January 29, 2018

Award-Winning Looks For Valentine’s Day

We’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’ve watched TV at all over the past month, you also know that it’s awards season. Every year, Hollywood’s finest emerge to showcase not only support for each other’s impressive works, but new, red carpet-ready trends and styles.

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As Valentine’s Day and awards season harmoniously overlap, we can’t help but find inspiration from celebrity looks and incorporate them into our own wardrobe and makeup routines. Valentine’s Day can be so much more than a red lip. It’s the perfect occasion to mix it up and try something new.

We’ve reviewed all the looks from both the Critics Choice and SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards and have casted our votes. Here’s our comprehensive list of favorite hair and makeup combinations we believe you’ll love for Valentine’s Day.


Glam + ballerina = glamberina. Sleek buns are gracing the red carpet for timeless, romantic elegance that can be dressed up or down.


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When in doubt, wrap it in a velvet bow and call it a day. This fashionable topknot is a far cry from Robbie’s 90’s hairstyles in her I, Tonya lead role as controversial Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding, which won her the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. The messy bun and refined makeup shows Margot Robbie’s softer side, an arguable juxtaposition from the character she plays.


Sarah Hyland

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Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland channeled iconic Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn with this polished, ‘50’s inspired updo with bold red lip and cat eyeliner. Her bun, made with three tight fishtail braids, stayed nipped and tucked all night. This sweet look works for Valentine’s Day or a breakfast at Tiffany’s.


Millie Bobby Brown

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Strangest thing: when we were 13, we were mastering the crimper and dabbing on edible lip gloss. Meanwhile, Millie Bobby Brown served us an alternative take on the classic ballerina bun and minimal makeup at this years’ SAG awards. Her sleek dual-bun shows off her evolving, yet youthful fashion sense. After all, she’s still just 13.

Loose Updos

Loose updos are timeless, flattering, and versatile. If you’re pressed for time before your big date and stumped as to what to do, consider putting your hair in an easy updo for a low-maintenance, but high-impact look.


Nicole Kidman

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We’re not [Big Little] lying: Nicole Kidman’s low, side-swept bun deserves an encore. It’s classy, sassy, and softens her face in contrast to her red lip and piercing blue eyes. She also took home a most coveted accessory: the statue for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.


Saoirse Ronan

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It’s not just us thinking pink. The Lady Bird actress and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role nominee stunned in a sophisticated, yet delicate updo and makeup at the SAG Awards. The updo was actually a low ponytail with a silver thread running throughout, adding to her ensemble’s whimsical nature.

Saoirse Ronan Hair
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Short and Sweet


Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong’o is well-known for making bold red carpet statements. But, one thing that hasn’t changed is her devotion to her signature, short hairstyle. And with near-perfect bone structure like that, why wouldn’t you show it off?! Lupita’s simplistic yet glowing makeup is the finishing touch to complementing her (not pictured) dramatic, glittery dress.


Kate Hudson

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Okay, we won’t lie: we don’t ‘heart’ Kate Hudson’s SAG Awards dress choice as much as we’d hoped. The patterned dress sparked a lot of internet commotion and confusion among the masses. But, what we for sure love is from the neck up: her short pixie cut! Hudson initially chopped her hair for her role in Sia’s film Sister, for which a buzzcut was required. Since then, it’s grown into a sophisticated ‘do that adds edge to any outfit – just maybe not this particular one.

Long Locks

Curls just wanna have fun. We’re all for stars playing up their natural curls to add a fun, carefree vibe to formalwear. So, when we saw these beauties doing just that, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the style for a fun-loving Valentine’s Day date!


This Is Us Women

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This Is Us, staring at the sheer perfection that is Mandy Moore – or, as the world now knows her, Rebecca Pearson – at the SAG Awards. The star, along with castmates Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson, wore cobalt blue, but was anything but from taking home a win for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble in a Drama Series. With a teal-infused smokey eye topping off her bouncy curls, this is a look to remember.

Mandy Moore

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Yara Shahdi

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The Black-ish and Grown-ish actress was all kinds of styl-ish at this year’s SAG Awards. The teen’s Diana Ross-esque locks were the talk of the town, showcasing her fun personality and authentic beauty. Other than a glossy red lip, Yara kept the rest of her makeup subtle, proving that more often than not, less is more.

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