a Bottega Veneta clutch & Lorraine Schwartz earrings, Heidi Klum wearing  Marchesa Spring/Summer 2014, Emma Thompson wearing vintage Lanvin with Christian Louboutin heels (that she wisely removed to present an award!), Jacqueline Bisset, Best Supporting Actress winner (TV Show, Miniseries, or TV Movie ) along with the Most Rambling Speech EVER, gown: unknown at this point

GG Red looks

The ladies in “red” (clockwise from top left): Amy Adams, Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy, for American Hustle) wearing Valentino Couture, Taylor Swift wearing Carolina Herrera pre-Autumn/Winter 2013, Emma Watson (front & back views, bottom row) wearing Dior Couture backless dress with slim black trousers, Roger Vivier heels and Dior pearl earrings

GG Nude looks 2

Neutral” territory – Top row (left to right): Kate Mara wearing J.Mendel, Margot Robbie wearing Gucci with Christian Louboutin heels, Naomi Watts wearing Tom Ford with Bulgari jewelry. Bottom row (left to right): Robin Wright, Best Actress (TV Series – Drama) wearing Reem Acra with Dana Rebecca earrings, Zooey Dechanel wearing Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2014 gown and heels, a Charlotte Olympia clutch and Neil Lane jewelry, Michelle Dockery wearing Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2014 with Bulgari jewelry

GG Lady Gaga details

A radiant Lady Gaga wearing a custom-made Perry Meek dress with strongly defined brows and flawless makeup, and an almost dainty pale pink mani (she continues to surprise!)

GG Colourful looks 2

A few “coloured” numbers (clockwise from top left): Sandra Bullock wearing Prabal Gurung pre-Autumn/Winter 2014 with Jimmy Choo heels, Helen Mirren wearing bespoke Jenny Packham, Bulgari jewelry and carrying a Roger Vivier clutch, Lena Dunham wearing Zac Posen and Harry Winston jewelry, Reese Witherspoon wearing Calvin Klein Collection and jewels by Bulgari

GG Reese Witherspoon details

While Reese’s gown failed to impress me, I couldn’t help but be wowed by her flawless hair, makeup & vampy burgundy nails – makeup artist Quynh created this look using Laura Mercier Cosmetics 

GG Mila Kunis

Special mention goes to Mila Kunis, wearing a backless Gucci Première gown and jewelry by Gemfields – stunning crystal beadwork

GG Juliana Margulies

Another unique look of the night belongs to Juliana Margulies wearing Andrew Gn – simple, elegant and unpretentious

GG Baby Bumps

Baby Bump Beauties (left to right): Olivia Wilde wearing Gucci Première and carrying an Emm Kuo clutch, Kerry Washington wearing custom-made Balenciaga & Fred Leighton jewelry, Drew Barrymore wearing Monique Lhuillier Spring/Summer 2014, Roger Vivier heels, carrying an Edie Parker clutch and CHANEL Fine Jewelry

Celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis created Olivia’s purple smokey eye and nude lip look using Revlon products 

GG Men

Dashing Dudes – Top Row (left to right): U2 (sorry Bono; The Edge beats you hands down in Hotness), Tom Hanks (love him!) wearing Tom Ford (love him too), Chris Pine (aka: the new Captain Kirk to you young ‘uns) wearing Ermenegildo Zegna – Bottom Row (left to right): Michael Fassbender (yum) wearing Tom Ford, Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor in a Drama for Dallas Buyers Club, wearing fab forest green velvet Dolce & Gabbana with wife Camila Alves (in Dolce & Gabbana), Jared Leto, Best Supporting Actor in a drama for Dallas Buyers Club, wearing Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane … and the best man-bun ever


Overall, I was riveted; the hosts totally killed it, there was enough action, mayhem, almost-wardrobe malfunctions (Robin Wright‘s pastie made an appearance), memorable speeches (Jennifer Lawrence for the most down to earth, Matthew McConaughey for the coolest, Jacqueline Bissette for the most confusing) and beauty to satisfy everyone. The best part? It didn’t drag on, and on, and on, and…..

Feel free to weigh in with your take on the Golden Globes – would love to hear what you thought!

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