The Worst Beauty Of The 2014 Oscars: Foundation Disasters, Lipstick Clumps & Too Much Hairspray

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The 86th Academy Awards made for a fun evening at The Gloss: we picked the best, we picked the worst, we stared at GIFs of ridiculously awesome people dancing to “Happy.” All in all, I would say it was a great evening. But just as with every red carpet, we had to check out all the not-so-amazing beauty looks from stars like Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence and Chrissy Teigen.

It was odd this year: many of the people on the “worst dressed” list actually made it on the “best beauty” one and vice versa. So, from bizarre lip colors to wild bronzer mishaps, here are your worst beauty looks, courtesy of the Oscars.

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I was really into Kelly Osbourne‘s Badgley Mischka gown and its umbrella accessory, but I wasn’t too keen on her hair’s shape and, sadly, its color. While I’m all about the pale lavender, I think if you have the money to get your roots done, you really should with colored hair; otherwise, it has the tendency to look dirty rather than, ehm, “root-y.” Plus, this lip color is just washing her out and distracting from that gorgeous dress.

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I was so down with Lady Gaga‘s dress, but I just can’t get behind glitter shadow.

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While we felt like Kerry’s dress was rad, I was not into this lip color (particularly since it appeared to be coming off) and the very large, fake-looking falsies.

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Cristin Milioti‘s face looked dull and lifeless due to a bad combo: too much foundation, too much lipliner, and too much bang over the forehead. She’s so clearly gorgeous, and simply putting less base makeup on and pulling her bangs out of her face would’ve allowed that lip color to actually look cool.

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Amy Adams’ dress was perfect, but this hair is way too stylized. Her dress was simple, soft and perfectly-fitting. This hairstyle looks like my 8th grade self’s idealized version of “prom hair.”

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Still not down with the semi-slicked back medium-short hairstyle that J Law did here, but her makeup bugged me quite a bit. The black liner goes all around her lashline, making her beautiful eyes look tiny and almost closed, and the lack of brow filling didn’t help, either. It looks like the makeup artist’s choice of under eye concealer was too light, also, but that could potentially appear this way due to flash from the camera.

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Same deal as with Jennifer’s hair: instead of making Chrissy Teigen’s hair look pretty and edgy, it just looks greasy.

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I’ll always love Portia De Rossi, but again, I can’t get behind this hair. And her brows are rather overdone.

Onto the best of the Oscars’ beauty!

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Was really not about JLaw’s hair last night but thought her makeup was simple and lovely. Would have loved to see Kerry Washington in a lipstick that popped against her dress.

      • Samantha Escobar

        I think I would’ve loved Kerry Washington’s lipstick had it been more solid or had it been more translucent.

    • Lindsey Conklin

      yeah. I’m with you on all of these

    • lololol

      JLaws makeup looks like she did it herself. At least she isn’t wearing lipstick. That nod to natural is really appreciated.

      • Samantha Escobar

        That is something I appreciated a lot about this year–there were some really great natural lip choices. Julia Roberts, for example, looked freaking amazing with hers.

    • E. D.

      I didn’t hate Gaga’s shadow as much as the wig.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Holy crap I can’t believe I didn’t even notice that glue. Thank you.

      • Crayzcheshire

        Right?!?! so bad. like a last minute wig-decision. wigcision?

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    • CMJ

      Someone give Kelly O some sugar scrub for her lips.

      • Samantha Escobar

        For a moment, I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt because it’s winter, but then I remembered they’re all in LA.

    • erincinco

      Portia’s lashes: I thought they were going to skitter off the sides of her face into a dark corner somewhere…

      • Samantha Escobar

        UGH. Yes. I just cannot handle giant, black, thin false lashes for this reason. Small or natural-looking ones are great and so are ridiculous ones, but the spidery long, black ones are just creepy and odd.

    • adamfox

      It’s not bad makeup but I thought Matthew Mcconaughey was more gold and shiny than his award.

    • Kelly17

      I actually thought Kerry looked beautiful, make up and dress. But seriously how is this article suppose to help anything? I mean it really is piece like these that are meaningless and just there to be hurtful. What’s the point in criticizing peoples fashion/style choices and making them feel bad?

      • Samantha Escobar

        You’re operating under the assumption that Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington and Amy Adams are reading a small women’s blog, which is very flattering albeit unrealistic.

        Kerry did look beautiful, but that doesn’t mean I have to like her makeup. She is an exceptionally beautiful person, and critiquing her lipstick shade doesn’t somehow take away from that. It’s not as though people will read this article and say, “Hey, that lipstick IS clumpy, and therefore Kerry Washington is hideous forever and ever.”

        I get what you’re saying, I do, but not every article is meant to “help anything.” We’re writing 3 – 6 articles per person per day, and as much as I’d love to be naive enough to think every one of my hundreds of articles per year is helping people, I know they aren’t. Sometimes they are, but mostly, they’re blog posts that talk about whatever’s going on that day that people are interested in. You were interested in this and you therefore clicked, right?

        I’m not trying to be a jerk, but I figured I might as well give a more explanatory answer than a simple throwaway one.

      • Kelly17

        Yea they probably won’t read it. The site isn’t exactly mainstream but it’s still rude. People talk a lot about empowering women and things like this are incredibly unnecessary.

      • CMJ

        Sigh. Criticizing someone’s makeup choices doesn’t make you any less of a feminist.

      • Kelly17

        Feminism wasn’t the point I was trying to make.

      • Kaitlin Reilly

        In a lot of ways, makeup and clothing choices are art. We don’t have to like every “art” that we see. If we saw the same clothes on a mannequin or the makeup drawn on a sketch, we would have no problem saying whether we liked it or not. Celebrities, designers, and stylists WANT their fashion decisions to be talked about. Why can’t we say that we don’t like the design of a dress or someone’s lip color in relation to how it looks against their outfit? It’s subjective and discussing and critiquing it is a major part of fashion. It’s not mean girl putdowns, in my opinion, it’s discussing a specific type of art.

        Of course there are blogs and magazines and news sources that turn women’s bodies into objects to be discussed, and that’s never okay. (The “worst bikini bodies” issue of basically every tabloid is a great example.) But there is nothing wrong with saying you hate a dress or hate a makeup look in itself.

      • Crayzcheshire

        think of it as… constructive criticism like in school.