Katy Perry lilac hair Grammy Awards 2015The 2015 Grammy Awards was ripe with gorgeous gowns and stunning accessories, but one element that is always necessary for the perfect look: solid hair and makeup. We were definitely impressed by so many of the color palettes and beauty trends celebs’ stylists and makeup artists chose, but the coolest thing was how so many stars whom we see at event after event actually tried something different for a change, so that actually made this one a more exciting red carpet than most.

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From Beyonce‘s unexpectedly quiet makeup to Taylor‘s perfect bob to Miley‘s toned-down sex appeal, this is the best beauty of the 2015 Grammy Awards red carpet.

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairI just want you all to know I’m resisting the urge to make an “all about that base makeup” joke here, because I love Meghan’s whole beauty look. She’s got the sombre trend down pat.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairAnd winner of the most fantastic lipstick of the night goes to…Jennifer Hudson! An all-white dress with minimal accessories and simple hair plus a stunning lip? Whomever is styling Jennifer, you win. You win all the prizes.

Jhene Aiko

Jhene Aiko 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairCould somebody please contact this woman for a skincare deal because she is glowing.


Zendaya 2015 Grammy Awards makeup pixie cut hair(Photo: Brian To/WENN.com)

Zendaya’s close crop is perfectly styled in that it is generally left alone, just more proof that subdued, quieter hair can be a total win on the red carpet. Plus, that metallic purple lipstick somehow looks really cool rather than tacky, especially with her perfect brows, so Zendaya gets twice the applause.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry 2015 Grammy Awards makeup purple hairI was so into Katy Perry’s new lilac locks. Definitely a winning dye job worthy of a date with Left Shark.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairThe world may disagree with me, but I think Kim totally slayed it on the beauty front. Her hair is in a perfectly disheveled lob (the haircut we all fell in love with a few days ago) and her makeup is totally on point. Girl looks good.


HAIM 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairHow is it possible that 3 out of 3 sisters managed to do their hair and makeup so magically?

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande 2015 Grammy Awards hair makeup(Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com)

Though Ariana chose her typical high, full ponytail for the night, it was styled perfectly and looked polished, particularly with her thick cat eyeliner that felt reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot. Definitely digging it.

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Beyonce 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairSpeaking of magic, Beyonce. Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce. She looks like a mermaid who has graced us all with her presence on land. The fact that she went so natural with her makeup for such a huge event is fantastic and, as fun as crazier liners and lipsticks may be, very refreshing.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairI’m digging Taylor’s radiant complexion and deep sapphire smokey eye, reminiscent of her makeup at the 2014 VMAs. She typically wears a lot of red lipstick and white dresses on red carpets, so this is a nice yet elegant change up.

Jessie J

Jessie J 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hairWe were truly, deeply obsessed with Jessie J’s gown because it was insanely perfect. And this deep berry lipstick? Oof, girl. Yassss.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hair(Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com)

Definitely digging Miley’s toned-down hair and makeup.

John Mayer

John Mayer 2015 Grammy Awards glasses hair(Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com)

I cannot believe I am putting John Mayer on this or any list, but guys, his hair and glasses are really, really great. I want all men to wear their hair like this and put on glasses like that. Please. It’s for the good of the world.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga 2015 Grammy Awards makeup hair(Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com)

SO INTO THIS HAIR, GAGA. Perhaps it could be because my own hair is currently silver-gray, but I am absolutely obsessed with Gaga’s easygoing Hollywood glamour. As much as I’ll always praise her as the only person to pull off wear a chicken nugget mask in public, it’s kind of incredible just how classic she can look when she, you know, doesn’t wear giant chicken nugget masks.

Whose hair and makeup do you think was the best? Tell us in the comments! And be sure to check out our best dressed listworst dressed roundup, and worst hair & makeup rundown!

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