These Are The Best Red Carpet Beauty Looks Of 2017

The good, the bad, and the ugly — 2017 had it all, though we can think of way more people instances that fall into the latter two categories. But one thing at least was very, very good: the red carpet beauty looks.

Zendaya's Met Gala hair moment left us speechless, Lily Collins' ethereal makeup at the Golden Globes made us want to buy pink eyeshadow again, and Mandy Moore came back into the beauty big leagues in a major way. Across the board, everyone took risks with their hair and makeup, throwing the status quo right out the window.

Ahead, the 35 beauty looks from 2017 that shocked and awed, plus some tips and tricks from the pros behind them. Your New Year's Eve inspo awaits...

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Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe brought back hair accessories in the most unexpected way, showing us that pearls aren't only for our ears or our grandma's necklace.
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Kim Kardashian

We'd be remiss if we didn't have a Kim K moment in a best looks roundup, and out of all of them this year, we're partial to her long, platinum-blonde hair, which she paired with icy shimmer eyeshadow to take the look to the next level.
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Jourdan Dunn

Off the runway, with long, teased-out curls and huge hoops, model Jourdan Dunn looks like she just stepped out of Studio 54.
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Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski nailed monochromatic makeup before it was everywhere. The model/actress' makeup artist, Huang Vanngo, paired Chanel eyeshadow in Convoitise, a warm orange, with lipstick in Sari Doré.
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Ruby Rose

At the People's Choice Awards, Ruby Rose went for an unexpectedly chic color combo that paid off: fiery orange-red and deep eggplant.
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Emma Roberts

One look at Emma Roberts at the Oscars was enough to make us seriously consider asking for "cayenne spice" hair at our next color appointment.
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Priyanka Chopra

For the Globes, Priyanka Chopra stunned (per usual) in a moody matte-red lip, courtesy of a cocktail of Laura Mercier's Velour Lovers Lip Colours in An Affair and Seduction.
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Gigi Hadid

Gigi's dirty blonde sun-kissed hair is her signature, but when it's all beachy waves all the time, it can get a little same-old, same-old. Enter: a messy top-bun and a bold new take on the face-framing tendril.
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Demi Lovato

The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer rocked glowing golden nude tones at the Grammys. Makeup artist Jill Powell used the Giorgio Armani Chinese New Year Highlighting Palette on Demi's cheekbones and Rouge d'Armani lipstick in 102, a soft pink shade for subtle shine and dimension.
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Kerry Washington

Back in January, the Golden Globes brought us some incredible beauty looks. And Kerry Washington's dark ombré berry lip, plus that shiny, subtly highlighted hair, topped the list, no question.
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Lily Collins

The actress' braided bun, rosy eyeshadow, poppy-red lipstick, and gorgeous embroidered gown all combined for some serious princess vibes. And thanks to makeup artist Fiona Stiles, we can copy the look: She used Lancôme's Color Design Eyeshadow in Pink Pearls on the eyes and L'Absolu Rouge lipstick in Souvenir on the lips.
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Beyoncé

She wasn't technically on the red carpet, but far and away, Bey's most epic look of the year was when she stepped on the Grammy's stage as a vision in gold — wearing all drugstore makeup. Yes, believe it. Her longtime makeup artist Sir John amplified her pregnancy glow by mixing moisturizer with L'Oréal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Golden, then tapping Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine over top. The deep bronze smoky eye was made with the Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Nude Fish.
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Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner kept things relatively tame at the Met Gala, because if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? That Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Restless was made for her coloring.
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Rihanna

RiRi can do no wrong. Before introducing her makeup line that would change the whole damn beauty game, she attended the Met Ball in the coolest pink-and-red makeup moment. V-Day inspiration, anyone?
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Solange

Solange's pinned-up curls and flouncy neckline quite literally raised the bar.
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Cara Delevingne

If anyone else attempted a buzz cut, dark lip, and winged-out eyeshadow all at once, it would be... a lot. On Cara, it was flawless.
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Nicki Minaj

The Queen of Rap was not to be messed with at the VMAs, as evidenced by her bubblegum-pink latex, dripping diamonds, and two-toned hair.
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Bella Hadid

Bella knows how to make winged eyeliner and red lipstick look anything but classic and old-Hollywood. With a "facelift ponytail" and a serpent necklace, it turns totally badass.
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Olivia Culpo

Usually, we know what to expect from Olivia Culpo — a red lip, a little liner over her upper lash line, and of course, beautiful, bold brows. But for the Oscars, she deviated from the norm, wearing bright purple eyeshadow and slick bangs. It's the kind of beauty risk we're 100% here for.
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Kylie Jenner

Kylie's dropped a lot of shockers on us this year. And while we're still buzzing over her rumored pregnancy, we're remembering when her yellow-green hair was the talk of the town. Ahh, simpler times...
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Zendaya

Hair. Lipstick. Gown. No words — it's all just perfection.
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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez had people buzzing when she hit the AMAs red carpet without her signature dark brown hair. The new style looks so incredible, it's hard to imagine she isn't having more fun as a blonde.
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Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita told us that this sculptural double-bun by Vernon François was something she dreamt up after considering gown's unique silhouette. "It's always informed by the dress; this one had these flower petals and we wanted the hair to feel just as airy as the dress," she said.
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Mandy Moore

Nude lipstick is always a sure bet, but Mandy Moore didn't play it safe at the Emmys, opting for a fuchsia that lit up her entire face.
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Danielle Brooks

The Orange Is The New Black star's diamond hairpiece proves there's no excuse to say you can't think of an original hairstyle ever again.
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Olivia Munn

Munn's burgundy lip and choppy, wavy lob at this year's VMAs inspired us to cut our hair and buy a matte, oxblood lipstick.
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Hailee Steinfeld

Sophisticated beyond her years, Hailee Steinfeld went for a soft and smooth updo and an expertly sculpted contour for the Oscars red carpet. Even her shoulder blades shimmered.
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Chloe x Halle

Newcomers to the red carpet scene, Chloe and Halle look like they were born for the spotlight. We've never seen purple and pink pulled off so successfully.
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Laverne Cox

Smoky eyes, graphic liner, silver crystals — bring it all together for a killer eye moment a lá Laverne Cox.
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Tracee Ellis Ross

A red, glittery dress paired with a fiery red lip is a power combo almost as badass as Tracee herself... almost.
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Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi killed it this year — and her smoky eye and sleek updo at the Grammy's is just one example.
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Millie Bobby Brown

At just thirteen, the Stranger Things actress is one of the youngest faces on any red carpet. Not that you'd know it: The girl knows how to nail an elegant beauty look like a seasoned vet.
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Issa Rae

Matching your eyeshadow to your dress — it just works.
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Blake Lively

In 2017, Blake rocked her signature Serena waves and shocked us with a faux-bob undercut, but one of our favorite looks was the seemingly effortless undone ponytail she wore with a coral lip to the Time 100 Gala back in April.
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Gabrielle Union

Like Jourdan Dunn's disco-chic hairstyle earlier, Gabrielle's sleek center part gave way to a fierce textured ponytail at the Emmys. And can we talk about those lashes?
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